White kitchens and subway tile have been in the rage for most of this century. 2019 kitchen trends show homeowners moving away from all white and instead we are seeing the rise of color, texture, and drama with an added emphasis on the functionality of the space, cabinets, and materials.

Cabinets and Storage

Most wall cabinets are being eliminated for an open airy feel. They are replaced with full wall storage cabinets and large pantries. Cabinets in deep rich hues of blues and greens are very popular. Cabinets of different colors are also seen with dark base cabinets and lighter wall cabinets. The amount of open shelves is minimized to only display decorative items, not everyday items.

Large pantries serve as additional work space with a second dishwasher and sink. Small appliances are located in the pantry for a clean open look in the kitchen. Pantry storage is a combination of open shelves and cabinets.

Countertops and Backsplashes

Color, texture, and drama are all visible in the backsplash. Book-matched stone slabs running from the countertop to the ceiling create a beautiful look that is easy to clean. Encaustic cement tile in bold colors, traditionally seen in Europe, is all the rage. Non- rectilinear tile, such as scallop shapes and circle add an interesting texture.

Stone slabs with a lot of color and movement are showcased on islands with complementary plainer slabs on the other countertops. Waterfall countertops add a clean modern vibe to the kitchen. Quartz which is a manufactured material is sought after for its durability and wide color palette.

Appliances

Recently, the only colored appliances were the super expensive brands of la Cornue and Aga. KitchenAid’s introduction of colored ranges makes them more accessible and more popular.

This Berkeley Hall kitchen incorporates many of the new trends. The book-matched walnut cabinets add warmth and visual texture. A full height storage wall replaces traditional base and wall-hung cabinets. Open shelving is now being used for decorative items instead of general storage.  The backsplash is a continuous slab that runs from the countertop to the ceiling. The design allows for the couple to work together in preparing a meal. The husband works in the cooking zone, while the wife is the sous chef in the cleaning zone.