As the summer closes, all of the 2019 style trends are coming forward. London fashion week showed us animal prints and bold colours are coming back. In the interiors industry, Dulux released their 2019 colour of the year as ‘Spiced Honey’ and Farrow and Ball have released 9 new colours for 2019. So, what does this mean for your kitchen?
I mentioned intimate darks in my 2018 predictions, however, this colour palette has become more popular over the last few months, meaning more of us will be embracing the intimate darks next year. The biggest thing to note is that even though shades of grey will still be strong, more of us are daring towards blue shades of colour. There is still a lot of talk around deep navy shades, so I am expecting to see a lot more of this continuing into 2019.
I can’t deny it, grey and white is still going to be strong; white really is the new magnolia. However, the trend for people renovating their homes is leaning towards bolder colours. I can see these colours still coming in but toned down to a greyer, pastel muted style. Colours like Cromarty and Inchyra Blue from Farrow & Ball’s new collection or Juniper Ash and Portland Stone from Little Greene are where I see the choice for cabinet or wall colours going towards.
From the government to local communities, throughout 2018 we’ve looked to reduce our waste consumption, use of plastic and eliminate packaging. In turn, this is having its effect on how we organise our kitchen. This year, ‘NADA’ opened in Leicester, our first zero waste store!
This is fantastic to see and in turn, I see us buying from the local farm shops, popping to the market and even consciously ‘picking our own’ fruit and veg in the supermarkets. I can see more jars with pastas and pulses on display, organic cleaning products and natural materials being used to clean our kitchens and even better, we’ll be supporting local independents to get these.
When it comes to the actual kitchens, I feel people have become more conscientious of using sustainable products. Whether it’s intentional or not we’ll never know, however, less of us are choosing solid wooden cabinets and picking man-made quartz worktops over granites or solid woods.
Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a lot of people experimenting with ideas. These are all areas where we express who we are and personalise our spaces. Making tables out of concrete, cladding walls in OSB board and one huge evolution in design is two tone flooring. With kitchens now turning into a lifestyle room, we also want to have the open space divided with a transition of the areas. Blending two different flooring types from wood to tile effects makes this possible and also looks amazing.
With this in mind, there's a lot of talk on the industrial reclamation feel becoming stronger in 2019. Using scaffold planks as floating shelves, making breakfast bars out of concrete and having mismatched pendant lighting is another area where we’ll express who we are.
In my 2018 predictions, I mentioned copper being strong and this year, it certainly has been. However, this is evolving into a love of stronger colours like brass and gold with black becoming a more explored option. With more manufacturers now making handles, sinks and taps in these colours, it makes it so much more accessible to have a timeless yet on trend kitchen.
Overall, with the elephant in the room of Brexit, I feel people are becoming braver and doing what they want in their spaces. Not so much focussing on what the people who buy their home in 10-20 years would like but expressing their own styles and enjoying being at home with the people they love.