Today the kitchen is the focal point of a home, a special place that brings family members together for breakfast or dinner after a long day at work or school. That’s why making a kitchen into a beautiful, homely, and safe environment is so important.

As a hub of daily activity, the kitchen is evolving to make living and cooking in it as efficient as possible while also appearing aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Naturally, you will want to start off by choosing a paint color for your kitchen.

But if you’re planning to give the most popular room in the house a makeover, check out these kitchen design trends for 2019. Get ready to learn what’s hot (and not just the stove!) in the world of kitchen design.

Smart refrigerator

1. Smart Kitchens

The rooms you spend the most time in should be the ones that are most up to date. Today, modern kitchens make full use of advanced technology. From smart appliances to Bluetooth speakers, to advanced lighting, there are various new and exciting ways to make life in the kitchen more convenient.

A Kitchen with new technology like this is called a smart kitchen. A lot of new kitchens today, in fact, are built smart from the ground up showing that this is one design trend that is here to stay.

But don’t worry – older kitchens too can be given a smart kitchen makeover!

Sensors, gadgets, and new equipment can easily be incorporated into a kitchen. Such add-ons can include motion sensor faucets, refrigerators that alert you when your groceries are low, or a coffee maker programmed to have your favorite blend ready for you when you wake.

Sounds almost too good to be true, right? It’s not. The opportunities for kitchen technology to progress are endless, and smart kitchens will only evolve further and continue to be one of the hottest kitchen design trends.

Kitchen with dark gray cabinets

2. Dark Cabinet Colors

Although white cabinets are a classic, clean staple look to a kitchen, it seems like they’re slowly on the way out.

Dark kitchen cabinets display an aura of elegance and a deeply rich luxurious ambiance that white or lighter colored cabinets simply can’t meet.

While you may feel that painting your kitchen cabinets dark may appear overly dramatic or Gothic, you’ll be surprised just how sophisticated and stylish they can look in the kitchen. Choose from dark jewel tones such as black, navy, coffee brown, grey, emerald green or even plum for a pop of color.

Don’t be afraid to go dark – be bold!

Kitchen bench seating

3. Benches and Banquette Seating

Since the kitchen is increasingly becoming more and more communal, the emergence of alternative seating is one of the biggest kitchen design trends in 2019.

Think built-in benches, to banquettes, to booths. Such seating styling offers a more comfortable and relaxed way of dining while offering a great use of space.

This Pinterest page about kitchen seating is a great place to get inspired if you are stumped for new ideas.

Quart kitchen countertop

4. Quartz

Quartz has been trending for a while and today is still reigns as one of the hottest kitchen trends. The stunning material is hardy, durable, maintainable, and anti-microbial. And of course, it looks suave in a kitchen too!

With modern technology, manufacturers have learned to provide a wider range of colors and realistic stone patterns. There are plenty of unique styles that are becoming more and more popular, such as quartz finished with elaborate swirls and large veining to imitate other materials.

In 2019, there is a notable trend towards softer and more neutral tones and colors. More and more families are opting for pretty shades of grey, taupe, cream, or white. A neutral color will give you more flexibility when it comes time to choose a paint color for the cabinets, or decide to paint the kitchen walls.

large kitchen island with seating

5. Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands have become increasingly popular over the years, but one of the home design trends of 2019 is the more versatile and larger kitchen island. This design serves multiple uses and certainly makes a statement.

These larger kitchen islands will become the jack-of-all-trades, built with storage solution cabinets and fitted with under-counter appliances. They can also work as a seating area or a bar area – whatever works for your kitchen!

But what about all that space these bigger islands take up, you wonder? Well, increased-sized kitchen islands may extend into living or dining room spaces in houses with open designs – another home design trend linked to the kitchen.

This allows the kitchen island to be efficient and multi-functional without taking up all the room in the kitchen.

large kitchen trough style sink

6. Multi-functional Trough Sinks

Why have two smaller sinks when you can have a large, multi-functional trough?

A multi-functional trough is a relaxed, efficient, and not to mention stylish choice for the modern kitchen. Ever try cleaning a lasagna dish in those small divided sinks?

A large open-trough sink is a fantastic asset for families who love to entertain – better start planning those dinner parties!

ceramic tiles for kitchen floor

7. Ceramic Tiles

While hardwood flooring is still popular when it comes to kitchen flooring, ceramic tiling is hot on its heels!

Thanks to progressive new technology, just like the advancement of quartz kitchen styling, ceramic flooring now comes in an exciting variety of designs, styles, and sizes.

You can even purchase ceramic tiles that look exactly like hardwood flooring. That means you can have the best of both worlds and retain a hardwood look with a material that is much simpler to maintain.

Fancy the look of other materials, like natural stone? Ceramic tiles can also mimic a range of other materials. If you’re not convinced, visit a tiling shop and ask to see some samples close up. You’ll find that even the surface texture adjusts to resemble other materials.

And when it comes to size, the sky’s the limit as ceramic flooring comes in a range of sizes including the larger format tiles. Choose single plank tiles that resemble planks of hardwood or opt for custom cut tiles for a unique patterned floor.

Kitchen Cabinet Painting with blue island

Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

Let these kitchen design trends guide you towards your new remodel of your kitchen. Remember to go for designs that combine the best in functionality and aesthetics. This will create an efficient and beautiful kitchen that the whole family will love to spend time in.

Looking to paint your kitchen as part of its overhaul? Check out the biggest home paint color trends of 2019

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