Between cooking weeknight dinners, Sunday meal prep, and hosting friends, we tend to spend a lot of time in our kitchens. It’s also one of the first rooms guests see, and it’s at the heart of holiday gatherings. For all of these reasons, keeping our kitchens updated, stylish, and functional is perhaps more important than any other other room in the house. But kitchen design trends move fast. To keep up, we reached out to the kitchen trend experts at Houzz and Trulia to get their predictions for the top kitchen trends of 2019—as well as the trends that are officially out. Before you start painting your kitchen cabinets or upgrading your backsplash, check out the top trends below.
On Trend: The Backsplash Feature Wall
According to the home design pros on Houzz, kitchen backsplashes will make an even bigger statement in 2019, as designers are extending the tile all the way up to the ceiling. Rather than a pop of tile above the counter, stylish kitchen are featuring an entire wall of tile. This look adds texture and visual interest to any kitchen, as demonstrated in the flawless kitchen above by designer Nam Dang-Mitchell.
On Trend: Glass and Steel Room Dividers
On Trend: Moody Hues
On Trend: Bench Seating in the Kitchen
On Trend: Pink Kitchen Cabinets
Officially Out: All-White-Everything in the Kitchen
As designers move toward moodier hues and pops of pink in the kitchen, the all-white-everything trend will become less popular in 2019. In fact, the remodeling and design pros at Houzz say that the moody-hue paint trend is likely a reaction to the white kitchen trend of recent years.
Officially Out: The Single Accent Wall
It used to be stylish to paint just one wall in a room an eye-catching accent color, but in 2019, homeowners aren’t holding back. Expect to see all four walls—molding and trim, too—painted in bold hues, according to Houzz.
Officially Out: Open Shelving
“Open shelving in the kitchen is out!” Brookshire confirms. “It has finally been around long enough to convince everyone of its aesthetic appeals and its life-practicality fail.” While open shelving will continue to look picture-perfect in 2019, this impractical design will become less popular in the year to come. As Etsy predicts that 2019 will be the year of “Being Real,” design trends that look good but don’t function well won’t make the cut this year.