Be inspired by these stylish kitchens and learn how to implement the latest kitchen design trends in your home…
From minimalistic in white to dark, moody hues, today’s kitchen design trends go beyond being practical and make the kitchen a well-deserved talking point.
With open plan living being so common, it’s no wonder that kitchen design has become increasingly important. So, whether you like a streamlined, minimalist look or country-style kitchen, here are the top kitchen trends for 2019 and tips to help you update your kitchen:
Install statement lighting
Changing the lighting is one of the simplest ways to instantly update a kitchen.
Pendant lighting over the kitchen island creates a visual pause, particular in an open plan living space. This year, the trend is towards oversized, sculptural and dramatic – anything that catches the eye.
Art deco style lighting is making a comeback while vintage and industrial styles are popular.
Consider concealed storage
One of the biggest trends is concealed storage that creates clean, seamless lines.
“As open plan spaces become more integrated, kitchens that are minimalist and streamlined help to create an overall pulled together look,” explains Wendy Williams, Director of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
If you’re renovating and would like to embrace this trend, consider integrated fridges and freezers, handle-less cupboards, concealed pantries and lower-level island storage to keep clutter to a minimum while maintaining a streamlined look.
“Appliances and plug points no longer need to be visible and are tucked away in their place until they are needed. The modern kitchen also features charging stations for your tech – either in a dedicated drawer or a pop-up charging tower near your prep area so that you can charge your tablet while following your favourite baking video. Concealed storage is about convenience, function and the luxury of having everything in its place in a way that is visually beautiful,” explains Williams.
Add open shelving
On the opposite end of the scale, laying bare the personality of the kitchen is also right on trend. A simple way to do this is by replacing upper kitchen cabinets with open shelves.
“Purposefully placing treasured ornaments or an outcrop of potted herbs across an open shelf makes a statement. It creates a focal point that adds colour, texture and interest. It’s a fun way of displaying your favourite things without compromising the overall look,” says Williams.