If you’re planning a kitchen upgrade for 2019, there’s one word to keep in mind: Wellness.
“Wellness is going to be a huge theme for 2019,” said Dan DiClerico, HomeAdvisor’s smart home strategist and home expert. “Many people are living longer, healthier lives, and they’re looking to the kitchen to support those efforts.”
Not only are homeowners looking for appliances that will help them cook healthier and faster, but they are even working wellness into their kitchen decor.
DiClerico, along with National Kitchen and Bath Association Industry Relations Manager, Elle H-Millard, noted some popular trends are on the way out for 2019, but there are plenty of fresh ideas emerging in their place.
Here’s a look at five trends you may want to avoid if planning a kitchen upgrade or remodel this year.
Out: Lots of white. While white has been a long-time standard in kitchens, the all-white kitchen in no longer in vogue.
Try Instead: For wall color and backsplash tile, go for neutral tones. Color trend: muted greens. H-Millard said emerald and earthy greens are taking off. “I spoke to someone else about those colors, and they read as neutrals because we see them so much in nature, and they come across as very positive optimistic colors,” she said. (Photo: via Harvey Jones.)
Out: Granite and marble countertops.
Try Instead: Concrete countertops, which pair well with the natural tones and colors being used kitchens. Quartz is also a popular choice.
Out: Stainless steel appliances, which can be hard to keep clean.
Try Instead: Go for black stainless, which has been becoming more popular over the last year and works with almost any kitchen style.
Out: Over-the-counter microwaves.
Try Instead: Under-the-counter microwaves, which allow for more space above for cabinetry.
Out: White cabinets.
Try Instead: Colorful cabinets in bold colors. H-Millard noted some homeowners are looking to blue hues for cabinets, and then accenting them with brass and stainless.