What are the top kitchen and bath trends for 2019? Well, you’ve come to the right place as I recently returned from KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, in Las Vegas, where I observed and experienced the latest in kitchen and bath trends and introductions from all the biggest players in the industry.

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KBIS takes place once a year and is the place where manufacturers put on display their latest and greatest for the media, dealers, and designers to see. Much of what is seen are prototypes and generally it takes six months to a year to come to market. It is also the best place to see the kitchen and bath trends that will be making their way into 2019.

There is a lot of information in this post, both written and visual so grab a a drink and let’s go!

12 KITCHEN AND BATH TRENDS FOR 2019

  • Bring on the COLOR
  1. Color: Appliances
  2. Color: Cabinetry
  3. Color: Doors
  4. Color: Emerald Green
  • Maximalism
  • Technology – One step forward, two steps back
  • Modules As a Means of Customization
  • Wellness In The Home
  • Mixed Metals and Finishes
  • Green design – Eco-friendly Options
  • Selling the Experience Instead of Products
  • Brass – Making a Statement
  • The Kitchen and Bath as a Living Space
  • Hard Surfaces – Larger and Now Thinner
  • Emphasis on Indirect and Ambient Light

BRING ON THE COLOR

COLOR: APPLIANCES

Blue Star Cooking has been synonymous with color for quite some time, and this year they are again on the forefront of kitchen appliance innovation with their powder coated PRINTED ranges. Yes, that’s right – printed. Any digital file can be scaled and printed onto any Blue Star appliance. Imagine engineering a print onto a refrigerator or hood – the possibilities are endless! The design below is by my friends Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke of Madcap Cottage

An added bonus is that Blue Star brings their product to a commercial-level with a fully extending bottom shelf in the refrigerator and another in the freezer. These extending shelves fits commercial sheet pans, so it’s perfect for those who love to entertain.

Smeg came to KBIS with a strong color game, which is no surprise. To the left, a bright yellow could not go unnoticed, but what really caught everyone’s eye were the Smeg Dolce e Gabbana-designed appliances. The engineered prints in vibrant colors were impossible to miss.

Anaheim based Hestan is best known in the market for their custom commercial kitchens. They are a newcomer to the residential market and are giving appliances manufacturers a run for the money with good looks, a choice of designer colors, and performance. Their signature marquis texture wraps around the handles and other key areas and the unobtrusive digital display is embedded into the oven door handle. All this AND amazing color choices!

Forno brought to market a selection of induction cooktops in a variety of colors.

COLOR: CABINETRY

If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ve noticed that every person who attended KBIS has mentioned the abundance of color at the show. The white and grey kitchen is on its way out.

Below are some examples of all the colorful cabinetry I saw:

Kalamazoo Grills enlisted the help of some of my designer friends, Beth and Carolina of Pulp Designs and Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors, among others, to put together color palettes for their Arcadia series to bring color into the outdoor kitchen. They also won a “Best of KBIS 2019” award for their efforts!

COLOR: DOORS

I’ve seen colored doors on my travels to Europe and more recently to Palm Springs, but other than the occasional red or forest green front door brightly colored doors is not the norm here in the US. Well it looks like the trend is finally catching on with door manufacturers offering a bright assortment of colored exterior and interior doors.

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Masonite

THE “IT” COLOR: EMERALD GREEN

It is no doubt that emerald green is my favorite color du jour – especially just recently coming off the kitchen and butler’s pantry we designed for last year’s Pasadena Showcase House. I like to think that we’re a little bit AHEAD of the curve – ha!

The GE Cafe Matte Collection opted to go with emerald green cabinetry as a backdrop to their new designer-curated collection that features matte white and black with a selection of metal finish accents.

Ann Sacks’ collaboration with Kohler WasteLAB yielded brilliant emerald green tile from the Crackle Collection.

Any mention of emerald green always makes me think of malachite and or course Sicis included the stone in their Vetrite Glass Gem series.

MODULES AS A MEANS OF CUSTOMIZATION

With the online landscape changing how the end consumer approaches design, oftentimes bypassing the designer (big mistake, in my opinion) there has been a big shift to customization. However, customization can be quite expensive. In order to keep production efficient, some manufacturers have shifted to using modules to provide a custom experience. Modules can be configured in a plethora of ways and offers a customized experience without the pricetag of something that is a one-off.

Components™, a contemporary collection by Kohler gives the end user the ability to put together different combinations by selling the spout and handles separately.

Ok I cheated here and am including a photo I took at Modernism Week in Palm Springs, a couple days before heading off to KBIS. On the right is a photo of the new JennAir Module Cooktop which consists of five different 15″ modules that can be configured to create your own customized cooking space.

WELLNESS

There is no doubt that wellness has been a hot topic of conversation in the design world. The benefit of wellness in the home and workplace has been heavily promoted by ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and recently at Heimtextil, with an entire pavilion and programming dedicated to sleep and wellness.

DXV’s Aqua Moment Airbath combines chromatherapy with a waterfall in the headrest that massage shoulder pressure points for the ultimate spa experience.

Kohler’s Eir intelligent toilet features a sanitize button to activate E-water and UV light functions to clean the bowl and wand for better hygiene.

Mixed Metals

Last year KBIS introduced Ombré Vibrant, which integrates graduated metallic hues in an ombré effect, but last year it was still in the prototype phase. This year they made a larger splash with Ombré Vibrant and a dedicated display. Mixing metals has been a thing lately, but mixing metals in this fashion brings mixed metals to a whole other level.

Ok, I admit that I cheated a little bit here. The photo on the left I took this year at KBIS but the photo on the right I took LAST year when Ombré Vivant was still in the prototype phase because it is a better shot of the ombré effect. Now it is in full-fledged production.

I still don’t understand why some people insist on using the same metal throughout. I wouldn’t mix Brizo’s Luxe Gold finish (which is a bit more brown) with a bright, yellow/gold but a brass with a nickel, why not? There aren’t any rules but with experience you know what looks right and what doesn’t.

MAXIMALISM

KBIS marked a shift from minimalism to maximalism and the same sense of over the top luxury in other areas of the home are now making its mark in the kitchen and bath.

There is no doubt that “Maximalism” is one of the biggest trends in interior design, but to date this has only been relflected in larger living spaces, using fabric, pattern, texture and scale to convey a sense of glamour and luxury.

Brizo introduced Invari, which celebrates a modern revival of classic forms. Multiple lavatory and faucet configurations are available but in my opinion, the black crystal and Brilliance Polished Gold finish is the ultimate in luxury and appeals to even someone like me, who normally gravitates to a more subtle luxury.

Kohler’s Eir intelligent toilet was not designed solely with wellness in mind, but also with a eye towards today’s design trends. The toilet comes with a choice of finishes on the strip of the seat cover for an added element of bling.

Nothing says luxury like this copper pedestal sink from Thompson Traders. Yes, you can be sleek and sexy and still speak to the Maximalism aesthetic.

On the bottom right, a mosaic tile wall from Sicis wall mixes color and pattern. More is more.

The polar opposite of minimalism is the vignette below from Kohler. Large scale floral wallpaper in deep, dramatic colors and a coordinating sink from Kohler’s Artist Edition. Notice the contrast black and white floor outfitted in Ann Sacks Terrazzo Renata field tile (a favorite of mine that was just used in an almost completed bathroom!) Maximalism is about mixing patterns and this vignette hit the nail on the head. It isn’t for everybody, for sure.

TECHNOLOGY – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

A few years ago DXV was the first to bring the 3D printed faucet to the US. The second iteration is the “Blade”, a sleek, sexy faucet that has no handles or levers, but automatically turns on as the user’s hands approach. Water appears from a circular opening and creates a vortex as it descends into the lavatory below.

While DXV is making strides in bringing new, innovative product to market, they also realize that the consumer has been overwhelmed by so much technology, some of it a bit too complicated, and their response is to simplify. Less is more with the GROHE SmartControl and one rough-in and one trim operates three different shower units.

GO GREEN

Sustainable design has been a major focus in recent years, which is why Ann Sacks’ collaboration with Kohler WasteLAB’s and newest introduction, Crackle Collection has struck a chord with designers. Not only is it eco-friendly, but the brilliant and on-trend colors make every designer want to use it in their next project.

SELLING THE EXPERIENCE NOT THE PRODUCT

These days it is more about selling the experience rather than selling products. It is about how things make you feel. Where at one time it was about the kitchen being all about appliances and functionality, now it is about the overall experience in the kitchen – where form is just as important as function. The mix of materials is celebrated, the quality of appliances is there, and there is no need to show off fancy labels.

When I walked into the Monogram booth, I knew this is where I wanted to be. It’s about how it makes you feel, and this kitchen made me feel damn good! It’s about the experience and that message was delivered. The innovation that they’ve implemented are not gimicky but rather well thought out. The new Hearth Oven in a brushed brass finish(renamed from pizza oven, as it actually cooks more than just pizza) isn’t just a functional appliance in the kitchen, but it is the centerpiece and is given the attention it deserves in its own dedicated area of the room.

They even made the cocktails they served all about the experience. The monogrammed ice ball (using my initial), was made in 30 seconds flat with the new clear ice system from First Build, one of Monogram’s sister companies. This definitely was an experience!

Monogram Appliances also showed off a different side of the brand – a move toward sleek, contemporary design. What appears to be a minimal yet sexy table happens to be a kitchen island with an induction cooktop. Against the wall, the push to open wall oven, which in this day is really important as cabinetry is shifting to slab front/no hardware/low profile so a push to open is right on par with what the consumer is asking for.

The Kitchen and Bath as a Living Space

Instead of large sections of the kitchen clad in stainless steel, giving off a more utilitarian feel, as they have for quite some time, appliances are now concealed in furniture-like cabinetry. They still have the same high-performance function, but the beauty is in the warmth of the space. More time is spent in the kitchen than any other room in the house so why not make it a warm and inviting space? It is less utilitarian with some fashion infused into it!

Take, for example, Monogram Appliances and the bar area installation, thoughtfully designed by designer Richard Anuszkiewicz.

On the outside this looks like a sophisticated living space within the home. But…

…everything is not exactly what it seems. Contained within this area are two fully integrated freezer columns, a fully-integrated dishwasher, and a double drawer refrigerator.

Belwith Keeler is a Grand-Rapids, Michigan based company with a 120 year old history in manufacturing furniture hardware and evolved into hardware for kitchen and bath. With the industry rapidly changing, they found that areas in the home that were traditionally less ornate, are now more inviting and less utiliarian and there was a need for hardware that reflects a warmer and perhaps more formal aesthetic. Belwith-Keeler went through their furniture hardware archives and are bringing some pieces back again – now to not only be used for furniture but for kitchen and bath cabinetry as well.

Medallion Cabinetry shows off the bathroom as more than just a place to bathe. the bathroom is no longer just hard surfaces and cold tile. Plants and decorative throws are brought in and it feels warm, cozy, and layered.

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Medallion Cabinetry

BRASS AND GOLD MAKES A STATEMENT

Warm brass tones have always been used as accents only – for lighting or hardware and other finishes tended to dominate. That has changed, however. KBIS showed a big shift, and that might be attributed in part to the Maximalism trend. Warm brass and gold tones were used to make a statement , and boy did they!

HARD SURFACES – Thinner and Larger in Scale

It wasn’t too long ago that Dekton, an ultra-compact surface came onto the market and was a gamechanger. In the years since it came on the market, much has changed. The once pixelated surface has been perfected to the point where it is hard to tell the difference between Dekton and natural stone.

Enter 2019 and Dekton again has improved upon the product, introducing Dekton Slim, the same ultra-compact surface but in a 4 cm. thickness. For those who always wanted to clad a wall or use Dekton as cabinet doors, it is now possible and without the extra weight of a regular Dekton slab.

For their main kitchen installation, designer Daniel Germani partnered with Poliform and Dekton to create a kitchen that utilizes Dekton Slim in the areas that see the most traffic, so that spills can easily be scrubbed or wiped up from the cabinet doors without removing any of the finish – it’s durable!

Large format digitally printed porcelain tile has also been gaining popularity, but technology is continuing to evolve and there are so many more choices on the market. I was especially moved by Sicis and their Vetrite Electric Marble. These glass wall tiles have a neon effect that comes to life in the veins. And I thought that Sicis only made mosaic tile!

Sicis’ Vetrite Gem Glass also has the same qualities as Electric Marble but looks like precious gem stones. (See the next trend for pics)

EMPHASIS ON LIGHTING – Ambient and Indirect

Large Scale Backlight with Stone

Backlighting stone has been gaining momentum in recent years but with the new thinner and translucent materials on the market, backlighting has been taken to a whole new level.

To the right, Cambria’s newest introduction uses backlighting that is strategically placed behind translucent veining for a unique effect.

Large Scale Backlight with Glass

Sicis introduced Vetrite Gem Glass, large format glass slabs that mimic the look of precious and semi-precious stones. They look great, whether they are used with or without back light.

Cabinetry Lighting

Lighting which also doubles as a night light is also integrated into bathroom and kitchen cabinetry.

Indirect lighting is a great way to add ambience – where you might want mood lighting and highlight a certain area of the room.

Tech Lighting’s Reflections Decorative LED Downlights are quite the thing. An LED strip built into the underside of the trim shines upward into a recessed dome. A 3-dimensional dome offers up a play of shadow and light.

The Ann Sacks concrete Itai Bar-On tile has a new addition which adds a strip of brass trim for a little bit of bling (taking minimalism a little bit in the opposite direction) The indirect light is a perfect accent in a bathroom or up along the wall of a staircase.

Below, Richard Anuskiewiecz’s design for Monogram Appliances utilizes LED strip lighting on the backs of the shelves, providing an ambient glow on the wall of the bar. Perfectly executed and just the right amount of lighting needed, as any direct light would have been too harsh.

So that’s it – my recap of the top 12 kitchen and bath trends for 2019 as seen at KBIS. As you’ll notice, the ubiquitous white and grey kitchen was notably absent and was replaced with a LOT of color. I am excited that personality is coming back into the home and am looking forward to seeing where these trends will take us in the coming year. I hope this is a sign of where the economy is going as well!

Jeanne K Chung | Cozy Stylish Chic

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