The kitchen is seen as the focal point for many houses. Having a functional kitchen with ample room for entertaining is a goal for most home owners. As new materials and innovations become available, the trends for kitchen remodels have progressed as well.
Bright colors are being taken over by subtle earth tones as more homeowners are opting for the environmentally conscious look. The use of re-purposed wood is becoming more popular for kitchen cabinets as well.
The biggest trend for 2019 will be the understated elegance where less is more. This doesn’t mean the giant Wolf range is going anywhere, but rather it will blend in more with the modern kitchen aesthetic.
The overall design aesthetic will remain constant though 2019 as there are no major innovations – like the “kitchen island”. This is good news if you are looking to do a refresh on your kitchen.
Trends toward minimalistic styling would suggest that there would eventually be limited upper cabinet storage but this has yet to come to fruition. Most builders are sticking with the current styling and using the more earth tone fixtures and paint tones.
If your kitchen is still stuck in the sixties with orange cabinets and yellow appliances, it might be time to make a switch. Not only will a kitchen remodel add value to your home, it will also give you more flexibility with designs aesthetic.
What To Consider Before The Remodel
Before starting, it is important to consider what is involved in the remodel. Mainly, not having a kitchen for multiple weeks. The cost of eating out for every meal should be included in your budget for the remodel as well.
I also suggest sitting down and thinking about what appliances you use the most in the kitchen. These will be the ones worth investing in. If you never use a microwave, skip installing one. You will save money and have more to spend on the appliances that you use the most.
Talk with an architect and get their opinion on what will work the best for your lifestyle. Chances are they will have some ideas that you have not thought about.
How Long Will This Trend Last
The trend of eco-friendly and environmentally conscious building has just begun. With the increased awareness about our planet and the need for sustainability only increasing, there is no sign of this trend slowing down anytime soon. And thank goodness for that.
More people are taking the environmentally responsible route in their daily routines and major purchases (like hybrid cars). As re-purposing and up-cycling becomes more popular, the contractors and builders will have more access to new innovations.
I would guess that the trends starting in 2019 will last for the next 15 to 20 years or more. We are at the very beginning of this renaissance.
When To Remodel Your Kitchen
Now is the time to start working with an architect to draw up plans for your new kitchen. Come January, it is slow season for most contractors which means they will be offering discounts in order to earn your
business. By having your plans ready and funding secured, you will have much more bargaining power with the contractors.
When planning a kitchen remodel (or any home remodel) you should have an extra 20% extra cash on hand for change orders. Meaning, if your kitchen remodel is estimated at $20,000, you need to have $24,000 in the bank to spend on the project.
It is inevitable that issues will come up or upgrades will be desired. Having this cushion will give you more flexibility and ultimately the kitchen of your dreams.