Forecast: Kitchen Renovation Trends 2019

by Kelley Rowland

From cabinet colors to appliances, these ideas are going strong

When it comes to fashion or interiors, trends come and they go. In the renovation space, styles and ideas are a little less fleeting—especially in kitchens, as replacing cabinets, countertops, or even flooring is definitely not an annual occurrence. Based on seeing thousands of kitchen remodel wish lists, Sweeten has identified patterns we predict will gain traction in 2019, while also becoming new reno classics.

Here are the biggest 2019 kitchen trends to look out for:

  • Two-tone cabinets
  • Minimalistic hardware
  • Integrated appliances
  • Hidden storage
  • Statement light fixtures

Two-Tone Cabinets

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Two-tone cabinets bring more visual interest to the kitchen, plus allow for more color exploration without feeling overpowering. White upper cabinets give the illusion of higher ceilings and more space, while darker upper cabinets create a cozier ambiance and ground the space.

(From top to bottom) The couple selected custom light blue and white cabinets that tie in perfectly with their sleek silver hardware and ornate tile floor. In this navy and white kitchen, the dark blue base cabinets give warmth to the otherwise neutral look. The pairing of white and gray shaker-style cabinets in this cook space adds to the modern-meets-traditional style.

Minimalistic Hardware

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Hardware may not be the star of your kitchen renovation, but it definitely contributes to the overall vibe. This year, we’ve seen traditional knobs fall in favor of simple pulls that are no less practical—just more subtle.

(From top to bottom) In Jen’s Scandinavian-inspired kitchen, she opted for barely-there black matte pulls that contrast with the simple white cabinets. Sunghee and Joseph went with similar black pulls in their minimal space. Sonali and Shalaj chose silver hardware to match their appliances.

Integrated Appliances

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There are two types of people in this world: ones who are partial to exposed appliances and those who would rather keep them hidden. (Kidding, but really!) Ultimately, it’s up to personal preference, but our recent renovations prove that integrated appliances are making their mark.

(From top to bottom) Trendsetting renovators Maggie and Ross (check out their two-tone cabinets!) installed a sleek Bosch hood vent that slides in and out. The paneled dishwasher in Nilda and Brian’s kitchen is so discreet, it’s nearly impossible to locate—P.S. it’s right next to the kitchen sink. In Lauren’s kitchen, the paneled refrigerator is part of a full wall of storage.

Hidden Storage Solutions


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microwave storage cabinetWhen spending the time and effort to reimagine a kitchen, why let pantry items and unsightly small appliances get in the way of your vision? Custom units allow easy access to essentials without the visual clutter.

(From top to bottom) Hallway “appliances garages” that match with the kitchen cabinets serve as a covert coffee station in Rachel and Marco’s home. A simple and smart slide-out cabinet holds cooking and baking essentials in another homeowner’s kitchen. Kate and Graham’s white kitchen features a pull-down cabinet to hide a bulky microwave.

Statement Light Fixtures

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As islands and peninsulas have become mainstays in kitchens renovations, so have stand-out light fixtures to hang above them. Whether a chandelier or a more classic sconce, including a dramatic source, immediately makes a kitchen more intimate.

(From top to bottom) Megan and Zak installed a modern gold fixture in their blue and white kitchen, highlighting the Midas touches elsewhere. In Nydia’s colonial cook space, a bronze chandelier takes center stage. Handmade nickel-plated brass pendants from Egypt in Dawn and David’s open kitchen bring an international flair.

Thinking about starting your renovation soon? This checklist will get you started.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten

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