If there’s one room in the house that shows its age the fastest, it’s the kitchen. Sure, the bare necessities will always be required in this space—you can’t be expected to get by without a sink, cabinets, and appliances—but their style and positioning can be the difference between preserving the past and embracing the present. A modern kitchen, for instance, would never have tile countertops and insufficient lighting, but would definitely make room for an island and matching sconces.
Between HGTV, social media, magazines, and blogs, most people know what a modern kitchen entails. But it takes a professional to discern which of today’s looks are still going strong and which already belong to the out-of-date crowd. That’s why we asked three designers, Tali Roth, Jesse DeSanti, and Max Humphrey, to give us the details for which kitchen trends to retire come 2019.
From a one-tone aesthetic that has seen its moment pass to an artistic choice that is too specific for its own good, these three designers have pinpointed which styles are already on the outs. Since they also shared which trends are still looking sharp, like colorful cabinetry and mixed metals, you’re sure to have all the advice you need to create a coveted kitchen that’s totally now.
Tali Roth, Founder of Tali Roth Designs
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Kitchen Trends to Retire
Specific kitchen art.
“I don’t think these have been in for a while, but oversize forks or paintings of fruit should be left to small country diners,” Roth says. “It’s obvious, and art shouldn’t relate to the space it’s in—we don’t have images of people watching TV in a living room!”
“I think oversized hardware is a little passé,” she says. “There’s often so much going on in a kitchen, and this draws too much attention.”
“Cabinet doors with multiple steps and curves collect dust and take away from the overall feel of a kitchen,” she says. “I don’t think you need to have a flat-paneled contemporary kitchen, but keeping it simple is the best approach.”
A crazy backsplash.
“For a while there, people were doing loads of Moroccan cement patterned tiles or color-blocked backsplashes. They look too busy and they date quickly,” she says. “Keep your coloring simple and layer it with texture rather than color and pattern. You can accessorize with cookbooks, flowers, and utensils that are easily movable.”
Kitchen Trends to Try Instead
“Hang whatever you love looking at,” Roth says. “It doesn’t need to fit a theme.”
Small, sleek hardware.
“Use small knobs or finger pulls that sit at the top of the cabinet for a uniform look,” she says.
Simple and timeless backsplashes and cabinetry.
“If you still want tile with loads of character, then look for something handmade for added texture,” she says. “You should also consider bringing the countertop stone up the backsplash.”