Something strange has happened lately in the world of modern kitchens. For so long, things like granite countertops and stainless steel sinks were the gold standard. Though you still can’t go wrong with those, countertop trends continue to evolve.
It seems there’s no end to the great choices you can make for today’s kitchens as the options just keep getting better. Here’s what’s trending at the top of the renovation lists in 2019.
Can Something Man-Made Top Natural Granite?
Granite has long been sought after as the best choice for countertops. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, granite’s popularity was slow to take hold until the ’90s, mainly because it was hard to care for.
Luckily, quartz has broken out onto the countertop scene at the head of the race with no end in sight. In fact, quartz is actually stronger than granite and it isn’t porous. That means you don’t have to reseal it or worry about pesky water stains.
Its engineered roots mean quartz countertops are available in a wide array of colors with patterns that mimic natural stone. As if that weren’t enough, quartz is also widely available – making it a green and earth-friendly choice.
To Finish Glossy or Not to Finish Glossy
Although a glossy white kitchen is classic, colors are definitely making a comeback. Many home renovators even choose bold colors for kitchen cabinets like farmhouse red or ocean turquoise. The secret? Use a matte finish that absorbs light to help soften louder colors.
But maybe colorful cabinets aren’t your thing. In that case, let a colorful backsplash or unique hardware stand out and stick with a classic black matte.
Is Stainless Steel Still the Best for Sinks?
It’s no wonder stainless steel sinks are the most popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms. They’re affordable, durable and easy to care for. As if that weren’t enough, they’re entirely recyclable without losing any of their useful properties.
Despite all that, some new materials are appearing on the kitchen sink scene. For one, quartz composite manufacturers now offer integrated sinks so that the countertop and sink are one seamless design.
Composite granite sinks are also challenging the stainless steel standard. They come in many hues but the darker colors help hide food stains and scratches better than stainless steel does.
Whichever material they choose, people are opting for larger single sinks to fit oversized pots and pans instead of the traditional double sink.
Find Unique Textures and Veiny Patterns
As Americans, we love to celebrate individuality. And that preference definitely applies to kitchen designs.
Rather than a uniform looking countertop, people are searching for one-of-a-kind designs. Often found in granite or marble, quartz countertops can also manufacture unique designs that mimic natural stone.
Part of the fun in looking for a countertop is shopping for the perfect piece. Don’t be afraid to keep looking until you find a pattern that speaks to you.
Make a Statement with a Dramatic Backsplash
In modern kitchens, bright colors, bold patterns, and vintage vibes are in. These days, renovators aren’t afraid to show it through large, ornamented tiles either.
Don’t be surprised to see dramatic backsplashes reaching all the way up to the ceiling instead of as small accents above the stove. You can even throw in a retro fridge or hang a tapestry to really tie the room together.
Overall, these are some of the major countertop trends happening in 2019 kitchen remodels but you shouldn’t forget your kitchen cabinets. Contact us today to work with a kitchen remodeling specialist on your next project.