We rang in the New Year this week and brought another year to a close. 2019 was undoubtedly . . . a year. While the general consensus is that the year could have been better on a lot of fronts, it was a great year for kitchens! Sure, the old and classics are here to stay. There aren’t many people tiring of the white kitchen design, for instance. But the year also brought some new and exciting things to the table.

So before we really say goodbye to 2019, let’s wrap up the last year by looking back at some of its hottest trends in kitchen trends.

Bye-bye Granite, hellloooo quartz!!

Let’s be clear, granite isn’t being completely phased out, but it has been slowly declining in popularity. So what’s taking its place? Quartz counters continued to be one of the most popular choices in 2019. it’s really no surprise why. This manufactured material isn’t penetrable so it resists stains, and its hard surface is great for preparing food. Plus it’s a beautiful add on to any kitchen!

beautiful granite island

Two Tones Are Double the Fun

If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know that we really love our two-toned kitchens. A very popular design choice in 2019, two-toned kitchens add depth and interest to a kitchen. The most popular option has been to paint or stain the island a darker tone than the other cabinets, but people are also mixing materials like countertops, metal, and wood to create beautiful accents.

black kitchen counter tops


Trendy pops of color were very in, and navy cabinets emerged as a fun alternative to gray and white this year. We love how sleek and trendy navy cabinets look, and we’re not the only ones! This was a very popular paint color this year. We’ve already gushed about how much we love navy cabinets, so we won’t say much more other than we’re excited to see how this trend develops in 2020.

navy kitchen walls

Smart Appliances

Black stainless steel appliances were trending in 2019. Stainless steel certainly isn’t going anywhere, but this sleek trend in appliances offered a nice alternative.

It’s not enough for appliances to look nice either, they also have to be tech-savvy. Smart homes are becoming more common as people invest in digital assistants like Amazon Echo or Google Home, smart thermostats, and more. This trend extends to kitchen appliances, which can connect to wifi and smartphones to control temperatures, look up recipes and more. Smart refrigerators, in particular, took entertaining to the next level with screens to watch TV or even play music. For everyday use, you can use it to leave digital sticky notes or grocery lists.

kitchen with smart appliances

Trends to Watch in 2020

So that was 2019 kitchen trends in a nutshell. Now it’s time to move on to 2020.

We’re looking at Ultra Violet, the Pantone® Color of the Year. It will be interesting to see how this bold color makes its way into people’s homes. Designers also predict that 2020 could see a rise in darker kitchens as people look for sophistication and drama. And of course, smart appliances should continue. All in all, we’re excited to see what this year has in store!

If you don’t want to leave these 2019 trends or want help designing the most up-to-date kitchen for 2020, our highly skilled designers can help you wherever you are in the renovation process.