Here Matt Phillips, Head of UK Operations at Rotpunkt, explains more.
I strongly believe as we move into 2019 that furniture will be ‘defined by difference’ and by this I mean, a brave mix of standout finishes and materials being used to identify different pieces of furniture and create zonal kitchen schemes that are not restricted by four walls or customary layouts.
Broken-plan furniture schemes are dictating the kitchen market and these influences are a welcome preference to the outdated uniform kitchen design in terms of construction, material, finish and space planning. This has opened up the kitchen market to new and exciting design concepts which are driving trends towards hardworking furniture like room dividers, multipurpose workstations and display cabinetry through to asymmetrical layouts and wall-hung solutions. By playing with different eye-lines, visual weights and modular arrangements, modern kitchen furniture will focus on free-thinking in the next year – creating a feeling of eclectic balance that is dynamically unrestricted.
In terms of style, next year will pay focus to the ‘jewellery’ of a kitchen, making a feature of exclusive handles and knobs that offer new surface textures for better grip, convenient push-to-open fittings for the height of utility and user-friendly-shaped handles for extra comfort or overall design impact. Storage systems will also be top priority, with new drawer boxes, pull-outs and integrated larder systems being introduced for a heightened level of uniformity and aesthetic appeal.
2019 interior colour trends will embrace the darker colour palette, showing fewer primary colours and a greater emphasis on black which is contrasted by rich coffee browns, shades of grey, taupe and biscuit beige.
I believe this change in colour story stems from developments in other areas of the kitchen which are also embracing black. For example, you can now purchase a black PVD-coated kitchen tap to match your furniture, with striking work surfaces and built-in appliances and no longer available in just white. In fact, black remains the most loved colour in fashion, with any new colour trend coined as ‘the new black’! Known for its expensive facade, online searches for black and dark colours are up 93% in the last six months and I am confident that black kitchen furniture will continue to rise in popularity throughout 2019.
Atypical door finishes will be massive in the kitchen next year, with unique glass, metal and marble-effect doors, laminate solutions with innovative surface treatments, pioneering colour-matched worktops, fine black edging techniques and a refreshing approach to modular space planning for the creation of ergonomic kitchen environments that are modern and long-lasting. Rich wood veneers and laminate solutions can now capture masonry-style effects such as marble and stone, to exude a Scandi-noir aesthetic with industrial undertones.
The need for quality furniture that is environmentally-friendly remains a priority for many of us and as a result, it is reshaping how the market is approaching kitchen design in the modern home to recognise ‘resiliency’ as the new ‘sustainability’. This is filtering down into the kitchen furniture market, where durable materials and designs continue to grow in popularity.