As spring is in the air and summer is on our minds, we look at the design trends and colours that are both defining the moment and destined to last. While kitchens and bathrooms in 2019 look to remain modern, they’re becoming increasingly natural. This comes to life in materials that merge traditional methods and industrial architecture, like natural wood and polished concrete. Along with well curated decorative accents and full height storage walls, these are the design trends for 2019 and beyond.
While the push towards minimalism remains strong, interiors are becoming less clinical and more curated. We’re seeing more glass-paneled shelving and beautifully organized bookcases with carefully arranged personal accents. Migrating from other rooms in the house to the kitchen, a well-placed vintage rug and earthen stoneware are great ways to warm up and personalize your space with a few key pieces that speak to you.
A SPLASH OF COLOUR
Minimalist doesn’t have to mean monotone. Echoing the brightness of the season, interiors are incorporating pops of bold colours and playing with different patterns in the same space. Beyond vibrant accent pieces, designers are also adding colour and character by mixing styles from different eras, and complementing modern with vintage for a tastefully eclectic, layered look.
Welcoming natural materials into the home is not only on-trend, but also creates a sense of calm and connection to the outside world. While reclaimed wood and natural stone are well established in modern interiors, more designers and homeowners are embracing the eco-friendly trend with increasingly conscious choices. Earth tones are also easy to combine, complementing warm materials and bringing a grounded sense of timelessness to a contemporary space.
EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE
To maintain a clean, modern aesthetic, ample storage is key. Evolving beyond upper cabinets and wraparound counters, the contemporary kitchen is more likely to feature a single wall of lower cabinets and countertops, a prominent island and floor-to-ceiling storage in the rest of the room. This creates a seamless look that is never too cluttered, and ensures your kitchen is beautifully practical.
INDUSTRIAL MEETS NATURE
Answering the desire for natural materials and complementing the industrial trend, our newest addition to the Metropolitan Collection is 4043 Primordia. Its organic appearance reflects topological layers in stone formed over eons, with a cool grey base enlivened by soft mineral splotches of off-white and grey, and brown veining that recalls the oxidized rusts found in nature. It’s the modern look of concrete with a more natural charm.
As a monumental island in the kitchen, Primordia’s neutral palette is highly versatile, complementing other materials such as concrete and dark oak flooring. In lofty spaces, the surface is balanced by heavier elements such as corrugated steel and industrial hardware in brushed or stainless metal. Raw terracotta tile adds an organic accent, while brighter pops of colour reveal surprising contrasts. Glazed ceramics in mustard yellow or dark jade can also dress the countertop, bringing a greater sense of warmth.