Manhattan Home Design's Brief Guide to Kitchen and Dining in 2019

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 21st 2019

2019 is going to be a good year for kitchens and dining spaces of any kind. Furniture and interior design are also focusing on the necessary items for a good meal or dinner party. Manhattan Home Design does not sell kitchens or any type of similar appliances, but we do sell an interesting array of dining chairs and tables. Let’s examine some of the trends that will define these spaces in 2019, a year of many changes and improvements. The kitchen of tomorrow is going to be smarter and more efficient, but it’s also going to be aesthetically pleasing and quite functional (furniture-wise).

Kitchens have their own distinctive needs as a space, just like the bathroom does, for example. They are more exposed to certain types of damages like stains, and the tear and wear of different types of materials via heat, steam, electrical malfunction, etcetera. But this isn’t just about the cooking place: it seems that the kitchen and the dining space are starting to merge into one. Terms like ‘banquette style seating’ are replacing the good old kitchen islands and dining chairs, and dining tables themselves are doubling as both a place to eat and place to unwind.

Greens, blacks, and double tones

In our recent articles about interior designs trends for 2019, we mentioned that certain colors would be out of style by the later part of the year, namely neutral colors like regular white, gray tones, and possibly black. We still stand by this trend, but it seems like some blackish accents are still in vogue. If you’re not a fan of those colors you can consider dark greens (and blues) but only as a way to provide accent, remember that. One of the basic tenets of kitchen décor is that you have to be able to see clearly at all times because you’ll be working with ingredients, do not make your kitchen a dark place (quite literally), save some space for lighter tones. Mix-and-match a couple of colors, that’s also acceptable, even on the top cabinets. Don’t be afraid to try color combinations.

A more comprehensive dining space

As we just mentioned, the concept of a dining space is going to shift a little. The kitchen space is going to become a bit more prominent and the dining room will join it even more than it has in the past. The emergence of new types of apartments and homes will favor this change, and banquette style seating, likewise, will become a little bit more prominent. This refers to stools and large benches at the dining table that will replace the regular dining chairs. The idea of the kitchen and dining spaces will become a lot more casual, at least in medium-sizes homes.

The flexibility of the space will also introduce open shelving around the dining space, not just the kitchen itself, and smaller dining chairs and kitchen islands (which won’t disappear entirely). Some interior design outlets are also pointing at an emergence of baroque elegance, with overly ornate sinks and faucets, as well as decorative details on the walls like geometric patterns (another general trend for the new year). Flexibility also means that you can afford to go back in time and enjoy your own styles more freely. Along with colored cabinetry, the kitchen is set to become a more integral part of the home, not a separate section with individual pros and cons.

Now, to some things that don’t change: hanging lights, like pendant lamps, which have always been popular (or at least have been popular for little bit more than a decade). Restaurants and cafés are making a point to use them whenever possible, and this fad will directly translate into private kitchen and dining spaces. This is not a bad thing, hanging lights are very useful and provide a certain fullness by putting the light source closer to you and your furniture. The need for a white space (when cooking), won’t change as well, as we’ve already mentioned. A mixture of classic and modern influences will also be acceptable: think about renovating your old cabinetry instead of putting up a new one: you can repaint to match a more modern color scheme and work around it. Rectangular tables won’t go anywhere, but interestingly enough, they might get lower in height, a little bit smaller and more familiar and cozy. Long gone are the days of huge dining tables and spaces.


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