If we live in our living room, dine in our dining room, lay in the bed in our bedroom and bathe in the bathroom, why is it a kitchen and not a cooking room?
The word kitchen can be traced to the Latin verb coquere, meaning “to cook.” From the verb coquere came the later Latin noun coquina, meaning “a kitchen.” With some changes in pronunciation, coquina came into Old English as cycene. This became Middle English kichene and finally modern English kitchen. It seems to me the word cooking room would be the smart choice.
Kitchen’s are the one room in our house that is the most important. It is like our statement of who we are. More homes are sold because of a fabulous kitchen than anything else. If the kitchen is not the perfect design for most buyers, they at least want the space to make it the way they desire. They have evolved over time to become this grand open space where people can cook, dine, and live. They are the heart and soul of the home.
Kitchen trends in 2019 are seeing several big changes.
1- Granite- after 2 decades of popularity, the demand for granite has steadily fallen, and is now considered dated. Taking its place is quartz, industrial counters, such as mixed metals, and concrete.
2-White- Always a classic, however people seem to be trending towards more muted shades
3- Matte Black- is the rock star for kitchens in 2019
4- Go Bold- Bright colors in back splashes are making a big splash this year. No pun intended. Spanish and Moroccan style backsplashes are replacing the white subway tiles.
5- Move over Mr Grey- Greens, shades such as hunter or olive are the new Grey or Gray depending on if you prefer UK or US version of the color. Which do you use? Look for greens to be popping out and not just for St Patrick’s Day.
6- Getting Creative- Mix matched materials are becoming the norm. Different shades of color, textures, and metals that blend in a classic subtle way.
7- Stainless steel- is finally fading away. Hiding appliances in wood tones, sleek creative recessed settings, under the counters, with either neutral or colorful shades depending on the other designs.
8- Deep sinks- such as the old farm house sinks with classic faucets is where it is at this year. Making something that is new and practical, look vintage.
9- Concrete- finishes are still gaining in popularity. Acid stained, textured, or clean and simple, super unique designs that blend together in a modern classy way.
10- Last but definitely not least, Smart home kitchens are IN and rapidly advancing in digital technology. Of coarse it would not be the 21st century if we did not see this happening. It is just a matter of time before we can voice activate everything in our home. Not just Alexa and Siri.