The Top 5 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2019 - And How To Get Them On a Budget
Last week, I traveled to sunny Las Vegas, Nevada for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). As you can tell by the picture above, it was far from sunny during my stay. You wouldn’t travel to the desert and expect to see snow, yet there I was on Thursday morning, watching snowflakes pile on top of palm trees from the 11th floor of Planet Hollywood.
Thankfully, pool parties and day drinking weren’t really part of my itinerary to begin with. I spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday within the massive walls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We walked between what felt like miles of displays of the latest products and innovations. It probably felt like miles because it was miles, according to my co-workers fit bit, we walked about 5 each day.
That kind of exercise was probably a good thing when you consider the chicken and waffles drizzled in honey butter and maple syrup that composed my morning breakfasts. Calories don’t count on vacation, right?
This “vacation” was actually a lot of work - but I left on Thursday feeling incredibly inspired and ready to share all the cool things I saw with both my company and you, my badass, budget conscious readers. There were 5 main trends I saw over and over across many of the major brands at the show. While this was an event aimed toward luxury design, you can achieve these styles with just about any budget - and I’ll show you how!
1. COUNTERTOPS - VEINING
Speckled or smaller patterned styles were harder to find than Chick-Fil-A nuggets on a Sunday. Which is A-okay with this girl, because I’m a big fan of stone surfaces with a ton of organic movement.
GET THE LOOK WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG:
Makeover the top of your desk, coffee table or even your counter tops with cheap contact paper like this one! I did this on my desk at work and it turned out great. Make sure to take your time and smooth out any bubbles as you go. Also - try to buy the paper in rolls that have large dimensions, it’s a lot easier to cut the paper down than it is to try and line up multiple sheets. Click here for a helpful tutorial.
2. CABINETS - GREEN PAINT
Green cabinets were EVERYWHERE. I’ll just go ahead and pat myself on the back since I was clearly ahead of the trends when I painted Ryan’s dresser a shade of the color for his surprise room redo a few months back.
Going hunter or forest green gives the cabinets an unexpectedly vintage and classic feel that I’m honestly obsessed with. If I wasn’t afraid my landlord would kill me (or just charge me a huge fine), I would totally paint my dingy apartment cabinets this color. You might feel the same after the next few photos.
GO GREEN WITHOUT SPENDING ALL YOUR GREEN:
Before you go redoing all your cabinetry, a few cans of paint can go a lonnnnnng way. By going with a ‘chalk paint’ you can skip the priming step all together! For chalk paint colors, I would recommend Vineyard Passage by Behr, Amsterdam Green by Annie Sloan or Enchanted by Americana. Here’s a great tutorial by the creator of chalk paint herself, Annie Sloan.
3. METAL FINISH - ROSE GOLD/COPPER
Like green cabinetry, it was hard to enter any booth and not see a twinkle of rose gold or copper coming from hardware, plumbing or decorative pieces. A little trick from the interior design world - metallic trends for the home follow the metallic trends in jewelry. Rose gold and golds have been hot in the accessory market, so it’s no surprise we were seeing them in excess at the show.
GET THE LOOK FOR LESS:
If you’re loving this rosy hue, consider mixing metals and swapping out your current hardware for these Brushed Copper Knobs or Brushed Copper Pulls. NOTE: When purchasing pulls, make sure to measure from screw hole to screw hole on your existing cabinetry to make sure you’re ordering the right size.
Mixing metals is a HUGE trend, so don’t be afraid if your faucet or sink don’t match your new copper or rose gold additions.
4. MIRRORS - Major Statement Pieces
If you can get passed the creepy face staring back at you in the right mirror (a reflection of the advertisement on the other wall), you’ll notice the allure of the double backlit mirrors on this Grohe vanity. There were entire booths dedicated to lighted mirrors of all shapes and sizes. Some allowed you to change the lighting type based on indoor lighting, outdoor lighting and lighting for makeup applications. For all you tech nerds out there, some mirrors even come equipped with Alexa so you can play music, ask about weather, set reminders and more, all while getting ready for your day.
GET THE STYLE FOR A STEAL
Lighted mirrors can run in the hundreds of dollars, but I did find some cheap ones on Wayfair. However, getting one of these bad boys for less than $100 makes me a little skeptical, so buy at your own discretion!
Basically, the overall idea is that people are placing a lot more focus on their mirrors than simply just being a glass square stuck to the wall. Now, mirrors are meant to make a statement and contribute to the overall style of the room.
For a mid-century look, try this Tapered Gold Mirror from Hearth and Hand. If you lean more modern, go for this square Brass Wall Mirror with an additional shelf. Another GREAT place to find affordable, unique mirrors is on Facebook Marketplace. I found a large shaker framed wooden mirror for my vanity for $15 on there. That’s a steal, my friends.
5. Layered Antiques
Lately, I’ve found myself incredibly drawn to the art of mixing antique finds with modern pieces. The design world agrees with me. Kitchen displays were decorated with antique art, wooden cutting boards and other found and functional objects. A huge trend right now is displaying natural, neutral colored textures like wood, glass, stone and greenery.
Look Chic for Cheap
To achieve this look in your own home, head to a local thrift store like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Look for wooden kitchen utensils and display them throughout the kitchen. Buy clear glass containers and fill them with dry goods like oats, pasta, flour, sugar, coffee beens, etc. Pot a plant in an old ceramic pitcher and use it as a bookend for your cookbooks. Lean an interesting piece of framed art on your counter. The options are endless and with prices as cheap as they are at thrift stores, you can afford to do some trial and error.
I hope these ideas help you spruce up your own interiors, without sacrificing too many of your hard earned dollars. Just remember, big style doesn’t have to cost big bucks. If you need help with your own projects or advice, feel free to reach out to me via email - email@example.com, or via Instagram direct message. Im always happy to help :)