Designer predicts top 5 trends for homes in 2019

Are you starting the new year with a new project? Why not get an
inside scoop on the hottest trends around the corner? Toni
Sabatino, the award-winning designer behind Toni Sabatino Style in
New York, keeps her finger on the pulse to deliver her clients
cutting-edge home interiors. These are her top five trend
predictions for 2019.

“Hidden”  kitchens

As much as we love being able to see our living rooms from our
kitchens, the view from the other side isn’t always as
attractive. From the couch, the sight of blenders, toasters,
refrigerators and dishwashers can disrupt the feel of common
areas.“The open kitchen trend encourages lots of hidden storage
and fully integrated appliances for a streamlined look,” Sabatino
says. “Tall walls of storage and appliances paired with a large
island with seating for prepping and entertaining continue to gain
popularity. Cabinet manufacturers are creating sliding and pocket
door solutions that hide cooking and sink areas as well.”

Organic modernism

Next-level minimal modern spaces will integrate natural elements
into simplified rooms.

“I think that simple, clean lines using organic materials is a
trend that will stay with us for some time,” Sabatino says.
“Wood, stone, iron, matte black and tiles in colors found in
nature create a neutral, contemporary look. Accented with
industrial-look kitchen furniture and open shelving, this style is
sophisticated and family-friendly, as the finishes generally have
great durability.

Smart(er) appliances

Smart dishwashers and clothes dryers can already text you when
they’re finished, but 2019 is the year that appliances will be
even more connected and helpful.

“There are now numerous appliance manufacturers that offer
connectivity through your phone or with voice control,” Sabatino
says. “This convenience helps you multitask and save time. New
smart features also allow for download of recipes and
network-enabled diagnostics for service.”

Wireless charging stations 

How many times have you been working off of a recipe on your
phone in the kitchen, only to have it die mid-stir? Into 2019,
we’re getting our long charger cords off of the counters — and
away from the splashing sink water. We can now charge wirelessly
through our countertops, which helps reduce clutter and

“I think the convenience of wireless, invisible charging
stations in kitchen counters will become mainstream,” Sabatino
says. “We are never far from our phones, and it seems safer and
more convenient to be able to charge wirelessly in the

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Healthier, easier cooking

Convection steam ovens and induction stovetops are growing in
popularity as they become more accessible and easier to integrate
and use. They make fast, healthy cooking much simpler. And in 2019,
we can get closer to achieving our resolutions with the help of
better home cooking.

“Steam cooking retains nutrients destroyed by microwave
cooking and is also a very efficient way to reheat food without
changing the texture,” Sabatino says. “Convection adds the
browning option to steam cooking to create healthier, crispier,
juicier dishes in less time than a standard oven. Induction is safe
and efficient, as the power of magnets is used to generate heat and
turns the vessel into the heat source. It sounds complex, but in
truth, it’s very simple, easy to operate, and boils water faster
than gas. Look for induction to make a major impact for its
performance, easy-to-clean surface, ease of use and safety.”

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Designer predicts top 5 trends for homes in 2019