Interior Design and 2019 Countertop Trends You Can Still Use

Written by:Cambria USA
Bathroom with black cabinets and gold fixtures with Summerhill quartz countertops

Cambria design shown: Summerhill™

New year, new space? Make sure your next project feels current yet classic. Here are the 2019 interior design trends we predict will offer timeless appeal to last well beyond the new year.

Boldly Patterned Backsplashes

There’s good news if white subway tile is not your style. Backsplashes will have more of a starring role in kitchens this year, showcasing bold patterns and large-scale movement. A full-height backsplash in natural quartz like Cambria showcases all the intricacies of the stone on a vertical plane.

Choosing a different design from the countertops makes for a sophisticated twist on an accent wall, while using the same design offers a sleek streamlined look. Cambria designs with bold veining add drama at any height, but the product upkeep is drama free. Maintenance-free and durable, a Cambria backsplash means there are no grout lines to clean, which can be cumbersome with tile.

Kitchen with black cabinets, bodly veined quartz countertops and backsplash, wooden columns, ceilings, and floors, and plenty of natural light.

A sky-high Galloway™ backsplash makes a mesmerizing focal point in this kitchen by Square Footage Inc. Photo by Valerie Wilcox.

Brittanicca (along with related designs Brittanicca Warm™ and Brittanicca Gold Warm™) is a striking choice for the sophisticated single-stone look. The white quartz backsplash brightens the space while the robust marble veining adds captivating character. An integrated shelf crafted out of the same stone is another option gaining popularity as an alternative to wood open shelving.

A white veined quartz countertop and matching backsplash and shelf and white cabinets.

From meets function with Brittanicca Matte™ integrated countertops, backsplash, and shelf in this kitchen remodel from Jenny Komenda.

Dark Bathroom Designs

The spa-like bathroom trend inspired many bright and airy “dream bathroom” Pinterest boards, but there’s an exciting counterpart emerging. Dark bathroom designs that play with pattern and rich texture offer a high-end feel for powder rooms and master baths alike. These spaces are a departure from the subdued soft gray or all-white bathroom trend, and we’re excited to see more daring and dark bathroom palettes like these.

We love how going dark can make an impact even in a small space. Explore more dark powder room palettes here and matte black bathroom ideas here.

Bathroom with black cabinets and gold fixtures with Summerhill quartz countertops

This bathroom by Jaclyn Peters Design pairs Summerhill countertops and backsplash with matte black cabinets, faucet, mirror, light fittings, and vanity decor.

Warmer and Darker Countertops

White marble-look quartz countertops will continue to be a classic choice for kitchens, but darker countertops and warmer-based tones are starting to surpass stark whites and grays.

These two kitchens by Artisan Signature Homes and Gretchen Black have us convinced that this is one of the 2019 interior design trends that is here to stay.

a traditional kitchen with white cabinets, white veined quartz countertops on the island, teal barstools, and matte gold light fixtures and hardware.

Brittanicca Gold Warm countertops play well with brass and blue in this elegant open kitchen. Photo by Carley Page Summers.

This countertop trend is not limited to the kitchen. Darker vanity countertops fall right in line with the dark bathroom trend, and warmer bathroom countertops feel fresh in 2019 as well.

Are you warming up to this this trend? See more with this glam kitchen remodel with Brittanicca Warm, a classic farmhouse kitchen featuring Brittanicca Warm Matte™, and these spaces with Brittanicca Gold Warm and Brittanicca Warm.

a black and white kitchen with white cabinets, a black island, black appliances and black quartz countertops.

Matte Black Countertops make a stunning statement in this warm, inviting kitchen featuring Blackpool Matte™. Photo by Carley Page Summers.

a bathroom with a floating vanity, beige quartz countertops, a circular mirror, two wall lights, and shiplap walls.

A neutral foundation with fine-grain crystals, Baybridge™ pairs with blonde woods for a warm and welcoming bathroom vanity.

High Contrast Cabinets and Countertops

High contrast finishes and materials will continue to captivate in the coming design year. Contrast between cabinets and counters, upper and lower cabinets, or island and perimeter countertops have broad appeal in kitchens.

A grand kitchen with a blue center island topped with white quartz countertops, matching quartz backsplash, wooden beams on the ceiling, black and gold hood over the range, and lots of natural light

Cobalt blue and black contrast with a Brittanicca Matte backsplash and countertops in this kitchen from Jean Stoffer Design and Kenowa Builders. Photo by Stoffer Photography Interiors.

Contrast within individual design elements is becoming more prominent as well in both kitchen and bath, including graphic wallpaper, patterned tile, and natural stone countertops with bold veining and movement that balances dark and light.

a bathroom with a floating shelf vanity and shelf made from black and white speckled quartz, with two vessel sinks with gold faucets, two long, veritcal mirrors, and white herringbone tile backsplash.

A high-contrast design like Rose Bay™ makes for high-impact style in a master bath. Space by Sire Design.

Curved Furnishings

Get ready to round out your style. Curved furnishings from subtle to spherical are taking shape throughout the home, especially in seating. Think midcentury mod dining chairs and sofas to arched armchairs, tufted ottomans, and relaxed, rounded-back stools. Circular tables and curved-front kitchen islands are also being selected for comfort and style. Whether as an accent or statement piece, round furnishings help to balance and soften a structured space.

Two wooden stools in front of a kitchen island with a Cambria White Brittanicca quartz countertop.

This kitchen by Jaclyn Peters Design features rounded rattan kitchen island stools and a bold Brittanicca backsplash. Photo by Ariana Tennyson.

A rounded Ella™ kitchen island offers the appeal of a luxe tabletop in this modern farmhouse kitchen

A rounded Ella™ kitchen island offers the appeal of a luxe tabletop in this modern farmhouse kitchen. Photo by Steve Henke.

Curved furnishings are also making waves in commercial design, offering an inviting feel and striking style for hospitality spaces.

a rounded bar in Target Center featuring white quartz countertops.

This Target Center suite features a sleek, elliptical Brittanicca Bar.

Light Wood Floors

Open and airy Scandinavian-inspired spaces have been on trend for some time. Light wood floors are a signature element of the look, and soft shades of birch and oak will make their mark in kitchens and open-concept living spaces. These light wood flooring hues offer an earthen-luxe vibe and look especially chic when paired with a vintage kilim rug.

These spaces by Jaclyn Peters Design give a nod to the Nordic with light wood floors and also showcase another of our timeless 2019 interior design trends: high contrast. Pristine white Cambria countertops are a natural pairing with light floors to ensure a clean, bright look while dark cabinetry grounds the space.

A cozy white kitchen with dark brown cabinets and Brittanicca quartz countertops by Jaclyn Peters

Light wood flooring and Brittanicca countertops contribute to the open, airy feel of this high-contrast kitchen from Jaclyn Peters Design. Photo by Ariana Tennyson.

a traditional kitchen with green upper and lower cabinets, a green center island, wooden accents, light wooden floors, and white quartz countertops.

This dreamy green kitchen hue pops against crisp Newport™ countertops and light wood floors. Photo: Ariana Tennyson

Mixed Materials

Mixed metals, including satin brass, matte black, and brushed finishes, have been trending for some time. Now there are more materials in the mix for the kitchen and bath, as designs incorporate natural stone, wood, painted surfaces, glass, and more.

a modern kitchen with oak lower cabinets, white quartz backsplash and custom quartz shelving, a large sink in the island, and black accents throughout.

A trio of Cambria designs combines for an innovative kitchen island with integrated Brittanicca Gold Warm sink, accented by a Blackpool Matte perimeter countertop and Fairbourne™ backsplash. Space by Vasi Ypsilantis, VYDA Fine InteriorsI for Kips Bay Palm Beach House.

In commercial design, mixed materials showcase craftsmanship in statement furniture pieces such as conference tables and reception desks.

A brick and mortar concept conference room with a dual wooden and Cambria Parys quartz tabletop

Work in style at Brick X Mortar with a mixed-material conference table featuring Parys™ and live-edge wood.

Furniture-Inspired Kitchen Islands

The kitchen island remains the favorite for open kitchen layouts, creating a design focal point and central hub for kitchen activity. A shift toward furniture-inspired elements reflects their important role in the home, especially as a gathering spot for meals and entertaining. As a growing trend, kitchen islands will incorporate more features typically associated with high-end furniture such as luxury finishes, corbels, and custom hardware.

Open islands or overhangs with table leg details offer a handcrafted, often rustic look.

Cambria Carrick Matte quartz kitchen countertop

An olive green open island is topped with Carrick Matte™ for a farmhouse table look in this space from Jenny Komenda.

See another furniture-inspired island in this classic farmhouse from Bria Hammel Interiors and explore these kitchen island ideas for additional inspo.

Dark and Moody Tones

Dark and moody colors are gaining momentum in all aspects of finishes in the kitchen, with deep blues and dark greens trending.

Moody blue and black hues pair with white Swanbridge™ countertops in this kitchen from Haven Builders. Photo by D&M Images.

Eye-Catching Wallpaper

Captivating, large-scale wallpaper in floral and geometric patterns is making its way into smaller spaces like powder rooms, laundry rooms, and home workspaces. These utility rooms are the perfect place to take risks with pattern and color, but the trend can also be embraced in kitchens and master suites.

a powder bathroom with black vanity topped with white quartz countertops and a bold black and white leaf wallpaper.

A palm-frond print and Brittanicca Warm countertop pair for tropical pattern play in this Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House powder room from Billy Ceglia.

Cambria Swanbridge quartz laundry room countertops

Large-scale florals paired with Swanbridge countertops and hunter green cabinets make for a lovely laundry room from AFT Construction and E. Interiors.

See more stunning wallpaper selections we’ve scouted, including a dreamy laundry room, luxe dog wash, and family craft room.

A bathroom counter featuring a wall with a blue paint design.

Whimsical blue wallpaper pops against crisp White Cliff™ in this bathroom from Wit & Delight.

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