A new year is upon us, and with it comes the many resolutions made by so many homeowners. Last year, according to HomeAdvisor’s Dan DiClerico, homeowners focused their renovation efforts on bathrooms to accommodate the needs of growing families. This year, he says, the kitchen will take center stage, as homeowners embrace a healthier lifestyle – and they’re looking to the kitchen to support those efforts.1 With this revived interest in remodeling the heart of the home, it’s important to get an idea of what’s going to be hot, and what’s not, in kitchen cabinet and countertop trends this year.

According to Nancy Peterson, CEO of HomeStars, Canadians are spending over $25,500 on an average kitchen renovation, and new cabinets and countertops account for approximately 30% of that budget.2 Bloomberg reports that a kitchen reno increases property values by more than 12.5%,3 which is likely why 45% of Canadian homeowners did renovation work in 2018.4

Homeowners today are looking at kitchens as an oasis within the home and are remodeling and renovating to create an environment that has a calming effect. They want an environment that reduces stress, creates a feeling of wellbeing and at the same time expresses their individuality. Embracing these themes and recognizing the trends that support this movement, will help you understand and deliver the perfect kitchen design solution to your client.

Here are our top 10 kitchen cabinet and countertop design ideas for 2019. The trends are very diverse, so there is something for every taste:

  1. Two-Toned Cabinets – Don’t be afraid to mix the colours and finishes of top and bottom cabinets. You could even match wood finishes with solid or textured colours. Take the design a step further by using two complimentary shades of colour for the cabinets and walls.
  1. Faux Quartz Finish – Solid and faux-granite finishes are out – the quartz look is in. The quartz look is bold, fresh and adds a dash of drama. The finish can be used for counter tops, as well as backsplash panels, cabinet doors and other kitchen components.
  1. Beadboard Accents – Add dimension to kitchen designs, by introducing eye-catching beadboard accents to drawers, doors, island fronts or even hood vent surrounds. This will lend sophistication and add subtle form to the room.
  1. High-Gloss Finish – For an upmarket, super-sophisticated look use high-gloss cabinets, panels and components throughout the kitchen. Use metal and/or glass as an accent material to punch out a bold statement or introduce some natural elements to tone down the overall effect.
  1. Hygge Tones – ‘Hygge’ is a Danish term that means cozy or charming. Bring an element of cozy comfort into the kitchen design by cutting back on bright white and other glaring colours. Instead, introduce natural and subdued hues for that mellow and relaxed ambiance.
  1. Matte Finishes and Appliances – Matte surfaces not only hide small imperfections better, but they are also easier to clean. Mixing matte cabinets and appliances with contrasting lustres and tones of the same or matching colours lends an air of elegance to kitchen designs.
  1. Rustic Meets Modern – By bringing two totally different design styles together, you can create a look that is unique to the homeowner. For example, incorporate stainless steel appliances with the weathered look of driftwood to create a very distinct statement – the possibilities are endless.
  1. Black & Gold – Cabinets, counters, components and appliances in black look stunning when accented with gold or copper. Whether you use a gloss, satin or matte finish of black, the sheen of gold or copper accessories or accents gives the design a distinguished and timeless appeal.
  1. Minimalism is Modern – Some contemporary kitchen designs are leaning towards cleaner lines, with fewer three-dimensional moldings and less, or at least more streamlined hardware. This results in an overall clean minimalistic design that reflects the simpler lifestyle of the modern homeowner.
  1. Taller Cabinets & Appliances – Vertical lines give a kitchen the illusion of height and make small spaces look larger. Using taller, leaner cabinets and appliances means smaller footprints with similar or even higher volumes of useable space as their shorter counterparts. Plus, they provide more open floor space.

DAGIGA can help you realize your kitchen dream designs, using high quality healthcare grade thermofoil. More affordable than many traditional materials, thermofoil looks just as beautiful and is much more versatile. Whether you choose high-gloss or a more rustic look, our thermofoil products are easy to clean, durable, heat and moisture resistant, and made to last.

DAGIGA engineers have 15+ years of experience in manufacturing premium grade thermofoil kitchen cabinet doors, drawer fronts, panels, counter tops and other specialty parts. We have over 70 colours and a variety of 30 different door styles to choose from. We can help you create the latest in kitchen finishes or produce any custom order – all at affordable pricing.

Talk to a DAGIGA expert today.



  1. Inman, What’s hot and what’s not in 2019 kitchen trends, October 2018
  2. CHATELAINE, How Much Should It Really Cost To Renovate A Kitchen, March 16, 2018
  3. Bloomberg News Network, Kitchen Renovation Blog, June 28, 2018
  4. Bloomberg News Network, Home Renovation Spending: CIBC, May 31, 2018