Kitchen Trends 2020 Blog Post

Kitchen Trends 2020

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Kitchen cabinets, countertops, and layout are a more permanent reflection of the home’s design style. Careful consideration must be at the forefront when designing a new kitchen to ensure that it will be admired for years to come. Trends come and go each year, but when designing a kitchen, you want a look that lasts. Lets be honest, renovating every time an of-the-moment look becomes popular isn’t realistic. That’s why we’ve assembled the trends with staying power, as well as perennial classics that will be everywhere in the new year. Here are the kitchen design trends we predict to dominate in the coming year.


Dark Blue Cabinetry.

Naval, a rich dark blue, was named the Color of 2020. Color is one of the most effective ways to take notice. A different color of paint on your cabinets can make all the difference and separate you from the pack. Dark blues have infiltrated the pages of interior design magazines over that past few years and top designers are utilizing it in beautifully luxury kitchens. Dark blue cabinets can be used as an accent color on an island, or they can be incorporated throughout. Coincidentally, dark blue cabinetry pairs quite nicely with trendy gold hardware giving an upscale and regal look. Dark blue cabinets are just as neutral as white or gray, they’re just a little deeper more dramatic. Like all neutrals, navy pairs well with a number of different colors.

Dark Blue Cabinetry

Gold and Brass Hardware

Everything old is new again – and if you keep up with interior design trends, you know that brass and glass hardware, lighting and faucets are hot right now. Since updating your hardware is the easiest way to keep your space looking contemporary and fresh, gold and brass hardware fixtures can transform your current kitchen without breaking the bank. Drawer pulls, faucets, and light fixtures add a touch of shine to your modern kitchen’s design. And no matter the finish, this metal makes a stylish statement. Gold-toned finishes are a new and compelling trend.  They look stunning against both light and dark cabinetry and add a formal touch to any kitchen.


Open Shelving and Drawers

Open shelves look beautiful in the magazines, but not necessarily a “must-have” for most homeowners.  Lets face it, you have to have a matching set of dinnerware or specialty pieces you want on display.  But with good organization and the right kind of shelves, you can create a really unique cutting edge style for your kitchen. While you may find it hard to go without your beloved closed door wall cabinetry, open shelving has plenty of benefits. It introduces a light and airy feel offering the illusion of more space which is especially great in smaller kitchens.  It’s efficient, since you can see and grab what you need without taking the time to open cabinet doors to look inside.

The steady disappearance of upper cabinets has been a design trend that we have seen in the last several years. Open shelving provides an opportunity to add personality to a kitchen with thoughtfully displayed décor and accessories.

Open shelving in kitchen


Double Islands

Today’s open floor plans are changing the way kitchens are being designed. The kitchen island has become an integral element in floor plans because it provides a transition from the kitchen to the dining and living spaces. Islands are often dual purpose, they provide extra countertop area for food prep and they are also a place to gather and entertain. As homes become even more open and sprawling, we are seeing a trend where designers are incorporating two islands into their design plan.

One island is focused on food preparation and storage with a large sink and large drawers. While the second island accommodates casual entertaining with a bar sink, wine storage, and extra seating. Whether you help the kids with homework or turn your kitchen into a hobby space when you’re not cooking, double islands can provide a creative solution. If you don’t spend much time in the kitchen, double islands can still provide aesthetic value.

Double Island Kitchen


Minimalism and Clean Aesthetics

A further refinement of the modern design trend is the growing interest in minimalism. Minimalist kitchens are sleek and simple, without excess ornamentation or decoration. A minimalist kitchen typically has slab style door and drawer fronts and hidden hardware. However, minimalist kitchens are far from boring. Kitchen cabinetry has not been spared the modernization wave that has influenced home décor in recent years. One of the most obvious impacts has been the adoption of clean aesthetics in cabinetry constructions. By refining the form of the design to its bare essentials, the true essence of a kitchen’s form and function are revealed. All the clutter has been pared down to the bare minimum.  This type of cabinetry works perfectly with a modern styled kitchen, complementing other components like the countertop and the backsplash.


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