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Kitchen Trends: 10 Trends Making Their Way into 2020

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The idea of getting a brand-new kitchen is rather exciting. Especially if it’s been a while since it was last renovated. If you plan on renovating your kitchen soon, it would be best to know all about the most recent trends so you can figure out what is best for your space. The possibilities are endless! Our team, with the help of experts in the field, put together these 10 kitchen trends you’re likely to see in 2020.

Whether you’re looking for a change because of the new features in appliances, or are obsessed with new lighting or countertop trends, want a more bohemian looking kitchen or a more modern one, there’s a lot that can be done in a kitchen to match your needs! This room typically reflects who you are, so make the most of your renovation by giving it your special touch!

1. A Backsplash that Turns Into a Shelf

This year, backsplashes that extend into shallow shelves are making their way into the kitchen. Reminiscent of European style kitchens, these backsplashes are typically made of natural stone, like marble or granite. They’re great for decorative accessories, glasses or mugs.

Integrating the trend: To follow the trend, opting for a countertop and backsplash made of the same material is best. It allows for visual continuity.

2. Storage Walls for an Organized Kitchen

Instead of putting up many cabinets, why not get a full wall of storage cabinets that go from the floor to the ceiling? This solution is best for those who don’t have enough space to put in a big pantry. Having large cabinets is great but knowing how to make the most of their space is best! Take a look at our video on storage solutions suggested by Blum to see how you can make the most of your space.

Integrating the trend: Put in pull-out shelving or drawers to ease your day-to-day. Plan on even adding electrical outlets inside the cabinets so you can plug in small appliances.

3. Warmer Tones are In

In 2020, it’s time to opt for colour tones that remind us of the outdoors. Browns, greys and beiges will be on trend! Without being entirely monochrome, kitchens are to have neutral colours in order to put materials at the forefront. As for fittings, warm tones like golden tones, copper, champagne or even black or charcoal grey are options to consider. In any case, matte finishing is preferred over shine. Keep in mind that when discussing warm tones, it’s not just about paint colours.

Integrating the trend: This trend can be followed on multiple surfaces, like beige-toned, brown or terracotta tiling. We can also opt for darker wood, as opposed to light wood. The goal is to create a warm and inviting ambiance by combining various materials and soothing tones.

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4. Discrete and minimalist handles

Cabinet handles and knobs are rather discrete in 2020! They’re much slimmer, if not hidden altogether. There are so many discrete looking handles out on the market nowadays.

Integrating the trend: Go for hidden or barely-there handles that go well with the cabinets you’ve chosen. This will provide a unified look to your kitchen. For instance, you can go for cabinets that have handle cut-outs in them. Shapes and size can vary, from simple rectangular or round cut-outs to a slot that’s cut all along the cabinet.

Otherwise, you can opt for handles, which can be installed above or under cabinet doors, and only stick out a little bit. If that isn’t what you’re looking for, you can also purchase more traditional handles that are long and slim – ideally some that are similarly coloured to your cabinets. You’ll want your handles to be incognito!

5. Black Cabinets are a Thing

Although natural, warm tones are back on trend, black is also making its way back into kitchens! Dare to have all cabinets black. If not, accessories can do the trick, so can tiling or fittings & fixtures. Matte finishing is preferred over a shine to remind us of 2020’s love for natural stone.

Integrating the trend: Before going all in with this trend, be sure that the lighting in your space allows for it. All-black kitchens are very chic but darken a room – which isn’t ideal if your kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house. You can choose to only have certain cabinets all-black and mix them with materials like wood.

6. Natural Materials are Shining Bright

Material quality is highly important in new kitchen trends. The entire kitchen has adopted a more minimalist look to allow natural noble materials to steal the show. Going for wood, marble, quartz, or any other material that reminds us of nature is the way to go! In terms of tiling, matte finishing is also suggested. This time around, motifs are rather discrete. However, some tiling can have a high shine finish and be of out-of-the-ordinary shapes.

Integrating the trend: Make sure that most of your finishing is rather matte. Also, allow any slab of marble to have prominent veins or your terrazzo to have large chunks – as long as they’re all in warm, neutral tones. Check out at our kitchen cabinets article to see which material works best for you.

7. Fluted Glass is Back

Remember that textured glass your grandma’s kitchen had? Well, it has made its way back into our modern-day kitchens! Although today’s kitchen is rather minimalist, it’s quite trendy to have some shelving with a glass façade. This allows us to showcase our prized possessions. Fluted glass is perfect for this look because the objects remain abstract (i.e. not entirely divulging the cabinets’ contents). Fluted glass’s cousin, smoked glass, is also coming back. Designers are making these glass trends live in our kitchens by combining them with highly contemporary cabinets. These glass panels can also be used as sliding doors for pantries.

Integrating the trend: If you plan on integrating this trend in your new kitchen, make sure to store items that won’t be used day in and day out behind the glass. This way, the look will remain clean and intact for quite some time. Keep in mind that some glass-doored cabinets look great, but don’t get too many! Plan to have only one or two sections with glass panels.

8. Oversized Pantries are Ideal

Is there a lot of space in your kitchen? If so, this trend is for you! It’s time to make your pantry bigger and organize it so that every item is easily accessible. You won’t need to bend over to try and find a bag of flour at the back of a dark cabinet! Consider adding a coffee and/or toast station or hide all smaller appliances in the pantry so that your kitchen always looks clean.

Integrating the trend: Make sure to properly evaluate your kitchen’s dimensions. A pantry like this one takes up quite a lot of space. Goodbye small appliances taking up counter space! Plan on getting electrical outlets inside your pantry so you can use your toaster or Vitamix without adding items to the kitchen counter. Of course, don’t forget to add lighting to this new space.

9. Range Hoods are Now Hidden

Given that range hoods aren’t all that aesthetically pleasing, designers have decided it’s time to hide them in 2020! They’re integrated into the cabinets or at the very least the air duct seems to be part of the wall. Some have opted to continue the wall’s tiling all the way to the ceiling – also covering the wall hiding the range hood. Others have also covered it with natural stone like marble.

Integrating the trend: Before getting your kitchen plans drawn up, speak with your contractor to see which is the best way to hide your range hood. It’s important that its efficiency isn’t reduced and that it can be easily replaced if ever something goes wrong.

10. Appliances Have New Colours

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In continuing with the idea of having warm-toned, natural colours, appliance companies like Samsung have a lineup of new products that have a finish that’s a combination of brown, champagne and dark grey. Appliances have less of a cold uninviting look now.

In 2020, kitchen appliances are also getting smarter, including refrigerators! LG has a lineup of smart refrigerators that work with Alexa, allowing you to set reminders for expiration dates, as well as see the contents of your fridge from your phone.

Integrating the trend: Be sure to pick out appliances, fittings and fixtures that work well together. This new appliance colour would clash next to chromed cabinet handles.

Out-Dated Kitchen Trends

To sum up, 2020 kitchen trends are all about natural stones and noble woods in a minimalist setting. Looking through trends and making the right choices can be quite the challenge. Our experts have, however, put together a list of trends that should be avoided nowadays.

  • Lacquered cabinets: High-shine cabinets used to be trendy a while back, but it’s now time to avoid getting them for your kitchen.
  • Colourful kitchens: Very colourful kitchens or those with pops of flashy colours are no longer on trend. It’s better to now opt for a variety of neutral tones that work well together for a harmonized finish.
  • Exaggerated modernism: Ultramodern decors that have a lot of chrome and white are to be avoided.
  • A backsplash with too many motifs: Stay away from tiling with a lot of detaling or highly contrasting colours. Glass paste mosaic is also to be avoided. Tiles with subtle motifs – usually tone on tone – are the way to go.
  • Large cabinet handles: Ornate or imposing cabinet handles should not be used in today’s kitchen. We’re looking for subtlety now.
  • Too many open concept shelves: Open shelving is nice, but not necessarily practical. Dust accumulates rather easily. Closed cabinets with glass or opaque doors are a safer bet.
  • Pot racks: Forget about having pots and pans hanging above the kitchen island. Go for more of a simple and clean look.
  • Angles: Don’t give your cabinets or kitchen islands odd angles. Opt for straight lines throughout the kitchen.

Timeless Kitchen Trends

Some elements are timeless when it comes to kitchen décor. They look great year after year. Here are some elements you can’t go wrong with if you integrate them into your kitchen:

  • Marble: Marble is a material that’ll always look great no matter what year we’re in! Whether it be used for flooring, as a backsplash or for countertops, it’s a great choice.
  • Chevron patterned hardwood floors: A very popular look in European kitchens, the chevron pattern is quite elegant. Although it’s a little more challenging to install, it’s well worth it as it will stand the test of time.
  • Shaker-style cabinets: Shaker style or flat cabinets make their way through time with ease compared to detailed and ornamental cabinets.

A kitchen renovation is an investment and must be well taken care of. Besides picking out finishing details and materials, you also need to consider its ergonomics, the height of different elements, the number (and location) of electrical outlets, where plumbing needs to be installed as well as air ducts. To avoid kitchen renovation mistakes, you can get the help of a kitchen designer. He or she will make sure your kitchen is functional, well organized and meshes well with the rest of your home. If you plan on renovating your bathroom, check out our 2020 bathroom trends article to know what trends should and shouldn’t be followed.

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