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Kitchen Design Trends 2020

With the New Year comes a fresh start and a chance to make changes or rejuvenate areas of your life and what better goal for 2020 than the new kitchen you’ve been dreaming of.

Quality kitchens are an investment and should last for 10 years or more, so it’s important to consider trends very carefully so your kitchen doesn’t feel dated. The balance with kitchen design is creating a scheme that feels both current and timeless. It’s useful to keep up to date with the latest trends and technologies so that you can identify what you like and work with your designer to incorporate elements from the latest trends in a way that will stand the test of time. In this blog, you will learn what trends to expect in 2020 from our designers.

Back to Blue

When looking at colour trends, many people start with the Pantone colour of the year, which for 2020 is Classic Blue. This is quite a contrast from 2019’s Pantone colour of the year which was vibrant Living Coral. Dark blues are seen to be a more conservative colour, associated with feelings of reliability and tradition. Pantone’s Classic Blue has a contemporary, energetic feel as it leans more toward a vibrant cyan-blue colour palette than a deep navy.

A colour chosen to represent stability and confidence, Classic Blue perfectly aligns with interior design trends which are returning to traditional and timeless styles. Classic Blue pairs beautifully with handcrafted cabinetry, asymmetrical motifs, lustrous textiles such as velvet, marble textures and metals such as bronze and copper.

Bold Monochromatic Palettes

2020 will see the use of bold monochromatic palettes. This trend embraces the use of colour palettes based on a single colour hue. Choose your colour-way and then decorate and furnish using varying tones, tints and shades of the same colour.

We are seeing this trend being applied in kitchen design as kitchen cabinetry in darker colours, such as greys and blacks or colours such as blues and greens, paired with worktops and splashbacks in similar colour hues. This is a departure from many kitchen designs which often combine darker and lighter colours together, such as dark blue cabinetry with white Quartz worktops.

For an instant refresh to your existing kitchen, make a bold statement by painting your walls the same colour as your kitchen cabinets in a slightly lighter or darker tone within the same colour palette. At KCA, we recommend choosing a darker shade to create a more dramatic look and a sense of layers.

Elsewhere in the home, paint a whole room and even the ceiling in one colour. For this look, opt for Pantone colour of the year Classic Blue, or we love Desert Sage or Buttercup Yellow. The key to success when creating this interior design statement is to play with shape, texture and light so the colour doesn’t fall flat. Use different shades of the colour to create depth and use patterns and textures to create intrigue. 

Kitchen Worktops

The 2020 trends move away from slimmer profile worktops in favour of chunkier designs that create a greater impact and sense of drama. Concrete styles will remain popular in certain designs, helped by the increase in Quartz and Ceramic finishes available.

Marble textures remain as prevalent as ever, particularly in more traditional kitchen designs. However, the soft and porous nature of marble means that many people don’t find the material to be durable enough for their kitchens, so we are most likely to see the marble look achieved with high-quality ceramics or granites rather than natural marble itself. With light grey marbles such as Carrara trending in recent years, in 2020 we will see a trend for darker hues and more dramatic marble textures as people seek a different look. 

Waterfall Kitchen Islands

A trend that will continue in 2020 is the waterfall island. This look involves continuing your worktop so that it wraps down either end of your island cabinetry. This creates a stunning design feature whilst adding a practical element that can be cleaned easily. For a more natural look, clad the sides of your island in a wood veneer to bring a sense of warmth to your design. For more impact, choose a with a veneer with a visible grain or texture.

Another trending kitchen look is to wrap your island in stone on three sides, only leaving the cabinetry visible on the back of the island. This is a striking look and works particularly well with symmetrical kitchen designs that feature one back wall and a rectangular island. Although we love this look, it can be less practical for many kitchen designs as it limits the storage that can be incorporated into the island. The waterfall look can be just as striking whilst also featuring much needed storage space.



Double Kitchen Islands

For larger kitchens, 2020 will be the year for double islands. The double island is a practical way of dividing preparation, cooking and entertaining areas. Two islands create an opportunity to integrate multiple sinks and appliances such as wine fridges, hot taps and teppanyaki plates. By not interrupting the flow as you walk around the kitchen, a double island layout lends itself to many open-plan spaces.

Industrial Elements

The industrial kitchen design has been incredibly popular in recent years and this trend will continue into 2020 and beyond. However, the 2020 industrial look will be more refined than in previous years with people incorporating industrial elements and materials in a more subtle way.

This more refined industrial look lends itself to both traditional and contemporary kitchen designs. For a contemporary take, we recommend a concrete textured veneer door in dark tones paired with a light worktop and industrial accessories. For a more classic industrial look, we recommend shaker cabinetry finished with contemporary handles, exposed brick walls and industrial pendant lighting.


Old Meets New

Back in September 2019 House Beautiful created a viral article around the Grandmillenial. This is anyone in their mid-20s to late-30s that has a love for design trends previously considered too old fashioned and dated by the mainstream. Whilst Grandmillenial style is growing in popularity and will be a trend in 2020, this will most likely be a more subtle interpretation. Elements of the Grandmillennial style will be visible in a fresh take on classic design combining chinoiserie, vintage pieces such as statement glass, tasselled lamps and patterned vases, with elegant contemporary kitchen furniture and fresh colour palettes. 


The Anti-Kitchen

With open plan living here to stay, people see their kitchens as more than just a place to cook and dine. Kitchens in 2020 need to work in harmony with the surrounding space and therefore, people are seeking ways to soften the appearance of the kitchen. Tall mirrors, open shelves, soft washable fabrics and textures will all be used to make the kitchen feel more like an extension of the living space.

Metal Finishes

Metal accents can elevate your kitchen design. From sleek stainless steel to rich and elegant copper, the metal fixings, accessories and appliances you choose can greatly influence the look and feel of the design. Traditionally, most appliances were stainless steel so this has been a common material in kitchen design for many years. However, designs are now featuring more bronzes, golds and coppers alongside the traditional steel and chrome. In industrial designs we are seeing metals finished with a patina or vintage aesthetic. A trend we expect to continue in 2020 is mixing metal finishes. Whilst mixing metals in your new kitchen may sound like a bold choice for some, it allows you to showcase the individual elements of your kitchen as a curated collection. Metal finishes can be incorporated into almost any element of your kitchen including your kitchen cabinetry, worktops, handles, appliances, lighting, bar stools and accessories. Play with combinations of metals to create your own personal style. Mixing metals can work particularly well for kitchens with a neutral or grey palette as they add a new dimension to the design without introducing another colour.

To see how we can help you to create a kitchen design that is both current and timeless, contact a KCA designer today.

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