Kitchen Trends 2020
It is undeniable that the kitchen is one of the most important and frequently used rooms in a house. Whether it is to make a cup of coffee first thing in the morning or to whip up exciting recipes for the family, a lot of time is spent in the kitchen.
For this reason, prospective homeowners tend to go straight to the kitchen when looking at homes to purchase. A cramped, outdated kitchen could discourage a buyer from settling on an otherwise perfect house. Alternatively, a beautiful kitchen could help seal the deal and increase the value of the home.
So if you have the option of remodeling only one thing in your entire house, especially if you plan to sell your home one day, it should be your kitchen. Renovating your kitchen may sound like an extensive, complicated task but it doesn't have to be.
It could be as simple as adding a backsplash or changing lighting fixtures or countertops. Small changes like these can make all the difference in transforming your kitchen from bland and boring to a well-designed, attractive space.
Let's take a look at some of the kitchen design trends that have been popular in 2020 that you can use for some inspiration in renovating your own kitchen area.
Lighting and fixtures
Many homes are built with regular incandescent light bulbs and sockets. While this does the job of lighting up a space, it adds nothing in terms of style and design. Switching out these bulbs and sockets for something more personalized can help give your kitchen a more stylish look. The options for lighting fixtures are endless. You can go for recessed lighting in the center of the room or pendant lights hanging over an island. If you prefer something more extravagant, an eye-catching chandelier may do the trick.
You can even match your bulbs to other elements of your kitchen. For example, silver or gold tipped light bulbs can match silver or gold cupboard handles. This is a popular design technique. However, mixing metals has also become trendy. A nice nickel for your cupboard knobs can go well with a brass faucet and a completely different metal, like copper, for lighting fixtures.
Consider upgrading your counter tops to a lasting, durable material. While marble and granite countertops continue to be popular, nano glass countertops have been rising in popularity as they are not only beautiful, but more resistant to staining, scratching and heat damage. It comes in a range of colors and is surprisingly affordable. Quartz could also be a much better fit for your kitchen as it is more affordable than marble and less prone to stains. If your home uses an open floor plan, you may want to select a countertop color that contrasts with your cabinets. This will help to differentiate your kitchen from the adjoining space. For instance, white cabinets will pair well with dark countertops.
Classic white kitchens are popular because of the simplicity of the design. White walls, cabinets and appliances can give your kitchen a clean, airy feeling. White kitchens can however be spruced up by adding touches of color. This can be in the form of kitchen furniture such as stools around an island, or hardware on cabinets. Don't be afraid to add color where it is least expected. For example, colored kitchen appliances or stove hoods will stand out in your kitchen in a good way. More and more people are moving away from traditional white or stainless steel appliances and going for something more unique. Even when it comes to stove hoods, there has been greater demand for unique, custom colors as opposed to traditional stainless steel. Color can also be added on your kitchen ceiling.
Backsplash and walls
If you don't want to commit to a full renovation or redesign of your kitchen, a great way to make the space more exciting is by simply adding a backsplash. The primary purpose of a kitchen backsplash is to protect the wall from liquids. But if you do it right, it can also bring your kitchen together in a stylish way. Back-splashes can span the entire wall or they can cover just the spaces between countertops and cabinets. You can match your backsplash to your countertops which is a popular trend. Or you can choose to create a contrast. You can even use quirky, colorful tiles to create a backsplash that gives a bold pop of color in a traditional white kitchen.
For untitled walls, wallpaper is an inexpensive and easy-to-apply option. Wallpapers comes in a wide range of colors and designs and have peel-and-stick options that can be easily removed at a later time. Wallpapers that mimic the look of tile are a popular choice for kitchens.
Ceilings are often overlooked but this should be considered a "fifth wall" in your kitchen. If you add some color to it with paint, wallpaper or even wood paneling, you will be surprised at the difference it can make. Floors, too, deserve some attention. Darker floors are popular as they are better able to conceal stains from spills. Dark colored tiles or a dark stain for wooden floors will help create contrast with light colored cabinets and appliances.
Kitchen islands will probably never go out of style. They serve multiple functions - a seating area, food preparation area, additional storage space, separating the kitchen from the living room in an open floor plan or just being a focal point of your kitchen. Some islands serve as the sink area or cook-top. But in some kitchens, big bulky islands just take up space and makes the kitchen feel cramped. A popular trend for kitchen island lovers who do not want to compromise on space is to install a "double island" - two smaller islands instead of one big one. This breaks up the space and creates an aisle between the two islands that helps to maintain traffic flow through your kitchen. It can also be a convenient way to separate the meal preparation area from the serving or gathering area. Double islands are a popular trend in 2020. Another emerging trend is the "gravity defying" or "floating" kitchen island. These give the appearance of being suspended and are often supported on only one end, much like a cantilever. This, too, can help give the appearance of a more spacious kitchen.
Cupboards and Shelving
No kitchen is complete without space to store pots and pans or food items. Most people opt for enclosed cupboards. But if you've ever renovated a kitchen, you will know that cupboards and cabinets take up a significant portion of your budget. Open shelving has been growing in popularity not only for its modern style, but it is considerably more affordable than installing cupboards and cabinets. Open shelving gives you an opportunity to show off a backsplash that would otherwise be hidden by a cupboard. Some people opt to use open shelving to store dinnerware and glassware that they want to show off. In this way, antique glassware or china can become a part of your kitchen decoration and design. Alternatively, plate racks can be used to store plates while still keeping them on display instead of hidden away in a cupboard. Alternatively, some people prefer to conceal items in their kitchen, like appliances. Try adding fronts to your appliances that mimic your cabinets. Refrigerators and dishwashers can "disappear" when outfitted to match the surrounding cabinets.
Ultimately, you can choose a combination of both enclosed cupboards, to store or hide bulky and unattractive items, as well as open shelving to show off the items you want on display. Feel free to mix it up in terms of cabinet colors as well. Instead of the same color cabinets throughout the kitchen, you can choose two colors that complement each other. Kitchen larders or pantries are also making a comeback. Install one in your kitchen for a handy area to store dry goods.
Another ongoing trend is the use of reclaimed wood, bamboo or even plastic bottles as materials for cabinets. Many furniture companies are now using these materials in an effort to be more Eco-friendly.
These tips do not require you to break down walls or tear up your floor or conduct any extensive remodeling. A few small changes can however help to transform your kitchen into a warmer and more inviting space. If you've made the decision to upgrade your kitchen, contact TriniHelper for the best professionals to get the job done.