As we head into 2020, there’s definitely a shift in not only kitchen design trends, but in the overall layout of the space. The lifestyle of modern homeowners, and the dynamics of making family work in today’s world is putting the kitchen at the heart of the home more than ever before. And as we examine what’s on the horizon in kitchen design trends for 2020 and beyond, colors, materials and styles are evolving as is a new focus on open floor plans all centered around the idea of fluid motion between each area of the home. Basically the kitchen of 2020 is suitable for an overly busy life where the design and layout allows families to combine all aspects of being at home in one open space––from the preparing, to the consumption, to relaxing as a family. Take a look at four 2020 kitchen design trends we love ––which one (or all) will you incorporate into your kitchen remodel?
1. Minimalist Open Floor Plans
Many designers today are meeting homeowners demands for a “fluid sequence of rooms in an open floor plan,” which usually includes a minimalist kitchen, functional dining area, and an inviting living room set up––all key components in open floor plan design. At the heart of this approach is the modern kitchen, which is based on the idea of simplicity in every element of the room. It’s saying no to any ornate pieces and heavy wood tones, and yes to minimalism. Modern design lines are crisper, sharper, and very sparse, so you won’t see heavy wood in cabinet moldings, trim on windows, or on doors and walls. Typically you’ll find frameless cabinet designs that either don’t include hardware, or the hardware is sleek and simple. Besides the modern look they create offering seamless lines, frameless cabinets are also known as “full access” cabinets that provide more room for storage due to the frameless box construction. The goal with cabinets in a modern style kitchen is to let the sophisticated beauty of the materials shine through and create a relaxing space for family to break away from their hectic lifestyle.
2. Natural Color Schemes
We’re also loving the color trends for kitchens in 2020. While white cabinetry is classic and will probably never go out of style, this coming year is all about going back to nature. You’ll be seeing many different shades of green in kitchens, including pale mint and olive that will work well in farmhouse kitchens, or even bright chartreuse or clover green for a contemporary flavor. If you feel more drawn to blue than green, cabinets in dark blue will still be popular in 2020, especially on the lower cabinets. Either color will look great if you complement it with wood flooring and white backsplash tiles. Calm, gracious and balanced, the Behr 2020 Color Palettes are inspired by natural elements such as the sky, earth, water and plants. Get ready to infuse vitality and life into your kitchen!
3. Simple Cabinets
Reinvigorate your kitchen and be ahead of the trends by updating your kitchen cabinets during a remodel. The eco-friendly movement is a big focus in the coming years, with a definite uptick in requests for cabinets (such as bamboo) made with upcycled and sustainable materials. As we mentioned above, color is another 2020 favorite, and designers suggest focusing on bringing in a “pop of color” to really break the mold. And when it comes to hardware on your cabinets, less is more…designers love this because it allows the natural wood or finish of the cabinets be the focal point. Finally, you might say it’s because of the popularity of Marie Kondo, but glass doors in upper cabinets are also on the rise––mostly due to the fact that homeowners have adopted the “less brings joy” mentality, and they are more likely to want to showcase their belongings.
4. All the Details
So what about everything else? Well when it comes to hardware and appliances, matte black finishes are the next big thing. Matte black is a nice complement in a modern kitchen and can invigorate neutral colors. Full wall backsplashes accented with open shelving will be popular in 2020, as will concealed range hoods (proof that the sleek modern look as a whole is heating up). And speaking of backsplashes, as much as we love the classic subway tile look, it might be time to try some new shapes. From hexagon tiles, to herringbone tiles placed vertically, or intricate floral designs, don’t be afraid to explore life off the subway this year.