Kitchen Trends in 2020

Designers have identified fresh kitchen trends for 2020. Trends are mostly determined by what has been tested and tried and liked by a group of people. However, trends are not for everyone. Especially if it’s about kitchens.

If you search for “kitchen trends 2020” in your chosen search engine, you’ll find many articles making statements or predictions about what’s coming in, or giving early warnings about what is going out. Reading different articles you find controversial ideas as well as repetitive predictions. It can be confusing, yet you don’t have to be baffled. Just remember, that when it comes to kitchens, it is mandatory to make choices that reach beyond (controversial) trends. A kitchen needs timeless features and accents and should serve the people living in it by all means, not design trends.

So why should you look into the latest trends if you’re not up to any fads? 

For inspiration.

Not everybody can invent the wheel, and there are tons of awesome ideas out there you might not hear and learn about without looking into the different directions of home design. 

Don’t follow all the ideas blindly, though, but use the information to learn, peruse and find new pieces for your kitchen creating puzzle to genuinely reflect YOU, eventually. 

To help you with the latest kitchen trends, I collected the ideas that are family-friendly, budget-friendly and likely to withstand the test of time. 

Layout Trends


Open-plan kitchens are here to stay. – That statement is one of the controversies. Some say it will stay, some say walls are coming up again because people are tired of seeing dirty dishes and messes while relaxing. My best guess is that both parties got their points. Some people manage to have clean kitchens and embrace open-concept in order to be closer to their family and friends. Some struggle with catching up on the chaos and wish to shut the door on the mess. 

A desire for informal dining and comfortable cooking drives the open-concept design trend, supporting a casual yet connected lifestyle. Open kitchen layouts encourage interaction and entertainment with their blend of living spaces. The price of maintaining this concept is maintaining efficient tidying and cleaning habits. 

The choice about open or closed plans must be made based on your personal needs and habits and not on uprising or fading trends. You’ll have to live with your decision for many, many years.

Double Islands

With the move towards larger kitchens in open-concept spaces, the kitchen island has become an essential kitchen feature. They are still on their way in, so much so that according to 2020 kitchen trends, in really spacious/luxurious kitchens the latest trend is building two islands instead of a large one. The very good reason to do so is that it’s a convenient way to divide the area between meal preparation and serving or entertaining. If space isn’t an object, big and large families will find this idea especially useful. Keeping in mind in this case, too, that every advantage has its disadvantage. 

If you don’t have enough space for a double island, you still can divide functions with a tiered island with one level for working and another for dining.

Design Trends

Reclaimed and Handmade

Consumers continue to reject mass-produced goods and embrace the look and sustainability of reclaimed and artisan-made products. Reclaimed brick, foraged stones and wood, hand-made tile and furniture, and even artisan-made sinks and cookware are becoming widely popular for their quality and one-of-a-kind design. This trend is still coming up and has a good chance to stay, because these things add the most character and personality to the space. The things everyone is searching for.

Matching Countertop and Backsplash

Slab backsplash is still uprising to 2020 kitchen trends, too. Extending the countertop material up to the backsplash allows you to streamline the materials in a kitchen, creating a clean and contemporary look. It leads your eye up from the counter and helps make a room feel larger.

A slab backsplash adds solid character to the kitchen. 

Kitchen Metals

Being matchy-matchy is on its way out. That goes especially for heavy metals. Choose a whole different metal for your different hardware. Something like nickel for your knobs, a cool brass or matte white for your faucet. 

Accent Ceiling

In 2020 kitchen trends, accent ceilings in the kitchen are gaining traction. Add a fun hit of color, wallpaper, or wood paneling to add dramatic flair to the space. Shallow coffers are good for small spaces, and moldings complement the shape of an island or workspace.

Adding color and texture to the ceiling can change the look and feel of the room. A light pastel color can help to brighten a sterile, white kitchen, while dark, natural tones can make the space feel cozy and relaxing.

Because you can do it in an afternoon, it’s one of the easiest kitchen trends to try out in the new year.

Color Trends

Fortunately, color trends don’t limit your chances to find your unique style. Actually, I think that the true trend is to create your unique style

The color in a kitchen should last for at least five years, so choose a color that will keep you feeling good and calm long term.

Colorful monochromatic kitchens are still competing with all-white kitchens, and two-tone cabinets are still a thing, too. In white kitchens, people seem to be taking more risks with colors and textures these days, too.

Gray undertones lend a timeless, livable vibe to most paint colors whether it’s a sophisticated blue-gray, a purple-gray, or green-gray. Bold colors are also gaining more and more traction: navy, deep green, and black. 

Shades of blue will continue to be popular in the new year. In fact, the Pantone Color of the Year in 2020 is Classic Blue. This hue is great for kitchens, too. The blue color family is extremely versatile. Its varying shades have calming qualities that induce a sense of comfort at home and feel almost neutral. Actually, it seems that blue is the new neutral.

The deep moody blues and rich blue-greens blend so beautifully with many other kitchen trends, like brass hardware, marble, and natural wood accents.

Kitchens are bursting with color opportunities, from appliances and flooring, to window treatments and cabinets. Use them to add a pop of color and texture to your kitchen design without doing a full kitchen renovation. 

The design trend this year is to create bright and personal spaces. The kind of kitchens you want to spend time in because they truly reflect the person who cooks and spends time in the space.

Storage Trends

Sleek Cabinetry

There is less and less crown molding being used on the tops of upper cabinets. It creates a cleaner look and helps with giving more storage space to cabinetry because you don’t have to give an interior shelf to the molding.

Handleless Cabinetry

Statement hardware is getting ditched for going minimalist. Handleless kitchen cabinets are coming up to become kitchen trends in 2020. They give a more pared-back, streamlined look for modern and transitional kitchens.

Push-open and close doors work for both wall and base cabinets. If you prefer not to have push-open cabinets, then recessed handles provide the same sleek look and can be lined with contrasting colors and materials to add interest.

Deep Drawers

Deep drawers are still conquering, especially by the range, because they make cooking and storage effortless. They’re more accessible than typical base cabinetry and are simple to integrate into the kitchen design. 

Open Shelving 

Open shelving has been trendy for a while now. These days it seems to be controversial. Some say it’s not going anywhere, others say it’s on its way out, but some settle in the middle and say, it’s updating to traditional cabinets with just a small section of open shelving for the upper space. This way, cabinetry gets broken up, you get to display your favorite pieces, but don’t have to bother about matching pieces and shelf designing rules. And definitely get less to dust. Well, the golden mean is golden.

The alternative for open shelving is glass cabinet doors. They are making their ways in again for the same reason as the smaller section of open shelving: it breaks up the look of a solid wood cabinet. In addition to plain glass, fluted and frosted glass doors are being seen.

Plate Racks

According to predictions, plate racks are coming (back) to kitchens in 2020. Racks are a decor piece with the function of an open-concept storage space that suspends your plates and dishes as opposed to stacking them cupboard-style. Racks are wonderful space-savers especially when mounted on the wall over the sink because they do double-duty as drying racks, saving you time and preventing breakage.

They can also be displayed on countertops, but in either way, they add character to the space they are used in. 

The advantage of racks over open shelving is that you don’t need to style them, they do the job for you, and you store everyday items in them, not your collectibles, so less dusting is needed.

Custom Storage Solutions also are hugely popular in today’s kitchens. 

Trending Appliances

Plain old stainless steel is going out and sophisticated shades of black and slate are coming in. But other expanding color options are also available for appliances. In addition to more traditional color offerings, statement colors like red, orange or yellow are on the rise, too.

Appliances define the space, and you don’t change them annually. Make sure that the color you chose fits the rest of your kitchen design and you’re ready to look at it for many, many years. 

If you don’t want to bother to make such decisions, you can opt for integrated appliances. It is still on the rise – for decades now, I guess – because integrated appliances allow total design freedom and give style to the kitchen. Build wall ovens and other appliances into the cabinetry for a streamlined effect and a more cohesive look.

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