9 Kitchen Trends Worth Trying in 2020

Sep 29, 2020 | Kitchen

Modern Kitchen Trends

The materials used for kitchen cupboards, backsplashes and countertops have evolved greatly over the years. With the kitchen being the place where people spend most of their time at home, it’s a good idea to style your kitchen so that it’s not only functional but looks great. Read on as we look at top kitchen design trends in 2020, ranging from modern and minimalist looks to vintage styles. 


1. Bold Colors 

Bright pops of color have become common in modern kitchens. This may include bright cabinet doors against a monochrome wall, or a colored backsplash or even a feature wall. This trend is not for the faint of heart, so if you feel like you’ll get bored with your color choices after a while, go for something relatively low commitment- many people choose to experiment with colors on the walls since that is the easiest and least costly to change. 

Don’t go for the first color that pops out at you. Consider a few samples and look for a shade that you will enjoy looking at for at least a few years. 


2. Handle-Free Doors 

Modern kitchen layouts rarely have visible handles on the shelves and drawers anymore. All the doors are sleek and free of any obstruction. Here, depending on your budget and personal preference, you have the choice between:

  • Push activated doors which spring open when pressed inwards
  • Hidden handles in the form of recesses or crevices in the doors. 

Handle-free cabinets and drawers are one of the top styles in sleek, minimalist kitchens.

3. Dark & Textured 

Matte black, dark wood, and rustic countertops and kitchen islands add a sense of luxury and comfort to a kitchen. Sleek black cabinets may be paired with a stone kitchen island and stainless steel faucets for an elegant look. For something that feels a bit cozier and more homely, you can go for darker, textured wood instead of smooth surfaces and cabinets.

4. Artistic Kitchens 

Art belongs everywhere including in your kitchen. The kitchen is usually the place in the house where you come to relax, indulge in a little comfort food and calm down after a long day. The last few years have seen a rise in the number of kitchens that feature open shelving and similar wall spaces to display antiques, paintings and even antique dishes. You can even include a little bookshelf for all your favorite recipe books. Instead of keeping everything stored in sealed cabinets, the idea is to show it. 

Add some micro herbs and other plants on the windowsill, and you’ll have a calm space to express your creativity and enjoy your meals in peace. 


5. Switching up the Sink

Gone are the days when kitchen sinks were all stainless steel and hidden in the corner of the kitchen. With the advent of the kitchen island, kitchen sinks have also evolved. These include marbled, stone sinks and matte-finished faucets that blend in with the countertop, almost as if the sink isn’t there. Some of these sinks may have a slope for water drainage instead of a sunken square in the middle of the island. 

If you want something really fancy, you can even switch up steel sinks for gold ones to make a bold statement. 


6. Larder Cupboards

Larders used to be a small room or space in the kitchen to store food and dry goods. Now, many people opt for larder cupboards in the kitchen itself. Not only does it make it easier for you to access all your food items, but you’re also saving up on space, making your kitchen more open and welcoming. 

The bigger your larder cupboard, the fewer cabinets you’ll need in the rest of the kitchen which gives you more space for your wall art, open shelves, and bold colors.


7. Concealed Appliances 

When you’re designing a kitchen putting all your creativity to use, you don’t want your carefully selected color and texture combinations to be ruined by a bulky fridge or dishwasher that doesn’t match. Nowadays, kitchens are designed with cabinet spaces for appliances that are covered with the same doors as the rest of your kitchen. 

This same trick of concealing appliances also applies to the rangehood above your cooktop. Bulky, steel-bodied rangehoods can be concealed within wood or similar casings that are heat and wear-resistant.

8. The Double Island

The kitchen island has been around for some time now, but it has been taken to the next level in the form of a double island. This is particularly chosen in large kitchens with plenty of open space. The double island usually has some space in between, but there may be a bridge connecting the two, especially if the island doubles as a table for mealtimes. 


9. Monochrome Kitchens

Many of those who prefer the minimalist look also prefer monochrome kitchens, where a single, neutral color, usually a light one like white, beige or a soft grey is chosen for everything, from countertops, to kitchen stools, to cabinets. 

For the flooring, you can go one of two ways- you can either keep the floor tiles the same color as the rest of the kitchen or break the monotony with dark flooring such as wooden flooring. 

Another option if you don’t want a single color is to choose a contrasting color for the countertop such as a wooden counter or black marble. 


Whether you’re designing a kitchen from scratch or remodeling an old space, consider how much space you have in your kitchen, and settle your budget before you start looking at ideas. Instead of fitting multiple trends into a single space, look for the ones you like the most and get started on designing a kitchen you’ll want to spend most of your time in.