The kitchen is a gathering spot; this is the space where we eat, cook, socialize and unite as a family. While this space is one of our home’s most functional spaces, the kitchen is the room where homeowners can make a creative splash with bursts of color, sculptural details and other unique touches.
Looking for ideas to boost the interest in a bland kitchen? Here are 10 unique trends for 2020.
Look to Pantone to find the must-have hue for the home. Classic Blue was named the Color of the Year for 2020, and this soothing hue is perfect for an accent wall or even for smaller kitchen details.
While a kitchen painted top to bottom in this darker tone may be a bit overwhelming or make a small kitchen seem smaller, an accent wall or even a classic blue back splash pulls this trendy tone into the room. If you’re completely renovating your kitchen, Classic Blue plays well with sleek stainless steel appliances. Black, however, may add more darkness to the room (especially if you plan a blue accent wall).
2. Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Sustainability is always on trend. As environmental awareness grows, so, too, does the quest for living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Reclaimed hardwood is wood that is living another life. Architectural Digest explains that this sustainable wood is costly because of the intense work needed to transform the wood from buildings into flooring. On a tight budget but still want something sustainable? Architectural Digest recommends reclaimed pine.
3. Go Funky with Backsplashes
HGTV (Canada) reports that unique shaped backsplashes will be on-trend in 2020. Instead of basic square or rectangular tiles, choose triangles, trapezoids or octagons.
If you want to channel your inner artiste, choose your own unique design for the backsplash. Anything goes! Create a mosaic design in the shape of a budding flower, the setting sun or even something inspired by the zodiac.
4. Paper the Wall
Love it or hate it, Country Living reports that wallpaper is on trend for the kitchen in 2020. Wallpaper is a great choice if you want to add patterns into a room without commiting to major paint job.
Choose a pattern that is complementary to the décor and color hues in neighboring rooms. Since wallpaper does have a lack of permanence, have fun with your choice. Go retro, floral or maybe even choose a newsprint-inspired design.
5. Pop Open the Champagne…Refrigerator!
The ‘70s saw Harvest Gold as a hue of choice for appliances. The ‘80s leaned a bit more conservative with more traditional colors. And while many homeowners choose appliances in classic white, black and sleek stainless steel , 2020 has a new trending color.
Champagne is the new it-hue for all those must-have appliances, according to Reviewed; the site describes Champagne as “a mix of rose gold and bronze tones.” This color leans warm, but it should pair well with other neutrals and warmer hues.
6. Lots of Shelves!
Shelves are a basic necessity for the kitchen, and Elle Décor reports that in 2020 open shelves will be all the rage. What are open shelves? Any shelf that isn’t in a cabinet or hidden in some way. You probably have open shelves in your great room to display knick knacks or photos.
Open shelves in the kitchen are a great way to accentuate groovy and interesting vases, magnificent pottery pieces or, of course, used as a place to hold the basics.
7. Rock Solid Countertops
Depending on which magazine or site you consult, quartz or marble will be prized as the choice materials for countertops in 2020. What isn’t on top right now? Granite.
Both quartz and marble, however, come in a variety of hues with amazing sparkly veins of interest. Choose the natural tone that looks best with your décor; since quartz and marble are nature’s creations, you really can’t go wrong!
8. Cabinets Embracing all the Trends
Elle Décor reports that navy cabinets will be huge, and Country Living is noting that reclaimed wood cabinets will be on-trend. If you’re not a fan of colorful cabinets, reclaimed wood may be more of a classic choice.
Navy cabinets nod a bit to the Classic Blue color of the year, and reclaimed wood cabinets embrace the emphasis on sustainability.
9. Look Up!
Most of us forget about the space above us. However, according to Better Homes & Gardens, the “accent ceiling” is a trend that is predicted to remain a classic. Brush on a pop of color (Classic Blue!), opt for intricate woodworking or add a tin ceiling for a rustic European vibe.
10. Something uniquely you!
Trends come and go, but your personal style is forever. If none of the 2020 trends resonate with your vision of perfection, embrace what you love. The most amazing kitchens are designed from the heart and include personal touches unique to the homeowner. These little touches can be something small like a vintage set of canisters or something ornate like a hand-painted mural. Your house should be a reflection of you…and this is what makes it a home. If you’re planning on redesigning your kitchen in 2020, use trends to inspire you…but never let them limit your own creativity.