Kitchens grab most of the spotlight in modern interior design because they are no longer just a place to cook and wash dishes. Today, kitchens are where we relax, enjoy meals, and connect with our loved ones. They’re where we spend birthdays, holidays and some of our most treasured memories. Perhaps that’s why a chef-ready kitchen with space is what most homeowners want when it comes to their own kitchen.
For years, new home builders have been designing kitchen floor plans to be open and spacious; many homeowners choose to do the same when renovating their kitchen. And for good reason, kitchens with an open-layout make it easier to prepare meals and provide room for more cabinet space and larger countertops.
Today’s more open kitchen layouts allow us to cook meals easily, socialize in the kitchen and provide ample opportunity for storage and other activities. Let’s find out a few more trends when it comes to remodeling your kitchen in 2020.
Technology has become a part of nearly every aspect of our lives. Fortunately, many technological advancements exist solely to make our lives more organized and efficient. In brand new builds, some homeowners opt to build smart kitchens from the ground up. However, you can make many simple, smart additions to an older kitchen to improve its functionality.
For example, you can add motion sensor-equipped faucets that turn on when you stick your hand under them. Or, if you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, there is an infinite array of smart options to make your life easier, such as creating grocery lists or adjusting internal temperatures remotely. The possibilities are endless, and intelligent kitchen additions will only make it easier for you to relax and entertain.
It’s no surprise that an island can add value to your kitchen and home as a whole. They’re beautiful, they increase counter space, and they improve traffic flow during big get-togethers. Double islands can double these great benefits.
Double islands also allow you to divide the island space into separate serving and sipping spaces, making for an even more organized kitchen. Not to mention, island drawer storage is invaluable. With double islands, you’ll have even more organization options.
White cabinets, while timeless in their own right, are being circumvented by pops of darkness in 2020. Dark cabinets can provide an inviting and intimate feel to your kitchen. Their juxtaposition with light walls and countertops make them pop as beautiful statement pieces.
Black and dark brown aren’t the only colors to consider for dark cabinetry. Dark teals, plums, and greys are surging in popularity as well. These colors are excellent choices when it comes to defining elegance and luxury in your new kitchen.
Open shelving has always been a great way to display your lovely glassware set, but decoration shelving will allow you to get a little more personal in 2020. You can use decoration shelving to showcase treasured items, such as vintage cookware, plants, and even family photos.
The benefits of decorative shelving are twofold. You won’t just create a warm and inviting family atmosphere for yourself—you’ll create one for potential buyers when you’re ready to sell. When people tour a house, they need to imagine themselves turning it into a home with their families. Giving your kitchen those familial touches will help potential buyers do just that. It’s a win-win.
In the same way that dark cabinets can accent your kitchen, bright pops of color can too. The great thing about starting with a neutral base color is that you can incorporate just about any color you like into your scheme. Pantone’s color of the year is Classic Blue, and this shade will make a superb choice for an accent wall or seating. And, if you err on the side of classic stylings, this blue will fit right in.
If your kitchen adorns with warmer tones, you can even incorporate some yellows and oranges into your kitchen to accentuate that color scheme. Or, if you have a painting in your kitchen that you love, choose accent pieces that are the same color as one of the colors in your artwork. Choosing a color is a highly personal experience, and a color pop is sure to give your new kitchen your personal touch.
Though it isn’t necessarily a new trend, quartz countertops remain a favorite for their durability, easy maintenance, and cleanliness. Quartz is antimicrobial, making it a great sanitary choice for cooking. It’s also much easier to keep clean than granite, which is technically porous and can stain from wine and oils.
Quartz once lacked variety, but now, its possibilities are almost endless. Time and technological advancements have made it possible for quartz to come in many different colors and stone-like textures. You can now find quartz to fit nearly any kitchen color scheme.
Backsplashes themselves aren’t anything new, but designers are moving away from your basic subway tiles and getting more creative with them this year. You can incorporate any color or shape that you can imagine into your new backsplash.
A backsplash is a perfect way to give some extra attention to a new theme color selection for your kitchen. Like choosing a color, choosing a backsplash is a personal experience. And according to Trulia, backsplashes are an affordable upgrade that can add value to your home.
Workstation sinks can optimize any size kitchen. They’re especially great for small kitchens because they provide more space to cut and strain food and set dishes out to dry.
Workstation sinks can be an extension of the countertop, so you have more room to serve and entertain. Plus, the juxtapositions of metals and wood finishes in workstation sinks are stunning. Incorporating a workstation sink into your kitchen is a functional and fashionable upgrade you can make in 2020.
Steel hoods make sleek and attractive additions to any kitchen, and they no longer come only in plain stainless steel. New plasterwork designs allow them to come in a variety of colors that can accent any kitchen theme as an authentic conversation piece.
Functionality-wise, the benefits of steel hoods can’t be ignored. They improve the air quality of your kitchen and allow you to keep cool while cooking. If that’s not enough to convince you of their greatness, Forbes says steel hoods can increase your home’s value.