What kitchen design trends will be everywhere in 2020?

What kitchen design trends will be everywhere in 2020?

Published: October 25, 2019 Last Updated: January 28, 2021

With only a few months left until 2020 is upon us (scary, we know!), it is safe to say that a new year generally brings some new trends for kitchen renovators to enjoy and mull over (and a few old trust favourites to stick around). From colour schemes to fixture choices to cabinet style and splashback options, 2020 is going to a fun time if you're considering renovating one of the most important rooms in your home. So, without further ado, these are the trends to consider when completing that long-overdue kitchen renovation in the not too distant future.

'Anti' Kitchen

This is a bit of a strange one, so we'll speak about it at the beginning. The 'anti-kitchen' theme is continuing from previous years, being based on the concept of functional kitchen items being more 'hidden' and the space being connected perfectly to other parts of your home. This offers a more of a living-space feel, as opposed to a room full of 'kitchen items', and transitions between day and night flawlessly.


Although white is still a super common colour choice when it comes to kitchen arrangements, colour is making more and more of an appearance this year. Dark, almost moody-style palettes are the go-to in 2020, with mixtures of navy, black and dark green being familiar choices. Remember however that dark colours require a lot of natural light, so ensure you have windows or skylights giving the room a glow, otherwise your space can become very closed in, very quickly.

Natural Materials

Natural materials combine really well with dark, moody palettes, so it's no surprise that they are continuing to be popular in 2020. Timber and bamboo options are some of the easiest materials incorporate into a kitchen space, as well as looking great and timeless. Natural materials are known for adding texture to rooms, as well as warmth and a neutralisation of an area. Another huge benefit is they suit a range of kitchen styles, allowing flexibility depending on your layout.

Open shelving

Open shelving is not a new concept, however it is increasing in popularity in kitchen spaces in 2020. Open shelving brings a lightness and airiness to rooms and make areas seem more spacious, especially if your kitchen is more traditionally styled. Shelves can be of any shape or size, and allows items you love to be on display as well as functional pieces that you use every day.

Clever storage options

This one follows on from open shelving - although having things visible is great, sometimes items need to be a little more hidden.... which is where clever storage options come in. Think stylish cabinets with multiple uses or storage under your island bench top, which assists with decreasing clutter whilst still looking good. The most important thing to remember though when it comes to clever storage options is they usually need attention during the renovation planning process, as many options can be tricky to install later on. An example of this is 'hidden' storage behind cabinets, which require installation before the cabinetry can be built and can be very difficult to achieve once all the cabinetry has been installed.

A few specific design trends which incorporate the above aspects include:

  • Brass & Pink : Think brass cabinet doors and pink hues for splash backs and bench tops.
  • Nordic : Nordic is a timeless classic, with timber joinery paired with white marble and subtle metal fixtures offering a warm yet stylish feel.
  • Japandi : Japandi is a relatively new concept, but works on Scandi minimalism mixed with wabi-sabi, which is a Japanese principle based on accepting imperfection and transience. Japandi works with natural materials and fine lines, and has been called 'Downtown Abbey meets Japan'.
  • Neutral & Navy : Just as it's name suggests, combining aspects such as navy joinery with white marble and brass. The big thing though is ensuring the right colour shades are being used - too dark or too light can offer a feel that doesn't suit the space.

Overall, 2020 is going to be a strong year for kitchen trends that suit a variety of tastes and budgets. If you have been considering a kitchen renovation for some time, now is the time to do it!


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