What better way to ring in the new decade than with a fresh new kitchen? Whether it’s a lick of paint on your cabinets, a new display shelf or a complete overhaul of your kitchen, we’ve chosen our 10 favourite design ideas to kick off the new year with.
Sustainable materials, blue hues and open display storage are all set to be popular this year. Read on to find out how to use them, and more, in your 2020 kitchen design.
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1) Plywood and sustainable materials
Plywood cabinetry and other ‘raw’ looking materials, such as exposed wood or concrete floors continue to surge in popularity and show no signs of slowing down.
Plus, as we become more conscious of our global footprint, kitchens that prioritise eco-friendly materials, natural finishes and longevity are becoming increasingly mainstream, so you should find these easier to come by than in previous years.
It’s a trend that extends beyond the kitchen, too – rattan furniture, jute rugs and other eco-materials are making a comeback all over homes.
2) Larder-style cabinetry
Rather than being tucked away in a closed-off cupboard or utility room, larders and pantries are taking centre stage this year. Having some open shelving with crockery, pans or dry food stuff on display can be a nice way to add character and charm, especially if you’re not a fan of a sleek, clinical look.
Alternatively, go for a tall, pull-out larder cupboard that can hold all your dry goods in one place where they can easily be seen. According to Leisha Norman, kitchen designer at Harvey Jones, having easily reachable shelves can help you shop more efficiently too. ‘Having all your dry food in one large larder cupboard means you can see it all, so you’ll be more organised and less wasteful when shopping.‘
If you’ve got the space, combine open shelving with cupboards and drawers so that you can decide what to show off and what to keep tucked away.
Read more: The Which? guide to planning a kitchen
3) Blue kitchens
For a long time, the interior design colour of the moment has been grey. But dark blue looks set to overtake it in the popularity stakes and, with Pantone choosing Classic Blue as its Colour of the Year 2020, you’re likely to see more and more of it about.
Navy kitchens look elegant and stylish, but Pantone’s chosen hue is slightly brighter than true navy. Combine rich, dark blue cabinetry with pale or marble worktops, neutral walls and natural floors to maintain a balance between light and dark.
If blue isn’t quite your thing, Dulux has chosen a soft green for its own 2020 Colour of the Year. Tranquil Dawn, the paint colour pictured above, is a soft, misty shade that’s close to a neutral, for a look that’s a little more subtle.
4) Shaker-style hooks
Shaker-style kitchens are always popular, but what’s becoming more prominent this year is the use of full-width hooks and rails to display and store kitchen utensils and crockery, as well as dried herbs, tea towels and decorations.
If you can sacrifice a little storage space, many kitchen owners are moving away from wall cabinets and keeping all cupboards down at floor level. It’s a good trick in smaller rooms, where the extra light and space can make your kitchen feel a lot bigger. Use the opportunity of all that extra wall space to add rails for storage and decoration.
Marble worktops are set to gain momentum this year, too. White and neutral marbles are already a popular choice, but look out for marble and marble-effect surfaces in dark colours in 2020.
5) Statement kitchen floors
If you don’t want too much noise on the walls, bringing in a little subtle colour and interest with a patterned floor can be a good alternative.
Plus, if you’re not quite ready to replace your whole kitchen, updating the floor with some jazzy tiles can dramatically change how it looks without breaking the bank.
If you fancy a change, keep walls and furniture neutral and let the floor do the talking.
6) Display shelves
If you don’t want to commit to a fully cabinet-free wall, consider leaving a little space for open shelving.
In fact, regardless of whether it’s one or two small, staggered shelves tucked between cupboards or a long one that takes up an entire wall, having some open shelves is a welcome chance to release your inner interior designer.
Wherever it is in your kitchen, leaving some space free for artwork, plants and decorative objects helps the room look less functional and more lived-in, and can dramatically improve how it looks.
Have fun by filling shelves with beloved art and vases or frequently used essential items that can be accessed effortlessly. Just remember to dust!
7) Sleek kitchens
While Shaker-style kitchens continue to be popular, so do modern, glossy and handleless designs. If you’re after a sleek, contemporary look, choose a high-gloss design with hidden handles and integrated appliances.
Avoid it feeling too stark by softening an ultra-modern kitchen with warm wooden flooring and some soft lighting.
‘The most popular flooring choices at the moment are herringbone flooring or patterned tiles, regardless of whether the overall feel is traditional or contemporary,’ says Sally Hinks, kitchen designer at Harvey Jones.
Read more: Types of wood flooring explained
8) Two-tone kitchens
Two-tone kitchens are increasing in popularity this year. Opt for contrasting wall and floor cabinetry to make your kitchen design stand out from the crowd.
Choosing darker base cabinets and lighter wall cabinets that match the colour of the wall behind them will make the room feel bigger.
You might even want to be brave with an attention-grabbing splash-back in between the two, to round off the design.
9) Low-hanging lights
Stylish light fittings will look great whether they’re switched on or off. But it’s also worth bearing in mind how light can affect the mood of a room. The colour of your lightbulbs will make a big difference, so choose carefully.
Read more: Five tips for choosing the right light bulb
In a kitchen, it’s worth including some lighting that’s bright and functional so that you can see what you’re doing when you’re preparing food, and another light fitting for a more ambient glow when it’s time to relax. For this, add some low-level hanging lights over a kitchen island or bar, or wall lights positioned above worktops.
For a quick and easy update, find clip-on lights that can attach to shelving or simply add a table lamp to a worktop – it’s something we’re going to see more of next year.
Copper and brass finishes on lighting, hardware and accessories continue to furnish kitchens across the country, and show no signs of slowing down in 2020.
10) Eye-catching kitchen islands
If you’re lucky enough to have the space, choose a kitchen island in a cheerful hue for an eye-catching focal point. Or, if you have one already, spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint for an instant kitchen makeover in 2020.
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