New Year, New Kitchen Trends

Now is the perfect time to start planning home improvement updates in 2020. The kitchen is the perfect place to start. A new year also means new kitchen remodeling trends. Better use of space and functionality are common drivers behind a kitchen remodel. Once the important decisions are made for improving the flow of the room and its functionality, the fun part (and often most time-consuming part) begins – selecting finish materials. This is where looking at the latest kitchen trends can be helpful.

Kitchen ‘trends’ are exactly as the word suggests, a trend. Home improvement updates should reflect your personal design preferences, while being timeless and practical. Below are five of our favorite trends for 2020 that are just that and likely to be here for the long term.


This trend has been popular for many years, not only in the kitchen but other rooms throughout the home. Nothing can add an instant impression like a colorful accent wall, and kitchens are abundant with opportunities. When choosing a color decide how much of a commitment you are willing to make. Choosing a color is a very personal choice. Make sure it is a color that pleases you and coordinates well with adjoining rooms. It is also a relatively easy and inexpensive improvement that can be easily changed. A good wall to paint to not create too much of a ‘pop’ is a wall that is broken up by cabinets, a window, or appliances.


Skip the scrubbing and constant dirty-looking countertops and transition into a timeless, mid-century modern design. Bring back the stone age! Marble or quartz offers a classic design and requires less upkeep. Not to mention it pairs well with light or dark cabinets. If replacing all the countertops blows the budget, consider a subtle marble accent piece on a kitchen island or cutting block.


Many home improvement suppliers are gravitating toward more eco-friendly materials. Cabinets, countertops, flooring, and even paint are available in myriad sustainable and ‘green’ options. Sustainable materials such as bamboo, and salvaged or reclaimed wood, are becoming increasingly popular. Reclaimed wood is from materials previously used in the construction of a building, whereas salvaged wood remains in a more natural state. Bamboo is extremely durable, making it an ideal choice for a high traffic area such as the kitchen. Add a simple stain to create a natural looking, yet environmentally friendly kitchen.


Just when you thought wallpaper had its 15 minutes of fame, it’s back! Wallpaper is a simple and inexpensive way to spice up a tired looking kitchen. Not all wallpaper has to be as permanent as it used to be. There are plenty of peel-and-stick papers in trendy designs that are incredibly easy to install and remove. Think about using various styles such as 3D wallpaper, florals, or wallpaper that emulates the look of tile. You can also try painting one wall a solid color and utilizing wallpaper to accent it.


If a minimalistic approach is more appealing white and gray kitchens are gaining popularity. This applies especially to smaller kitchens. White or light colors reflect light, making the space appear larger. A modern white and gray kitchen is versatile and classic and can be combined with any style or design. Make it rustic by pairing with wood furniture painted white, reflecting a farmhouse appeal. For a more retro or mid-century modern look combine white pickled wood with glass materials and smooth lines. For a classic modern look opt for matte materials and aluminum or steel finishes and appliances.

The options are endless when considering a kitchen update or remodel. Whatever you choose, the room should be functional and compliment your lifestyle. Stay true to your personal design preferences, consider ‘trends’ that won’t go out of style, and be mindful of the rest of your home’s design and color scheme. Happy designing!

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