Kitchen trends 2020 – these latest designs are ahead of the curve

From cool colours to cabinetry, these latest kitchen designs are all ahead of the curve.

We talked to the trend experts to find out what kitchen trends will be big in 2020.

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With cool new kitchen brands popping up and lots of innovative design ideas on display in kitchen showrooms across the country, there are plenty of on-trend looks and state-of-the-art appliances to pick from.

1. Stone age

It’s the time of strongly veined marble, the busier the better for unmissable luxury and next-level style. If there’s one thing that’s storming the style charts and shaking up interiors, it’s the return of marble.

Kitchen trends 2020

Bespoke kitchen featuring Paonazzo marble, around £115,000, Blakes London, blakeslondon.com.

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2. Ash back

Out of fashion for a while, wood is now enjoying a bit of a revival. Use subtle-grained ash, paler than oak or walnut, to pick out the warm tones in manmade stone.

Kitchen trends 2020

4043 Primordia engineered quartz island from £550sq m, Caesarstone, caesarstone.co.uk. For similar ash doors, try Nebraska, kitchens from £10,000, Schmidt, home design.schmidt.

3. Dark drama

Often overlooked as purely an ‘accent’ colour, black walls, cabinetry and work surfaces are having something of a moment. Black becomes livable, luxe and inviting, with textured woods adding rustic, homely charm.

Kitchen trends 2020

Suffolk kitchen, from £12,000, in Walnut eggshell, £54 for 2.5L; walls in Walnut matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5L, all Neptune, neptune.com.

4. Colour pop

Throw the rulebook out of the window in favour of unexpected paint-colour pairings. Kitchens are rife with colour opportunities, from appliances and flooring, to window treatments and cabinets.

Start by deciding how much of permanent commitment you are willing to make. One of easiest and least expensive options is to paint a wall can be easily updated should you tire of it. Choosing colour is such a personal experience – in fact no one knows for sure whether we all even see the myriad shades in the same way.

Mark Wilkinson, founder of Mark Wilkinson Furniture, believes that the colours we choose automatically are naturally influenced by current fashions. ‘The colour in a kitchen – be it on walls or fittings – should last for at least five years, minimum, so try to look beyond immediate trends and choose a colour that will keep you feeling good long term,’ he advises.

Kitchen trends 2020

Bespoke kitchen, from £35,000, Martin Moore, martinmoore.com. Similar paint, Spanish Olive and Fiesta Orange aura eggshell, £86.50 for 3.79L, both Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore paint.co.uk.

5. Double islands

With the move towards larger kitchens, in open plan spaces, the kitchen island has become an essential kitchen feature. A pair of island units has become the last work in luxury, an expansive addition for when space is no object.

Kitchen trends 2020

Kitchen design, Kitchen Architecture, kitchenarchitecture.co.uk.

6. Handleless desire

The latest contemporary designs are all about a multi-tasking, free-flowing design with a paired-back look. Technological advances in push-open and close doors means that it has become possible to dispense with handles in both wall and base cabinets. If you prefer not to have push-open cupboards, then recessed handles provide the same sleek look and can be lined with contrasting colours and materials to add interest.

‘Handleless kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest trends for 2020 for more pared-back, streamlined look. It’s all about simplicity and a focus on cabinetry details,’ explains Busola Evans, Kitchen and Bathroom Supplement Editor.

Kitchen trends 2020

Kitchen design, Neil Lerner Kitchen Design, neillerner.com.

7. Larder love

Larder cupboards, sometimes known as pantry cupboards, have been kitchen staples for centuries and, in the last few years, have established themselves as one of the must-have items in modern homes.

‘Having a larder makes perfect sense. All the food goods are in one place and not scattered around in numerous wall cupboards, meaning people can be more organised when doing their food shopping.

The other great advantage of a larder and its storage capacity is that a kitchen no longer needs to be full of wall cupboards. It frees up entire walls to either be left free or have an attractive piece of artwork in the kitchen which in turn helps it feel less like a kitchen and instead more of a relaxed environment, perfect for open plan living areas,’ says Leisha Norman, Designer, Harvey Jones.

Kitchen trends 2020

Kitchen design, Harvey Jones, harveyjones.com.

8. Walnut wonder

We have recently seen a rise in walnut cabinetry. It’s rich, dark colour, fine grain and natural warmth are prized by makers for its feeling of instant luxury. 

Kitchen trends 2020

Bespoke all-walnut kitchen design by Charles Yorke, charlesyorke.com, from £25,000.

9. Going for gold

Now that taps are available in a wide choice of colours and finishes, sinks are following, too. Aesthetics have made an impact in wet areas just as they have in furniture and appliance design, with colour, shape, size and material heavily influenced by the overall look of the room.  

‘Sinks have moved up on the scale of importance in kitchen design,’ says Joan Fraser, product development and training manager for Smeg. ‘Models are introduced to meet customers’ demands for a sink which, in addition to being purely functional, also makes a definitive style statement.’

Kitchen trends 2020

K700 undermounted stainless-steel sink in Brushed Cool Sunrise, £1,017, GROHE, grohe.co.uk.

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