Whether you're changing the size and layout of your kitchen, or you're unhappy with how tired it looks, these 2020 remodeling trends can help guide you through your new kitchen transformation.
Large islands are a prominent feature in renovated kitchens, according to the 2020 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. The survey of nearly 2,600 U.S. homeowners using Houzz found that nearly two-thirds of renovated kitchens feature an island. They're sizable features, too – measuring from six to seven feet or longer – and they are a hub of activity from dining to entertaining and socializing. Homes & Gardens magazine's review of kitchen trends even cites the use of double islands if space is "no object."
Quartz for counter tops.
The material you choose for your counter top can change the whole look and feel of your kitchen. Granite remains a popular option, but quartz is quickly catching up as an attractive alternative. Unlike granite, quartz counter tops are scratch-, stain-, and heat-resistant, and require very little maintenance. Quartz and other engineered stone counter tops also come in a wide variety of colors, from subtle and natural, to bright and bold.
Latest looks in lighting.
The Houzz study puts the spotlight on recessed lights as the "most popular" light fixture upgrades, followed by under-cabinet and pendant lights. Pendant lights do not include industrial-style statement lights, which "have come and gone in the last several years in favor of something a little lighter and more understated," according to Kitchn magazine.
Other trends in lighting include geometric shapes, woven and natural elements, as well as black and silver leaf finishes.
While all-white kitchens are on their way out, the dark colors that began their comeback in 2019 are right on trend in 2020. According to Sue Wadden of Sherwin Williams: “We’re seeing a move toward colors that are darker and moodier, but also grounded in nature. We expect interest in those hues to extend toward kitchen cabinets. Blues and greens work well because of the variety in those color families, and they provide a sense of comfort.” This trend is also in line with Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020, Classic Blue.
Removing upper cabinets in a kitchen is a trend that is slowly gaining popularity. It gives the kitchen a sense of openness, according to HGTV's 17 Hottest Kitchen Cabinet Trends for 2020. The cabinets are being replaced with open-front shelving and simple wall decor.
Upgrade the Flooring
Hardwood was the most popular flooring trend according to the Houzz study, with vinyl and resilient flooring in the No. 3. spot. The top style choices include wood, gray, brown, beige, and multicolored.
Work zones over work triangles
According to experts at HGTV, "The traditional work triangle that separates the sink, range and refrigerator has evolved into a more practical 'work zone' concept." Modern kitchens that accommodate multiple cooks, appliances, and uses need separate worksites and comfortable spaces for different activities. The primary zones are for food prep, cooking, serving, eating, and cleaning up. Other areas are for nontraditional kitchen uses such as studying, watching TV and socializing. In small kitchens, it may be necessary to overlap these zones.
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