5 Big Kitchen Design Trends for 2020

Published December 17, 2019

Next year marks the start of a new decade, and with it, a slew of new kitchen design trends that’ll feel like a major departure from the looks of the last ten years. While the all-white kitchen dominated the 2010s, the 2020s will be all about color, texture, and bringing a maximalist approach to the heart of the home.

Curious about the next big styles? Here’s a rundown of five of the biggest kitchen design trends you can expect to see next year.

Colored Cabinets.

Design by Jean Stoffer
Design by: @ashleymontgomerydesign | Photography: @lomillerphoto

All white has given way to a rich palette of color in the kitchen. Warm, rich shades of gray and taupe, and deep tones of blue and green are leading the way. White is still a big part of kitchen design, but it’s being left to walls, and small details like islands, or accent cabinetry.

Formal Artwork.

Design by Studio McGee

Wall art has always had a place in the kitchen … just not the kind of wall art we’re currently seeing hung there. The last five years, farmhouse-style signage, vintage drawings of herbs and plants, and chalkboard to-do lists have lined the walls of kitchens on Pinterest. But wall art has slowly gotten more formal, and now, it’s not uncommon to see antique gilded oil paintings taking center stage in the midst of a functional kitchen design.

Lower Cabinets Only.

Image via Mcgee & Co.

We’re slowly doing away with upper cabinets, at least in parts of the kitchen. The open shelving trend of the last few years has officially given way to bare upper walls in the kitchen. Given the impact on storage space, this design trend works best for large kitchens that offer plenty of room to store tools, gadgets, and food in lower cabinetry and pantries.

Glamorous Appliances.

Design & Photo: Erin Kestenbaum

Stainless steel is no longer the default option for kitchen appliances. Keeping in line with the decorative direction kitchen design is headed in, appliances are also going glam. While french luxury ranges like La Cornue are the gold standard for their cooking capabilities and stunning appearance, mass market options are becoming more readily available. Hallman Industries and GE’s Cafe Appliances, for example, both offer enameled ranges with stylings that mimic La Cornue, but for a fraction of the cost.

Wood Tones.

Design by Jean Stoffer
Design by Mary Ludemann of New Old, LLC

After years of being a faux-pas in the kitchen, wood cabinetry is back. This go-’round, it’s less glossy, and more rough-hewn than it was back in the late 90s / early 2000s — think Old World Europe. It’s also more often used as an accent, think for lower cabinets or an island.

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