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Kitchen & Bathroom Design Trends

POSTED ON Wednesday, January 15, 2020 IN Kitchen

Start the new year with new ideas for your kitchen or bathroom

New Year’s Day has come and gone, but the year ahead represents a fresh opportunity to take stock of your home and decide what works and what does not work for you. The kitchen and bathroom design trends for 2020 can help you get a handle on what might need to be updated or offer inspiration you can use to further customize your home to suit your style.

Blue is Trending Big for 2020

Pantone announced in December that classic blue is their Color of the Year for 2020, describing it as a “timeless and enduring hue, elegant in its simplicity.” Pantone is a consulting service that predicts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and products.

But Pantone is not alone in their prediction. Paint and coating manufacturer Sherwin-Williams has also announced that naval is their Color of the Year for 2020, describing it as a “rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence.” Naval is a shade of blue that reminds people of the ocean and the skies, much like cobalt. Cobalt is a brighter shade of blue than naval, and is frequently used in ceramics and glassware. Naval, cobalt, and royal are among the most popular shades of blue, particularly for home decor.

The stage is set for blue to have a big 2020, and who are we to disagree? There is undeniably a blue trend in the coming year. One of the appeals of blue is the variety of shades, from softer shades for a clean and tranquil aesthetic to the striking color of darker blues. It is a versatile color that can be applied a number of different ways in your home decor.

Choose More Colorful Cabinets and Appliances

To go along with the growing popularity of the color blue for 2020, more homeowners are opting for colorful cabinets and appliances in general, but in kitchens specifically. Homeowners covet customization and more of them are using color to tailor the design of their kitchen to suit their style. Gold finishes and warm brass, in particular, are headed for a huge year, particularly after consumers ran towards brushed nickel after all the bright bronze of the 90s.

Color can be used to add depth to your kitchen, especially if you are short on space. Your choice of colors can help create the illusion of more space. Contrasting colors are particularly effective at adding depth, and don’t be afraid to go bold with a bright color. The brilliant yellow color of the island pictured below brings an element of sunshine into your kitchen, greeting you every morning with a smile. Kitchen islands are a great example of an aspect of your space that can be enhanced with the right color choices.

sunshine kitchen island

Be Bold with Contrasting Cabinet Colors

It is worth reiterating that 2020 will be an opportunity to go bold with your contrasting colors. But while gray has long been a favorite, in large part because of how it pairs with white and the way that it grounds the other elements of your space, black has emerged as to challenge it.

The pale color schemes of the farmhouse style are going more bold. Gray has long been the standard for a neutral color, but black offers a more striking contrast, especially when you pair it with natural wood for a more modern look. Expect to see more than a fair amount of matte black and natural wood combinations, with metal accents like metal shelving. In fact, expect to see more matte black around the house in a number of places, from hardware, electrical (light fixtures) and plumbing (faucets) to appliances and cabinets. You can even achieve a matte black look with your kitchen countertops by choosing a honed granite material.

Don’t underestimate the versatility of matte black, either. Matte black can be used to achieve a traditional look, like with the kitchen island pictured below. But it can also be used in more modern industrial spaces. Matte black kitchen cabinets, for example, works well paired with the natural texture of stone and the warmth of wood for a unique gathering space.

bertch kitchen

Less is More with Minimalist Design

The phrase “less is more” is not new to you, but in the new year, more homeowners will be adopting it as their mantra as trends shift more towards minimalist design. Sleek cabinets, less molding work, and less decorative hardware, like finger pulls, will be most popular. Kitchens without upper cabinets are a great example of a minimalist approach to a space. It is a practical and uncomplicated alternative, and can be supplemented with open shelving to compromise on your storage needs without sacrificing the light and airy feel.

Bathrooms are no exception to the minimalist trend. Double floating vanities will be a popular choice among homeowners in 2020, coveted for their clean minimalist look with utilitarian practicality. They are an especially appealing addition for any bathroom because of the floor space they free up, creating the illusion of more square footage.

Kitchen Remodels are on the Rise

More homeowners remodeled their kitchen in 2019, and that trend is expected to continue into 2020. Interest rates remain near historical lows, and the oldest millennials are nearing the average age of first-time homebuyers. Buying and remodeling existing homes is seen as the more appealing option compared to building a new home from the ground up.

Guest room and bathroom remodels continue to grow in popularity, as well, but those spaces represent a distant second and third to the fast growing trend of kitchen remodels.

Make a Statement with a Laundry Room

Believe it or not, laundry rooms are back in vogue. Consider how much time you spend in them, washing and drying your clothes. Imagine if you were able to turn that space into a cheery place where you might actually enjoy spending your time? It’s not a wild notion.

Laundry rooms won’t be an afterthought in 2020. Expect homeowners to put more thought and care into their laundry rooms, specifically on how they can look nicer and function even better. Linen cabinets, concealed drawers, and floating shelves are among the various additions that can enhance your laundry room as you rethink the design of your utility space.

For the forward-thinking homeowner, a mudroom/laundry room combined space is especially appealing. If you have the space to accommodate a mudroom or a laundry room but not both, the benefits of a room that serves dual functions are clear as day.

Formal Dining Rooms Will Be Back

If you thought the days of the formal dining room had come and gone, prepare for a comeback. Formal dining rooms have waned in popularity over the years, but home builders and homebuyers are expected to embrace them again in the coming year.

Should you find yourself going back and forth on whether or not you need a formal dining room, consider the benefits. Having a formal dining space creates a special place that allows you and your guests to slow down, unplug, and focus on the meal in front of you. This can be an especially appealing option for families who love gathering around the table for dinner.

Having a designated space for formal dining can also reduce the stress on other rooms you might have to co-opt and reorganize for the simple purpose of hosting a dinner.

Are you ready for 2020? Visit our nearest showroom and find out which of our products can help capitalize on the latest and best design trends for your kitchen or bathroom.


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