I am still keeping a close eye on 2020 kitchen trends despite my kitchen being (basically) brand new! So many new and fun kitchen designs are hitting this new decade, and I think you will find some you love and want to incorporate too!
The way I see it, trends are the best way to get inspiration on keeping your home fresh. Try not to feel offended if the things you love are suddenly considered dated. Half the things I love are probably very uncool! Anyways, you should think of trends as just a starting point for coming up with your own ideas, and figuring out your own style as times change!
We finished our new build towards the end of 2017. After building a custom home, the last thing you want to do is change anything. After all, you built it exactly to your liking (hopefully) so the home should be pretty close to perfect in a homeowner’s mind!
I try not to get too bogged down with “the next big trend” or else I would always be unhappy with my home. But I do love to make small tweaks every year so that we keep it current, but also continue to love our home as much as the day we moved in.
You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to keep your kitchen looking fresh. So many little projects are doable and budget friendly!
2020 Kitchen Trends: What To Expect
In just the two years since we built, so much has changed. If you were a hater of all white kitchens before, this is your decade. Pops of color! Earthy tones! Wood is cool again! (FYI, wood has always been cool). I, for one, was (still am!) the biggest lover of a white kitchen but I found so many new trends I am excited about. I bet there is something here you will love too!
1. Kitchen Colors in 2020: Dark and moody cabinets
Bold and interesting paint colors are coming to kitchen cabinets this decade. White kitchens aren’t outdated and are still popular, but they aren’t the coolest kid on the block anymore. I love a white kitchen (I think most people still do!) and I like the idea of having it both ways.
Want to tip toe into the water instead of diving in? Try painting your bottom cabinets only, or just your kitchen island a dark color. Hunter green, navy, black, anything with drama is in!
If you are going dark and bold on your cabinets, make sure your counter and / or backsplash are light enough to reflect light. In the below photo the island might be a navy blue, but the fresh white of the walls and countertop keep the room feeling light. In fact, you’ll notice in a lot of these photos there are other white elements so that the room stays bright.
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Photo via: Emily Henderson
2. Hello warm greige!
Cool grays that are overdone in the room have reigned supreme for this past decade, but they are trending away in 2020. It’s all about the warm, taupey colors… with grey undertones. That would be, the greiges. I see these trendy muddy greige kitchen cabinets all over Pinterest right now. They look great with black or brass hardware! (And by the way – brass isn’t going anywhere!)
Photo via: Studio McGee
Photo via: Amber Interiors
3. Rattan, natural wood and woven materials
Photo via: Home Bunch
Photo via: Studio McGee
We saw a lot of woven and wood furnishings in 2019. In the kitchen, chairs and barstools with caning will continue to rise in 2020 I believe. Woven pendant lights, and hold the paint brush – natural and raw wood looking cabinets are in. Which brings me to my next trend…
4. Black, black, black
Black cabinetry, black hardware, honed black marble, black furniture… it’s taking over. Modern and usually done in a matte finish, it’s the complete opposite of the crisp white on white on white, and I am loving all these black kitchens. Check out these chairs with natural caning, mixed with black!
See how the black cabinets here don’t make the space feel or look dark? Between the white countertops, sink and the backsplash they have enough white to keep the room not feeling dark and heavy. I never thought I would love a black kitchen so much as I am today.
5. Hey overdone subway tile- the least you can do is stack yourself!
Photo via: Emily Henderson
I say this lightly since I have subway tile ALL over my house and it’s clearly never going out of style. But although subway tile is a classic, more alternatives are popping up. Handmade, longer, bigger, anything that is just a twist on the conventional. And when it is used, we will see it stacked for a fun and modern twist. I love it!
Our Current Kitchen and Our Changes Since Move In Day
This is our all white kitchen a few months after move in day. You can see we have already changed a few small things in the last two years. (Rembmer my house tour from last summer?)
And now here we are with some cell phone pictures I took this January of 2020.
The biggest change to our kitchen was taking the island and the pantry door from white to Sherwin Williams Krypton. I painted the door myself, and we had professionals tackle the island. You can read all about the before and after here! Paint makes a huge impact, and is the cheapest upgrade you can do!
We also upgraded our barstools, and added that fun vintage inspired runner. I love that runner because it looks vintage, even in person. It’s just polyester though, so I don’t have to worry about dropping spaghetti sauce on it. (This is the exact sentence I tell everyone about the runner, which is hilarious because I probably make spaghetti once a year!)
Last winter we took the subway tile up to the ceiling and around the doorways. This was a surprisingly affordable upgrade.
If you have a spot like this in your kitchen you might want to take the tile all the way up instead of stopping halfway. It takes the kitchen up a notch (and could add a little appeal if you are selling). Since we were using basic beveled subway tile this was cost effective.
We switched out our round kitchen table for our dining room table because I thought a rectangle fit better in that little breakfast nook. Although I love the round table (round tables make for great family conversation!) I enjoy the bigger table in the space better. We added these pretty end chairs on the table too. They are from Serena & Lily.
(Like my dining table? My Pier 1 Bradding Table Review is here)
One hesitation about this switch of tables is that I am not sure how that current table is going to hold up to every day use by a family of 6.
Which 2020 kitchen trends will effect our brand new kitchen
We planned our kitchen out thoughtfully so that it would last for many years. And I know I want to keep loving it too. We won’t be doing much but we do have a few ideas planned, because I like to keep things fresh around here. I also like small, easy updates with impact. There are just a few small ideas that I have up my sleeve to keep it current with 2020 kitchen trends.
- New Hardware
I am strongly considering switching out our cabinet pulls (a safe, perhaps boring choice I made) to black matte hardware. One reason I like this idea is because I don’t want my kitchen to read too feminine, now that we have the light blue island. Our doors all have black matte hardware, so the black would fit in well. I love the style of hardware I picked, and I would go with something similar or even the same.
2. A bit of black for balance
We have a lot of teak and wood with the furniture in our kitchen already, which falls into the “naturals” category. But I would love to bring in some black furnishings if possible. I LOVE our white end chairs we have here and want to keep them in the space, so I am not sure how to make this work. One option is I could do is just swing a black chair over to our kitchen desk. (Read about our kitchen desk here!)
3. A touch of greige
As far as greiges, I’m not ready for that yet. I still love a crisp white. No greige cabinetry for me (never say never though!). But I am using the color! Our kitchen does open into our living room. I am going to bring some greigey toned drapes into the living room to soften the windows up. Hanging curtains is my least favorite job, and my kids’ favorite job is to pull those rods out of the wall, so wish my luck!
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I hope you enjoyed hearing about kitchen trends for 2020. And don’t forget, while trends are fun and inspiring, you own feelings and opinions are always better than any pretty picture on the internet.
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