Kitchen Trends- What to Expect for Kitchen Design in 2020

When it comes to planning a new kitchen, homeowners ultimately want style, luxury and comfort rolled into an ergonomically sound design; and never before has there been so much choice for affording this within the home! Additionally platforms like Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest bring inspiring ideas at the click of a button- which together makes now an exciting time for kitchens! In 2019, bold looks and statement materials dominated trends, and many of the popular styles we have worked with will continue to flourish and thrive in the year ahead. Here we take a look at some of the current trends with staying power, as well as emerging kitchen trends for 2020…

Dark Kitchen Doors

First up, and very notable is the use of dark kitchen tones, and specifically dark matt kitchens in moody greys or black. Muted dark tones have soared in popularity in recent years as homeowners are embracing the dark side to become bolder with their choices (or else more trusting of their designers!)  Minimalist matt doors such as our ultra smooth black satin lacquer require no embellishment for a sophisticated look, but equally the layering of richly textured surfaces bring depth and character to a dark setting.  You can achieve beautiful pairings of dark doors with natural elements such as wood, stone, ceramic and glass.  Splashes of warm wood, marble, contrasting greys, taupe or warm metallic accents are all excellent choices for achieving a striking kitchen with welcoming appeal. 

Dark Kitchen Doors

First up, and very notable is the use of dark kitchen tones, and specifically dark matt kitchens in moody greys or black. Muted dark tones have soared in popularity in recent years as homeowners are embracing the dark side to become bolder with their choices (or else more trusting of their designers!)  Minimalist matt doors such as our ultra smooth black satin lacquer require no embellishment for a sophisticated look, but equally the layering of richly textured surfaces bring depth and character to a dark setting.  You can achieve beautiful pairings of dark doors with natural elements such as wood, stone, ceramic and glass.  Splashes of warm wood, marble, contrasting greys, taupe or warm metallic accents are all excellent choices for achieving a striking kitchen with welcoming appeal. 

Kitchen Trends 2020- Mercury Dark Marble kitchen doors
Kitchen Trends 2020 - Graphite dark matt kitchen doors
Kitchen Trends 2020- Black and grey textured kitchen finishes
Kitchen Trends 2020- Dark stone kitchen doors in 'Graphite' finish

Two-Tone Kitchen Arrangements

Two tone kitchen designs are nothing new but we are seeing bolder combinations of tone, texture and colour emerging. The incorporation of natural wood kitchen furniture in two-tone designs is increasingly on the rise, frequently blended with black, white, grey, as well as in a wider choice of materials.  Two tone or multi-tone designs are refreshing, exciting and with such an array of choice offer homeowners the opportunity for a truly unique and highly personalised kitchen design.

 

Kitchen Trends 2020- two tone kitchen with black and warm wood contrasts
Kitchen Trends 2020- two tone kitchen with black and warm wood contrasts

Two-Tone Kitchen Arrangements

Two tone kitchen designs are nothing new but we are seeing bolder combinations of tone, texture and colour emerging. The incorporation of natural wood kitchen furniture in two-tone designs is increasingly on the rise, frequently blended with black, white, grey, as well as in a wider choice of materials.  Two tone or multi-tone designs are refreshing, exciting and with such an array of choice offer homeowners the opportunity for a truly unique and highly personalised kitchen design.

 

Kitchen Trends 2020- two tone kitchen with black and warm wood contrasts

Mystery and Surprise

The boundaries between kitchen and living space have grown increasingly blurred over the last 10 years, with more homeowners opting for a single, blended space. But this is where clever design (alongside quality products) really comes to the fore to achieve a livable space that looks fantastic whilst still meeting all your needs and expectations- and particularly where storage is concerned!  Every pot, pan and gadget must have its place…yet that doesn’t mean everyone wants them in plain sight!  Hidden storage isn’t new, but in solving this design dilemma we are seeing the emergence of a new trend…that is a leaning towards mystery and surprise within the kitchen!  Whether pocket doors hiding an office desk, hidden kettle, toaster, doors, drawers or even a pull-out drinks bar, in 2020 kitchen designs we can expect a little more of the unexpected, and the perfect compliment for those dramatic dark designs.

Mystery and Surprise

The boundaries between kitchen and living space have grown increasingly blurred over the last 10 years, with more homeowners opting for a single, blended space. But this is where clever design (alongside quality products) really comes to the fore to achieve a livable space that looks fantastic whilst still meeting all your needs and expectations- and particularly where storage is concerned!  Every pot, pan and gadget must have its place…yet that doesn’t mean everyone wants them in plain sight!  Hidden storage isn’t new, but in solving this design dilemma we are seeing the emergence of a new trend…that is a leaning towards mystery and surprise within the kitchen!  Whether pocket doors hiding an office desk, hidden kettle, toaster, doors, drawers or even a pull-out drinks bar, in 2020 kitchen designs we can expect a little more of the unexpected, and the perfect compliment for those dramatic dark designs.

Kitchen trends 2020- Kitchen storage ideas

Urban Industrial Kitchen Details 

Still gaining traction and complementing the lean towards darker tones, is the popular urban industrial kitchen theme. Contemporary and easy to maintain, this style is characterised by a blend of features reminiscent of old industrial spaces such as exposed brickwork and stone, metal pipework, crittall doors/windows and concrete floors.  An urban look can be created through mixing different textures and tones, whilst keeping to contemporary finishes which are sleek, modern and easy to maintain.

 

Kitchen Trends 2020- Urban Industrial kitchen themes
Kitchen Trends 2020- Urban Industrial kitchen blends
Kitchen Trends 2020- Urban Industrial kitchen accents
Kitchen Trends 2020- Industrial kitchen elements

Statement Metal Kitchen Shelving 

Also worth a mention for 2020 kitchen design trends are statement metal shelving, particularly in black.   These first appeared on the design scene toward the end of 2017 and have gathered pace as a popular trend for industrial kitchen themes, and beyond. Perfect for a contemporary kitchen look these shelves are frequently appearing alongside kitchen wall units, or else replacing them altogether.  Keep their contents minimal and you can easily achieve a striking kitchen statement; elegant with hints of urban cool.  These shelves can easily be extended into an open plan kitchen living room setting for a cohesive open plan look.

Kitchen Trends 2020- Toronto Oak industrial kitchen with black metal kitchen shelving

Urban Industrial Kitchen Details 

Still gaining traction and complementing the lean towards darker tones, is the popular urban industrial kitchen theme. Contemporary and easy to maintain, this style is characterised by a blend of features reminiscent of old industrial spaces such as exposed brickwork and stone, metal pipework, crittall doors/windows and concrete floors.  An urban look can be created through mixing different textures and tones, whilst keeping to contemporary finishes which are sleek, modern and easy to maintain.

 

Statement Metal Kitchen Shelving 

Also worth a mention for 2020 kitchen design trends are statement metal shelving, particularly in black.   These first appeared on the design scene toward the end of 2017 and have gathered pace as a popular trend for industrial kitchen themes, and beyond. Perfect for a contemporary kitchen look these shelves are frequently appearing alongside kitchen wall units, or else replacing them altogether.  Keep their contents minimal and you can easily achieve a striking kitchen statement; elegant with hints of urban cool.  These shelves can easily be extended into an open plan kitchen living room setting for a cohesive open plan look.

The ‘Natural’ Kitchen 

The use of richly textured, raw materials within kitchen design is another trend that has taken the industry by storm in recent years and we anticipate seeing an even larger influx in 2020. But unsurprisingly, surfaces that replicate these natural materials are also high in demand; stylish in look, hardy and durable in nature, and with the further benefit of a much lower price tag than real stone kitchen equivalents.  At LWK London we have experienced a sharp rise in demand for our beautiful range of stone and concrete effect kitchen doors– which again can be mix & matched with an array of other materials for an impressive, unique look.

Natural Stone Worksurfaces

The demand for raw materials  has also carried over into splashbacks and worktops. Engineered Quartz – particularly white quartz- still reigns supreme due to its clean, modern look and low-maintenance, durable nature.  But natural stone is also highly desirable and particularly for an industrial worktop look.  Meanwhile a new trend for splashbacks is to ditch the standard 30cm above worktop height but instead continue the look up to the ceiling for maximum impact.  A statement look, but worth noting the more material you require the bigger the cost so it’s always worth investigating different materials before opting for this effect.

Kitchen Trends 2020- Natural kitchen materials
Kitchen Trends 2020- Natural kitchen materials

The ‘Natural’ Kitchen 

The use of richly textured, raw materials within kitchen design is another trend that has taken the industry by storm in recent years and we anticipate seeing an even larger influx in 2020. But unsurprisingly, surfaces that replicate these natural materials are also high in demand; stylish in look, hardy and durable in nature, and with the further benefit of a much lower price tag than real stone kitchen equivalents.  At LWK London we have experienced a sharp rise in demand for our beautiful range of stone and concrete effect kitchen doors– which again can be mix & matched with an array of other materials for an impressive, unique look.

Kitchen Trends 2020- Natural kitchen materials

Natural Stone Worksurfaces

The demand for raw materials  has also carried over into splashbacks and worktops. Engineered Quartz – particularly white quartz- still reigns supreme due to its clean, modern look and low-maintenance, durable nature.  But natural stone is also highly desirable and particularly for an industrial worktop look.  Meanwhile a new trend for splashbacks is to ditch the standard 30cm above worktop height but instead continue the look up to the ceiling for maximum impact.  A statement look, but worth noting the more material you require the bigger the cost so it’s always worth investigating different materials before opting for this effect.

Metallic Kitchen Trends

Metallic accessories have been popular in recent years but metallic kitchen furniture such as our Gold lacquered kitchen units are also now causing quite a stir!

Relatively new on the market, this richly textured kitchen finish is extremely elegant, bringing a large dose of glamour to the kitchen setting. For the LWK team, it’s at its best combined with a contrasting door such as our black satin lacquer, which really sets off its appeal.  When it comes to a successful gold design we advise less is definitely more.  But aternatively we have more understated metallics such as our new metallic Light brushed lacquer laminate; alone or alongside other finishes, this is definitely one of the new favourites amongst our team & the more we see it the more we love it! It’s attractive with a quiet charm, low-maintenance, and a door we fully expect has a lot of staying power.

Kitchen Trends 2020: Muted Greens

Whilst dark tones are popular there is still plenty of room for colour within the kitchen space, whether for cabinetry or else a brightening highlight. Bold, healthy and vibrant splashes of greenery were popular last year and continue into 2020 kitchen trends, yet are also making room for softer, increasingly muted grey-green tones such as petrol green, sage green, Dulux’s Colour of the Year ‘Tranquil Dawn,’ and Aquamarine.  When planning your kitchen palette it is wise to consider how permanent your choices, as changing a wall colour or accessories will prove far less costly in the future than replacing bold kitchen furniture tones.

Metallic Kitchen Trends

Metallic accessories have been popular in recent years but metallic kitchen furniture such as our Gold lacquered kitchen units are also now causing quite a stir!

Relatively new on the market, this richly textured kitchen finish is extremely elegant, bringing a large dose of glamour to the kitchen setting. For the LWK team, it’s at its best combined with a contrasting door such as our black satin lacquer, which really sets off its appeal.  When it comes to a successful gold design we advise less is definitely more.  But aternatively we have more understated metallics such as our new metallic Light brushed lacquer laminate; alone or alongside other finishes, this is definitely one of the new favourites amongst our team & the more we see it the more we love it! It’s attractive with a quiet charm, low-maintenance, and a door we fully expect has a lot of staying power.

Kitchen Trends 2020- Gold metallic two-tone kitchen
Kitchen Trends 2020- Gold metallic kitchen furniture
Kitchen Trends 2020- Hacker Industrial Steel metallic kitchen island
Kitchen Trends 2020- Silver metallic kitchen doors

Kitchen Trends 2020: Muted Greens

Whilst dark tones are popular there is still plenty of room for colour within the kitchen space, whether for cabinetry or else a brightening highlight. Bold, healthy and vibrant splashes of greenery were popular last year and continue into 2020 kitchen trends, yet are also making room for softer, increasingly muted grey-green tones such as petrol green, sage green, Dulux’s Colour of the Year ‘Tranquil Dawn,’ and Aquamarine.  When planning your kitchen palette it is wise to consider how permanent your choices, as changing a wall colour or accessories will prove far less costly in the future than replacing bold kitchen furniture tones.

Kitchen Trends 2020- Blue Green kitchen tones such as Aquamarine

Smart Kitchen Appliances

Ovens with built-in cook functions and which you can turn on remotely, fridges offering a longer shelf life for your produce, and washing machines that work out  how much detergent and softener to add…These are just a few of the current Smart Appliance options now available and which are becoming more ‘every day’ for homes.  And that’s not to mention Voice Control (such as Amazon’s Alexa), which can order your weekly shop, read recipes aloud, set timers, as well as switch off your appliances for you after use. 

Statement Sinks & Taps

Sinks and taps have firmly moved away from the everyday chrome that dominated only a few years ago.  Instead feature sinks and taps in an array of colours and materials are now widely available, with metallics such as copper and gold, as well as black matt taps proving particularly popular. This increasing trend is also due to modern tap technology such as filtered and instant boiling water extending to a more diverse range of hardware finishes.  

Kitchen Trends 2020- Smart appliances with statement sinks & taps
Kitchen Trends 2020- Smart appliances with statement sinks & taps

Smart Kitchen Appliances

Ovens with built-in cook functions and which you can turn on remotely, fridges offering a longer shelf life for your produce, and washing machines that work out  how much detergent and softener to add…These are just a few of the current Smart Appliance options now available and which are becoming more ‘every day’ for homes.  And that’s not to mention Voice Control (such as Amazon’s Alexa), which can order your weekly shop, read recipes aloud, set timers, as well as switch off your appliances for you after use. 

Kitchen Trends 2020- Smart appliances with statement sinks & taps

Statement Sinks & Taps

Sinks and taps have firmly moved away from the everyday chrome that dominated only a few years ago.  Instead feature sinks and taps in an array of colours and materials are now widely available, with metallics such as copper and gold, as well as black matt taps proving particularly popular. This increasing trend is also due to modern tap technology such as filtered and instant boiling water extending to a more diverse range of hardware finishes.  

Shaker Kitchen Trends

We have seen the Shaker kitchen style boom in popularity but for 2020 kitchen design we expect more pairings of this style with contemporary industrial elements.  For example, in place of the renowned cup-handle, we might see a roughly finished and elongated handle (or else you might abandon handles altogether with the new handleless Shaker).  This new kitchen blend can be toned up or down as required, and especially when incorporating glass, stone and other urban materials.  Contrasting worktops, black metal shelves, metal hardware, exposed stone work and industrial style pendant lights are all elements for consideration in achieving this sleek new look.

Kitchen Trends 2020 - Handleless Shaker kitchen in Taupe
Kitchen Trends 2020 - White Shaker kitchen doors with black metal shelves
Kitchen Trends 2020- Pearl Grey Shaker style meets Industrial
Kitchen Trends 2020- White Shaker style meets Industrial

Shaker Kitchen Trends

We have seen the Shaker kitchen style boom in popularity but for 2020 kitchen design we expect more pairings of this style with contemporary industrial elements.  For example, in place of the renowned cup-handle, we might see a roughly finished and elongated handle (or else you might abandon handles altogether with the new handleless Shaker).  This new kitchen blend can be toned up or down as required, and especially when incorporating glass, stone and other urban materials.  Contrasting worktops, black metal shelves, metal hardware, exposed stone work and industrial style pendant lights are all elements for consideration in achieving this sleek new look.

What Else?

Other notable 2020 kitchen trends we expect to see include elegant fluted and smoked glass door fronts, built-in benches or love seats along one side of an island or kitchen table, and of course…where space permits, flexible, hard-working kitchen islands will remain the most popular choice of layout!

What Else?

Other notable 2020 kitchen trends we expect to see include elegant fluted and smoked glass door fronts, built-in benches or love seats along one side of an island or kitchen table, and of course…where space permits, flexible, hard-working kitchen islands will remain the most popular choice of layout!

Need Some Help?

LWK London offer an extensive product range with beautiful colours and styles, as well as innovative and flexible design solutions. Many of our clients love the way our designers come up with fresh ideas or design alternatives that other companies simply haven’t thought of. If you would like to book a free kitchen design experience with one of our talented team then please call 020 7536 9266 or email to book an appointment.