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What's Trending In Kitchen Design

Every decade has a story to tell when it comes to kitchen trends and design. In the 1960’s, kitchens were full of color and floral wallpaper. The 1970’s brought wood accents everywhere – including walls and ceilings. The 1990’s brought lots of brass hardware, white appliances and the single overhead light. Fast forward to today, 2020 has a distinguished style all its own as well.

If you’re entertaining a kitchen remodel, below is our list of what’s trending in kitchen design for the new roaring 20’s. The 2020’s that is!

1. Two or more principal colors


The 2020 kitchen creates instant interest and visual drama by using color variation – especially in upper and lower cabinets and kitchen islands. This is accomplished with the use of darker and lighter colors in contrast with backsplashes and flooring. Natural stone is back and can be used to add color - green or blue granite certainly pop. Better yet, really join 2020 and use color in your appliances as well. Red and blue are all the rage.


2. Streamlined designs


Handleless cabinets and clean lines are trending this year and are effective ways to eliminate clutter and maximize convenience. Efficient kitchen layouts, sleek cabinet doors, innovative appliances, and clever space saving hacks make small kitchens feel and look bigger. Streamlined kitchen designs are easy to accomplish with modern European cabinets, and achieved by repeating the same style along the entire kitchen run. From slab cabinets to glass countertops, the possibilities are endless!


3. Galley kitchens


The galley kitchen (typically two long walls, back to back) is a great layout that can be used in both large and small kitchens. By avoiding corners, it eliminates traffic jams whenever more than one person is in the kitchen. Advantages include easily dividing work areas, accessibility with “triangle design” (proximity to the sink, refrigerator and stove), lots of cabinet storage that maximizes long wall spaces, and a modern, streamlined aesthetic. Handled or handleless LEICHT cabinet lines are perfect for galley kitchens..



4. Mix and match


Mixing kitchen countertop surfaces is a great way to explore the versatility of different materials. Create this lasting trend by combining wood and stone or wood and stainless steel. Picture a built-in wood slab at the end of a stone countertop for use as a cutting board. Or imagine rolling dough on a stainless-steel surface contrasted by a stone kitchen island. Don’t stop with stone; get creative and explore other trending materials like cement and terracotta!


5. Cabinetry


Function meets fantastic in cabinet design. Cabinetry is mentioned in all the trends so far because it's the single largest focal point of any kitchen. We aren’t just talking uppers and lowers, there are plenty of elements to consider:

  • Open shelving

  • Hanging kitchen island cabinets

  • Open frame cabinets

  • Glass cabinet doors

  • Utensil drawer organizers

  • Pullout cabinet storage

Keep an eye out for up and coming cabinet surfaces, too. Particularly super-matte colors, fingerprint resistant, and self-healing coatings.


6. Seating


Extra seating is key. In the past, the only kitchen seating was at the kitchen table - remember how it would expand? And your grandma would pull chairs from the garage to accommodate more people? Or everybody congregating in the dining room? Today we’re seeing statement stools at kitchen islands. For decades, islands were mainly used for additional storage, workspace and extra appliances. Because today’s kitchens serve as a multi-functional space, islands are used for casual dining, homework, home office space, and pretty much anything else you can think of.



7. Lighting


Great lighting is not only essential for kitchen safety, but it creates ambiance and visual drama. A good rule is to mix several lighting solutions together by blending overhead lighting, task lighting, accent, and decorative lighting. And don’t neglect natural light sources! Lighting is also used to highlight focal points like shelving, underneath cabinets, open cabinet designs and decorations. Adding interior drawer lighting gives you light right where you need it.


LEICHT’s new LED under cabinet lighting is available in dimmable and color, temperature-adjustable (warm to cool) options. Pendant lights are especially great over kitchen islands by brightening the space and adding yet another visual goodie.



8. Mix of design


Kitchen trends don’t always have to match. Sometimes, the best kitchen designs are complimented by a mix of styles. We already discussed mixing colors and textures through natural stone, wood, and metals, but try mixing traditional with contemporary styles or antique with modern.


9. Color


The most popular kitchen colors for 2020 are white, grey, and blue. Use of gray-based navy makes the color more neutral in the kitchen and adding pops of color like red are great for appliances. Not a fan of the most popular colors? White is still a staple, but don’t be afraid to experiment and use color everywhere – on walls, ceilings, cabinets, backsplashes, natural stone countertops, or tile – anywhere you can imagine.


10. Smart appliances


Smart kitchen gadgets like built-in coffee machines, kitchen scales, and instant pots have become kitchen staples – but you’ll need to think about storage space for countertop appliances.


Cabinet manufacturers like LEICHT offer multi-functional cabinets for this very purpose.



Multi-functional appliances (such as combi-speed or combi-steam ovens) and other “smart appliances” also make cooking safer and faster while helping to reduce space, waste, and time. Appliances from Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau, Samsung, Miele, and LG Electronics include smart ovens that let you monitor your oven remotely, smart refrigerators that can take inventory of your food, and even a Bosch Built-In Fully Automatic Stainless Steel Drip Coffee Maker with Built-In Grinder! A professional designer will help you incorporate appliances for ease of flow as well as aesthetics. We talk more about this in another blog post.


So many kitchen remodeling ideas! Of course, ironing out your kitchen remodeling budget will give you a better idea of what you can undertake. Our next post delves into the actual cost of remodeling a kitchen but in the meantime, feel free to reach out if you have questions. Studio Europa LEICHT is always here to assist you.

Happy planning!

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