Discover all the kitchen finishes, colors, and fixtures that will be big in the new year.

By Julianne Hilmes Bartlett
December 05, 2019
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Trends come and go each year, but when designing a kitchen, you want a look that lasts. The average kitchen remodel costs about $20,000 and takes several weeks (or even months) to complete, so renovating every time an of-the-moment look becomes passé isn't realistic. That's why we talked with design and color experts across the kitchen industry to find the trends with staying power as well as perennial classics that will be everywhere in the new year. Here are the kitchen design trends we predict to dominate in the coming year. 

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1. Mix-and-Match Lighting

If you can’t choose between a beautiful chandelier or those to-die-for pendants, why not incorporate both? With an increasing focus on lighting as a decorative element, mixing different styles and types has never been bigger in kitchens, and the trend lets you celebrate multiple aesthetics.

In a well-designed kitchen, lighting serves various functions. For example, an overhead fixture brightens up the overall space, while sconces illuminate specific tasks. "For kitchens, there’s definitely been an uptick in pendants for use over islands," says Ashley Fothergill, creative director at Mitzi and Hudson Valley Lighting. "Sconces are in demand, too, for lighting the washing of dishes in the sink or as an accent along a backsplash behind the stove."

Take time to think about how your cooking space functions and how different types of light—ambient, layer, and task—can best meet your needs. Then consider varying the style between fixtures, like pairing midcentury pendants with French-country sconces. As you mix and match, choose at least one element, such as the finish or shape, and keep it consistent between fixtures to maintain a cohesive look. Utilizing an artful mix of lighting will not only give your kitchen a stylish appearance but also make it a more livable space.

David A Land

2. Beautiful Blues

Shades of blue will continue to be popular in the new year—as evidenced by Pantone's pick for 2020 Color of the Year. And it's no wonder this friendly, approachable hue is great for kitchens. "The blue color family is extremely versatile," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. "Its varying shades—from light to denim to navy—have calming qualities that induce a sense of comfort at home and feel almost neutral."

When you think about how much time you spend in your kitchen, a calming color is a clear winner. We especially love the deep moody blues and rich blue-greens that pair so beautifully with many other kitchen trends, like brass hardware and natural wood accents. Wadden suggests Charcoal Blue SW 2739, a smoky slate blue, as a color that complements light countertops and warm wood tones.

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3. Brass Accents

Appearing in cabinet hardware, drawer pulls, faucets, and light fixtures, brass finishes on decorative elements add a touch of shine to your kitchen's design. And no matter the finish—satin, unlacquered, or polished brass—this metal makes a stylish statement. 

"Brass offers a classic and timeless look while still feeling bold and contemporary," says Amy Biller Switzer, marketing manager at Emtek and Schaub. "We will see that continue into 2020." The finish blends nicely with most kitchen design styles, but we especially love the look of brass hardware against dark, moody cabinetry or a polished brass faucet that acts as a shiny focal point in a neutral kitchen. 

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4. Colorful Ranges

White kitchens will always have a place in our hearts, but we're excited for all the bold kitchen color choices trending right now. We're particularly fond of the expanding color options available for ranges, and we're not just talking about white and matte black options

"There’s been a spike in the popularity of bold colors in the kitchen, due in part to a rise in the influence of European design trends within the U.S. market," says Valentina Bertazzoni, head of brand and style at Bertazzoni

In addition to more traditional color offerings, the Bertazzoni Professional Series ranges are available in three fiery hues. "Red is among the most popular statement colors and is a classic choice that pairs well with both modern and traditional styles, while orange and yellow have been on the rise and bring a contemporary flair to any space," Bertazzoni says.

Erin Kestenbaum

5. Custom Storage Solutions

As the heart of the home, kitchens tend to serve multiple purposes. That's why smart storage is essential for keeping kitchen clutter at bay and making the most of available space. Creative storage solutions continue to be popular add-ons in kitchen design, with 78% of homeowners renovating their kitchens planning to include specialty storage in their new cabinetry, according to a 2019 Houzz study.

Case in point: Photographer and designer Erin Kestenbaum transformed her kitchen as part of this fall’s One Room Challenge and thoughtfully included enhanced storage space. Kestenbaum’s creative solutions included vertical tray storage above the fridge, a narrow drawer for oils and spices by the range, and a coffee bar built into a full-height cabinet. "I love designing upfront ways to hide the clutter and appliances that, without a home, will inevitably end up on your countertop occupying space," she says. 

Updating your kitchen and brainstorming ways to amp up your storage? "Think vertically to max out your storage on one wall," Kestenbaum says. "And consider adding storage in less traditional places like in the corners on your countertop."

Kitchen cabinets in Tarrytown Green by Benjamin Moore.
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6. Updated Shaker Style

Shaker-style cabinets have long been a staple in farmhouse-style kitchens, but the style continues to diversify to stay relevant in 2020. "We are certainly in an age of Shaker-mania," says Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets. "They have a broad appeal and are available everywhere."

Pierce points to their classic design and simplicity as a reason for their staying power. However, additional Shaker varieties, like those with narrow, medium, and wide rail widths, are also on the rise. "All of these capture top spots in both trend direction and current sales, meaning we don't see this style going away any time soon," she says.  

The broad appeal of Shaker cabinets helps them blend well with many design aesthetics. Variations of this classic style support the casual contemporary, updated traditional, and modern farmhouse looks that many of today's homeowners adore. 

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7. Integrated Appliances

Designed to fit flush and coordinate with kitchen cabinetry, integrated appliances, particularly refrigerators and dishwashers, are on the rise, according to industry experts. Today's options prevent utilitarian appliances from breaking up sightlines and seamlessly disappear into surrounding cabinetry to provide a more cohesive look and luxurious aesthetic. 

Pierre Martin, vice president of marketing at Fisher & Paykel, says integration is a key 2020 kitchen trend. "Our integrated appliances allow total design freedom, which is a feature that yields itself across aesthetic and style preferences," he says. Meshing with their minimalist design philosophy, Fisher & Paykel has added dozens of integrated offerings to their product lines in recent years, including column cooling units and under-counter cooling drawers and dishwashers. 

To achieve a seamless look that brings style to the forefront, disguise a refrigerator or dishwasher with custom paneling, or opt to build wall ovens and other appliances into cabinetry for a streamlined effect.

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8. Warm Wood Grains

Wood surfaces lend warmth and natural beauty to any space, and the material has taken a leading role in kitchens. "There are so many things that are appealing about wood," says Liz Stiving-Nichols, interior designer at Martha's Vineyard Interior Design. "It feels substantial, warm, and there is something unknowingly comforting about it." 

Stiving-Nichols recently designed a kitchen based on gorgeous walnut cabinets created by the home's architect. "[The] stunning custom walnut cabinets truly deserved to be the focus of the kitchen," she says. "The flat-front cabinets and carved integral pulls allowed the walnut itself to remain an uninterrupted design feature."

Use warm wood tones to balance a crisp white kitchen or to enhance the appeal of deep green and blue tones. Natural finishes pair well with a variety of styles, including contemporary cabinetry and traditional countertops.

Comments (5)

Anonymous
January 7, 2020
This is a great article! I especially love the blue painted cabinets. I think it is so on-trend for 2020!
Anonymous
December 27, 2019
I find it rather “incongruent” that out of one side of your mouth you say avoid fads as they come and go quickly - and then you show dark green cabinets and a sunshine yellow $25,0000 range!
Anonymous
December 27, 2019
I find it rather “incongruent” that out of one side of your mouth you say avoid fads as they come and go quickly - and then you show dark green cabinets and a sunshine yellow $25,0000 range!
Anonymous
December 27, 2019
Beautiful all...but the trend for those on a budget seems to be the escalating $. That leaves me out.
Anonymous
December 26, 2019
Are you kidding, $20,000 for the average kitchen remodel?!