Joel Linn, the principal designer at Forest Kitchen Design Studio in Greenville, has seen it all in his 17 years designing kitchens, everything from modern and sleek to rustic and chic. Forest Kitchen, in business for three years in Greenville, is the satellite location of Forest Millwork, which boasts clients such as the Biltmore Estate and New Belgium Brewery.
While some designs and materials are timeless, there are certainly trends in kitchen design that are popping up for 2020.
“It’s all about light and bright,” Linn said. “While monochromatic colors aren’t completely out, off-white, creamy white, and grayer lights are in.”
Here are several more trends that Linn and his team believe will make the biggest splash this year.
Light and bright
While white isn’t quitting anytime soon, there is a divergence between warmer, creamier whites and the cooler, slightly grayer whites. This light and bright look is typically contrasted against natural, or jewel tone splashes in certain areas such as the kitchen island.
Jewel tones, especially in greens and blues, are big. Blues have been big, but jasper greens as well as hunter or brighter true greens are trending upward. Linn encourages clients to go bold in powder rooms, and the vanity color is often the key place to complement a more subdued kitchen.
High-sheen or super-matte materials
High-sheen materials are being favored, even if monochromatic, to create a stunning, clean look. High-gloss tiles in simple geometric patterns are big. Representing the other end of the sheen spectrum are the super-matte materials such as leathered or honed-stone countertops, which bring a softer feel and aesthetic to a kitchen. Super-matte lacquer cabinet finishes can soften a contemporary kitchen’s edge and make it feel truly liveable.
Walnut is everywhere in the furniture world, including kitchens. The mid-century modern style is warranting perfect walnut use.
Natural stone & Deckton countertops
Natural stone, especially marble, is beautiful for kitchen countertops. Quartz is still strong as well. A product new to the U.S. market and which is gaining popularity is Dekton by Silestone, which is essentially an ultra-durable slab of porcelain tile.
Oak is beautiful wood and it is coming back in fresh, new, stain finishes — not yellow as when left to a more natural pigment, but true brown or light, cerused finish. It’s being used for cabinets and for light colored floors in kitchens.
Islands are essential to the open-concept kitchen, and take on whatever shape we need them to for the best use and beautiful application. Islands are trending more towards a contrasting finish to the perimeter cabinetry. They are also often designed to be large, symmetrical, and furniture-like with a sink and faucet on center. Seating on the same plane as the working counter surface continues to remain the standard since it makes the island surface feel generous and brings intimacy between cook and visitors.
All-in-one ranges are on trend right now rather than separate cook-tops and ovens. Stainless steel ranges continue to dominate, although some homeowners are bold enough to do a red range like those seen on Pinterest. Even though the 30-inch range continues to be the industry standard, wider ranges are surging in popularity.