2020 Kitchen Design Trends

It’s a new decade and with this extra fresh start, we wanted to kick off 2020 with what has proven to be THE crowd favorite – people really like kitchens and we do too. There is a fantasy that the kitchen holds that makes us want to double-tap, at the same time they are hard and stressful to design so you want to have one that looks unique and creative, but not dated or actually trendy. It’s where we gather to cook, eat, laugh, create school science projects that will likely explode, etc. So getting to dream about what your future kitchen can be is intoxicating.

Now this year, in particular, is filled with some very unexpected, very cool trends or So with any trend piece we do, these trends are simply here to spark your creativity and let you daydream a little. It’s about new ideas but not negating how much we like classic kitchens, too. So let’s kitchen dream together, shall we? It’s 2020, the sky is the limit.


1. Unexpected Shapes

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photo by genevieve lutkin | design by sella concept | via ad spain

One element that a designer almost always tries to implement into their designs is something unexpected. And in 2020 we predict that this must-have element will be hitting the kitchen in a bigger way than ever. For example simple but impactful curve in the cabinetry and island in that stunning green kitchen above.

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photo and design by bri ussery | via domino

We do understand that taking that leap into “unexpected element land” can be daunting as a kitchen is an expensive space to remodel so risks can seem like a very bad idea. But think of it as a chance to show a little bit of your personality. Take Bri Ussery’s pill-shaped wall cutout. It’s a simple “unexpected” shape that gives her kitchen that wow factor (like I audibly said, “WOW” when I saw this photo).

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photo and design by dries otten and emma thyssen

You can even rethink the shapes of your cabinetry like Dries Otten and Emma Thyssen did with their very modern house-shaped cabinet. While this shape isn’t a style that can easily translate to jusy anyone’s home, the idea of thinking outside the box when it comes to cabinetry is extremely cool.

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design by beata heuman | photo by simon brown | via domino

Another way to get your unexpected element game on is by playing with your backsplash shape. This marble keyhole backsplash by the very talented Beata Heuman is so good and potentially fairly doable if you are already having a stone custom cut for your kitchen. Why not right??

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photo by the ingalls design by and and and studio | via dwell

Lastly, I want to leave you with this rounded island by And And And Studio. Words can’t describe our love for it because that’s how good it is. Plus, it’s kid and clumsy people friendly since there are no hard edges. So if you are renovating your kitchen please consider a rounded island because it’s the coolest and all of your friends will think so too.

2. Cylinder Hoods

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photo by tom ross | design by fieldwork architecture | via the design files

Last year we called “the statement hood” trend and this year while VERY much a statement, the hoods are more specific. I am talking cylinder hoods. They aren’t brand new to the kitchen design world (Europe and Australia have been on it) but they are making much more noise than ever. I mean they are truly awesome so I am not surprised by this one. But what I also love about this modern but simple yet grand hood is that there isn’t just one way to install it. You can take this hood off of the wall and over a kitchen island with ease and grace. It literally doesn’t have a bad side.

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photo by tom roe | design by finnis architects | via wallpaper

Another option is to double up with two of these cool beauts. The option to install two is not only a cool choice but handy if the scale doesn’t look right with just one.

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photo by eve wilson | design by milieu | via the design files

I also want to show you that while these are a pretty modern choice of hood, they can still look right at home in a kitchen that sports a lot of rustic woods. This particular hood above somehow at the same time makes a statement while also being visually quite quiet. Pretty awesome if you ask us.

3. Tumbled Tile/Stone Done Right

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photo by tessa neustadt | design by amber interiors | via all sorts of

Tiles with faux worn edges got a bad rap because they were overused in “French Mediterannean’ McMansions in the ’80s and ’90s, looking pretty fake and gaudy. But good ones are being made and when designed right, we love it. Granted this is stone floor and is a much larger scale, but the edges are worn and have that tumbled effect. Emily seriously wanted to use it in the mountain house master bathroom but ended up using slate, instead because she didn’t know where to find it.

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photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: inside all our (super organized) drawers & cabinets in the mountain house kitchen

So while Emily couldn’t find the right stone tile for the master bath floor, she did use smaller faux tumbled tiles from Bedrosians for the coffee station backsplash in the mountain house. It just gives that unexpected (bonus) texture that we all love.

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design by pain english design

As you can see when done right and paired with simple but modern cabinetry it’s beautiful. Buuut maybe not great for bare feet?


4. Wood and Plaster Cabinets

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photo by ruben ortiz design by muñoz arquitectos | via ad germany

Since we were just talking about a way to add natural texture, let’s keep the good times flowing with our next trend… wood and plaster cabinets. This trend while not new to the kitchen scene, they have seemed to be exclusive to magical faraway places like Mallorca or the coasts of Mexico. Well, not anymore because they are popping up in homes all over.

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photo by swiley interior photography | design by natalie saunders and louis litrenta | via sunset

Take Natalie Saunders and Louis Litrenta. They built their dream house in Joshua Tree complete with those beautiful plaster and wood cabinets. It’s the ultimate style for those who love that elevated euro rustic vibe and seeing it in a space like this makes it feel actually doable in a remodel or new build. Also if you haven’t seen Jessica and Mike Kraus’ home remodel go now. They did a beautiful version of this type of kitchen in their Southern California themselves.


5. The Updated ’80s White and Wood Cabinets

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photo by josh robenstone | design by olaver architecture | via the design files

Ok, this little kitchen trend was pretty crazy to me as I have avoided the dated version of this style of cabinetry with all my might. But I have to say that after these modern types of kitchens started showing up more and more on the design interwebs I thought, “Wait, I think I kind of dig them.”


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design by commune design

Now I will tell you why. The wood is less lacquered and rounded than it’s out of touch older sibling. It’s sort of nuts that all this style needed was a little less gloss on those lips. Matte is here for the win. I really think this style would look great in a midcentury modern leaning home or a minimalist style home as well. But hey, break the rules and do what you want.


6. Stone Backsplash

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photo by amy neunsinger design by leanne ford

This trend might as well have a big EHD Approved stamp on it as we are no stranger to the stone accent. Does Emily’s mountain house fireplace ring a bell?? So when we saw Leanne Ford’s Rock The Block stone-walled kitchen we knew this was about to blow.

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design by ml-h design | via houzz

We, of course, don’t discount the likelihood that a backsplash like that is probably pretty impossible to clean. But there must be some kind of matte sealant to put on that right? I hope so because it is beautiful and we are pretty sure we will be seeing it a lot in 2020.


7. Warm Toned (ORANGE??) Accented Kitchens

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photo by kirsten francis | design by jesse parris-lamb | via domino

Terracotta or dare we say orange is popping up and we are enjoying this shift into the warm. Not only is it inviting, but you can see that warm depth it brings to this kitchen. Something important to note here is that it still feels modern because of the very modern, simple cabinetry and chic accessories. A team effort if you will.

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design by commune design

Don’t worry we still love white kitchens, black kitchens, blue kitchens, light wood kitchens, but there is something seriously good about an almost cherry wood-accented kitchen that says, “delicious meals filled with love are made here”. The trick is to make sure, if you are using wood, to not have the finish be too lacquered. Instead, let it show some that natural texture and knots.

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photo by matthew williams | design by sarah sherman samuel | via domino

Now “the warmth” can come from anything in your kitchen (as long as it’s a big feature). It doesn’t have to be your cabinetry or wall tiles, it can also be something like your ceiling as the ever talented Sarah Sherman Samuel has in her newly remodeled home. And yes, it is AMAZING. This kitchen is light and modern, with a hint of glam but is perfectly balanced by the warm, almost orange-toned wood on the ceiling.


8. Colorful Window Frames

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photo by gieves anderson | design by high street homes | via domino

This is kind of a little secret trend that has been slowing entering our Pinterests and Instagram feeds…The Colorful Window Frame. It’s a fairly easy way to bring in a pop of color without committing to a big dramatic statement. It’s like a “fun hello” instead of a “HEY YOU LOOK AT ME NOW”.

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photo by rikki snyder | design by curtis and ani spoerlein of made | via domino

Now, of course, unless you have a closed-off kitchen to the rest of your house, you will likely want to paint all of your window frames so the whole space looks cohesive and just not a random kitchen moment. But hey isn’t it fun??

9. Lamps in Kitchens

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photo by sarah elliott | design by athena calderone | via martha stewart

Now we have come to the final kitchen trend of 2020 (well for now:)) And this one is for everyone. Yes, I mean the renters, the unable to renovators, the “I just renovated but want a little something-ers.” I am talking about the kitchen lamp.

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photo by felix forest | design by alexander & co | via est living

I had been seeing these little guys showing up in kitchens but it wasn’t until our wonderful old EHD photographer, Tessa talked about the pros of having a kitchen lamp because she is currently designing her own kitchen and wants one. It was then I was like, “Hey this is totally happening and it’s so easy and cool.”

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photo by james stokes | design by form makers | via sf girl by bay

Emily stands by the fact that stylists have been doing this forever because they add visual interest and add a beautiful soft light when you want the lights low. But now the public is finally appreciating this look on a more mass scale and we like it a lot.

Ok, that’s it for today. 2020 is here and we couldn’t be more excited to see these trends hit hard as well as whatever other awesome trends pop up throughout the year. But now for the moment of truth…What trends do you love? Are there any you can’t deal with and will fight them off with your trusty spatula in hand? Have any of these sparked some ideas for your own potential renovations? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more 2020 trend predictions.


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