Talking about kitchen renovations usually means planning out some big changes, and making major alterations to fundamental parts of your design – like your kitchen layout or kitchen cabinets. But if you’re between big projects, changes in smaller kitchen trends can be just as (or even more) important to keep track of. After all, you don’t need to gut your kitchen to give the space a face lift. Sticking to smaller cosmetic projects is faster, cheaper, and less invasive, but can really make a big difference in the look and feel of your kitchen, not to mention going a long way towards extending the longevity of your current look.
Update Your Look With Signature Lighting Fixtures
One of the hottest kitchen trends of 2020 involves what is far and away the easiest and most affordable project for any kitchen: updating your lighting with bigger, bolder, more interesting lighting fixtures. Regardless of the style of your space, generic layered lighting has by and large evolved into the use of distinctive, decorative pieces. While recessed lighting and undercabinet lighting still rule the court in terms of function, unique pendants, sconces, and chandeliers have become a popular way to add a little extra personality to your space. A new lighting fixture won’t set you back badly and doesn’t take much to install, but will have a HUGE impact on the finished look and feel of your kitchen.
Make Your Kitchen Sink A Statement
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Kitchen sinks are also getting a lot of attention in 2020. While they’re a little more difficult to swap out than a simple lighting fixture, they’re still an easy way to make a big change to your space on a tight budget. So what should you look for? The short answer is, look for kitchen sinks that are either really showy or highly functional – or better yet, both. From custom stone sinks to designer gold and brass or even decorative fireclay, kitchen sinks are becoming a major statement piece. Look for ones that can act as a focal point of your space. To add function, many designers are incorporating a drain board into the surrounding counter top area (or even into the design of the sink itself) in order to give you more usable water-safe space.
(Or At Least A Workhorse)
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If you’re not a huge fan of flashy sinks, you should still look for ones with added utility. More and more kitchen sinks are being designed with add-ons and accessories that add functionality to the sink itself. How so? The sinks are designed with a built-in rim, so you can rest matching colanders, cutting boards, wire racks, and waste buckets securely inside the sink. Depending on how you use them, this can provide you with everything from hands-free draining to additional surface space – which is phenomenally useful in a small or busy kitchen. And since the accessories aren’t connected to the sink and can be stowed away when not in use (revealing a really beautiful stainless steel sink underneath), this is one trend I can only see getting more popular with time.
If You’re Thinking Of Updating Your Appliances, Skip The Stainless Steel
While your major kitchen appliances are certainly less of an “accessory” than your sink or lighting fixtures, there are two kitchen appliance trends this year that are big enough to be worth mentioning. The first? Many homeowners are refacing everything from refrigerators to dishwashers to range hoods so they match and blend in with their kitchen cabinets. With the occasional exception, this trend results in kitchens where all the appliances are functionally invisible. Especially when done in a warm wood tone, these “hidden” appliances can make your kitchen feel more natural and inviting.
The other school of thought is that if you’re going to have appliances in your kitchen, they might as well stand out. From bold black refrigerators to bright vintage ranges, many people are using their appliances as statement pieces. Ranges and range hoods in particular are getting luxe upgrades. Paired with a bold backsplash, the whole range area is becoming a major design focal point of the kitchen. The point of agreement between these two appliance trends? Ditch the stainless steel. Sleek-looking but fingerprint-magnet brushed steel surfaces have reigned supreme for a long time now, but if you’re planning to replace your appliances in the near future, they probably aren’t the way to go.
Go For Bigger, Bolder Backsplashes
Speaking of, backsplashes have been on every must-have kitchen design list for the last decade. But as a homeowner, it’s a trend I’m always a little nervous about, because what kind of backsplash is “trendy” has changed a lot since easy-to-install mosaic sheets first started getting popular. Case in point: the oh-so-trendy white subway tile of the last few years has markedly fallen out of favor. In its place, we’re seeing lots of bold, graphic tile and single-slab backsplashes, made with a distinctive and veiny stone like calacatta marble. Brick or faux-brick accents are also common, and in all cases they’re almost always full-height and putting an emphasis on the area between the range and range hood.
With a little thought and care, even one seemingly-simple, affordable update can totally revitalize your kitchen between major renovations. I particularly like these 2020 kitchen trends for this exact reason: they encourage you to go big and bold with one feature and turn it into a focal point that will help you see the whole space in a new light!