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5 kitchen trends for 2020


The kitchen is almost certainly where the majority of our time, energy and money goes when it comes to designing a home.

As the central hub, there’s a lot hanging on the success of a kitchen. It not only has to function seamlessly for busy meal service but it also needs to be a decorative triumph – and as design boundaries continue to be pushed, 2020 will indicate bolder choices than ever for the average kitchen.

Here are my top five interior designs trends for the year to come.

1. Coloured cabinetry

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Now is the time to go wild with colour in the kitchen. Picture: Getty

You don’t need to look far to notice that the all-white kitchen look is fading.

In 2019 we saw seen colour utilised with far greater confidence than in years past, and in 2020 we’re going to see more statement colour palettes in joinery that you’d never have previously entertained.

Nothing is off-limits from slate green, matte black, pastel pink, wood tones, spearmint and inky blues, colour is making a comeback and I, for one, can’t wait.

Read more: Interior design trends for 2020

2. Statement stone benches

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This kitchen has a statement benchtop as its centrepiece. Picture:

White marble and marble-look composite stone are moving over to make way for an edgier, more dramatic look in stone benches – whether it’s made of natural material or the engineered variety.

Expect to see darker, grey-based marbles as well as granite with strong patterns in the vein reign supreme, which have previously taken a backseat to the Calacatta and Carrara varieties.

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3. Decorative handles

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Handles are “kitchen jewellery”, accessorising a simple space. Picture: Getty

Handles are essentially kitchen jewellery. Simple kitchen cabinets can be elevated significantly with the use of eye-catching handles for cabinetry.

We’re spoilt for choice with options and 2020 will bring even greater variety. Expect to see home renovators mixing and matching within their space, with a combination of pulls and knobs of complementing styles.

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Brass, leather and even rattan will continue to be popular handle choices but don’t be surprised to see powder-coated handles in bespoke colours by the most confident home designers.

4. Detailed island benches

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A good island bench anchors the kitchen space, like in this Brisbane apartment. Picture:

The standard kitchen island waterfall bench reigned supreme for many years but the island bench, which is nearly always the centrepiece of the home, is getting some extra attention.

From decorative panelling, statement tile backsplashes to turned timber legs and curved stone edges, interesting angles and features are coming – and they’re more of a work of art than a simple prep station.

Read more: 8 ways to refresh your style in 2020

5. Lavish appliances

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American-style kitchens with statement appliances will be popular this year. Picture:

In past years, we’ve spent a lot of energy on trying to conceal and streamline our appliances so that as to not give them any limelight. In 2020 you’ll start to notice a shift towards chunkier kitchen appliances, like large freestanding ovens, open kitchen and butler’s sinks in both classic and contemporary versions.

Larger decorative range hoods will begin to feature more in homes, borrowed from classic American-style interiors, which is emerging as an influence in homes across the board.

This article was originally published as 5 kitchen design trends to look for in 2020 by written by Carlene Duffy

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