Right around this time of year, everyone wants to know what’s trending in kitchen design in a bid to get ahead of their holiday kitchen renovation project. Of course, there are some homeowners who choose to redesign their kitchen after the new year begins, giving them a chance to combine the best kitchen trends from the previous year that will transcend time while integrating newer ideas too. 

Yes, this can get pretty confusing which is why we have compiled the hottest kitchen ideas that are trending in 2020, leaving some not-so-great ideas in 2019 while carrying others all the way into 2021! Let’s take a look at them below.

Islands Split Down the Middle

These double kitchen island designs break up the monotony of a long benchtop while facilitating better traffic flow. They are also great for dividing the space when cooking, entertaining, and socialising with family. From a visual perspective, twin counters add flair to the space while practically, they allow you to install dual sinks, thereby increasing functionality.

A Slab for a Backsplash

Backsplash tiles are the common, economical choice when it comes to picking a backdrop for your counters and sink area, however, the clean and luxurious appeal of slab is worth every penny! Available in a host of patterns and colours, a slab backsplash is unique and decorative, enhancing the overall aesthetic of the kitchen. Slab is also much easier to clean since there isn’t any tile grout to worry about.

Black Accents

Bold Monochrome Pattern Splashback


Although predominantly black kitchens were trending recently, they are not everyone’s cup of tea. Instead, industrial kitchens, contemporary kitchens, and a few other styles finished with black accents are the new trend in town. They offer a good balance between light and dark shades in the room while adding a touch of drama and sophistication. Whether you choose black splashback tiles or a black kitchen island, the introduction of black in kitchens truly accentuates the design of the space.

Cool Colour Tones

Hampton’s kitchens have always been in style, however, including cool colours in other types of kitchen designs are certainly trending in 2020. The calming effects of light blues and other cool colour tones are great for busy kitchens as well as small kitchens. The use of cool colours in a tight space creates the illusion of a more airy kitchen which is just another bonus along with their visual appeal!

Custom Kitchen Hoods

When you think about a kitchen hood, you envision stainless steel which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just very common to see in households. Over the last year (2019), the popularity of steel hoods finished in different colours and textures has definitely struck a chord with interior decorators, making them a trendy aspect of kitchen design going forward. Quite easily, your kitchen hood can be the focal point of the space, especially when matched with the colour of your countertops.

A Sudden Pop of Colour

As odd as it may sound, a surprising bright colour in the kitchen is a trendy and playful way to mix things up in your kitchen. All you need to do is figure out where and how to introduce this pop of colour to the room. One helpful example is the use of brightly coloured bar stools in a neutral kitchen or stark white kitchen. Another may be in the form of painting one section of kitchen cabinets a different colour than the rest of the cabinetry. There really are plenty of ways to do this, however, it’s important to consider existing colours and the style of your kitchen in order to get it right.

Unusual Kitchen Island Designs

2020 has seen many homeowners choosing to do away with traditional kitchen islands by keeping the design interesting and unusual. Some opt for cleaner designs with a lot of open space beneath the benchtop while others lean more towards unique bottom panels to create an eye-catching visual. The idea is to keep it exciting as opposed to choosing a typical kitchen island that blends in a little more than you want it to. 

Cleverly Used Open Shelving

The trend of open shelving has been around for a long time. How it’s used, on the other hand, has created a whole new trend. Instead of storing regular-looking cookware on the shelves, homeowners pick out aesthetic pieces such as antique pots and ornate plates to decorate the space in a very clever way. When doing this, however, it’s best to stick to a colour theme while the styles can be mixed and matched; for example, integrate traditional décor with modern appliances.

Classic Warm Cabinetry 

While the warmth of wooden kitchens is timeless, in recent years, interior designers have moved away from them, choosing to include other earthy tones and bright shades into kitchen décor instead. This year, old-school wooden cabinets with warm finishes are back with a bang! Matched with earl gray accents and white floors and countertops, the end results are nothing short of gorgeous! Again, there is a lot one can do when it comes to mixing and matching warm wood with other colours and textures so this is a great way to get creative with your kitchen renovation project.

While kitchen trends come and go, the ones listed above are here to stick around! We hope they inspire you to turn your dream kitchen into a reality with your next home renovation project.