Some of the design industry’s best have spent months identifying trends we can expect to see in well-decorated homes this year, and those in the know are predicting color, wallpaper, patterns, and layered designs in kitchen and bathroom design. Beth Haley kicked off the decade scoping out these new trends and more at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, where the latest styles were on full display in Las Vegas. According to her, texture, color, and layers are gaining momentum, and decorative finishes are having a moment.
The trends you can expect to see this year deviate from the classic, all-white approach that reigned supreme during the tail-end of the last decade. Darker colors on cabinets and countertops, nontraditional finishes (like gold faucets and textured backsplashes), warm wood tones, and high-tech devices are a few of the stand-out trends Beth recaps for us today (in no particular order).
2020 Bathroom & Kitchen Trends
1. Gold and Sleek Faucets
Function meets style in this year’s faucet trends. Expect to see more gold and sleeker styles in kitchen and bathroom remodels.
2. Matte Finishes on Countertops
Goodbye, gloss. Countertops of all colors (dark, light, and everything in between) and materials (quartz, marble, and wood) will have one thing in common: matte finishes.
3. Textured Cabinetry
Shaker-style is not this year’s go-to. Instead, inlays, metal trim, and wood grains will bring texture to kitchen cabinetry. This bathroom design uses acacia wood with a mid-century walnut finish by vanity and bathroom designer James Martin Vanities.
4. Bold Paint Colors
Bold color is another option for kitchen cabinetry, and you will probably see more color in the bathroom, as well. Blue (of any variety) is always a safe bet, but Beth even saw shades of yellow and orange on kitchen cabinets.
5. Area Rugs
Area rugs are replacing your typical bath/kitchen mats, and they will bring a welcomed texture, color, and decorative element to your spaces. Here, in a bathroom redesign by Kate Lester Interiors, the trend is on full display.
6. Statement-Making Tubs and Showers
Bathtubs in unique shapes (think hexagon), luxurious finishes, and use of color in the shower will make a statement in the bathroom. We don’t foresee this trend working for everyone, but for some, it will be perfect. Would you consider this copper bathtub in your space?
7. Mixed Finishes in Lighting
Statement pieces that vary in shape, color, texture, and finish will quickly brighten your kitchen or bathroom. Plus, your light fixtures don’t need to match other finishes in the kitchen. Pair copper and nickel or brass and black.
8. High-End Appliances
Your standard oven and microwave won’t cut it in 2020. Wine fridges, pizza ovens, sous vide, and steam ovens are fancier options for those who log a lot of hours in the kitchen. Plus, appliances are showing up in bright, striking shades (such as saffron yellow).
9. Color and Texture in Window Treatments
The options are endless when it comes to window treatments. Layers, texture, and color (are you sensing a theme here) will dominate this year. Window treatments are an easy way to play with design. See this beauty and more bathrooms that inspire relaxation here.
10. Brass Hardware
Brass, brass, and more brass. This year, brass pulls will be the top choice for kitchen and bathroom hardware. Beth also believes there will be a rise in straight-lined pulls, as opposed to knobs. This kitchen design hits the nail on the head.
11. Dirty Kitchens
Keep your kitchen clean by giving your butler’s pantry more responsibility. Dirty Kitchens are a new solution to keeping open-concept kitchens guest-ready.
12. Island Herb Gardens
Grow your herbs in your island! Cooking is simple and more fun when you can easily snip fresh ingredients that live within arms reach. Last year’s trend of decorative plants in the kitchen is growing to include edible greens.
13. Darker Kitchen Sinks
Sinks of darker colors are replacing the well-loved, white farmhouse sinks. Plus, they include washing accessories to make cleaning and washing easier.
14. Custom Range Hoods
Create your own hood! Hoods of all shapes, sizes, and colors are encouraged to bring personality to your kitchen. Although KBIS first spotted this custom brass range hood in 2019, it is a trend that we can enjoy more of this year.
15. Bold Tile
In the bathroom, bold tile is back — look forward to seeing geometric patterns and bold colorways. For the color-adverse, floor-to-ceiling wallcoverings are a smart choice. Wilsonart’s wetwall features waterproof, lightweight panels for the bathroom.
16. Textured Backsplash
Expect to find texture in bathrooms and kitchens by way of the backsplash. Flat backsplashes are a thing of the past, according to the experts at The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.
17. Warm Wood Tones
Warm and dark tones of wood are on-trend in kitchens and bathrooms. While we don’t expect a total departure from white, we think homeowners will embrace something different. If you opt for warm wood, consider pairing it with all-black, stainless steel appliances.
18. Decorative (and Functional) Bathroom Mirrors
In the past, homeowners requested simple mirrors without adornment. Now, they are looking for decorative mirrors (preferably with storage options). Vanity Art showcased a medicine cabinet complete with LED lights.
Wallpaper in powder rooms has been a rising trend, and this year we will see more of it. Bold, graphic prints in dark colors will liven up small spaces.
Turn on the dishwasher with your phone, or set a timer for the oven from your iPad. Anything is possible when your kitchen appliances are connected to Bluetooth. There is even a faucet that changes color based on temperature.
“It is easy to get excited about the newest trends, but always choose something you love when you are doing a kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation,” says Beth. Will you adopt any of these trends during your next redesign?
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