The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of every All-American home. While the kitchen was originally designed as a place to prepare meals, it has since morphed into the absolute core of the home. With all the time spent in the kitchen, it is no surprise that kitchen remodels are among the most popular renovations undertaken by American homeowners every year, according to Forbes. Every year, old remodeling trends make way for new ones, forcing homeowners to make some very difficult decorating decisions. This year, there are a number of design trends that are taking the country by storm. Let’s have a closer look at just three of the most promising kitchen design trends of 2020 so far.
Create a backsplash feature wall
The main purpose of a kitchen backsplash is to protect the wall, primarily from splashes of water. While it is definitely a practical addition to any kitchen, it can also act as a very striking decorative focal point. There are a number of ways a backsplash wall can be designed to add personality and pizazz to a home. Colorful mosaic tiles are always popular, while contemporary concrete backsplashes are a hot commodity this year. Depending on the overall color and style scheme of your kitchen, you can even opt for a brass tile or copper backsplash to transform the heart of the home from drab to fab.
Broken-plan living creates distinct zones
Open-plan kitchens have become increasingly popular in recent years as more homeowners find themselves intrigued by large open spaces within the home. This year, however, open-plan is making way for broken-plan kitchen and dining areas. While connected spaces are still popular, zoning is fast replacing completely open-plan layouts. Although the spacious feel of open-plan kitchens is being retained, distinct zones are created through the use of screens, houseplants, free-standing cabinets, and other pieces of furniture. Kitchens such as these that promote increased sociability are particularly popular in some regions of Texas, with Austin remodeling contractors often being requested to move walls to create open living spaces. In New York, however, designers often find themselves working with clients who insist on separate living areas. This indicates that, depending on where you live, you might find a distinct preference for either open-plan or traditional living spaces.
Built-in appliances are all the rage
Fridges and dishwashers that blend seamlessly into the rest of your kitchen cabinetry are all the rage at the moment. These appliances are particularly popular among homeowners who are looking to create a modern, sleek look in the kitchen. The fewer levels and textures in a kitchen, the cleaner and more stream-lined it will look. A built-in refrigerator will not only merge perfectly with the rest of your kitchen, but it also has the added benefit of being typically a lot more spacious than a regular fridge. Although built-in appliances will definitely help ensure that your kitchen is the talk of the town, they do tend to be more expensive than their free-standing counterparts. For this reason, it is important that you make provision for it in your budget, or you may find yourself running out of funding half-way through your remodel.
Mix your metals
Instead of settling on just one type of metal finish for the kitchen, homeowners are using a variety of metals in order to create a striking and unique look. While there is no rule book that dictates what metals you can and cannot use, there are a few that are particularly popular this year. They include bronze, copper, stainless steel and nickel. The secret of combining various metals to create a pleasing look is to not try and juggle too many different types. You may also want to keep your non-metal finishes in mind when picking your fixtures while experimenting with various texture and sheen combinations.
Remodeling your kitchen can be extremely exhilarating. Even if you only tackle one small project at a time, you are bound to derive great pleasure from seeing the heart of your home transform before your eyes.