Years ago, the kitchen was buried in the back of the house. It was a spot in the home where meals were prepared, and dirty dishes were washed. The journey of the kitchen has come a long way, the kitchen has a much different role in this decade. Today, the kitchen is the central point of the home, the place that brings families together at the start of the day or after a long day. Now instead, the kitchen is displayed in all its beauty and warmth at the very center of the house. Here are VE’s top 10 trends in kitchen design.

#1. Smart Kitchens

Automation is in complete control and not just in the form of extravagant widgets and appliances. Today, you can have a kitchen with technology integrated into every function and appliance–from the faucet to the fridge to the lighting. This is what VE calls a smart kitchen.

Most premium kitchens today are built smart from the ground up. Smart kitchens are a growing feature of the design. For older kitchens, sensors, smart appliances, and other devices can be added for simplicity of use for the homeowner.

#2. Cabinet Colors: Dark Colors Are Finally Here!

White cabinets are a traditional look. To break up the all-white kitchen be expecting to see islands in a range of different paint colors or wood stain colors. The blend of finishes makes a necessary accent piece and a bonus of pop-of- colors for the daring heart. These pops-of-colors will be most stylish in tones of blue and green. In addition to these neutral nature shades is another color palette that is making its way into the kitchen. It will surprise you at how well dark kitchen cabinets can work in and/or improve a kitchen space with its dramatic and luxurious feel.

#3. Simplified Designs, Materials, and Textures

Styles like farm-house and mid-century are still popular, homeowners are getting more efficient in their total aesthetic, designs, and alternative materials for kitchens. Stress-free settings are what you would like to come home too and planned out the day to day stresses of life.  Usually means simplicity. Simple looks are all about modern cleanness. They will continue to popular throughout 2020.

When we say efficient, we don’t want to compare that with boring. So, consider materials with texture.  If you are using open shelving, rough cut wood to bring in natural elements. Floor tiles in a natural stone or backsplash tiles that are carved or stacked. These interesting textures are very different than the usual polished or glossy finishes we see everywhere. You may even want to consider a ceiling design to bring in that added punch. Wooden beams are the perfect choices to consider.


#4. Quartz is Still King

For luxurious kitchen countertops, quartz still rules supreme! The material can last virtually forever, it is easy to maintain and is anti-microbial. Granite, the main competitor in the high-end bracket, requires slightly more maintenance.

When quartz countertops first came into the market, the main worry was lack of range in terms of colors and finishes. But thanks to technology, manufacturers have supplied a wide range of colors to choose from as well as realistic stone patterns. You can even get quartz finished with elaborate large veining to mimic other materials like natural stone. These unique styles have become extremely fashionable.

#5. Effective Storage Solution Cabinetry.

One of the foundations of a functional kitchen is kitchen storage. If it is insufficient or ineffective, you will be faced with endless frustrations. To counter these storage challenges, homeowners are starting to look for better storage solutions within the cabinetry. These can include, drawer dividers for cutlery & utensils, pull-outs for spices, tray dividers, roll-out trays, and caddies for pots & pans; as well as wastebasket cabinets for garbage and recyclables and/or deep drawers. These will make it easier to store foods, drinks, and small appliances.

2020 will also see a range of new kitchen storage options throughout the whole kitchen–focused on making daily lives more effortless and making cooking fun.


#6. Hardwood Flooring is Still the Shining Star but Ceramic Tile is on its Heels!

Hardwood flooring is still very popular when it comes to kitchen flooring. But the second most popular option, ceramic flooring, is about to get more attention. Thanks to technology, ceramic flooring now comes in a wide variety of designs and styles and sizes.

For example, you can get ceramic tiles that look exactly like hardwood flooring. So, if you want to retain the hardwood look but wanted a material that is easier to maintain, consider using ceramic. In addition to wood, ceramic tiles can be designed to resemble a range of other materials including natural stone. Even the surface texture is changed to mimic these materials.

In terms of size, you do not have to go for traditional sizing any longer. It seems like the sky is the limit with variety and larger format tiles. You can get single plank tiles that resemble actual wide planks of hardwood once laid down on the floor. Or you can get custom cut tiles to create a uniquely patterned kitchen.

#7. The Island is the heart of the kitchen

Kitchen islands are no longer an afterthought or something small to squeeze into space. They have become the main points and the hub of the kitchen. One of the changes evolving is the single level larger sizing, serving multiple uses. The kitchen island is meant to create an impact, and its design must make a statement.

VE’s custom-designed kitchen islands are the jack-of-all-trades. They have storage solution cabinets and equipped with various under-counter appliances while also provide seating–serving as casual dining and/or drinking bar. To accommodate the increased size, we are seeing a tendency for the kitchen island to extend into living room spaces in homes with open plan designs. This ensures the kitchen island can be multi-functional without cluttering up space in the kitchen.

#8. Beautiful Backsplash Trends

Backsplashes can be a fun part of the house to decorate. However, these tile backsplashes in kitchens always seem to have new trends and styles. People are moving on to larger slabs of tiles and tiles with various textures or patterns. The color choices are endless here. It just depends on the other colors you choose in your kitchen and of course personal taste. A pop of color would be very trendy right now and allows you to get more creative with your design. Neutral patterns with natural texture are another option for those looking for a classic look.

#9. Connecting with The Great Outdoors

Homeowners are connecting the kitchen to an outdoor space or patio. They are also adding entry points from the kitchen to outside entertainment areas. By installing a glass door in your kitchen, you can easily connect these two spaces in your home. The other thing we are designing a lot lately is removing the existing small window by the sink.  This requires some re-framing and removal of the wall cabinets, which is on-trend.

Our team of designers here at VictorEric has a very keen eye. Pushing the design cover does not just provide to elevate your kitchen for interior design, it serves to inspire your legacy.
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