It’s a new decade and with this extra fresh start, we wanted to kick off 2020 with what has proven to be THE crowd favorite. You all really like kitchens and good thing because we do too. There is a certain fantasy that the kitchen holds that makes us want to double-tap, but at the same time they are hard and stressful to design so you want to have one that looks unique and creative, but not dated. It’s where we gather to cook, eat, laugh, create school science projects that will likely explode, etc. So, getting to dream about what your future kitchen could be like is intoxicating.
Now, this year in particular is filled with some very unexpected, very cool trends/ideas that even I am surprised I really like. As with any trend piece we do, these trends are simply here to spark your creativity and let you daydream a little. It’s about new ideas but not negating how much we like classic kitchens, too. So let’s kitchen dream together, shall we? It’s 2020 and the sky is the limit.
1. Unexpected Shapes
Trends are all about the unexpected and different, which is something almost all designers try to implement in their designs. And in 2020 we predict that this must-have unexpected element will be hitting the kitchen in a bigger way than ever. See, for example, the simple but impactful curve in the cabinetry and island in that stunning green kitchen above.
We do understand that taking that leap into “unexpected element land” can be daunting as a kitchen is an expensive space to remodel so risks can seem like a very bad idea. But think of it as a chance to show a little bit of your personality. Take Bri Ussery’s pill-shaped wall cutout. It’s a simple “unexpected” shape that gives her kitchen that wow factor (like I audibly said, “WOW” when I saw this photo).
You can even rethink the shapes of your cabinetry like Dries Otten and Emma Thyssen did with their very modern house-shaped cabinet. While this shape isn’t a style that can easily translate to just anyone’s home, the idea of thinking outside the box when it comes to cabinetry is extremely cool.
Another way to get your unexpected element game on is by playing with your backsplash shape. This marble keyhole backsplash by the very talented Beata Heuman is so good and potentially fairly doable if you are already having a stone custom cut for your kitchen. Why not, right??
Lastly, I want to leave you with this rounded island by And And And Studio. Words can’t describe our love for it because that’s how good it is. Plus, it’s kid and clumsy people friendly since there are no hard edges. So, if you are renovating your kitchen please consider a rounded island because it is the coolest and all of your friends will think so too.
2. Cylinder Hoods
Last year we called “the statement hood” trend and this year, while VERY much a statement, the hoods are more specific. I am talking cylinder hoods. They aren’t brand new to the kitchen design world (Europe and Australia have been on it) but they are making much more noise than ever. I mean they are truly awesome so I am not surprised by this one. But, what I also love about this modern but simple yet grand hood is that there isn’t just one way to install it. You can take this hood off of the wall and over a kitchen island with ease and grace. It literally doesn’t have a bad side.
Another option is to double up with two of these cool beauts. The option to install two is not only a cool choice but handy if the scale doesn’t look right with just one.
I also want to show you that while these are a pretty modern choice of hood, they can still look right at home in a kitchen that sports a lot of rustic woods. This particular hood above somehow at the same time makes a statement while also being visually quite quiet. It’s pretty awesome if you ask us.
3. Tumbled Tile/Stone Done Right
Tiles with faux worn edges get a bad rap because they were overused in “French Mediterranean’ McMansions in the ’80s and ’90s, looking pretty fake and gaudy. But good ones are being made and when designed right, we love it. Granted this is a stone floor and is a much larger scale, but the edges are worn and have that tumbled effect. Emily seriously wanted to use it in the mountain house master bathroom but ended up using slate instead because she didn’t know where to find it.
While Emily couldn’t find the right stone tile for the master bath floor, she did use smaller faux tumbled tiles from Bedrosians for the coffee station backsplash in the mountain house. It just gives that unexpected (bonus) texture that we all love.
As you can see when done right and paired with simple but modern cabinetry it’s beautiful. Buuut maybe not great for bare feet?
4. Wood and Plaster Cabinets
Since we were just talking about a way to add natural texture, let’s keep the good times flowing with our next trend… wood and plaster cabinets. This trend while not new to the kitchen scene has always seemed to be exclusive to magical faraway places like Mallorca or the coasts of Mexico. Well, not anymore because they are popping up in homes all over.
Take Natalie Saunders and Louis Litrenta. They built their dream house in Joshua Tree complete with those beautiful plaster and wood cabinets. It’s the ultimate style for those who love that elevated euro rustic vibe and seeing it in a space like this makes it feel actually doable in a remodel or new build. Also if you haven’t seen Jessica and Mike Kraus’ home remodel go now. They did a beautiful version of this type of kitchen in their Southern California home.
5. The Updated ’80s White and Wood Cabinets
Ok, this little kitchen trend was pretty crazy to me as I have avoided the dated version of this style of cabinetry with all my might. But I have to say that after these modern types of kitchens started showing up more and more on the design interwebs I thought, “Wait, I think I kind of dig them.”
Now I will tell you why. The wood is less lacquered and rounded than it’s out of touch older sibling. It’s sort of nuts that all this style needed was a little less gloss on those lips. Matte is here for the win. I really think this style would look great in a midcentury modern leaning home or a minimalist style home as well. But hey, break the rules and do what you want.
6. Stone Backsplash
This trend might as well have a big EHD Approved stamp on it as we are no stranger to the stone accent. Does Emily’s mountain house fireplace ring a bell?? So when we saw Leanne Ford’s Rock The Block stone-walled kitchen we knew this was about to blow.
We, of course, don’t discount the likelihood that a backsplash like that is probably pretty impossible to clean. But there must be some kind of matte sealant to put on that right? I hope so because it is beautiful and we are pretty sure we will be seeing it a lot in 2020.
7. Warm Toned (ORANGE??) Accented Kitchens
Terracotta or dare we say orange is popping up and we are enjoying this shift into the warm. Not only is it inviting, but you can see that warm depth it brings to this kitchen. Something important to note here is that it still feels modern because of the very modern, simple cabinetry and chic accessories. It’s a team effort if you will.
Don’t worry we still love white kitchens, black kitchens, blue kitchens, light wood kitchens, but there is something seriously good about an almost cherry wood-accented kitchen that says, “delicious meals filled with love are made here”. The trick is to make sure, if you are using wood, to not have the finish be too lacquered. Instead, let it show some that natural texture and knots.
Now “the warmth” can come from anything in your kitchen (as long as it’s a big feature). It doesn’t have to be your cabinetry or wall tiles, it can also be something like your ceiling as the ever talented Sarah Sherman Samuel has in her newly remodeled home. And yes, it is AMAZING. This kitchen is light and modern, with a hint of glam but is perfectly balanced by the warm, almost orange-toned wood on the ceiling.
8. Colorful Window Frames
This is kind of a little secret trend that has been slowing entering our Pinterests and Instagram feeds…The Colorful Window Frame. It’s a fairly easy way to bring in a pop of color without committing to a big dramatic statement. It’s like a “fun hello” instead of a “HEY YOU LOOK AT ME NOW”.
Now, of course, unless you have a closed-off kitchen to the rest of your house, you will likely want to paint all of your window frames so the whole space looks cohesive and just not a random kitchen moment. But hey isn’t it fun??
9. Lamps in Kitchens
Now we have come to the final kitchen trend of 2020 (well for now:)) And this one is for everyone. Yes, I mean the renters, the unable to renovators, the “I just renovated but want a little something else-ers.” I am talking about the kitchen lamp.
I had been seeing these little guys showing up in kitchens but it wasn’t until our wonderful old EHD photographer, Tessa talked about the pros of having a kitchen lamp because she is currently designing her own kitchen and wants one. It was then I was like, “Hey this is totally happening and it’s so easy and cool.”
Emily stands by the fact that stylists have been doing this forever because they add visual interest and add a beautiful soft light when you want the lights low. But now the public is finally appreciating this look on a more mass scale and we like it a lot.
Ok, that’s it for today. 2020 is here and we couldn’t be more excited to see these trends hit hard as well as whatever other awesome trends pop up throughout the year. But now for the moment of truth…What trends do you love? Are there any you can’t deal with and will fight them off with your trusty spatula in hand? Have any of these sparked some ideas for your own potential renovations? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more 2020 trend predictions.
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I say this with respect: please hire a copy editor (or, if you already have one, hire someone who will do a much better job). The abundant grammatical errors—words missing, lack of punctuation, strange syntax—make posts like this harder to read. Error-free/low-error copy would make your readers have a much smoother, more enjoyable experience.
I agree. Love the content but the errors definitely slow down the reading.
Yes, please. It will make your posts so much more professional. I recommend that you find someone who was taught by the nuns in grade school. I don’t know how they did it, but they taught those skills for the long term!
Editing is critical. It stops the eye from moving forward when a sentence is wonky or not punctuated correctly.
Exactly! Good editing doesn’t change the content; it just facilitates an effective, coherent communication experience for everyone.
I’m no prescriptivist, but when I read sentences like these, I’m frustrated:
– “They did a beautiful version of this type of kitchen in their Southern California themselves.”
– “Emily seriously wanted to use it in the mountain house master bathroom but ended up using slate, instead because she didn’t know where to find it.”
I find myself trying to dissect the sentence for meaning, moving commas or inserted forgotten words. On a random Wordpress blog, sure, I expect errors. But this shouldn’t happen on a website with such large traffic, massive ad revenue, and a full staff.
I don’t really notice it. Sure, I can read through to find mistakes when I look, but I get what is being communicated and appreciate the content.
So completely agree. I have tried to submit respectful comments like yours for years and they seem to never be posted.
It’s a blog with so much content most of the time but almost 100% of the time the writing is so difficult to read because of all the errors you mention. I really want to like this blog but the writing quality just makes it so difficult. I agree – hire a copy editor.
I agree! I love this blog, but it is routinely a bit hard to read because my eye catches on little mistakes like
“While this shape isn’t a style that can easily translate to jusy anyone’s home…”
Increased copy editing would be very much appreciated!
If you’re interested in speaking about copy-editing, I would be honored to connect! I devour your content, and I have noticed an uptick in small, easy-to-fix errors, likely because you’re producing so much great work.
I’m a new stay at home mom, and was formerly an English teacher. I’m a grammar nerd and design lover, and would be thrilled to be a part-time or hourly editor. #shootyourshot2020
Rooting for you, Alyssa! Hope a chance gets taken on you.
Please hire Alyssa so we can continue to read this blog! I nearly gave up on this post entirely because of the writing.
Emily, please hire Alyssa!
YES! I was tripped up so many times trying to get through this (and I’m super into the content). Small errors, for sure, but very distracting. I, too, have noticed a lot of these problems lately.
“As you can see when done right and paired with simple but modern cabinetry it’s beautiful.”
“The wood is less lacquered and rounded than it’s out of touch older sibling.”
Perhaps take Alyssa, below, up on her offer?
I’ve been a long time reader of the blog, but over the past couple years between the dreadful amount of pop-up ads (which, SLOWS EVERYTHING DOWN)…. run on sentences (which requires one to read often more than once to track what is being said)…. reckless grammar (Say what?), and …. typos (easiest to overlook) …. its just too much to read, so I find myself just skimming the content and looking quickly at the pictures, or worse yet deleting upon arriving in my in box, because I do not have the energy to endure the ‘read’ between dodging damn internet ads. I truly miss the ‘good ole days.’ But alas, all things must change…
I mentioned this very thing last year (in a nice way, I thought, but was chastised by another reader (Emily’s mom? Emily’s #1 SuperFan? I don’t know.) that I was too much of a simpleton to realize that blogs are expensive and need extensive monetization to stay alive.
My entire point was Emily has one of THE most valuable blogs for its quality of content and depth of information, but it’s currently almost unreadable to me, unless I’m having an unusually chill day, because the format is so frustratingly difficult to wade through. Honestly, I don’t even notice the typos and grammatical errors because there’s so many seizure-inducing pop-ups and flashing ads.
+1 to this. Not trying to pile on, but I’ve seen comments like Jessica’s before, with no improvement, so maybe having 12+ comments all together will make a difference to the EHD team. Absolutely no disrespect meant to the authors, but copyediting is a crucial function of an online presence as large as this.
Thank you, Jessica. When it was “just” Emily’s quirky word use, spelling errors, and repetitive misuse of its and it’s, I read the blog with an amused chuckle. Now the whole staff seems to have been invited to keep the folksy trend going and it is not only distracting but irritating. The blog reads like the second-to-last draft versus the final copy.
I think that’s exactly right. They are all trying to imitate her personal quirk.
I actually didn’t read much of the copy today–I just scrolled through the pictures and read a caption or two. BUT I will say that once there was a certain design blog that I liked a lot, and over time the copy became so error-ridden that I completely stopped visiting that blog. It made me angry to read it. There was also a certain design magazine that I used to love (and collect). The magazine was sold, the editor and publisher changed, and the mag went from pure gold to utter crap in one issue. After an issue or two I stopped buying it (after at least 3 years of buying every issue). This is just to say that good writing matters to a lot of us. This is tough love from people who really do care.
Another vote for hiring a copy editor. Matter of fact, made this point in your Reader Survey. It’s the one thing that detracts from the overall EHD experience for me. These aren’t huge, glaring errors, rather the type that are easy to overlook when you’re trying to proof your own work or rush to get something posted. The team puts in so much effort, their work deserves to shine. By the way, I recently retired from more than 30 years of running copy/production desks in the journalism industry and I’m available 😉
I had emailed Emily years ago when the blog was “just” her. Editing errors were distracting.
Typically now I just ignore most of the text and look at pictures. Too much yammering for my taste and, yes, the lack of editing is terrible.
Agree. I have read your blog previous to this year on occasion, but started to read with regularity this year. After only six months, I can’t take the content or the message seriously due to the errors that are consistent post after post. There seems to be confusion on the writers’ parts regarding what constitutes writing style/ tone of the writer. Incorrect sentence structure and a lack of editing is not a writing style, it is simply incorrect and unprofessional at that. Please address this issue!
I use Grammarly, which is like $60 a year and you just copy and paste your text into it. It will catch punctuation, overused words, and other errors. I would think they could get an intern to proofread drafts, but Grammarly would take 2 min of effort and could help a lot.
Some of these trends I like but some not so much. Cylindrical hoods do not have a large enough capture area – ideally, hoods should be at least as wide as the stove/range. Don’t like textured surfaces in places where food is prepared. And lamps in kitchens are kind of silly and may be a safety issue. Kitchens should be where function comes first.
Our 80s contemporary has a lot of odd cut outs (circles, backwards P shapes, etc.) off of our kitchen and it’s part of what drew me to the house. I’ve been trying to convince my husband they were cool and give our home character – I’m sending him this post as proof now!
Happy to help:)
Love to see lamps in kitchens!
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Some of these are really beautiful (and I know this is such a boring thing to say) but whenever I see plaster/tumbled stone/rough edges I just think how on earth do you keep it clean!!! I grew up in a house with rough slate floors and despite my mother’s constant vacuuming/mopping/sealing they were never really clean clean. The idea of plaster anything in a kitchen gives me nightmares!
It would be really tough but I’m convinced there must be a way because it’s just too good!
After staying the holidays in a home with a kitchen lamp, I’m totally converted to its wonders. On dark winter mornings, it’s so nice to make your morning coffee without stark overhead lighting – it’s such a nice way to ease into the day. At night, you do whatever post-dinner tasks there are (evening tea, starting the dishwasher) with a warm glow. Such a mood changer.
Also totally into the round island, stone backsplashes, and tumbled tile.
Thank you so much for a variety of interesting views for us to see. Variety is the spice of life and these offer so many possibilities. This blog is delightful;I am so appreciative of your work.
I totally agree!
Love these. I always look forward to these posts every year. Thanks for posting this. Can’t wait to see the bathroom. 🙂
hang tight it’s coming:)
Happy to see I’m ‘on trend’ with the lamps in my kitchen. I can’t recommend this enough. It creates such a nice ambiance.
I’m sure it does. I really think I need one now!
I am 100% here for that round island and also for the lamps in the kitchen. YES.
someday I WILL have a round island!
I love the lamps in kitchens trend! It’s so simple and low cost (or free if I shop my apartment) and I could even do it in my rental. I’m going to try it this week!
That makes us so happy. Have fun! xx
Thanks for this fun post. Would Emily mind sharing which Bedrosians tile she used for the coffee center backsplash? I see a few online that might qualify. I’m renovating my kitchen and something like that might look nice as a backsplash behind my range. Thank you!
here is the link!
Beautiful kitchens! Not always functional, but there are people out there who don’t really use
their kitchens. It’s a statement to them, period.
Stone floors are really hard on your feet, if you do use your kitchen for cooking :-).
Nonetheless, I am so glad to see alternatives to the “trendy” kitchens of the past 2 years. I hope
to see more individuality in 2020 designs and thank you for that.
I honestly can’t say I like any of these trends, but it’s fun to see them anyway, even if they aren’t my style/I wouldn’t implement them.
Some beautiful details here! I’ve been meaning to try out the lamp trick; seems cozy. I will admit the 80’s-ish references (pill shapes, orange tones, grid-stacked tile) will always remind me of my elementary school, and therefore read commercial/institutional to me, but I can appreciate the appeal (especially for those for whom it feels “new”!)
Love the “kitchen lamp” idea! Do you have any clever ideas for managing the cord?
That’s a tricky one. I think it’s a case by case situations. Maybe make sure the cord is a similar color to the surface it’s on and then try and use other decor pieces to help disguise. xx
Regarding the comments above about typos on this blog: I spent a couple of decades as an editor and am a stickler for grammar in general, but have never noticed anything of that nature on this site that bothered me.
I visit here daily and am constantly delighted to find so much high quality content FOR FREE. Like most of what’s on the web, I tend to read it really fast and focus more on the images. But even the New York Times has typos and grammatical errors these days, have you noticed?
PS Happy New Year, EHD team, and thanks for brightening my mornings (and even afternoons now!)
I agree! I have noticed typos in both the New York Times and The Washington Post. I think it is because of the expectation of 24 hours of news content, and it is likely the same for this blog. With such a high volume of output, it becomes almost impossible to fully edit for small errors. Nevertheless, I still enjoy reading them all!
#4 is much like my 100 yo basement. It is creepy.
Suddenly needing a round island! That’s done so well. Would love to know the origins of the name “And And And.” Ha.
That round kitchen island is SO GOOD!!!! :*
Ok- I have always loved the kitchen lamp and even had one about 5 houses ago- but WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE CORD?!?! I tried to twist it up, hide it behind something, even shove it back into the lamp (which didn’t really work). Would love to use one in my current kitchen, but can’t deal with the cord laying on the counter. Any advice?
It’s not hard to shorten a cord–I’m sure there are YouTube videos aplenty. If you’re as chicken as I am you could take it to an electrician.
These are ridiculously UGLY!
Maybe CA is different than the east coast, but it’s hard enough getting items off the counters without now worrying about a cord and a lamp.
I’m not buying it!
It’s funny how all of these seem so wild now and then in 2021 we’ll think that these are all so normal! Gives me a lot of fresh ideas as we’re working on acquiring a new property soon and thinking about ways to make it our own!
I would love to make a request for a post or two on how to style older but still perfectly good wood kitchen cabinets (other than painting them) since “warm” is coming back on trend. What are the details and colors that date these kitchens? What are the details and colors that would update them? We renovated our kitchen 30 years ago with shaker panel wood cabinets in hickory sapwood – lots of knots and movement. We installed tile floors in the same warm color, white 4X4 backsplash tiles, black textured matte formica countertop with wood bullnose. We originally painted the kitchen a “very” warm cream, but have since lightened up to a simple white. I’m looking for other suggestions, and would love to see some before and afters. Perhaps other people are too.
Thanks for the update!
I second your suggestion!
Yes! – agree ^
Gasp! They’re all so beautiful! That round island! And that double cylinder vent hood! Wow!
I’d also like to submit my resume for copy editor! I studied public relations in college, and I have worked in the design field for the past two and half years. This would be a perfect part-time gig as I’m currently contemplating quitting my job and going back to school for interior design/architecture. It also suits my Type A, Enneagram 1 personality. 🙂
Love the lamp in kitchen and stone wall!!
I have a hard time with orangey woods ?
That first, curvy, kitchen made my heart skip a beat….thanks for an inspiring start to the new year
A lamp in the kitchen is a great solution for dark corners! I had one in my last house and can’t believe I needed this reminder to think about it for my current house!
Also so happy to see some updated examples of tumbled tile/stone floors. My hubby is very anti-hardwood in the kitchen, so we’ll probably be going with tile, but I wanted something that felt more natural and organic underfoot. I was already thinking of stone/tumbled tile and wondering if there was a way to make it feel less dated and more modern. So thank you!!
What are the odds?!
I was just about to have my warm toned (Orange?) cabinets painted green… but I’d been mulling it over because I recently painted my kitchen walls white, and the cabinets I thought we’re outdated and ugly suddenly became beautiful!
So this article came at the PERFECT time! It has validated my decision to keep the warm-toned wood.
The cabinet painter I was going to hire is not too happy about my decision, though.
What about terra cotta tile floors? I feel like I’ve seen an uptick in that and am ALL for it!
I have had lamps in my kitchens ever since 1998 when I saw You’ve Got Mail, and I highly recommend them. Cooler LED bulbs have made it easier to tuck them in safely under cabinets, also.
Well, this just got me excited for 2020! Great finds, Jess… love the unexpected shapes.
So many gorgeous ideas.
To add a splash of color to a space or a mid-century modern appeal, Toro Kitchen Cabinets has metal front MCM style and powder coated doors in any color. We have unexpected shapes covered with our radius cabinets. We do a metal and wood mashup that you should totally see. We even match Big name retro appliances. http://www.torokitchencabinets.com
LOL! Orange cabinets! While I would have preferred a more natural unstained look on our birch cabinets, builder-installed in 2001, it was either heavy Tuscan or boring white or boring oak or…orange. And I loved the look of tumbled ivory/beige Travertine even though I really disliked the “Tuscan” look that was in at the time. Soooo, we did a mix of plain shaker cabinets of birch stained in the orange “spice” color, soft white solid surface counters, and warm tumbled travertine backsplash without any mosaic or patterning embellishment….just squares done in a basic grid pattern with white grout. And we didn’t seal it, so it doesn’t look aged or yellowed. While I noticed that orange cabinets were decidedly “out” for quite a few years (including the glazed look that added some darkness to crevices, not my fave), I find that I still love the overall modern, unembellished, natural, fresh, organic look – and it is so easy to keep it looking updated with wood bowls and boards, some stainless steel pieces and fresh white modern china, and I love it best in this neutral scheme. But it ALSO pops with stoneware dishes and cast iron in different colors like green,… Read more »
THIS is a design blog!
I love you a Emily and team, thank you for all your work?