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It's hard to believe we are over half way through this crazy year we will never forget. I did a little research and rounded up some notable 2020 kitchen design trends according to Houzz, the Washington Post and the KBIS Kitchen and Bath Show.

#1 Blue + Green Cabinets

While white kitchen cabinets still account for about 40% of all installations, there is a definite trend toward using blue and green finishes. Blues run the gamut from soft tones all the way to navy. But then, there is green.... ranging from light greens and sage to rich, moody dark greens. I have to say it looks amazing.

Image via West of Main

# 2 Blue Kitchen Islands

Blue kitchen islands are still the most popular choice when it comes to adding a splash of color to otherwise all white kitchens.

Image via Life on Virginia Street

#3 Mixed Wood Tones

For people who prefer a more transitional look, mixed wood tones are making a come back. These work well on flat front cabinets. One color can be used for the perimeter and another on the island.

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#4 Accent Wood Tones

Accent wood tones are being used in surprising places like on drawer fronts, shelves and pullouts as a way to warm up otherwise cool kitchen tones.

Image by Peacock Home

#5 Mixed Metal Finishes

Mixed metal finishes are being introduced in plumbing fixtures, appliances, lighting and cabinet hardware. Matte black and dark stainless look great mixed with brass and other colors.

Image by GE Cafe Series

#6 Sink Work Station

Speciality sinks with work stations are gaining in popularity featuring cutting boards, draining areas and drying racks. They make food prep a breeze and act as an extension to your countertop.

Images via Elkay

#7 Full Backsplash Wall

Full backsplash walls are created by running tile from the countertop all the way up to the ceiling. This feature is usually found on the main cooking wall as an accent.

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Image via Miele

#8 Induction Cooking

The induction cooking method has been used in Europe for years and is finally catching on in the US. Induction cooking used electric currents to directly heat pots and pans through magnetic induction vs thermal conduction (gas or electric). Stovetop or cooktop electric cooking allows only 65-70% of heat to reach food as opposed to induction's 90%. This cooking method does require cast iron cookware or magnetic stainless steel to work.

#9 Smart Technology

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Smart ovens and refrigerators allow you to operate and peek inside them from your phone. If you're not sure what you need at the grocery store, voila. If you're stuck in traffic and need to preheat your oven, no problem. Some ovens are even able to identify what is cooking in and automatically sets the temperature and cook time for you. Imagine receiving a text notification that your dinner is ready.

I could get used to that!

Hope you enjoyed this! If you haven't heard my new FB group Kitchen, Baths and Mudrooms by Design is growing! Each week one member's design challenge is solved on a FB live for the whole group to see. Get in early for your chance at free design advice.

If you are working on designing your own kitchen grab my Free Guide while it's available! Happy weekend :)


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