Kitchen Trends in 2020 by Hilary Ryan

In a year when the home has literally become our sanctuary as we face the challenges of bushfire, flood and now a worldwide pandemic it’s a good time to refresh, refine and redesign our abode. Here are some of the trends we’ll see playout in kitchen design in the year ahead…



The kitchen today plays a central role in the spatial footprint of the home requiring fluid motion between zones and multipurpose living. For this reason butlers pantries and mudrooms are popular as they keep the kitchen neat and tidy for living and social gatherings.

 Surfaces must be durable with multiple functions and are chosen to accommodate preparation, dining, homework and entertaining.Handle free opening and integration of appliances is still gaining in popularity as the kitchen sits within other rooms.

The new aesthetic is of raw elegance and warm tones and texture is a strong design element, notably with fine groove detailing and curves reminiscent of art deco and mid century design.

Luxurious blends of natural & sophisticated materials like marble, quartz, glass, bronze, raw metals and beautiful wood are trending with an emphasis on the originality and beauty of natural surfaces even if they are in fact man made.Large scale porcelain sheets bring these elements to kitchen design in the form of benchtops, splashbacks and cabinetry finishes in the form of benchtops, splashbacks and cabinetry finishes.


 Visually lightening top cabinets or leaving them out all together has grown in popularity with the use of storage from floor to ceiling carrying the load of pantry and crockery storage.

The use of drawers will never go out of style for it’s superior access and organisational capacity and open shelves as a feature allow for the careful curation of the kitchen to express individuality and personalisation.

 Although white will always be a popular choice in the kitchen, as it brightens & lightens a space, it often has added accents in colour,  timber and natural materials to lift it from the ordinary.

We are seeing fully coloured kitchens from pastel tints in pink and blue with green being a standout favourite. 


From muted greens, the blue greens of lakes and oceans through to the green of emeralds and the forest which reconnect us with the natural world.




PANTONE classic blue was voted the 2020 colour of the year with terrazzo, aged brass and emerald green accents being on point. Blue is a perennial favourite especially in modern hamptons style making it’s way into whole kitchens and feature island benches.

Dark kitchens bring a sense of the dramatic with black, charcoal, indigo and navy gaining in popularity. Long a favourite for designers and architects everyday people aren’t afraid to jump on this popular trend.


As home has literally become a retreat from the world outside, the natural world is a strong influence for colour with neutrals from biscuit, latte and shades of terracotta introducing a warm inviting feel to our inner sanctums.