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20 kitchen trends for 2020 you need to know about

Planning your dream kitchen starts here. Whether you want to overhaul your current kitchen design or refresh a tired kitchen cabinet colour scheme, every effective kitchen combines many elements – layout, cabinets, worktops, appliances, tiling, and so forth.

There's a need to strike the right balance between aesthetic, function and design, so what's hot in the world of kitchen design?

2020 is the year of the 'living kitchen' where function and aesthetic combines with technology to help make day to day life a little easier. As the hub of all activity, this space unifies the rest of your home.

'Irrespective of trends, when it comes to kitchen design, people still set out with the same objectives: they want an efficient and comfortable workspace that looks good and is nice to cook in. What has changed dramatically – and will continue to do so – is the amount of technology we now have at our fingertips,' says Charlie Smallbone, founder of Ledbury Studio. 'This not only influences the performance of materials but also what we can achieve with the final design.'

There are, of course, some strong, key themes this year. Storage, is, and will continue to be, a big part of the kitchen space, especially for smaller kitchens. We're looking at ways to conceal storage, maximise space and improve user convenience, and we'll be utilising those corner units more than ever before.

There's also an increased focus on sustainability and the need for quality furniture that is environmentally friendly, so as consumers we're becoming more conscious about the products we buy for our home.

And tapping into the idea of the ‘anti-kitchen’ (as the experts at Cosentino called it in 2019), the kitchen is still a space to love and cherish, but especially in open-plan areas, a growing number of homeowners want to conceal parts of the kitchen, something which Scavolini call the 'unobtrusive kitchen'.

Daniele Brutto, Co Founder of Onestà, explains: 'Gone are the days of having a show kitchen, clients now want that kitchen to be fully functional, durable and easy to maintain and work in, while also being trend led. A rise in technology in the kitchen has also titled the shift between function and aesthetic.'

We’ve delved deep to uncover some of the biggest and emerging trends for the year that will help you plan your dream kitchen. Get all the kitchen inspiration you need right here with the best kitchen trends for 2020.