The Kitchen Cabinets Trend to Expect in 2020

Tuesday Apr 28th, 2020


I think we've all spent way too much time at home lately and we're starting to think about what we don't like about our homes. If you’ve got kitchen cabinets that are outdated, damaged, or constantly sticking and squeaking, it may be time to give them a brand-new look. Changing your cabinets can drastically alter the look of your kitchen and add instant value to your property. Since cabinets take up a lot of visual real estate, upgrading them can be costly. That’s why it’s important to choose a style you’ll love. Here’s the lowdown on what cabinet trends will be most popular this year according to design experts.

Minimalist Handles

Kitchens tend to be some of the messiest rooms in the home. That’s why clean, minimalist design is all the rage this year. In 2020, handles should be slim, discreet, or invisible altogether. While antique handles, knobs, and cup pulls add flare, they can sometimes create visual clutter so it’s best to avoid them if you want your kitchen to look on-trend.

Instead, opt for cabinets that have recessed handles built into them so there’s no need to add extra hardware. There’s also push latches that let you push on the cabinet door to get it open.

For those who prefer some hardware, edge pulls that sit on top of the doors work great for cabinets below the counter. You can also go for integrated handles, such as a lip or a pull, made out of the same materials as the cabinets for a clean and unified look.

Glass Doors

Not everyone loves glass doors. It exposes everything inside you cabinets, forcing you to keep your dinnerware in a perpetually presentable state. Luckily, experts are calling for the comeback of textural glass, such as smoked or fluted (also known as reeded). These materials offer a glimpse into your curated dinnerware while providing just enough obscurity. To pull off this trend, avoid installing to many glass panels. Instead, pick only a few sections in your kitchen where the glass panels will work best.

Warm Tones

This year’s colours should be soothing, neutral, and inspiring by the outdoors. Think browns, beiges, greys, and terracotta. You can pull this off by incorporating natural materials into your cabinets and shelving, such as blond woods, dark woods, marble, and quartz. This trend towards warm tones has naturally led to the rise of reclaimed wood in kitchen cabinetry. To do this trend right, make sure the materials you use have a matte finishing.

Pops of Colour

Even though warm, neutral tones are in, unexpected pos of colour are still encouraged for 2020. You can play with colourful accents by placing bright dishes behind glass cabinets. If you’re feeling bold, consider adding colour to your cabinets. Not sure which shade to pick? The Pantone Color Institute selected Classic Blue as its colour of the year, a deep shade it described as being “solid and dependable.”

Hidden Appliances

Like cabinet handles, keeping range hoods, refrigerators, and dishwashers out of plain sight will be on the rise in 2020. One way to hide them is to disguise them with front panels that match your cabinets. This can even be done on large oven hoods as well. Hiding your appliances creates less cluttered, sleeker façade that’s more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

No Crown Molding

Traditionally, crown molding is installed above kitchen cabinets in order to join the cabinets to the ceiling. For the year ahead, design experts expect to see less of this. Instead, they’re seeing cabinets go all the way to the ceiling for added storage and an overall cleaner look.

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