• Carla Urbany

Hardwoods take center stage in 2020 Kitchen Designs

Updated: Aug 20

As new-home construction and kitchen remodels continue strong into 2020, let’s take a moment to recognize hardwood’s place in the chaos.

According to a 2020 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, large islands continue to be a prominent feature. And many buyers choose finishes for the island that stand out from the rest of the kitchen, making the island the focal point of the kitchen.

"Think natural elements," reports a recent online article by Country Living. "While we're still seeing stained and painted woods, we're also seeing it in its natural state. Try adding a kitchen island—or just the topper—in a pretty, grainy wood. Brown wooden shelves that feel original to the house are another way to test the waters with wood. It will bring a warmth to any kitchen space, especially those trending bright white ones!"

The desirable look and easy-to-maintain quality of Butcher Block for the island "is the perfect neutral to break up the sterility of an all-white palette," and locally, we continue to see plank-style countertops are in demand for the same reason. The addition of faux “reclaimed” wood beams in the kitchen is also a designer favorite.

And by the way, yes, open shelving and white shaker-style cabinets are still safe bets—according to several sources. Keeping it light, simple and clean is the theme.

Other trends in the kitchen:

Metal finishes—brass, nickel and matte black. Metal is also a growing choice for “statement” hoods in the kitchen. And from what we’ve seen, this trend brings the work of a new artisan to the home and the results are amazing!

Color—two-tone cabinets are still a thing (for example, the island, as mentioned above), as is adding pops of color throughout. For the more daring home owner, consider adding color to the ceiling as a “fifth wall.”

Finally, backsplashes as removeable wallpaper. What a fun option to experiment with, without the commitment!





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