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1. Two-toned kitchens

Forget matchy-matchy, kitchens are becoming more blended as we enter a new decade. ‘The trend for combining two colours throughout kitchen cabinetry is set to soar in 2020,’ says Andy Briggs, interior designer. ‘It’s a great approach to adding an interesting twist to your aesthetic and it can change the whole feel of the room. Opt for deep, dark units and contrast with brighter shades elsewhere in order to add depth and character to the space.’

The trend extends beyond just a contrasting paint colour on the walls. From the cabinets to the worktops, it gives you the freedom to explore different design elements. Andy goes on to say, ‘You can play around with rich textures such as wood grains, matt finishes or sleek laminate’. Using them juxtaposition creates instant interest.

2. Smart storage

In a time when we strive to declutter to for our overall wellbeing, with thanks to Marie Kondo, storage is key. Especially in kitchens where we need so many ‘things’, from the ingredients to the cooking equipment in which to make meals. Well-placed, concealed storage is a savour for the aesthetic of our kitchens.

‘One of the most desired design features will be the kitchen larder’, informs Ben Burbidge.

3. Green cabinetry and accessories

In recent years it’s all been about navy, but expect to see more green in kitchens going forward. It could be in the form of accents, like this wallpaper – palm fronds and botanicals are to 2019/20 what florals were to the mid-Noughties.

However, it’s increasingly likely to take the form of tiles and cabinetry, in tones of emerald and forest green.

‘The trend for bold dark hues was prominent throughout 2019, and as we move in to 2020, green kitchen cabinetry is set to be a new, key style,’ says Hayley Simmonst. ‘Green can be equally dramatic and luxurious when used in the kitchen, and new for 2019.

‘Deep forest greens can be balanced out with latte shades, smoky glass and soft metallics to bring opulence to the kitchen. The addition of white marble and brass through design aspects like lighting and worktops, or even accessories, help to bounce the light around the space and offset the heavier hues.’

4. Brooding blue hues

While green is the front runner, shades of navy blue continue to be a huge trend for kitchen cabinet choices.

‘The more sophisticated and dramatic colour choice when it comes to kitchens, midnight blue has been an emerging trend recently,’ explains Iain McColgan.

Iain goes on to suggest, ‘the smart shade stands out even more against light worktops and when paired with silver accents.’

5. Calming paint colour schemes

While darker colours still hugely dominate cabinets going forward, we’re seeing a growing trend for serene paint choices for walls and free-standing furniture pieces.

‘Give your kitchen a new lease of life by reinvigorating it with gentle, soft colours’ suggests Andy Briggs. ‘Introducing calming qualities to the home will be key in 2020 and notes of dusky pink, soft grey and sage green will bring a refreshing feel.

Soft paint shades, such as Tranquil Dawn, Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2020, will create a sense of calm in even the busiest of kitchens.



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