Most home improvement experts can agree that the kitchen is the star space of any home and also the point of interest that jumps out at home buyers during showings. A great updated kitchen can make or break a sale. Some small adjustments can also reinvigorate and breath new life into a home. Such updates may just make you choose to stay rather than sell! Here’s a look at the top kitchen updates for 2020:
Get Rid of Those Upper Cabinets!
Number one is still the removal of upper cabinets. No one knows why this hasn’t been a trend until recently, considering how little use those “too far up to reach” cabinets seem to get. It’s almost comical that they even existed in the first place! Who wants to use a step stool every time you need a certain serving dish or blender.
If you’re like most people, you will end up finding something that you completely forgot about during a spring cleaning or move. Perhaps you even bought more of something you already had! The fact is, those upper cabinets are awkward and removing them in favor of smarter storage options can make a big difference in the feel of a kitchen.
In addition to modernizing the look and feel of a kitchen, this also opens up the space and makes it appear bigger than before. And this leads to the second most popular trend, which is:
Storage options for specific appliances and kitchen tools. Lots of older kitchens have been built without a consideration for what exactly the storage space would be used for. The cabinets and drawers are often too small for storing larger appliances or too wide for optimal organization of things like dishes and cups.
So design aspects integrated into a kitchen with specific kitchen items in mind is a hot and growing trend. Appliance garages for things like coffee pots, blenders, mixers and food processors can make a kitchen much easier to organize and far more efficient. Built in drawer dividers for cutlery and utensils, pull out racks for spices, roll out organizers for pots and pans, waste baskets and recyclables are updates that will make a kitchen feel seamless.
Here Comes the Smart Kitchen!
Adding to this new custom feel is the move toward the smart kitchen. Not only can you have a kitchen that takes all the stress out of organization, but how about one that tells you when you’re running low on certain grocery items?! This is an available update for those who enjoy smart home features. For the savvy home remodeler, there are plenty of these options. Smart refrigerators to smart ovens that tell you when your food is perfectly cooked… These are on the forefront of the newest in home and kitchen technology. Then of course you can wash your hands with smart sensor faucets!
In addition to the tech savvy updates on the horizon, is the growing trend toward painted or wood cabinets and colored appliances. This is more about the aesthetic than organization, but still a great way to revive a basic, boring or outdated kitchen. Moving away from the classic white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, these fun and functional color schemes bring warmth into the heart of the house. Major appliance manufacturers are bringing color into their lines for 2020. Keep your eye out for these new designs and don’t be afraid to play with color!
Streamlined Countertops and Sinks!
On the other hand, there is a new trend in countertops toward softer, muted colors without as much veining and pattern in the stone. Quartz is still the material of choice due to the ease of upkeep, but there is less desire for the complex veining and particulate patterns that mimic granite. This is in tune with the continued trend toward the streamlined, modern kitchen and offsets the bold color choices of painted cabinets and colored appliances as well.
Along with a more streamlined look for countertops, is a trend toward inset sinks of the same material as the countertops. This lends itself to the refined look of the kitchen as a whole.
Beautiful, Yet Functional Flooring!
And last but not least is flooring. Although wood flooring is still a hit with homeowners and buyers, we’re seeing a move toward ceramic tile flooring for 2020. And of course this is in line with the desire for ease of use and modern simplicity in the kitchen.
While wood flooring is certainly beautiful, ceramic tile is just the easiest to clean and keep free of bacteria. Plus there are seemingly infinite options for color and style, including ceramic tile that looks exactly like hardwood but is far easier to keep clean.
These are just a handful of trending remodel options for the modern kitchen of 2020. Whether you choose one update or many, your kitchen will look and feel refreshed and is sure to be a hit on the market or with friends and family. Bon Appetit!