9 inspiring kitchen trends for 2020

These latest trends in luxury kitchens will ensure your design is functional, beautiful and sustainable.

By Hugh Metcalf | 18 February 2020

From a focus on sustainability to inspiration for improving your space’s functionality, we look at the trending styles in kitchen design right now.

colourful kitchen with larder in blue green and red from Brookmans by Smallbone - grand designs

Image: Brookmans by Smallbone 

If you’re self-building, extending or renovating your kitchen in 2020, are you planning on making the kitchen the hub of the home? With increasingly busy lifestyles, it’s the way we’re ensuring we connect with family and friends, and it means the kitchen is ever more vital to get right.

The concept is therefore feeding into how we design our kitchens. The kitchen has become a space to be enjoyed, while retaining its functional nature – something that the biggest kitchen design trends of the year go to demonstrate.

Sustainable materials

sustainable cork flooring in a modern kitchen - grand designs

Image: Naturals Range cork flooring in Champagner Sand, Granorte 

No surprise, sustainability comes top of the list for kitchen concerns in 2020. Improve your kitchen’s eco-credentials by choosing a company which sources sustainable wood, or even look at salvaged and used kitchens for a green option that will save you money too.

Look for sustainable finishes elsewhere in the kitchen as well – we’re seeing more and more inventive furnishings and fittings come to market as the want to make more eco-friendly choices increases. This flooring from Granorte, for example, is made from sustainable waste from the wine cork industry, or check out osme of our favourite recycled interior products for more inspiration.

Fluted glass

davonport kitchens fluted glass cabinets - grand designs

Image: Holkham Shaker style kitchen with fluted glass insert, from Davonport Kitchens 

Feeding into an industrial-influence design aesthetic, this vertically-grooved decorative glass offers privacy when used in doors and windows, without sacrificing light. With just enough distortion to conceal the details, it’s perfect for kitchen furniture containing glassware or crockery and room dividers in large open plan living spaces

Textured finishes

Textured copper finish kitchen island from mereway kitchens - grand designs

Image: Futura cabinetry finished in Oxidised Amber, from Mereway Kitchens 

With the number of people renovating, instead of moving, increasing, bolder choices in the kitchen can be expected. Textured finishes offer a tactile element to appeal to an extra sense – plus, they ensure surfaces are practical, durable and easy to maintain.

Living space kitchens

hidden fridge in modern london apartment - grand designs

Image: Marylebone apartment by Proctor and Shaw architects. Photography by Ståle Eriksen

With the rise of open-plan and broken-plan kitchen-living spaces, a minimalist style of kitchen is on the rise. This kitchen doesn’t, necessarily, look all that kitchen-like – instead opting for hidden storage and low impact appliances which blend into the space when not in use. This feature timber-clad wall in a Marylebone apartment renovation by Proctor and Shaw sees the refrigerator and extra storage almost seamlessly integrated into the space.