The new year is a great time to make some important changes in all parts of life, and what better place to start than carrying some much-needed improvements in the house.
When it comes to home improvements that adds value, the kitchen takes the trump. There are just so many ways you can refresh the kitchen so that it is totally transformed and its efficiency improved.
But it is important that the new look of your kitchen is consistent with the modern trends, which is why we decided to put together this article on top kitchen trends for 2020.
A lot of New Zealand designers are exploring new and innovative ways to handle storage space in the kitchen.
For some people, this means installing an extra-large kitchen cabinet or combination kitchen sink/ vanity. Others are looking at extending the original kitchen space in such a way that there is enough room to deal with all storage issues, thereby completely eliminating the problem of cluttered countertops and kitchen sinks.
But, it is not enough to simply have a place to store your pots and pans and other kitchen accessories, you can actually do so in a modern and sleek manner that will reflect the new look of your kitchen without disrupting the design and style of your kitchen. This concept is called hidden storage.
Natural elements inside the kitchen is another top trend for 2020 and beyond. Incorporating natural elements and features inside your home and kitchen will breathe new life into the ambience and décor of your space. This is why modern designers are including minor touches of nature in the important rooms in a home.
You don’t even need to hire a decorator to do this for you. Simply placing a plant somewhere on the counter will give your kitchen a different kind of depth and attraction. But that is not all. Research has proven that plants and natural living elements can significantly boost mental and physical health. Meaning that bringing in natural elements into your kitchen will not only improve the look of your kitchen but also encourage a healthy atmosphere.
Even artworks on the kitchen wall will do a lot to change the look, feel, and ambience of your kitchen space.
In the next ten years, one of the common New Zealand kitchen trends will be the overly modern kitchen. Think minimal gratuitous decorations and more of clean lines and wood finishes, very minimalist and streamlined designed but with depth and warm details.
Also, part of the modernisation of the kitchen space from 2020 going forward will be lots of white tiles, including hexagonal and patterned layouts. But there will also be lots of terracotta.
People who still want a big, open plan kitchen will want to see a lot of this space used for entertainment purposes, rather than the normal formal dinner setting, so we can expect placement of kitchen furniture to change and also expect to see some form of home entertainment appliances in kitchens, or at the very least, a soundbar.
This type of kitchen is ideally achieved when building a new home from the ground up, as it may be difficult to achieve with the typical small kitchen spaces that New Zealand city houses are known for.
Building a new house is not the same as remodelling, so be sure to do proper research when choosing your new home builders, preferably asking for recommendations, checking for references and licenses, and definitely taking a look at their portfolio to see if they have what it takes to build your dream home.
Gone are the days when you need to physically turn the oven on and off. Smart kitchen has taken over virtually every aspect of kitchen activities and this trend is expected to continue more in the coming years.
Even though we will see a lot of aesthetic changes in terms of kitchen finishing and countertop, the bulk of the change will be in how the kitchen space is managed. Smart kitchen will encourage improved energy efficiency in the kitchen, significantly reducing the amount of money spent on energy bills. Smart kitchen virtually is the future of the kitchen space. There will be reduced cooking times and significant improvement in kitchen function and efficiency.
But that is not all. Imagine a kitchen space where your refrigerator will let you know when you run out of groceries, and where you can arrive home to meet dinner ready because you were able to control your cooker or oven remotely.
Finally, one kitchen trend to look forward to is the incorporation of handcrafted items in the kitchen. These items can be made at home by hand or store-bought, designed by local artisans and craftsmen. For a timeless handmade look, think about investing in antique items for your kitchen such as antique white finish kitchen cabinets. These give an elegant and handcrafted appeal to your kitchen.
Popular handcraft items will likely include vases and sculptures of kiwi origin. These items may or may not have practical functions, but they will do well as decorative pieces to give the kitchen a transformed look.
What will make these trends popular in the coming years is the appeal of integrated a traditional element in a modern space.
Make your kitchen future-ready
There are just so many ways to make your kitchen ready for the coming years, and even if you have an idea of what you want your kitchen to look like, be sure to keep an eye out for all or some of the trends covered in this article.