Luxury kitchen trends for 2020 are centered around bespoke designs, high-quality materials, and high-tech functionality. Today’s kitchen designs combine the latest technology with timeless style. Hardware and lighting are more important than ever, as they’re truly the jewelry of the kitchen. Whether a home is traditional or modern, an outstanding kitchen design won’t look dated anytime soon. The true luxury kitchen is built to last.
Statement Kitchens With Pattern And Color
Creating a “feature wall” makes a visual statement in the kitchen, and strong pattern and color are the ongoing trends. Patterned tiles with a global aesthetic are the perfect update to a traditional kitchen. Open shelving lightens up the kitchen and provides display space, while rich color adds warmth.
Photo Courtesy of Emily Henderson
Durable quartzite now comes in bold designs that mimic veined marble and granite. Popular for countertops, this manufactured material is easier to work with than natural stone, so it can be used to cover large areas. We’ll continue to see tall backsplash areas, or even entire walls of patterned quartzite and real stone. Installed in a mirror-image pattern called bookmatching, it has a dramatic, elegant effect:
Dark, moody cabinet colors are very on-trend. They evoke the richness of a dark wood kitchen, but add a modern aesthetic. Deep blues, greens, and soft blacks are popular, combined with rustic wood tones. Monotonous walls of wood-tone cabinets are out, as people are embracing colorful kitchens and two-toned cabinet finishes.
Matte finishes are the latest trend for stone and quartz countertops. They look fresh (after years of glossy kitchens), plus they’re easier to maintain. Matte countertops mix beautifully with shimmering tiles and trendy gold and brass hardware, creating an interplay of light. Luxury hardware trends include rose gold, matte brass, deep bronze, and matte black.
White kitchens are still popular, but designers are combining matte and glossy finishes with soft color to bring them to life. Pale aqua and greige are the perfect modern substitute for white, providing a light and airy look that’s completely custom.
Open-plan kitchen in Manchester
Luxury Kitchens For Entertaining
Open-plan kitchens are still in high demand, sharing the same views as the living area. Features like double islands and a second dishwasher make entertaining easier.
Double islands and a view in Manchester
With the kitchen open to the living area, the focus is on beautiful finishes and uncluttered design. Reducing upper cabinets leaves space for a decorative tile or stone feature wall, visible from the living area. New storage options help keep everything close at hand and the kitchen clean and tidy.
Custom cabinetry walls are the perfect solution to open-plan interiors. They incorporate fully integrated appliances and concealed storage into a modern, furniture-quality design. Custom-finished in a beautiful wood, the cabinetry becomes a feature wall, creating a “hidden kitchen” effect:
Luxury Trend: The Butler’s Pantry Returns
The current trend of removing upper cabinets makes kitchens feel more spacious, but it also creates storage issues. The traditional butler’s pantry is making a comeback, keeping clutter out of sight and adding additional prep space. A modern butler’s pantry may hold a coffee bar, wine refrigerator, countertop appliances (hello, Instant Pot) or a second dishwasher. Treat it with the same custom lighting and high-end finishes as the kitchen:
Butler’s Pantry and Wine Bar, Swampscott
Some designers are even enlarging the butler’s pantry so it serves as a second kitchen, leaving the main kitchen practically mess-free.
Luxury Kitchen Lighting
Well-designed lighting makes luxury kitchens highly functional and illuminates its best features. A high-end kitchen will have three levels of lighting:
- Task lighting – directed at work areas, it usually includes under-cabinet lighting and spotlights or ceiling fixtures over prep areas.
- Ambient lighting – general lighting from chandeliers, with small ceiling spots where necessary. Advanced lighting designs include bright, efficient, and unobtrusive LEDs.
- Accent lighting – added above or below cabinets and behind glass doors, it highlights decorative features and adds a soft glow when other lights are off.
Traditional luxury kitchen in Lynnfield, MA
Dimmers and remote controls make it easy to adjust all three types of lighting. Smart Home systems can automatically control the light settings throughout the day.
Luxury Kitchen Appliances
Fully integrated appliances are a top luxury kitchen trend, followed closely by specialty appliances for specific lifestyles.
“Consumers looking for high end appliances are looking at SubZero/Wolf, Viking, Dacor, Monogram, and Thermador appliances. Consumers’ wish lists include speed ovens, microwave drawers, convection steam ovens, and coffee machines.”
Juanita Gillespie, Builders Source
Microwave and refrigerator drawers are easily incorporated into a kitchen island, an especially convenient design for families with children. Built in coffee machines by Thermador can create 28 different coffees. Steam ovens cook meals quickly and are a healthy alternative to microwaving. Gaggenau‘s Steam Oven has a sous-vide function, and a built-in vacuum drawer to seal food for cooking or storage.
Custom appliance colors are another luxury trend. These commercial-style refrigerators with gold hardware make a chic gourmet display:
Source: True Appliances
Smart Home technology is quickly becoming a luxury kitchen staple. Today you can control your oven from your phone, and check the refrigerator contents remotely to see what to buy for dinner.
Whether you’re looking to buy a home with a luxury kitchen, or planning a renovation to create the kitchen of your dreams, focus on high-quality design for a kitchen that lasts. Our professional Realtors here at Sagan Harborside Realty have the expertise to find you the perfect location. Just give us a call at 781-593-6111.