Starting Your New Right Right

Are you dreaming of remodeling your kitchen in 2020? The new year is a great time for taking on a kitchen remodel – the holiday rush is over, there aren’t guests in your home anymore, and you’re not hosting any big events for a while. We love starting kitchen remodels in January and February.

Sometimes, though, it’s easy to miss emerging trends, especially if you aren’t usually glued to your design guides and trade publications. Here’s a look at some of the big trends we’ve seen in kitchen remodel design over the last couple years that we think are going to hold strong into the future.

More colors. Kitchens are moving away from the start, clinical, all white look. Whether you’re seeing soft grays and greens, or the more dramatic blacks and purples, kitchens are coming alive with color again. If you’re looking to update your kitchen without doing too much major structural work, adding some color can help it feel modern and fresh.

Encaustic tiles. These bold, graphic tiles in high-contrast monochromes or vibrant colors are throwbacks to Victorian design aesthetics and Moorish Spain. They’ve been everywhere lately, but they’ve been really popular on bathroom floors, where they lend some visual intrigue to a space that is often clinically bland. We’ve seen them making the leap to kitchen backsplashes lately, too, and we think they’re a fun idea for adding some color and bold graphics to an otherwise minimalist space. If you’ve got simple cabinetry and plain hardware, and you want to include some detail for contrast, these tiles are a great way to do that.

Terrazzo. Terrazzo was really popular in the 1950s through the 1970s, mostly as a really durable but pretty flooring material. It consists of some sort of compound like concrete or plaster mixed with chunks of stone or colored glass. The flecks of material catch the light and create a bit of sparkle. It fell out of favor sometime in the 1980s, but it’s made a comeback in the last few years. Terrazzo has been appearing as countertop material in hip cafes in London and New York, and we think it’s primed for a move into the domestic kitchen because of how pretty it looks when the light hits it. It’s also much cheaper than a slab of stone for your countertops, so if you want to update your countertops without forking over thousands and thousands of dollars, terrazzo might be something you want to look at.

Oyster tiles. We like this whimsical play on the traditional subway tile, because while it’s still minimalist, it catches the light in interesting ways. The uneven surface and slightly irregular shapes of the tiles make them look like the surface of a lake on a cloudy day. They’re made using tumbled stone, but they give off a shimmer like the inside of an oyster shell. If you’ve already got a lot of eye-catching detail in your kitchen and want a backlash that is pretty understated, this is the material for you.

If you’re interested in doing a kitchen remodel in 2020, give us a call any time at 317.279.4275. Our design pros are happy to talk about options with you.

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