Behr Paint Company recently unveiled its new color of the year for 2020: a soft moss green called Back to Nature that is likely to show up on showroom kitchen cabinetry.
Benjamin Moore’s choice, First Light, is a soft rosy hue.
While Pantone won’t unveil its Color of the Year until December, insiders predict it will be a blue or green shade.
Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, recently stated that the color palette for the coming year “will focus on nature, serenity and comfort,” according to the company’s website.
“Trending colors in 2020 will include a range of greens − both blue-tinged, such as teal, and yellow-based, such as olive green,” she said. “Watery blues evoking the ocean will be popular, along with mineral colors such as steel blue.”
Better Homes and Gardens magazine declares “blue is the new neutral.”
So expect to see kitchens in model homes and on decorating sites and cable shows flashing more color, as well as wood and natural stone touches.
After years of greys and bleached taupes, kitchen cabinets are getting colorful, according to industry designers. Bright green, every shade of blue from sky to navy, coral, olive, chartreuse, pale mint, black and, of course, white − even multiple colors combined.
Mark Wilkinson, founder of Mark Wilkinson Furniture, told Home and Garden magazine, ‘‘The color in a kitchen – be it on walls or fittings – should last for at least five years, minimum, so try to look beyond immediate trends and choose a color that will keep you feeling good long term.’’
If not painted, natural wood cabinets are showing up in ash, walnut, pine and other subtle-grained woods, as well as eco-friendly reclaimed wood cabinetry.
If you love your all-white kitchen, add a pop of color by painting the island or one set of cabinets, or bringing in a natural wood cabinet for use as a pantry.
More color on kitchen cabinets syncs with what we are seeing in design trends overall. One of the hottest fashions is adding a splash of interest to walls with removable wallpaper, sometimes called temporary wallpaper, and decals. Unlike past generations of wallpaper, these new products are basically peel and stick, so easier and less messy to apply. They come in a variety of designs: geometric, floral, pop art, trompe l’oeil, or mimicking the look of tile or wood panels.
Then, when you are ready for a new look, simply peel them off.
If wallpaper is not your thing, you might consider extending backsplashes – whether traditional subway tiles or something a bit splashier − higher up the wall. Many decorators are even taking them clear to the ceiling.
As for the ceiling itself – the fifth wall! – you might consider painting it blue (like the sky), or adding wallpaper, wood paneling or molding for a dramatic flair.
You’ll find appliances in every color imaginable.
Designers are mixing colors in hardware, too. Stainless steel, satin chrome and brushed nickel remain popular, but we’re starting to see black stainless steel as well as white, bronze and gold.
While most will keep the appliances all in one style, they’ll sometimes mix two or more colors of hardware.
With all this color everywhere else, it makes sense that white marble and quartz countertops remain popular. Deeply-veined marble is classic and beautiful, of course, but engineered quartz may be more practical.
“Carrara marble will always be in style,” according to Country Life magazine. “But if you're a red wine drinker, quartz could be a much better fit for you and your kitchen.” It’s affordable and doesn’t stain as easily as marble.
Concrete, solid surface and butcher block are also popular materials for countertops.
Set into those countertops will be sinks that are bigger, more functional and available in a wider variety of styles and finishes than ever before. Check out Grohe’s undermounted sink in a color they call Brushed Cool Sunrise, which is sort of a soft gold.
“Sinks have moved up on the scale of importance in kitchen design,” according to Joan Fraser, product development and training manager for appliance manufacturer Smeg.“Models are introduced to meet customers’ demands for a sink which, in addition to being purely functional, also makes a definitive style statement.”
For flooring, hardwood and wood-like materials are joining tile and linoleum as the go-to products.
The decades-long shift toward making the kitchen the hub of the house continues in 2020 with even more innovations. At the top of many lists is concealed range hood. Those big chrome hoods are being tucked beneath wood or tiled columns or disguised in copper sheeting.
Designers are using fewer upper cabinets. Appliances such as microwaves are joining dishwashers in the lower cabinetry.
Upper cabinets that remain tend to be more open, often metal or glass shelving, to help integrate the space into adjacent living areas.
Items that have traditionally been hidden away in upper cabinets are either on display or tucked into deep drawers in lower cabinets. (Remember your grandmother’s kitchen plate racks? They’re back.)
And those lower cabinets and islands are more likely to have furniture-like feet and space to tuck in two or three stools.
The idea is to create a kitchen that is practical, comfortable and integrated into the rest of the house.
Whether you are considering remodeling your kitchen for resale or for your family to enjoy for years to come, or considering purchasing a new kitchen in a new home, contact your local Realtor today for expert advice about what’s popular in your neighborhood.
Cher Wollard is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties in Livermore.