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Kitchen trends from the experts to consider for your planned 2020 home extension or renovation.

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

For sure probably the most home projects we at Mint develop throughout Cheltenham and the Cotswolds tends to often, be or involve, a kitchen - either a full extension or a refit and renovation.

The way we see it with 2020 set the be very much a year when home owners needing more space will be extending and renovating instead of moving home we expect our kitchen output to be even more to the fore perhaps than ever

heart of the home

The kitchen is of course the heart of the home and so it is no surprise that often when more general living space is needed downstairs the kitchen will be to the fore - an extension, a re-plan or re-work, a refurbishment or a style remodel.

ideas and guidance

We at Mint particularly follow kitchen trends in order that we can offer ideas and guidance to potential clients as and when needed. So good news it is, that with a probable busy kitchen refurb,re-model and extension year ahead, we checked out some 2020 kitchen trends.

in vogue’

The ideas below now very much 'in vogue',compliments of our friends at www.homesandgardens.com and they are confident these latest designs are ‘very much ahead of the curve’ so to speak.

cool kitchen brands

Read on the get yourself updated ....say Homes and Gardens - “With cool new kitchen brands popping up and lots of innovative design ideas on display in kitchen showrooms across the country for 2020, there are plenty of on-trend looks and state-of-the-art appliances to pick from” do they say ...and here they are ....

It’s the time of strongly veined marble, the busier the better for unmissable luxury and next-level style. If there’s one thing that’s storming the style charts and shaking up interiors, it’s the return of marble.

Ash Back

Out of fashion for a while, wood is now enjoying a bit of a revival. Use subtle-grained ash, paler than oak or walnut, to pick out the warm tones in man-made stone.

Often overlooked as purely an ‘accent’ colour, black walls, cabinetry and work surfaces are having something of a moment. Black becomes liveable, luxe and inviting, with textured woods adding rustic, homely charm.

Colour Pop

Throw the rulebook out of the window in favour of unexpected paint-colour pairings. Kitchens are rife with colour opportunities, from appliances and flooring, to window treatments and cabinets.

least expensive

Start by deciding how much of permanent commitment you are willing to make. One of easiest and least expensive options is to paint a wall can be easily updated should you tire of it. Choosing colour is such a personal experience – in fact no one knows for sure whether we all even see the myriad shades in the same way.

five year colour’

Mark Wilkinson, founder of Mark Wilkinson Furniture, believes that the colours we choose automatically are naturally influenced by current fashions. ‘The colour 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 colour that will keep you feeling good long term,’ he advises.

Double Islands

With the move towards larger kitchens, in open plan spaces, the kitchen island has become an essential kitchen feature. A pair of island units has become the last work in luxury, an expansive addition for when space is no object.

Handleless Desire

The latest contemporary designs are all about a multi-tasking, free-flowing design with a paired-back look. Technological advances in push-open and close doors means that it has become possible to dispense with handles in both wall and base cabinets.

sleek look

If you prefer not to have push-open cupboards, then recessed handles provide the same sleek look and can be lined with contrasting colours and materials to add interest. ‘Handleless kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest trends for 2020 for more pared-back, streamlined look. It’s all about simplicity and a focus on cabinetry details,’ explains Busola Evans, Kitchen and Bathroom Supplement Editor.

Larder Love

Larder cupboards, sometimes known as pantry cupboards, have been kitchen staples for centuries and, in the last few years, have established themselves as one of the must-have items in modern homes.

organised

‘Having a larder makes perfect sense. All the food goods are in one place and not scattered around in numerous wall cupboards, meaning people can be more organised when doing their food shopping.

frees-up

The other great advantage of a larder and its storage capacity is that a kitchen no longer needs to be full of wall cupboards. It frees up entire walls to either be left free or have an attractive piece of artwork in the kitchen which in turn helps it feel less like a kitchen and instead more of a relaxed environment, perfect for open plan living areas,’ says Leisha Norman, Designer, Harvey Jones.

Walnut Wonder

We have recently seen a rise in walnut cabinetry. It’s rich, dark colour, fine grain and natural warmth are prized by makers for its feeling of instant luxury.

Going for Gold

Now that taps are available in a wide choice of colours and finishes, sinks are following, too. Aesthetics have made an impact in wet areas just as they have in furniture and appliance design, with colour, shape, size and material heavily influenced by the overall look of the room.

definitive style

‘Sinks have moved up on the scale of importance in kitchen design,’ says Joan Fraser, product development and training manager for Smeg. ‘Models are introduced to meet customers’ demands for a sink which, in addition to being purely functional, also makes a definitive style statement.’

Refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home. Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home. We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you.

Whatever your need, please request your quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739or email info@mintbuilders.co.uk

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