What You Need to Know About Kitchen Remodeling in 2020

If you’re considering having some kitchen remodeling done this year, you’re in luck because the professionals at KSN Construction have done some extensive research to see what’s hot and what’s not for 2020. From designer trends and color palettes to cabinetry and backsplashes, read on to find out how you can create the kitchen of your dreams that will be in style for years to come.

Kitchen Design Trends

For 2020 there are some significant changes in designs and some traditional favorites. Let’s start with the tried and true designs that homeowners in Chicago love.

First of all, an open layout is here to stay. If you have an older home with your kitchen tucked away, you might consider removing a wall or two and opening the space. Having an open plan is more modern and a real selling factor if you’re going to put your house on the market soon.

On the flip side, a surprising twist in kitchen renovations. It’s a trend going the opposite way–and keeping a separate kitchen. Some homeowners would prefer that their kitchen isn’t out in the open. They prefer a cozier space that they can cook separately from their guests. That type of layout is especially popular in smaller homes.

In 2020, we see ultra-clean lines with nothing extra. And even though you may instantly think of modern design, there’s also a nice mix of traditional in the same space. Sustainable materials are still very popular including anything bamboo. Overall, top designs are simple with flat cabinetry, minimal details, and sleek hardware. Speaking of hardware – you can’t go wrong with polished silver finishes since it goes with almost everything.

Cabinets & Colors

When you talk about colors in a kitchen, one of the most significant sources is the cabinets and backsplash. Let’s talk about cabinets first.

Of course, white never goes out of style. But this year, make sure you add a “pop of color” somewhere – either in the backsplash, lighting, or decor. You might even consider two-toned cabinets with the base cabinets being a different color than the top ones.

Besides classic white, one of the most popular new colors this year is deep navy millwork. That is one of the frontrunners. Besides a deep navy, chalky blue is also making a showing — both shades of blue look divine with all different types of hardware. Green is still on the top of the list with hues of turquoise and jade.

Natural woods of warm hues are back in style as well as dark cabinetry. No matter what type of wood finish you choose, make sure you include these hot trends:

  • Glass Cabinetry – adds light and depth to the room
  • Extra Deep Drawers – designed for anything from plates and bowls to pans
  • Open Shelving – fewer upper cabinets make the kitchen seem more open
  • Useful Storage – to hide as much as possible to give your kitchen a clean look
  • Steel hoods – another new trend for 2020
  • Undercounter appliances – like small microwaves
  • Soft-close – so doors and drawers close quietly.

Backsplash Make A Statement

No matter what the rest of your kitchen design is – make sure you consider taking advantage of the canvas of the backsplash. You can add a splash of color in a monochromatic scheme and transform the entire space. Here are a few of the trends we’re seeing:

  • Subway Tile Backsplash – this well-loved tradition isn’t going anywhere soon. You can do just one section or an entire wall. 
  • Rustic Bricks – this is a surprising trend, but it looks great in some kitchens, especially the ones with warm wood cabinetry. 
  • Marble Backsplash – extend your marble countertops up the backsplash for an impressive look.

Countertops, Sinks & Islands

For countertops, this year, quartz is more popular than granite. And the bigger the sink, the better. If you’re going to go marble, look for dramatic strong-veined pieces. Depending on the amount of room you have, if you have a large family and enough square feet, you might consider having two islands–one for cooking and one for seating and prep-work. Counter height islands that are single level are not only beautiful, but they’re also versatile.

modern white kitchen with marble kitchen counter


LED lighting has improved immensely over the last few years and is included in most “Smart Homes” because of its ability to not only light an area but dim and change colors via voice control. When choosing your lighting, include over the island, under toe-kick, and cabinets. With lighting fixtures, you can have a beautiful pop of color and give your room an extra pizazz.

KSN Construction in Rolling Meadows has been providing stunning kitchen remodeling services for over 20 years in the greater Northwest Chicago area. We service all of Cook County, Chicago, Chicagoland, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Northbrook, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Skokie, Carpentersville, Bartlett, Barrington, Arlington Heights. The skilled professionals at KSN Construction provide exceptional customer service and top-quality materials to ensure we exceed our customer’s expectations. Contact us today for a free estimate for your dream kitchen.