The year 2020 might see the end of the ‘offical’ kitchen area and the rise of cheeky leftover spaces. It’s certain to see terrazzo move from an accessory to a foundational material in a home. And metal will definitely clothe the most fashion-forward homes. Read on to see what else we’re betting will be big in interiors and architecture in 2020.
1. The unkitchen
It’s no surprise that kitchen design has turned away from a look of pure functionality with two-pack polyurethane cabinetry, utilitarian tapware and practical flooring. Instead, contemporary kitchens are beginning to integrate furniture-like elements that reflect the rest of a home’s more personalised decor.
In most kitchens, it will appear in touches, says kitchen designer Anne Ellard of Kitchens by Kathie. “Think metal or timber legs extending out from island benchtops, upholstered bench seats adjacent to work areas and hanging metal shelves replacing overhead cabinets.”
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But, at the extreme end, we will see kitchens that disappear completely into bespoke cabinetry, so all their functionality is hidden away when not in use.
Again, decorative devices such as moulding, shiplap and unkitchen-like colour choices will help disguise the purpose of the space. These features will help continue the aesthetic personality in the rest of the home through to the kitchen.
2. The cheeky extras
Have an extra 1.5-metre space at the end of your kitchen-renovation floor plan? Clever homeowners will no longer decide between a pantry or more bench space if they have spare metreage. Instead they will extend into the space, building in integrated study nooks, kitchenettes, banquettes and more.
Adding these lifestyle-focused elements to the kitchen area “is helping to create multifunctional spaces, which is particularly important in smaller inner-city properties,” says Ellard. And because they’re essentially in the same space as the kitchen, they will be in the same finishes as kitchen joinery, or will flow directly from the kitchen cabinetry for a greater sense of aesthetic fluidity.
Consider 2020 as the end of the ‘official’ kitchen and the beginning of the ambiguous kitchen.
3. The rise of curves and arches
Curves and arches will emerge as an interior-design trend in big ways next year. “[In the kitchen] curved ends to island benchtops, open shelves with curved fronts and other rounded elements such as round handles, fish-scale tiles and light fittings with curved details will all add a feminine and inviting touch,” says Ellard. “This creates a softness in a space that is otherwise filled with hard surfaces.”
When it comes to architecture, expect to see circular windows, arches and curved walls. Why? “Because innovation in technology allows us to be more adventurous with form,” says architect Rebecca Naughtin.
“In the hope of a return to crafted, high-quality builds, architects are looking to use the best-trained skilled labourers, who can lend themselves to more handcrafted designs.”
4. The reign of terrazzo
The emergence of terrazzo will turn into a full-blown reign in 2020. Terrazzo – a composite material that can be poured in situ or pre-cast and formed with chips of marble, quartz, granite or glass – has mostly been seen in small measures such as bathrooms, splashbacks and homewares. But this is about to change, with terrazzo being seen in more fittings and fixtures in the home.
“[We will see it in] benchtops and floors next year,” says Naughtin. Architects love how hardwearing this composite material is, plus the colour variation is amazing for hiding marks. It’s the real deal: pretty and practical.