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Get Cooking! 30 Best Kitchen Design Ideas of 2020

Best Kitchen Design Ideas 2020 From Our Texas Projects & My Designer Friends Worldwide

As most of us in America are now “sheltering in place”, I wanted to share a few inspirational kitchen ideas with you. From modern kitchens to Texas traditional, you’ll find some of our favorite kitchen design ideas in the photos below.

Kitchen Design Questions Answered Plus Over 30 Amazing Kitchen Design Ideas 2020

1. Buttery yellow kitchen walls with blue & white accessories.

Just in case you missed my post 15 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes Most Homeowners Make, read about my personal kitchen design ideas journey and why I chose a yellow kitchen with blue & white traditional accents. Yellow walls are the bomb dot com when it comes to an automatic good mood for me every morning.

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2. Change your tumbled stone or beige backsplash to modern hues of gray.

Complimented with a black stained walnut island, the cream glazed kitchen cabinets are typically paired with tumbled marble aka tumbled stone. When our California clients moved to Dallas TX we wanted them to feel right at home here in Texas. With a punch of kelly green velvet on the barstools, we kept resale in mind, all while doing my favorite – bringing the outdoors in! The gray tile immediately modernized the glazed cabinets.

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3. Use Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades for privacy.

Keeping things simple and neutral works for almost any size kitchen, especially when your kitchen windows peer into your neighbor’s living room. When window treatment fabrics can be a distraction, instead of adding too many different colors, add textures – use sheer like materials such as Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades.

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4. Add a nice fruit bowl filled with fresh fruits.

The smaller your kitchen footprint, the more monotone the kitchen design ideas are typically what works best. Adding color on the walls, a different color for the cabinetry, and a different fabric color for the window treatments can be a visual nightmare. Color is often best added with a nice fruit bowl filled with fresh fruits.

Add a nice runner at the sink area. Adding a pattern or color on the backsplash is always a good idea if resale is not a concern.

In this Del Webb retirement resident’s kitchen, we added simple accessories for pops of color with accessories our client already owned. You too may have home decor that can be shifted around.

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5. Give the kitchen height with window treatments & accessories.

If your kitchen sink window has a foot or more above it, adding a window treatment as high as the crown moulding is always a good idea! A nice faux roman shade is a great place to use more expensive printed designer fabrics. The Roman shade can also hide the Hunter Douglas Silhouette shade header so that the shade completely disappears for a fully transparent window.

Add accessories above the kitchen cabinets only when you’ve got a lot of space above the kitchen cabinets.

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Use an artistic fruit bowl filled with fresh oranges on the kitchen island. | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020

6. How to determine the right size bar stools for a kitchen counter or island?

There’s nothing worse than ordering the wrong sized barstools for a kitchen island or counter area. Typically there are two different sizes of barstools. More often than not, I find that people do not order the correct sized barstools for their bars or counters.

While every kitchen is different, every counter thickness and every barstool is different, a good rule of thumb for getting the correct sized barstool is semi-easy.

If your countertops are sink height, you will need counter height bar stools. If your counter height is comfortable for standing as if you are at a bar, you will need bar height stools.

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7. Order paneled appliances to match your cabinetry.

I’ll use this kitchen as an example for my paneled appliances recommendation but please note: put on your imagination cap. Okay now that your imagination cap is on – look at the kitchen fridge, imagine if it were stainless like the oven. The kitchen would feel weighty and heavy vs. the fridge blending in.

Another consideration to take if you’re designing an all-white kitchen is to simply order all white appliances. If the client’s budget had been no option, and if it had been on the market at the time, I may have recommended a white Kitchen Aid dual oven, a white microwave and I would have taken the backsplash above the cabinetry on both sides of the kitchen cabinetry to give the kitchen a sense of more height.

If cabinets had been replaced, I may have also considered ordering taller cabinets with glass doors at the top.

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8. Take your kitchen cabinets & window treatments as high as possible to increase visual space.

Like I was saying in #7, I highly recommend taking your kitchen cabinets to the ceiling with nice fat crown moulding to cap them off.

As for your window treatments, hang them just below the moulding to create the maximum visual height for the room.

Fortunately, my interior design clients in Dallas TX receive the best of both custom window treatments and custom kitchen cabinets. We make both custom window treatments and custom cabinets locally.

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9. Use glass kitchen cabinet doors with lighting to create height.

As I was saying in #7, this is a great example of using transparent glass with lighting.

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10. 50 Shades of Gray & Grey | Monochromatic Kitchen Design Ideas

Using various shades of gray (or grey) hues in flooring tiles, kitchen cabinets painted gray with a deep gray glaze, monotone gray fabric window treatments, sleek gray stainless steel appliances, a gray marble backsplash, and gray painted walls is a beautiful kitchen design idea!

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11. Dual-tone or monochromatic custom kitchen cabinets.

Many times my interior design clients want more kitchen cabinets than builders built! Exact matching cabinet tones or styles not often possible. In this case, we could use a large-scaled dining hutch, but the function may not work for the homeowner. I bet you can’t guess what’s behind those dark double doors? If you guessed a television in the kitchen – you’re right! The husband wanted a television in the kitchen.

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12. What to do with stained kitchen cabinets? What paint to use on kitchen cabinets? Who to hire to paint over stained cabinets?

Many times homeowners ask me if we can or should paint their stained kitchen cabinets. Personally, I prefer lots of light and color, yet stained cabinets have their place in the right home for the right people. It really depends on the feeling and mood that each of our interior design clients wants to feel in their homes. As an interior designer, we often paint cabinetry but it’s an investment. The budget is a major factor.

Finding the right product for your kitchen cabinets is CRITICAL! If the proper prepping methods are not completed, and if the proper materials are not used, you could wake to a nightmare of peeling paint. If you’ve ever dealt with peeling paint, you know one scratch will lead to another.

I highly advise that you hire a professional home remodeler, kitchen cabinet painter or cabinet refinisher to analyze the exact finish on your cabinets. Have each prepare quotes for painting over the stained kitchen cabinets. Compare the quotes. Ask questions on any discrepancies.

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13. Paint lower kitchen cabinets with a contrasting color.

In small kitchen designs, often clients want to paint their islands or counter areas in a completely different color. Here’s a great example of how to paint an L-shaped island and lower cabinets a contrasting color.

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14. Shape kitchen islands to fit your kitchen floor plan.

My friend Susan designed this kitchen for her client. Instead of using the same L-shaped counters and boxy island, she completely reshaped an island and the main counter surface to fit her interior design client’s personal taste.

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15. How to use multiple counter surfaces in one kitchen? How to determine where to use wood & marble kitchen countertops?

Using multiple types of counter surfaces looks awesome and helps visually divide certain areas. Functional use should be the first concern when defining which type of counter surfacing should be used when considering kitchen counter ideas.

Do not use wood in areas near the sink or where lots of water could be. Do not use wood over dishwashers. Dishwashers heat and produce steam which can warp the wood. Wood should be used in the areas where you’ll eat or in beverage center areas.

Use marble, granite, and other hard surfaces near sinks, ovens, or ranges. Think about it! If you need to set down a hot pot quickly, make sure your kitchen counter surface can withstand the heat! Otherwise, get it out of the kitchen! {Or at least the main part of the kitchen :)}

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16. Add beautiful plumbing details such as a farmhouse sink or designer faucet.

I love beautiful plumbing products! Farmhouse sinks and gorgeous faucets are among my favorites.

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17. How to paint kitchen cabinets? What color to paint kitchen cabinets?

Okay! Now, if you like me, you love color! While many regions in America are stuck staying at home, color is critical for the mindset.  Paint your kitchen cabinets! If you missing my recommendations on ‘how to paint your kitchen cabinets’ go back up to #12.

Below are several ideas of well balanced and beautifully painted kitchen cabinets…comment below to let me know which color you like the best.

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18. Monochromatic kitchen backsplash detail.

If you can’t go all out with a monochromatic kitchen backsplash, you may want to do a small inset shelf or picture frame a contrasting monochromatic or color kitchen backsplash.

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19. Full monochromatic kitchen backsplash wallcovering & mix old furnishings with modern kitchens.

When clients are willing and budgets allow, I recommend patterns for tile backsplashes to create depth and magnify space.

Incorporating antiques can easily be incorporated as islands and contrasting cabinetry.

Monochromatic Kitchen Backsplash With Wooden Stained Island | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020Monochromatic Kitchen Backsplash With Wooden Stained Island | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020

20. How to incorporate & balance different hues into one kitchen?

While I said earlier that I normally don’t recommend painting walls contrasting colors, I normally don’t recommend it UNLESS it’s possible to BALANCE the colors. Notice how the teal barstools, vases, and home decor accessories balance the teal blue wall color. The black and chrome light fixtures and painted gray hood vent cabinetry balance the stainless steel accessories.

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21. How to contrast your kitchen ceiling to give height?

Ceilings are often the forgotten fifth walls! One of my favorite things to include in a client’s interior design plan is a contrasting ceiling especially in luxury homes here in Dallas. Whether you’re considering a complete home remodeling project or a kitchen redesign or building a new home, think about your ceilings.

Adding ceiling mouldings, details, and paint is critical to draw the eye up which creates visual volume.

 

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22. Where to use glass kitchen cabinet doors?

There are so many times our Dallas TX interior design clients ask us if they should change out kitchen cabinet doors from solid panel to glass. I highly recommend glass in the kitchen to open the space. My only caution is: Your glasses, plates, and items in the cabinets need to be color coordinated and neatly organized.

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23. Wood flooring or tile in a kitchen?

Many clients ask if wood flooring is okay for kitchens. The short answer is yes! The long answer is there are new tile options that look like wood that are much more durable long term. Tile withstands water and high traffic areas without having to be refinished. Marble is so durable it’s used in hotel lobbies – enough said?

White & Gold Vintage Kitchen With Vintage Range Herringbone Floors | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020

White & Gold Vintage Kitchen With Vintage Range Herringbone Floors | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020

24. Open shelves & white subway tile – an affordable kitchen backsplash option.

Most of the projects we work on here in Dallas TX and other regions like Miami FL for clients are often defined as luxury homes, there are many luxury options that we create on a budget. One of the most affordable kitchen backsplash solutions is a generic white subway tile. if budgets don’t allow for additional custom kitchen cabinetry, shelves and brackets can suffice for both function and aesthetics.

Blue Kitchen Cabinets & White Subway Tile Backsplash | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020Blue Kitchen Cabinets & White Subway Tile Backsplash | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020

25. Why does my interior designer need a kitchen remodeling budget from me?

Balancing budgets is a BIG part of an interior designer’s objective for clients. If you’ve worked with an interior designer, you’ll often notice that budget is our first question for good reason. Some people get annoyed because they don’t know or understand what a good kitchen design, kitchen remodel or a home remodeling project will cost. That is understandable. It’s the job of the best interior designers in Dallas TX and your region to give you projections and estimates. I’ll use the kitchen below to explain why budgets are so critical.

26. Focal shiplap wall with custom black cabinetry.

In this kitchen, the interior designer used almost all paneled appliances. There went $5,000 Subzero 700TR (Tall Refridgerator). Then the client cooks daily and wanted the $7,500 range. They needed peace and quiet for the dishwasher so the $1200 Bosch (maybe $850 on sale for an earlier model) is the only super quiet option that could be paneled. Bam $15,000 already spent before any design really begins! This does NOT include the custom panels required to cover these appliances.

Needless to say, budgets are critical and things like shiplap walls are affordable kitchen remodeling solutions when budgets are tight. It did not make sense budget-wise for the interior designer to take the marble backsplash up the sink wall. Notice it stops at approximately 18″ high.

Black Kitchen Cabinets & Shiplap Focal Wall | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020Black Kitchen Cabinets & Shiplap Focal Wall | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020

27. How to mix antiques in a modern kitchen design?

Mixing antiques into a simple modern kitchen design can be easy. Balance is your best friend. Imagine if this Tibetan patterned rug was replaced with a modern rug. It would be too much modern to go with the oak stained island and copper Moscow mule mugs (we call them “Dallas Mules” here in Dallas TX). Simplicity and balance in this kitchen design are fabulous.

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28. Should you select black window frames?

If you’re working on a new home building project, black window frames are a heavy consideration among millennials. Black frames provide a very industrial look that works as organic window treatments as they frame the outdoors nicely.

Caution: Black window frames are not recommended if you want inset window treatments such as blinds or shades as most often the headers are white. White headers will need to be covered with a soft roman shade or cornice which can impede the visual appearance most homeowners are trying to achieve with black window frames. Keep in mind black window frames typically need to be installed throughout the house or considered when you’re custom ordering windows for your new home.

Navy Kitchen Cabinets & Wolf Range With Red Knobs, Black Window Frames | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020Navy Kitchen Cabinets & Wolf Range With Red Knobs, Black Window Frames | Kitchen Design Ideas 2020

29. How to incorporate antique light fixtures with modern lights?

For those of you who know me well….you know I LOVE ANTIQUES! I can rarely pass by an antique store without popping in. Yes, the antique stores being closed are reducing my thrifting therapy time.

Here is a great example of how to incorporate antique or antique-like light fixtures with modern light fixtures. The beautiful art deco globe fixture pairs nicely with the modern black shade wall mount fixtures above the kitchen sink.

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30. Can you mix plumbing, cabinet, & light fixture finishes in kitchen design? Can I mix floor patterns with marble veins?

The short answer is YES with our friend Ms. Balance in tow. Notice how the marble backsplash in this kitchen design coordinates nicely without competing with the patterned floor. Kitchen sink plumbing is often hard to find in gold but more recently colors like rose gold are available. Yes, you can mix varied tones of gold, rose gold, and matte gold.

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I think that was a lot more than 30 Kitchen Design Ideas 2020 but who’s counting? Did you find any good kitchen design ideas that you hadn’t previously thought about?

If so, please comment below and let me know. Find more interior design & kitchen design ideas on my Pinterest boards. 

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