5 of the best kitchen ideas we've seen in 2020

These kitchen ideas are pretty much the only good thing to come out of 2020...

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Well, these kitchen ideas are about the only good thing to come out of 2020, bar David Attenborough getting Instagram. This year might have been a shocker in so many ways, but the world of interiors has gone on, and some really gorgeous trends and looks have come out of it – some even as a direct reflection of the... unprecedented times. 

So we have rounded up five kitchen ideas for 2020 that we are going to be taking with us into next year (everything else can stay firmly put thank you). They are all inspiring and uplifting, and if you are thinking of a kitchen redesign, or even just a little revamp, let these looks get you feeling excited!

For more kitchen ideas make sure you head over to our full feature too. 

1. Two-toned kitchens 

Say goodbye to stark white kitchens! Color is definitely creeping in (again) in 2020 and looks like it's going nowhere for 2021. And not just one color, oh no, we've been seeing a huge trend in painting kitchen cabinets in two different colors. A frequent iteration of the look includes using a darker color for the lower cabinets and a lighter shade for shelves and cabinets that sit higher up. Think creamy, neutral-colored cabinets above and a darker, dramatic color for the lower cabinets.

2. Cottagecore kitchens

dutch farmhouse country kitchen floor tiles

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So what exactly is cottagecore? In short, cottagecore is an aesthetic that started life on social media. It's all very wholesome, pastoral and based around rural life. It's definitely a result of us all spending more time at home this year and wanted to be out in nature more. 

When it comes to kitchens, cottagecore is basically just like a country kitchen – a bit cluttered, full of cute china in French dressers, neutral creamy colors and jars of foliage on every surface. For more country kitchen ideas check out our gallery.

3. Concealed kitchens 

Sure, we have probably all already had the ingenious idea to disguise a pantry behind an integrated cabinet door or integrate your fridge into a kitchen unit, but have you considered concealing your entire kitchen?  Yep, that’s been a huge trend in 2020, quite the opposite of the whole cottagecore aesthetic.

With living spaces getting smaller and storage getting smarter, clean, minimalist kitchens are getting increasingly popular. Items that once cluttered worktops – kettles, plug sockets, knife blocks, even taps and sinks – can now disappear into flush cabinets and uninterrupted surfaces to make the most of all space available. Nifty no?

4. DIY kitchens

Boho style kitchen and dining area with white painted floorboards

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Definitely another 2020 kitchen idea that has come about because we have all been at home a lot more. DIY projects went through the roof earlier this year, we couldn't go on Instagram without seeing someone before and after of a kitchen they transformed using just paint. 

DIY kitchen makeovers are great if you are on a budget and can totally transform the look of your kitchen – just check out our guide to painting kitchen cupboards and DIY kitchen cabinet ideas

5.  Natural wood kitchens 

A beautiful handmade kitchen as seen on @granddesignstv 📸 Kettle Co. Kitchens

A photo posted by @kettlecokitchens on Jul 6, 2018 at 12:43am PDT

Oooh, how warm and inviting does this kitchen look? Wooden, unfinished cabinets have been a clear trend towards the end of this year. Again, it's for sure something to do with us all having turned into nature loving, sourdough baking versions of our former selves. We can't all take ourselves off to live in a wooden cabin in the wilderness but we can make our kitchens feel like we have.

If love this look and don't want to totally start from scratch in your kitchen, you could just replace the doors with unfinished wooden ones. Just be sure to give them a varnish. 

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Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.