Responding to a modern lifestyle shift, integrated kitchens will become a significant trend for 2020. Spurred by a desire among many households to combine informal socializing with food preparation, this trend brings living, dining and cooking spaces together in an open floorplan that focuses on the kitchen as the entertainment, social and dining hub of the home.
This design fosters more relaxed, personal interaction with family and guests while also making it easier to keep a watchful eye on younger children.
Going With The Flow
The integrated kitchen dynamic calls for a smooth flow between the central island and adjoining dining and living spaces. The layout, colors and materials will all serve to create a fluid transition, starting with the choice of flooring.
Expect a major emphasis on low-maintenance styles with striking looks that offer excellent stain-resistance, exceptional durability and premium comfort in a range of materials, like the expanding lines of waterproof hardwood, LVT and carpet.
Cooking In Style
The kitchen itself will be a sleek minimalist design with a luxurious touch. Contemporary cabinets will keep everything concealed yet close at hand for efficient food prep while maintaining a clean visual flow and avoiding clutter.
Much of the prep and serving will be done from an impressive center island with space for seating and lots of counter surface in a range of luxe materials. Fixtures and appliances will also reinforce the form and function, while cabinet, wall and floor colors will be carried through to connect the adjoining spaces.
Another essential part of this concept is the flexibility to meet changing seating and eating configuration needs, such as a game night, a large extended family dinner, a party and other situations.
Furniture choices will focus on comfort and mobility. It will also impact flooring selections where versatility and durability become as important as style.
The Kitchen Trend for 2020 Is Combining A Place to Prepare A Meal With A Place for Friends and Family to Gather | Photo by USFloors
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