2020 is the year of creating functional decor where aesthetics, comfort, and technology combine to create an efficient and relaxing set up in a home interior. The kitchen is usually one of the most remodeled areas of a home and it is usually the most expensive renovation project as well.
If you want to stay at the top of your game as an interior designer or kitchen and bath remodeler, it is important to stay updated with the latest kitchen design trends to satisfy your customers with the best services.
So, to help you with this, we have compiled a quick list of modern kitchen trends for 2020. Have a look:
Best Modern Kitchen Design Trends for 2020
1. Dark and Dramatic Colors in the Kitchen
Remodeling a kitchen comes with a lot of opportunities to play with colors ranging from flooring, cabinets, window treatment, and appliances. Although white and other neutral colors always look classic in any kitchen style, this year designers are experimenting with dark paint colors or wood stain colors. The popularity of all-white kitchens is slowly declining and dark-jewel tones like black, green, plum, emerald, and navy are making their way in.
2. Contrasting Countertops and Cabinets
To add a level of warmth and sophistication in the kitchen, remodelers are using contrasting materials for cabinets and countertops. It is a great approach to add an interesting twist to the kitchen’s personality and change the entire feel of the room. Dark granite countertops with white oak cabinets, white countertops with dark colors, or black countertops with neutral colors are becoming one of the hottest trends of 2020.
3. Statement Taps & Sinks
Sinks are not just used for washing dishes now. They serve as multipurpose workstations with drying racks and cutting boards etc. So, in order to meet the client’s demand for a sink that is not only functional but also provides a definitive style statement, companies are coming up with a wide range of taps, faucets, and sink designs. Brass, gold, and matte black faucets are trending these days. Clients are greatly inclined towards mixing rose gold, matte gold, and bright brass statement faucets with the rest of the kitchen appliances.
4. No Upper Cabinets and Open Shelves
As kitchen designs are moving towards keeping the space as clean as possible with the “less is more” formula”, the trend of removing upper cabinets is gaining speed from the past couple of years. Designers and remodelers are responding to their client’s wishes of achieving openness in the kitchen by getting rid of the upper cabinets and using open shelves instead. Open shelving keeps everything in sight and also looks pretty decent while making the entire space look bigger.
5. Return of Kitchen Larders
Modern larders are becoming one of the highly desired features of kitchens in 2020. They have transformed into a pantry or standalone cupboard and are large enough to house the majority of your dry goods. Larders free up the entire wall area in the kitchen that can either be kept free or be used for displaying beautiful artwork creating a relaxed kitchen environment in open plan living areas.
These are some of the most popular kitchen trends of 2020. If you are looking to become a better kitchen designer check out our webinar replay on training for the kitchen designer. Jan Rutgers of Vestabul School of Design discussed her courses on making you a professional kitchen designer. If you want to speak with one of our marketing experts contact us to get your questions answered or schedule a strategy session to learn how we can be of assistance to help your business grow.
5 Questions Asked by Prospects Before Hiring a Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Company
A kitchen or bathroom remodel is a major renovation project for many home owners. Often times this is one of the biggest expenses they make when renovating their home. Home owners do not want their kitchen or bathroom to end up becoming a nightmare instead of a dream come true.
With that in mind, they take time to consider the company that will be breaking, restructuring, and redesigning their kitchen or bath. Many home owners conduct thorough research to find interior designers and kitchen and bath remodeling companies to interview for their project. Usually this research turns into three to five companies they would like to work with and some questions they would like answered to narrow their decision.
We've done marketing in this industry for over a decade and below are five questions we hear prospects ask kitchen and bath remodeling companies over and over again.
Top 5 Questions Prospects Ask Before Hiring a Kitchen and Bath Remodeler
1. Can you provide some samples, past projects you have completed, and provide client references?
This is the best way to gauge someone’s work and capability. By looking at the remodeling projects that they have undertaken in the past, prospects develop a clear idea about the companies expertise and skills. As the interior designer or remodeling company you need to be prepared to have projects that best showcase your work and also relate to the type of project the prospect is looking to develop.
2. Do you have a license and required insurance?
Most prospects are only satisfied with a remodeling company or interior designer if the answer to this question is yes. A true professional will always have a copy of these documents readily available for the prospect’s satisfaction.
3. What is your estimated bid and time frame for the completion of the project?
It is a crucial question many prospects have and especially pertinent for their given project. Based on your requirements, design process, and overall project details, you should provide an estimated time frame for the completion of the project along with a price quotation for the job. The more clear and detailed you are here the more comfortable the prospect will feel about selecting your company.
4. What are the fixtures/materials you will use and where will you be purchasing them?
Prospects want to know about your suppliers so they can have a clear idea about the quality of the materials that will be used on their project. Many prospects have heard horror stories about substandard materials being used on projects in order to meet the project budget at the cost of quality and durability. As the designer/kitchen and bath remodeler you must ensure that the prospects understand you will not sacrifice quality.
5. What type of contract will they be signing with your company?
A remodeling deal cannot just be done through a simple handshake. You need to have a legally binding contract to ensure the quality and timely completion of the job. Regardless of the friendly nature and cordial relation with the prospect, you need to have a signed legal contract with every detail mentioned explicitly in the document.
These are the five questions we hear over and over again, and as an interior designer and kitchen and bath remodeling company you need to be prepared to answer these questions to the best of your ability to put the prospects mind at ease. For more information get in touch with one of our professionals to help you prepare for a prospect meeting or schedule a strategy session to see how we can best be of assistance.