This Trending Now story features the most-saved kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz since Jan. 1, 2020.
The most popular kitchens of 2020 span a range of traditional, contemporary and rustic styles. But one thing among them is clear: Clever storage solutions and functional layouts offer universal appeal. See which details in this countdown you’d like to bring home.
For this Texas kitchen, the owners requested a chic black-and-white color palette from designer Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs. She delivered with a well-edited mix of black accents — faucet, pendants and cabinet hardware — that provide sharp contrast in the otherwise mostly white kitchen.
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The end of an island can often go overlooked, but Amanda Heys of Locati Architects capitalized on the area in this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, kitchen by adding built-in dry-storage bins.
“It was a great usable space to put dry goods such as pasta and beans that added some color to the space and also stored them in a visible location,” says Heys, who used Houzz ideabooks to coordinate design details with her clients.
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Designer Sarah Dane-Brown says her Connecticut clients wanted an updated transitional New England-style kitchen with details “harkening back to times when artisans were always involved in construction.”
To create that artisanal vibe, she added a pressed-tin ceiling, a classic marble tile backsplash and a custom island with built-in cookbook storage.
Designer Rebekah Zaveloff of KitchenLab Interiors didn’t want to use a typical island consisting of a block of cabinets topped with a counter for this kitchen remodel in Oak Park, Illinois.
Instead, she designed one with legs on the seating side and varied massing to create more of a custom furniture look. The island countertop is Sapphire Pearl quartzite with a built-up mitered edge to give it a thicker appearance. This makes it stand out from the perimeter counters and adds to the custom look of the island.
The homeowners requested a fresh white-and-wood palette for their Minnesota kitchen remodel by Claire Teunissen of Studio M Kitchen & Bath. Teunissen rebuilt the island with enclosed walnut panels to give it a more substantial look. Quartz countertops and new glass-and-brass pendants add gleam.
The custom hood, edged in walnut, connects to the island and emphasizes the stylish white-and-wood scheme.
For his own kitchen remodel in Laguna Niguel, California, designer Nate Fischer mixed materials and clever finds. The perimeter countertops are a dark gray soapstone with cut grooves that drain toward the sink. The island has a marble countertop with a waterfall edge. The sloped ceiling is covered in custom millwork. And to add a dash of color, Fischer sourced an antique Russian pendant light in pastel mint.
The oversize island featuring a walnut base and marble countertop takes center stage in this Weston, Connecticut, kitchen by TC Designs and Christine Donner Kitchen Design. The large island allows for seating on three sides, providing an ideal setting for conversation.
The perimeter cabinets are paint-grade maple covered in a soothing warm gray (Worsted by Farrow & Ball).
Designer Stephanie Flemming of Honson + Flemming Interiors added 30 continuous feet of cabinets on the back wall to drastically increase storage in this Chicago kitchen. The upper cabinets are painted in Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore and feature glass-front doors on top to the keep the wall from feeling too heavy.
The back wall also includes a marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern and a custom metal range hood.
The team at Studio Dearborn inset a range hood into the ceiling of this Westchester County, New York, kitchen to create an unobstructed view of the leafy backyard out the black casement windows.
Other highlights of the space include custom maple cabinets painted a warm gray-beige (Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore) and a tubular frosted glass-and-metal industrial-style light fixture over the island.