4 Ways to Adapt Your Kitchen to 2020’s ‘New Norm’

In 2020 our kitchens have seen more use than ever, whether that’s more cooked meals to pass the time or doubling up as a home office. As things continue to change amidst the current ‘new norm’, it’s expected that our attitude towards kitchen interior design will be forever changed with more emphasis on hygiene, flexibility and storage.
Dawn Bridwell, November 2020

As winter approaches many people may choose to socialize in their homes rather than heading out. This means the kitchen will become the epicenter of social gatherings, with more focus on open-plan designs that allow a seamless interaction between cooking and living spaces.

One concept that’s becoming a popular feature is the kitchen island. Ideal for compact modern homes, they offer a practical solution for additional storage and surface space, as well as a seated area for socializing. Whether it’s a coffee morning with friends, larger family get togethers or a socially distanced Zoom quiz, having an area in your kitchen that allows for everyone to socialize without impacting functionality is key to the future of kitchen design.

Invest in ultra-clean worktops

As a place where we prepare, cook and eat our food, people are now seeking out ultra-hygienic materials to bolster the cleanliness of their kitchens.

With the kitchen being the workhorse of your home, paying special attention to your countertops and counter back splashes will set the right foundations to a cleaner home all around. There are many new countertop materials that offer a timelessly stylish, durable and sustainable solution, but also a hard-wearing and easy clean surface to match.

Add super-sized storage

Storage is a common issue for many modern homes and there seems to be a significant shift to bigger storage requirements in kitchens. Of course, not everyone has the space for a dedicated food storage room, but tall, floor-to-ceiling pull out cupboards with integrated shelves and racks off the ideal alternative. Optimizing a previously unutilized space, these types of super sized storage units are set to be a mainstay, providing a savvy storage solutions even in compact kitchens. These concealed units aren’t just for dry foods either, they can also be the perfect way to achieve a clutter-free kitchen design that’s a breeze to keep clean.

Create multi-functional zones

The modern kitchen doesn’t just need to be for cooking and socializing. In the current climate, they’ll provide a hub for multiple activities – from working from home to relaxation. This means it’s essential that kitchens can be versatile and ready to adapt to different activities throughout the day

This is where features like the kitchen island offer numerous benefits that can quickly be transformed from a practical dining area into a streamlined at-home workspace. However, with the possibility of more people in the house at one time, the need to carve out a healthy work-life balance means your kitchen could also benefit from a dedicated relaxation zone.

The key here is to make this area still feel like part of the kitchen, yet distinctly separate. This is where choosing the right furniture style, size and design is essential. From oversized armchairs for a cozy reading nook to comfy sofas all the family can lounge on, pick pieces that complement the overall aesthetic and color scheme to create a unified look, but play aroung with softer textures and layering to give this space a more homely, serene feel.

When it comes to kitchen design amidst the current new norm, the key is to put emphasis on functionality to ensure you have a clean and flexible space that works for you both now and in the future.