outdoor kitchen trends 2020

Whether the climate has two or four seasons, interest in outdoor living has been on the rise. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) developed the 2020 State of the Industry Report to highlight the top outdoor kitchen trends in color, style, and design from all over the country. This article discusses some of the outdoor kitchen trends that we have been seeing this year in 2020 and provides speculation for what is next for 2021.

Travel Less, Invest More

More than half of the surveyed designers in the Report confirmed that an increasing number of their clients have been interested in revamping their backyards and outdoor living spaces. While the Report predates COVID-19, the pandemic travel restrictions have contributed to a rise in people investing in their outdoor areas, since they have been spending most of their time at home and outside. Undoubtedly, both the interest and the opportunity to invest in outdoor living has encouraged homeowners to overhaul their outdoor spaces to include outdoor kitchens and living areas.

Contemporary and Neutral

When designing outdoor cooking and living spaces, certain design elements are prioritized based on region. For instance, designers in the South and Northeast consider durability to be a priority, while style and design are the priority in the Midwest and West. In terms of style, traditional and transitional styles are in demand, while contemporary designs have been gaining further popularity across the board. Particularly, modular designs have gained popularity due to their modern and versatile design, as well as their simpler installation process. Consistent with the contemporary style, neutral colors, and muted hues are trending as finish options. Depending on the region, metallics, textures, and wood grain finishes are also popular.

Durability and Convenience

Nationally, stainless steel is the most popular material for outdoor kitchens. To enhance personal aesthetic and reduce maintenance, homeowners are taking advantage of colored powder coat finishes on their outdoor kitchen cabinets. There is also a growing trend towards creating a complete outdoor living experience, with outdoor conveniences like lounge seating, dining tables, and firepits. As far as design upgrades, they range from specialty appliances in the South and West to kegerators in the Midwest and low seating areas in the Northeast. Outdoor kitchen design upgrades add convenience as well as versatility to each patio, rooftop or backyard space, with the option to change weatherproof outdoor accessories – like rugs, pillows, and lighting – as trends change.

Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for Your Outdoor Kitchen?

From stainless steel to powder coat and contemporary designs, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens perfectly captures the color, style, and design trends that we have been seeing this year. As discussed, stainless steel is the most popular material, and our outdoor kitchen cabinets are manufactured with either 304 or 316 grade stainless steel. In addition, our standard stainless steel cabinets come in hundreds of sizes and many types (base, wall, appliance, etc.), giving you the freedom to incorporate a multitude of styles and designs in virtually any sized space.

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To accommodate the rising interest in modular designs, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers the ELEMENTS line, which is a collaboration between Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens and designer Daniel Germani. This line of modular cabinetry provides a modern aesthetic to any outdoor space, with its frameless design, nested drawers, and integrated handles. The outdoor kitchen design is also versatile and functional, featuring pass-through cabinets that offer access from both sides, as well as grill, refrigerator, and trash cabinets.

In line with the latest color trends, the Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens powder coat color palette offers neutrals, metallics, textures, and wood grain finishes that are all popular this year. As a bonus, the palette is designed to match or complement the modern aesthetic of Brown Jordan® outdoor furniture, allowing you to easily coordinate your entire outdoor living space, from your kitchen to your seating areas.

What’s Next for Outdoor Kitchen Trends in 2021?

We can surmise that many of the popular outdoor kitchen trends in 2020 will continue well into 2021. For example, people will most likely remain interested in investing in their outdoor living spaces. As contemporary designs have been steadily increasing in many areas of the country, we can speculate that this style will stay popular next year as well. In terms of color, nature-inspired hues (especially blue) are expected to join neutral hues as an up and coming trend over the next year.

The 2020 State of the Industry Report highlights the top outdoor kitchen trends both regionally and nationally. As homeowners continue to invest in their outdoor living spaces, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens is prepared to meet current and changing outdoor kitchen trends by offering versatility in color, style, and design in the years to come.

Stay up to date with outdoor kitchen trends by downloading our 2020 State of the Industry Report!

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