Today I wanted to share with you some trends that I see making headway in 2021 and some to avoid. Let’s start with what is going out of style so we can get to the fun stuff!
Since you only renovate a kitchen once every 15 years or so I think it’s important to know what is on its way out. You may really like some of these trends, and if you REALLY like it, then go for it, just know it will date your kitchen. Here are my three kitchen trends that are slowly fading away:
Now that we know what not to do in our kitchen’s this year, let’s look at what is trending!
I get that when you are renovating your kitchen you want to pick out finishes that you will like 15 years from now. I would suggest selecting a kitchen backsplash that you are in love with-no matter how bold or subtle it may be!
Today’s kitchens are moving towards using the countertop material as the backsplash. This creates a more high end, luxury look for your kitchen. Especially if you pick something like marble or a quartz countertop that looks like marble.
Another trend is backsplashes are taking the tile all the way up to the ceiling and not just stopping underneath the cabinets. I love this look. It makes the space feel more finished and high end and can be done without having to spend a lot of money!
The kitchen below is a perfect example of making a statement with backsplash! It’s from Iroc Design Co. out of DC and I LOVE it!
The belief that your home is your sanctuary and should be designed accordingly is 2021’s new motto. You don’t have to have the same kitchen as all your neighbors.
I think with the rise of social media, we were just copying what everyone else is doing. I know we’ve all learned that our homes really need to function for us and suit our taste, so if you want a sunny yellow kitchen then go for it!
How people store items in their kitchen ranges from just throw in the cabinet and pray the door stays shut all the way to doing a complete Home Edit! This need for storage is having some people rethink the fully open concept idea.
While it’s nice being able to interact with everyone, the open floor plan leads to less storage options. I’m not saying we’re going back to the tiny closed off kitchens of the 80’s but designing kitchens that are a little less open to the rest of the house lends itself to the opportunity for more storage solutions!
Open shelving in kitchens has been popular the last couple of years, but this trend is one to say goodbye to. People have stuff and they need somewhere to put their stuff! Very few people are neat enough to keep open shelves functional and looking good.
Thankfully, taking cabinets to the ceiling and creating smart storage solutions for pantry items and gadgets is where it’s at! I’m a big fan of this because I don’t want to see all my stuff out-it gives me anxiety!
In the kitchen I designed below, the homeowner hated corner cabinets so instead we added a bookshelf for her to store her cookbooks in!
Integrating your appliances in with your cabinetry creates a clean design aesthetic. They can also help a smaller kitchen feel larger. High end luxury brand appliances are all over this trend! You can read more about which high end appliances are worth the extra money HERE.
Smart appliances are also making headway in both luxury and affordable brands. You have ovens and dishwashers you can turn on with your smart phone now. Refrigerators will soon be able to suggest recipes based on what’s in your refrigerator! I’m personally waiting for the day when my appliances can just cook for me!
The all white kitchen isn’t going anywhere. It’s fresh, modern, and open. But as with all things in life, there’s always a yin to the yang. I am seeing a rise in using darker colors to create a more moody kitchen. Whether you are painting your cabinets black or incorporating some warmer wood tones, people are craving some depth in their kitchens.
This is probably my favorite trend out of all of them! People pay a lot of money to have their kitchens renovated and it really should be designed in a way that speaks to them and that they will still love 15-20 years from now.
One way to do this is by designing with products that last. The rise of fast furniture (Think Wayfair) has led to a throw away society. We want things that are inexpensive at the moment but in reality you often end up spending more because these things aren’t built to last long.
Making the investment in items like cabinetry and appliances will ensure your kitchen last a long time. Keeping the most expensive items, like cabinets, in neutral color like white, will allow you to update as trends change. It’s much easier to change out lighting and hardware than cabinets!
Kitchen trends will come and go so my best advice is to pick a design style that you love and go with that. If you keep the major elements timeless and have fun with things that are easy to change out-like lighting!