Each New Year is a chance for us to start over reinvigorated and take on the future with enthusiasm. In the past year, many of us have learned our homes no longer functioned for us, and as a result the number of home renovation projects rise steeply! 2021 is going to be a big year for restorations to make our homes as comfy and accessible as possible. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, we decided to start there! Take a look at some of these unbelievable trends that we think are going to be big this year!
Colorful Kitchen Islands
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We’re seeing much more flamboyant kitchens that are moving away from feeling like sterile restaurant prep spots, to more of a continuance of the rest of the home. Kitchens are rife with color opportunities, from appliances and flooring, to window treatments and cabinets and of course the ever important kitchen island.
Dark Moody Kitchens
Often unnoticed as purely an ‘accent’ color, black walls, cabinetry and work surfaces are having something of a moment. Black becomes liveable, luxe and inviting, when adding in textured woods for a rustic, homely attraction.
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According to the 2021 NKBA trend report, motion-control and hands-free faucets, as well as touch-tap faucets, will be more widespread than a old-fashioned lever kitchen faucet. The no-touch process from start to finish, translates into fewer germs being transported onto surfaces in the end, which is always a good thing but in current times, more important than ever.
Kitchen design is veering away from concealed ventilation and turning to the range hood as a decorative focal point. There are a few ways to make your range hood a design marvel, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be ornate to stand out.
Larders Can Double as Work Spaces
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The trend for Larders continues to be a key design choice due to its reasonableness. For those with less significant kitchens, the need for clever storage in this space is crucial in terms of utilizing every inch you have. In bigger, minimalist kitchens, clever storage allows for clutter to be easily tidied away.
Out of fashion for a while, wood is now relishing a bit of a revival. We have recently seen a rise in walnut cabinetry. It’s rich, dark color, fine grain and natural warmth are prized by makers for its feeling of instant luxury.
We’ve articulated about lighting a few times on our blog, and the trends this year just strengthen how important lighting is to make a kitchen not only beautiful but functional! It not only provides essential functions such as lighting the counter while you are cooking or eating, but it also sets the mood of the space.
Many of us are becoming much more aware of our carbon footprint, meaning that we are looking for ways to give back to the planet and reduce waste. One of the biggest trends we are seeing in 2021 is the move towards more eco-friendly and energy efficient materials.
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Backsplashes are a great way to announce some character into your kitchen! colored stone that seamlessly transitions from the backsplash to the countertop. There are a slew of artful backsplash ideas you can pick from to design a unique statement feature.
(image via washingtonpost.com. Kitchen by Zoe Feldman Design)
If you’re in view of an updated look for your kitchen this year, mixed metals are one trend you might want to try. Mixing metals has been a noticeable design trend in recent years and experts say there’s no indication this will change. While mixing metals can help create a stunning historical feel, there are absolutely ways that you can make mixing metals feel contemporary and fresh! Utilizing metals that compliment cabinet colors or countertop colors can create a beautiful focal point or even make the hardware blend in making knobs and handles virtually disappear. For instance, bronze or gold hardware on dark backgrounds will make them stand out and become a design focal point, whereas silver on white can blend in. By using a warmer tone on some elements then silver or nickel on others you can use appliances finishes to tie everything together intellectually and visually!