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  • Writer's pictureErin Hackett

2021 Kitchen Trends (and Where They'll Go From Here)

Kitchens are such a huge investment, and are likely some of the costliest renovations you'll ever make in your home. However, they're also one of the best places to get creative with your design! Kitchens tend to be one of those spaces where design trends are born, and these incredibly impactful spaces largely set the tone for the rest of your home. Because of this, I always put a little bit more attention-to-detail into a kitchen to make sure that the hard finishes we select are going to achieve a nice balance of creative style paired with the ability to stand the test of time.

I am at the conception and ideation phase of designing the kitchen in my own home. This phase can sometimes be both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. It's exciting because at this stage, all things are possible! Since this is a personal project, the possibilities are even more endless because I'm not being guided in a certain direction by a client. But it's also more nerve-racking, because there are so many gorgeous kitchen trends out there today that I am bursting at the seems to do all of them! I also want to use this opportunity to stretch my own creativity, so I'm looking at a lot of inspiration pics to see if I can come up with something that feels fresh.

In this post, I'm going to walk you through the most prominent kitchen design trends right now, some trends I think are on their way out, and where we might be going from here. Let's get started!

Current Kitchen Design Trends (April 2021)

These trends are the most fresh and current right now.

1. First up, the stone slab backsplash with a shelf. This look is everywhere and I LOVE it. Here are a few of my favorites:

Design: Lisa Staton Design | Photography: Aaron Leitz

Design: Jake Arnold | Photography: Michael Clifford

Design: Athena Calderone | Photography: Nicole Franzen

2. This trend couples nicely with the use of statement marbles and vibrant stone countertops (also pictured above). It can be done in a modern, transitional, or traditional style and is absolutely beautiful.

3. In general, kitchens are also getting warmer. What do I mean by that? We're seeing a lot of warm wood cabinets and terracotta-colored floor tiles.

Design: Jennifer Robin Interiors | Photography: John Merkl

Design: Studio Ezra

What's Next for Kitchens? 2021 and Beyond!

Predicting (or creating) the next design trend can be tough. In my experience, design trends are born when design problems are being solved. Therefore, they're far less likely to be materialized out of thin air and are more likely to be the result of needing to find a creative solution to a perceived problem.

Here are a few budding trends I am seeing that I think have legs and will become more mainstream as the year goes on.

1. Using old antique tables as kitchen islands is a great way to mix in the old and the new, which is a trend that's just getting started (and goes far beyond the kitchen).

Design: Amber Interiors | Photography: Tessa Neustadt

2. Arch details are certainly not new to the design and architecture scene, but I'm loving the fresh, creative ways they're being used.

Design: Casework

Design: Amber Interiors | Photography: Tessa Neustadt

Whether as a way to frame your open shelving or as a detail on built-in cabinetry, the arch adds just the right amount of softness and feels so fresh in kitchens right now.

Trends That Are On Their Way Out

When it comes to trends that are on their way out, these are styles that are starting to feel like they are a little bit past their prime. This does NOT mean they aren't still beautiful, it just means we're probably past the point of putting them in a new kitchen. However, I am hesitant to ever say ANY trend is on its way out because I think there is always a way to make something new out of something old. Regardless, I find myself moving away from the following...

1. Overly saturated and/or overly glossy kitchen cabinets -- Don't get me wrong, color is great on cabinets! But the overly-saturated, high-gloss hues don't speak to the cozy, refined vibe that is pulling ahead.

Source: Pinterest

2. Although I love a white kitchen, an aggressively-white white kitchen is also feeling a bit cold these days. Kitchens today are about detail, texture and (as we talked about above) warmth.

Source: Pinterest

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What do you think about these design trends? Do you agree? I would love to hear your opinions in the comments!

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