Of all the rooms in your house, the kitchen is always one of the most used. Now more than ever before, our kitchens are being used for more than just meal preparation. Acting as part home office, part classroom and part whatever else it needs to be, the kitchen really is the heart of the home. As the use of our kitchens changed this past year, so did the trends. Here are the top kitchen trends for 2021.
1. Green with Envy
Want your kitchen to be the envy of your neighbourhood? Then it’s time to go green. Designers have been slowly incorporating green for a couple of years but in 2021, green is the kitchen colour of the year. From cabinets to wall colour, to accessories, green is in. When it comes to your colour pallet, keep things close to nature. Think deep pine and light moss mixed with wooden accents. Try adding flora and fauna prints to keep things naturally beautiful in your kitchen.
2. Add Some Drama
If you’re looking to add a little drama to your otherwise plain kitchen, consider going dark. In addition to green, darker colours like purple, black and maroon will become more common in kitchens in 2021. If you don’t want to commit to a full redesign, try repainting just your lower cabinets or updating your countertops with a darker hue. Adding darker colours to a light coloured space can actually make it seem bigger. This is because the contrast tricks our eyes into thinking there’s more space. Add a little drama to your kitchen with this trend in 2021.
3. Show It Off
Over the past few years there’s been much debate over the practicality of open shelves in kitchens. While they can look great to display your finer pieces, they aren’t always the most practical, especially when you’re short on storage to begin with. That’s where stand-alone hutches and pantries come into play. These freestanding pieces of furniture are great because they can give you more storage while also displaying some of your favourite pieces. As a bonus, they’re a cheaper alternative to built-ins. Try repurposing an old hutch to give an eclectic look to your kitchen.
4. Calling All Cabinets
For some homeowners, more storage is their top priority. While the addition of a hutch is a good place to start, some want all the storage they can get. This year we will see more homes installing cabinets floor to ceiling and wall to wall, maximizing every inch for storage. In addition, seamless cabinets are also trending in 2021. To learn more about trends just for cabinets, read this article.
5. Focus on Countertops
Unless you’re doing a full kitchen renovation, countertops are often overlooked as a project on their own. If you’re happy with the rest of your kitchen, consider updating your countertops to give them a refresh for 2021. There are many countertop trends to choose from, as discussed in this article. Updating just your countertops is surprisingly affordable, depending on the material you choose. It’s also a smaller project that makes a big impact if you’re looking to make a change.
What do you think of these kitchen trends for 2021? Do any of them inspire you to update your kitchen? Whether you’re a fan of keeping up with trends or just want some practical improvements, you can always speak to a kitchen designer for advice. They can help you incorporate these trends or create one of your own. Remember, having a kitchen that works for you is always trendy.