Current Kitchen Trends

Here are our ten top kitchen trends for 2021 and how you can incorporate them into your home.

Trends change, but the impact they have certainly doesn’t. Although trends in areas like food and fashion simply come and go and make little to no lasting impact; trends in design and architecture always leave a lasting impact.

Where a fashion trend will just be stuffed into the back of a closet when the next trend or fad moves in to take over; kitchen design trends often stay for longer, carrying over and influencing other trends which come with time.

Kitchen Hardware trends
Instant hot water dispenser from Amazon.

Kitchen Hardware Trends

In 2021 we have a need for speed in our day to day lives. We all recognise the preciousness of time saved and this extends to our kitchen designs.

Rather than waiting for a hot water tap to run normally, many people are installing instant hot water taps to sub out boiling a kettle.

A big impact on kitchen trends in 2021 are smart hardware that use new technology. LG has released a wifi enabled fridge that has a glass window which can be lit up without having to open the fridge door by knocking!

Kitchen Colour Trends

Kitchen Colour Trends
Kitchen Colour Trends. Image credit: scenariohome.com

Gentle yet bold use of colour is a growing trend in home design as a whole, especially when it comes to statement furniture.

If your interested in the effect colour can have on mood, take a look at Choosing the Perfect Wall Colour. That article is in reference to teenage bedrooms but can be applied to any room in the house.

Although standard block colours are very much still in fashion, it is important to remember that you don’t want your house to look like a generic show home.

Design adapts to personality, and it is important to feature yourself in your designs. Kitchen trends for 2021 encourage expressing your individuality and really owning your home design.

Statement walls are one big trend, as well as having a different colour or tone on an island compared to walls or cupboards.

No longer do we have to tolerate single tone kitchen designs being at the forefront of the trend wagon. Mixing dark and light tones has become a popular trend in the more modern and newer developed houses. Just as mixing colours into design has become popular, so has mixing in tones in basic design plans.

Kitchen Lighting Trends

Rather than just the standard installed lights or a fixture you could just pick up from Ikea, more unique lighting installations have become a central design or ‘statement’ piece in many kitchens over the past decade.

No longer is it just about one lighting piece but rather about multiple replicated pieces to create a statement in the middle of the room. The majority of designs which follow this trend utilise hanging lights across the middle of the room on top of a kitchen island, like the picture to the below shows.

Intricate lighting designs can bring a room to life, especially if the room is otherwise fairly neutral tones.

Kitchen Lighting Trends
Gold kitchen pendant lights from Amazon

Backsplash Trends

Experimenting with tile layouts can be a great way to add the wow factor to your kitchen design. Kitchen backsplashes can offer so much more than just a practicality of the kitchen.

Creative tile patterns can add a pop of colour or add a new and different texture to a kitchen. They are a great way to liven up your cooking area and add something a little different (and trendy) to the mix.

These peel and stick adhesive tiles are an easy way to update your kitchen on a budget.

Backsplash Trends
Peel and stick adhesive tile from Amazon.

Kitchen Sink Trends

Big sinks are not just a practical and helpful addition to your kitchen design, but they have also become important and popular statement pieces that everyone has grown to love.

Big sinks sit alongside lighting fixtures as statement pieces in modern kitchens. They began their popularity rise in mid-western American houses with large kitchen spaces, and have grown to become popular all over the world.

The elongated tap look and common double sink make for practical additions which still look amazing.

kitchen sink trends
Farmhouse kitchen sink from Amazon

Clever Storage and Compact Design Ideas

Storage is one of the most important factors to take into consideration when designing a kitchen. You can make a pretty kitchen very easily, but making a practical kitchen is a whole other ballgame.

If you have a gorgeous counter top but nowhere to store pots and pans; you will not be able to enjoy the previously mentioned pretty kitchen. Although aesthetic decisions once ruled the world of kitchen design; practicality has become king in kitchen trends for 2021.

Ample and well designed storage will never go out of style!

One of the most popular storage trends over the last year has become installing extra storage in kitchen islands. Where islands used to be an aesthetically pleasing block of counter top space; we now have a whole block of storage in the middle of the kitchen available too.

Kitchen Trends 2021
Open kitchen storage ideas. Image Credit : thekitchn.com

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Trends to Avoid

Although it can be a great idea to go for some trendy ideas when designing your dream kitchen, it is crucial to not follow every whim that you read in a magazine.

At the end of the day, trends and fads change every time the wind blows. There are a few important things to remember when creating a modern kitchen.

  • Don’t pick a colour that is going to go out of season tomorrow. If you base your kitchen colour scheme on something that you might not like the next month, you will be constantly remodelling!
  • Mix up your textures. No one wants a kitchen where the backsplash, countertops, walls, and decorations are all the exact same colour or texture. You can be tame and smart with your choices without being boring.  
  • Don’t go with aesthetic over practicality. At the end of the day, your kitchen should be built and designed to be used and enjoyed. So make sure that you factor in enough storage and that you create a space that you will not just enjoy looking at; but one that you will enjoy using and living in. That’s why you designed it in the first place, isn’t it?

So, if your kitchen is due for an upgrade or if you are looking to completely remodel and start over; take a few of these things into consideration. Designing a new kitchen can be so much fun, but it is important to design a space that you are going to enjoy living in and using when the design process has long been over. Happy designing!