With the 2010s having reached their end, designers are ready to close the books on a decade’s worth of all-white, open-concept, subway-tiled kitchens. So what can we expect from the kitchen of 2021? We asked a few pros to share their predictions for the kitchen trends that are poised to rise to the top, from must-have hues (hint: aqua is back) and materials (metal, anyone?) to out-of-the-box features (including one that your dog will love). Read on to find out more about what’s in store!
The best way to let those elements stand out? Keep everything else simple, says Pickart. “For 2021, simplicity will be key,” she says. “Flat-paneled millwork with minimal detailing and fuss is the best way to let unique cabinetry materials really shine.”
Cerused wood, which involves applying colored pigments while still allowing the wood’s natural grain to shine through, is having a moment in both cabinetry and furniture, says Donna Mondi. She suggests keeping the look more tonal—like these black cerused cabinets—than contrasting. “It’ll have more longevity down the road,” she says.
Let’s face it: your kitchen is full of stuff. From pantry items to kitchen gadgets, more lived-in kitchens face storage issues. With that in mind, it’s becoming increasingly popular to totally eschew the open shelving or no-uppers trends of years past, in favour of wall-to-wall cabinetry.
Islands will always be a popular kitchen trend — if you’ve got the space, a kitchen island increases your prep and storage space will adding extra character to the room — but more and more kitchen designs are including islands with multiple levels. Whether it’s a cantilevered design or an island with different heights on opposing sides, playing with different levels gives you more options for prep space and comfortable seating — and multi-functional spaces are always a big win.
Warm Things Up
As much as we love a clean, cool kitchen, warm colour palettes are definitely making a comeback in the kitchen. From walls to cabinets to backsplashes, wine reds, deep greens and rich browns are heating up in popularity for the kitchen.
With many of us becoming more conscious of our carbon footprint, one of the biggest 2021 kitchen trends is making your kitchen more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. One clear way to achieve this goal? Installing shiny new, energy-efficient windows — like Scott McGillivray did in this Scott’s Vacation House Rules kitchen — enhances the view from your kitchen window while also saving energy in the long run.
Woven Light Fixtures
If you’re looking to add a bit of a breezy, relaxed feel to your kitchen, woven-style light factors are the trend to shine a light on. Made from materials like bamboo and rattan, light-hued woven pendant lights add a contemporary, natural vibes to the space — as shown in this Save My Reno kitchen update by Sebastian Clovis and Samantha Pynn.
The culmination of a few kitchen trends (like the movement towards warmer colour palettes and heightened eco-awareness in kitchen design), more and more people are finding ways to use reclaimed wood in the kitchen. Reclaimed wood adds a rustic touch, but it can also be quite contemporary if it’s used in modern kitchen cabinet designs.
If tiny tiles aren’t your taste, the slab backsplash trend is a solid choice for your kitchen. One-piece backsplashes in materials like marble or metal adds a clean, seamless look with a lot of stylish drama.
Pops of Personality
Another emerging kitchen trend is all about bring some personality to your prep space via patterned or textured backsplash tiles. As Jonathan and Drew Scott showed with this Property Brothers: Forever Home, choosing a backsplash with colour and personality lends instant character to an otherwise neutral space.
If you want to incorporate a little gloss into your kitchen design this year, a high-shine backsplash is the way to go. From glossy finishes to glass or mirrors, backsplashes are the perfect place to play with shine.
Raising the Bar
Modern and minimalist? Clean-lined kitchen designs are embracing the sleek, futuristic vibes of hanging bar-style pendant lights — which work especially well over a kitchen island.