If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that life is much more enjoyable when you love your home. Whether it’s mostly for cooking, family time, or entertaining, the kitchen is often the most commonly used space and "the heart" of a home. If you're planning to remodel or build a new custom home, check out our collection of popular kitchen trends for 2021.

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Open Floor Plan Designs

Open, open, open. Open concept living spaces invite the kitchen to become more than just a food prep area for the chef of the family. A single long wall of cabinetry and appliances with a large island is a popular layout that works for many homes. An L-shaped kitchen with an island can also open the space to a dining room or living room. Both these options create the perfect environment for gatherings via large islands and bar style seating.

 

Soapstone Island with Waterfall Edge

Waterfall Islands & Custom Concrete

Depending on your design, an island can be the centerpiece of your kitchen and custom counters can make an elegant statement. There are endless options to choose from when it comes to countertops and islands. The right material, color, size, edging, and finish can make or break your dream kitchen design. 

Concrete countertops are trending for those seeking an industrial modern design. Concrete counters offer durability and are easily customized to fit different edge shapes and finishes. 

Soapstone is another trending countertop material in custom kitchens. Soapstone is durable, features unique veining and color varieties, and is among the most heat resistant natural stones.

If natural stone counters aren't a top priority for your design, engineered stone is made to look real and is just as structurally sound. It’s often less expensive than quartz, granite, or marble. The installation and fabrication is also easier due to it’s lighter weight.

Edging of countertops can also greatly enhance the look and feel of the kitchen. Recent trends include a waterfall edge, which carries the counter to the edge or an island and down to the floor. Counter finish or glaze can dramatically change the look of any counter material. Trending in 2021 is a honed finish that creates a smooth texture and matte look.

 

Herringbone Backspash Tile with Gold Finish Pot Filler

Mixing & Matching Water Fixtures

With technology and convenience in mind, two of the most popular water fixtures in kitchens for 2021 are touchless faucets and pot fillers. Touchless water access keeps messes at bay and makes cooking or cleaning a breeze when your hands aren’t free.

Pot fillers are a must have for a cook's kitchen. The convenience of water above the stove is perfect for pastas, steaming, soups and more. A pot filler can also be a statement piece depending on the style and finish considering its placement above the stovetop. 

Gold and black - is this the 70’s? No! In the 2020’s, gold tones and matte black are back in style. Many kitchen designs can even incorporate both finishes, pulling off a chic, luxurious look. 

 

Modern White Cabinets with Hexagon Tile Backsplash

Trending Cabinets 

Cabinets have a huge impact on the look and feel of a kitchen. Modern farmhouse is one of the most popular styles in 2020/2021, bringing some traditional comfort to a modern design. In contrast to any farmhouse style is a minimalist style cabinet with a high gloss finish. This style creates a simple, clean and modern look for any kitchen.

If you can’t decide on just one color or style of cabinets, pick two! Another growing trend for kitchen design is multi-color cabinets. Choosing different colors and materials for perimeter and island cabinets can bring balance and warmth to a design.

Funky Backsplash

Kitchen tile can bring a pop of color and fun to a kitchen. In 2021, the more unique the tile, the better. With so many homes using similar tiles and patterns, like the overdone subway tile, it’s refreshing to see something different! Herringbone is a popular and elegant pattern that isn’t going away anytime soon. Another newer trend is to take 2x4 or 2x6 tiles and stack them vertically for a different dimension.

If you're obsessed with your countertops, you can use the same material as a backsplash!

Granite Countertops with Custom Cabinets and Hidden Refrigerator

Popular Appliances & LIghting styles

Although appliances have come a long way in the looks department, they can still stick out like a sore thumb when it comes to kitchen design. Hiding appliances creates a seamless cabinet design, uncompromised by the tech of your kitchen.

Induction cooktops are becoming more and more popular in 2021. These cooktops are energy efficient yet have quicker cook times. They are also ultra safe considering the cooktop heats by reacting with the iron in cookware, heating pots and pans while keeping the surface cool to the touch. 

While recessed can lighting offers even and adjustable brightness to a kitchen, they leave little to desire when it comes to unique design. Oversized, pendant lights above a kitchen island make a statement and bring elegance and warmth to the space.

Paint Trends - Grey is Gone

Grey is moving out and color is moving back in! The most popular colors right now for interiors are muted jewel tones. These are soft hue shades of classic gemstones. Muted paint options of emerald, amethyst, citrine or ruby could all work to bring some life to your kitchen. While classic white is always an option, especially for resale - it’s vital to personalize the space you’re in to your taste!

Your Style is in Style

The great news about building a custom kitchen is that whatever your style may be, we can bring it to life. If you're interested in chatting about a custom or semi-custom home, contact us online or by phone for a free consulation.