Best 2021 Kitchen Trends with Long-Lasting Style
Best 2021 Kitchen Trends with Long-Lasting Style
After a year with most of us spending more time at home, perhaps you too have uncovered a need to update your kitchen. From interesting color schemes to clever lighting and innovative storage, this guide will cover the best 2021 kitchen trends that have ‘staying potential.’
The kitchen is the hardest-working space in your home, deserving of attention and updates to meet the evolving needs of you and your family. But that doesn’t mean you should just hop on the latest kitchen trends you see in magazines or TV.
Below we take a closer look at the 2021 kitchen trends that won’t be going out of style any time soon.
2021 Kitchen Trends You Can Bet On
1. Additional Workspace
Spending more time at home has really highlighted the need for additional space to get more done in the kitchen. This doesn’t always mean an ‘expansion’. Rather, savvy homeowners are investing in additional countertop space, free-flowing layouts, paired back designs and kitchen islands.
Today’s modern kitchens serve as not just an area for meal preparation, but conversation, visiting with guests, grabbing a quick snack when running out the door, work, and more. As we place more demands on this workspace, kitchen trends that lean into making the area more efficient and usable will always have a place in our hearts.
2. Warmth and Texture
In a report released by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), organic designs combined with natural materials and warm undertones saw a notable uptick in popularity. Emphasizing versatility and celebrating nature, today’s finishes have come a long way, leaving dull earthy vibes behind and incorporating a sleek, modern, luxurious take on an organic feel.
Featuring clean lines, and melding contemporary style with a traditional flair, this trend is one that is likely to be favored for decades to come. Best of all, warm textured tones with minimal contrasting bold lines leave room for modifications and updates over the years, while offering a broad appeal that virtually everyone will love.
3. Smart Technology
According to Business Wire (a Berkshire Hathaway company), enhanced living standards and a growing interest in combining technology with lifestyle have driven the demand for smart technology in the kitchen. As our lives continue to become increasingly stressful and busy, any technology that can reduce our mental workload is a welcomed addition.
Smart Appliances: From refrigerators that know when you’re running low on milk, to microwaves that respond to voice control, the possibilities are endless, with new and exciting innovations on the horizon.
Smart Faucets: 2020 has made us increasingly aware of sanitization and reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses on surfaces. This, coupled with improved convenience and efficiency, has skyrocketed demand for smart kitchen faucets that respond to voice command or motion control…all without having to turn a knob.
4. The Pantry – reimagined
This old classic had all but been eliminated from modern homes until recent years. Over the last decade, the pantry has seen a marked increase in popularity, with 2020-2021 seeing the highest demand for pantries yet.
Now considered a ‘must have’, a well-designed pantry helps keep busy households organized and efficient, while also making food inventory management a breeze. This last year has also highlighted the need for having a surplus of essentials, with store shelves bare at times and natural disasters showing us just how unprepared we can be.
Other benefits of the pantry include decluttering the kitchen, additional storage for countertop appliances, special dishware, and more.
Modern pantries take advantage of innovative storage or organizational solutions that maximize efficient use of the space and improve usability. Some designs even feature a ‘hidden’ pantry with a cabinet-esq panel door.
5. Clever Storage Solutions
Practicality reigns supreme as one of the latest kitchen trends of 2021. Storage solutions in Toronto and GTA have seen an increased focus over the last few years, peaking in 2021. This has been an especially important consideration for those who are downsizing or have outgrown their kitchen space but cannot afford an expansion or full renovation. For those individuals, maximizing the space they do have is critical.
Popular options in 2021 include: tower and corner larders that can double as workspaces, bi-fold dressers, above and below window shelving, cabinet and drawer organizers, and more.
Take Advantage of the Best 2021 Kitchen Trends Today
With more of us working and staying at home, there has never been a better time to invest in the space you spend the most time in. The kitchen has long been a favored space for updates and renovations, paying off in spades in terms of ROI, increased property value, and improved daily living. Kitchen Land specializes in kitchen updates and is a great place to find inspiration for your next project, or to chat with a designer or contractor about your ideas.