As we prepare to wrap up 2021 in the coming months, one thing is for sure, the kitchen remains key. “We’ve spent so much time in the kitchen over the past 18 months so people are really aware of how kitchen design is so essential and has a major impact on the way people inhabit their homes.” , interior designer, Peti Lau, Explain.
When it comes to fall 2021 kitchen trends, what can we expect to see, well, everywhere? We spoke with eight design experts who weighed in with their predictions.
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Do you remember the kitchen-diner from your youth? Well, he might be making a comeback. Erin Kestenbaum says we can expect to see dining tables in place of islands this year. âI think we all crave more comfortable, more inhabited spaces and that extends to the kitchen, where warmth and patina continue to be trendy,â she says. As Lau states, “A kitchen is the heart of the home and we spend so much more time at home now, that the kitchen brings the family together to feed themselves.”
Those who choose to opt for islands take a different design approach, Claire Staszak said. âWe also particularly like the trend of islands that look more like furniture or tables and less like big blocks of cabinets. Â»Preparation tables are also on the rise, Katherine Thewlis Remarks. âThese tables usually have legs rather than closed sides,â she explains. âIt exposes the floor more, which makes the room look a lot bigger. It’s a more rustic and utilitarian look that can bring balance to a modern kitchen.
We’ll see more upgrades âthat will make your kitchen work harder for you while maximizing every square inch of storage,â says Kestenbaum. What features, exactly, can gain popularity? âProduce drawers, knife storage in drawers, drawers under the sink and built-in cutting boards,â notes Kestenbaum. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if much of this came from spending more time cooking at home and actually using our cooking spaces over the past year and a half.
And on the note of spending more time at home, Dominique fluker says we can expect our kitchens to continue to serve a dual purpose and function as makeshift offices. âBe prepared to see lots of flexible open kitchen designs as people still work from home and need alternative workspaces,â she comments. âModular kitchens showcase smart shelving, space-saving functionality and maximized corners. Additionally, we may see an upsurge in kitchen nooks as they are a comfortable work-from-home option. “
Wood tones in the kitchen “will get darker and richer”, Meg McSherry believes. Emilie Blanche agrees. âRather than the crisp white kitchens we know and love, people are taking a much more ‘lived-in’ approach with dark color palettes, beautifully stained wood cabinetry, and organic countertop materials, like marble and quartzite, with a lot of depth and movement, âshe comments. Lau predicts the same: âInstead of blue, gray and white kitchens, new kitchen trends are warmer, calm and earthy tones. “
Jessica brigham believes that autumnal hues in particular will reign when it comes to wardrobes. âThe brooding mood of burgundy, magentas and even deep blues brings such a fabulous splash of color and invites cooler, brighter fall days to come,â she notes.
Note that the resurgence of tall cabinets themselves is also a key trend. According to Thewlis, “cabinet doors are still going to have a moment with awesome hardware and detailing carved out of the door faces.”
And on the tiled side, the cozy touches are essential. âHandcrafted tile backsplashes will always be in favor as they invoke feelings of coziness and coziness, which attracts all of us right now,â adds McSherry. “I suspect we’ll see terracotta tiles come into the picture, especially on the kitchen floor.”
Quartzite, which White mentioned above, is also a popular choice for kitchen counters and backsplashes, Staszak says. Lau is also a fan of the durable material, which she says is easy to maintain but still extremely chic.
Everywhere you look there appears to be a new installation of a dowel rail. Although they are extremely practical for entryways or changing rooms (hanging jackets and bags), they also extend to kitchens. They are just as functional there too for hanging decoration, tote bags, fruit, and pictures hunched over the top.