New Year is all about fresh starts. And with a year like 2020, we are all looking for a brand new start that leads to healthier, happier and a much less restrictive lifestyle. Our homes play a huge role in providing this safe and cheerful environment while encouraging a healthier, more active lifestyle. And at the heart of every such gorgeous, functional home is a great kitchen – one that drives it on and also serves as the perfect social space. Kitchens have changed dramatically in the last two decades and are now an extension of the living area and open kitchen that sits next to them. So what does 2021 have in store for us in terms of kitchen trends?
Design and decorating trends are often just an extension of the hottest trends of the previous year. As we head into second half of the year, a few new trends generally start to emerge replacing the old ones. This is even more significant as the second half of 2020 saw the world take a dramatically different turn when it comes to lifestyle. Kitchens of 2021 will reflect some of these altered ideas even while embracing the general decorating direction that has been around for a few years now. Away from those bold colors and embracing a more organic vibe, kitchens in the new year paint a picture of relaxation.
Organic and Comfortable
We have seen an influx of bold and bright colors into the kitchen in the last few years. But 2021 is projected to move away from that idea in the kitchen with organic finishes and soothing neutral hues making the biggest impact. Shades of gray, pastel colors and different white hues will once again dominate the kitchen color spectrum with pleasant yellows and smart blues providing the necessary contrast. Do watch out for green to act as the surprise element as homeowners look for that ‘something different’!
Place Emphasis on Storage
As is the case with most modern kitchens, space is the most precious commodity in here and making the most of every square inch on offer is something that you just cannot ignore. Smart shelves and modular solutions have been around for a while now. But 2020 has turned almost everyone in a chef and people also have started to realize the value of a generous pantry. Buying more once rather than shopping often for groceries and food items has seen a distinct change in the way we look at storage space in the kitchen. And this influence is only set to grow in the year ahead!
Welcome in the Outdoors
Whether you are a design aficionado or not, it will come as no surprise to you that the outdoors is becoming a more and more prominent part of the interior with each passing season. This is no different in case of the kitchen with most modern kitchens extending into the deck outside. Even if you do not have a garden, deck or balcony just outside the kitchen, use a smart window to usher in the view. Indoor plants or herb gardens add another additional touch of green to the kitchen – something that is much needed in an urban setup.
Stone Finishes and Large Central Islands
Stone has really been making big waves in kitchens over the last couple of seasons and that is set to continue in the year ahead. Everything from the stone kitchen backsplash and countertops to the captivating, large central island in stone is a welcome addition in the modern kitchen. Be it those dark quartz countertops or even regal islands draped in white marble, a bit of stone in the kitchen makes a big impact indeed.
Stylish and Eye-Catching Hoods
There was a decade when hidden ventilation was embraced in kitchens across the world gleefully. The ornate or striking vent hood was seen as a thing of the past; one that belonged in the 80’s and early 90’s. But that has once again changed in the last two years with a global pandemic speeding up the popularity of the kitchen hood. Homeowners now want a smart hood above that vent that serves them well both from a functional and aesthetic viewpoint. Elegant designs in metal and stone with a simple square shape are the most sought-after ones at the moment because of their contemporary appeal. But you can opt for a kitchen hood that is a lot more ornate in Mediterranean or farmhouse style spaces.