Kitchen Trends to Avoid in 2021

Think you’re ready for a kitchen remodel? Pretty sure you’ve got your design nailed down? If you’ve included any of the following design trends, you may want to reconsider. Even the most well-meaning trends can fall out of favor. These are the kitchen trends to avoid in 2021 and beyond.

Soffits

Soffits are the boxy structure above your kitchen cabinets where pipes, wiring, and other functional items hide out. They are almost always awkward and often stick out past the cabinets. Though they are purely functional, designers have recently reconsidered them and found them to be a waste of space and defunct design-wise.

If you’re doing a remodel, it’s the perfect time to move those wires, pipes, and ducts somewhere else and reclaim that space. Instead, install taller cabinets for more kitchen storage space. You can even take your cabinets all the way to the ceiling.

Monochrome White

White kitchens are untouchable in design. There will always be space for the white kitchen. However, many designers are concerned that too much white can look flat and cheap, which makes them a kitchen trend to avoid in 2021—unless you make some modifications . . .

There are several ways to do all white without going overboard. Provide some context in color with accents or with an equal measure of another color. Color doesn’t have to be bold and bright, even another neutral color or metallic can help elevate white to a new level. You could also opt for adding texture to your white kitchen. Some texture gives a white kitchen depth and creates a richer design.

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are a kitchen trend to avoid in 2021. They were the standard in the 90s and 2000s but now they just make a kitchen look dated. The new trending countertop is quartzite, a beautiful (and pricy) favorite of Joanna Gaines that took kitchen design by storm.

The concept behind the popularity of quartzite and the downfall of granite is about vein vs grain. Granite is a grained stone. That’s what gives it the speckled appearance. Veined stones like marble and quartzite have strands of darker or lighter stone running through a solid field. It’s the speckled look you want to keep away from. Any countertop surface that has a more solid color or veining will be right on trend: marble, concrete, wood, engineered stone, etc.

Ornate Details

The ornate detailing that we’ve all loved over the years is falling by the wayside. The trend now leans toward minimalism and simplicity. Though details offer personalization and character, they can be heavy and don’t age well.

Plain and chic is a design that can be dressed up or stand alone equally as well. You can always add accents that bring the details you desire. These shouldn’t be permanent fixtures, but ones you can change out as trends shift. Simple stays relevant longer. It also is a benefit if you want to sell your home down the road. A simple kitchen allows potential home buyers to insert their own details.

Style Mismatch

The open floor plan continues to be in high demand. We may never go back to enclosed kitchens and living spaces separated from the rest of the house. An open floor plan requires some design planning though. The entire space has to feel like one cohesive whole.

Gone are the days when you can have a rustic kitchen in a mostly mid-century modern floor plan. Avoiding this design faux pas requires you to know what you like and being able to apply it throughout your open floor plan so you don’t end up with a mismatched kitchen.

Short Backsplashes

No more four-inch or 18 inch backsplashes. They don’t make sense functionally or stylistically. The trend is toward a full backsplash from the countertop to the bottom of your cabinets. Designers are also favoring continuing your backsplash material all the way up the wall. The full wall backsplash serves as an accent that can become the centerpiece of your kitchen design.

Getting rid of the four-inch backsplash may mean you need to reconsider your backsplash material. Many kitchens with the shorter backsplash use the same material as the countertop and that’s certainly doable for a taller backsplash too. Or you can opt for tile, glass, mirror, or other washable surface.

Now you’re equipped to conquer your remodel! With the knowledge of trends you should avoid in 2021 and what to do instead, you’re ready to create a kitchen that will stay relevant.

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