Top 8 kitchen trends for 2021
Par Annie Lafrance - Journalist / editor specializing in lifestyle
In the house, the kitchen reigns supreme. Multifunctional and inviting, it is the most widely used room in most households. Beyond its utilitarian functions, the kitchen is the perfect playground for designers and manufacturers, who enjoy constantly renewing its style. Looking for something new? Find inspiration with these eight 2021 kitchen trends.
Bring the outside in! This year, emerald green makes an exit and gives the floor to nature-inspired greens such as moss, forest, sage and olive green for kitchen cabinets and bottom drawers. These hues blend perfectly with noble and authentic materials such as wood and marble. Speaking of which, chic and classic marble imitation backsplashes are all the rage in 2021.
You like greenery? The trend for indoor plants is constantly growing. Have as many as you want on windowsills and countertops and whenever you need change, move them around to create different looks.
Black is black
Although white kitchens are still popular, black kitchens are definitely making a comeback for a refined and distinctive look. Matte or glossy, black can be used on lower cabinets, but also on countertops, backsplashes or faucets. And why not go for a gunmetal black stainless steel sink? Sleek with a modern expression, it will match your decor perfectly.
Stylish kitchen islands
Kitchen islands have not said their last word - quite the contrary! Bigger, bolder and more beautiful than ever, they are the centerpiece of the kitchen. In addition to being practical, they really make a statement in 2021. European manufacturers are even offering rounded kitchen islands to fit any room shapes.
Designer tip: add a sink to your island to make entertaining while cooking easier. Seriously, who wants to face a wall when they have guests over?
Open floor plans are still very much in demand and the kitchen floor needs to blend in seamlessly. So forget tiling and go for wooden floors all the way!
Your kitchen is white? Go all in with bleached wood flooring. This retro trend is making a strong comeback.
Scandinavian-style blond oak wood is also popular, as are herringbone patterns, which create a dynamic yet resistant and warm look.
No more boring looks, rectangular countertops and straight cabinets. Modern kitchens are longing for new shapes. Peninsula kitchen designs with L or U-shaped layouts are in vogue.
Alcove cabinets and open shelves also help to create movement, breaking up lines that are too straight and too clean. Also noteworthy is the return of china cabinets with glass doors, adding an interesting focal point.
Designer tip: consider aProTerra white fireclay kitchen sink with apron. fIts large bowl that protrudes slightly from the countertop will break up that straight line.
Mixing it up
You like the Scandinavian style for its minimalist and functional approach, yet you also fall for the cocooning atmosphere of shabby chic? Mix the two styles together! Wicker baskets, rattan chairs and woven rugs are more popular than ever on Pinterest and Instagram. These natural materials bring softness to a white and cream kitchen.
Customizing the walls
Wallpaper in the kitchen? Frames on shelves? Why not! Even in the kitchen, the walls are lined with textured wallpaper and artwork. Trust your instinct and follow your desires by mixing styles and colors to create an environment that reflects…you!
More than just a trend, "slow design" is a way of life that really speaks to our values. If 2020 has demonstrated the importance of buying locally, 2021 also reminds us of the importance of making eco-conscious choices.
Did you know? Julien Prochef sinks are manufactured in Quebec City by using 100% recycled and recyclable North American stainless steel. Shop the different models online.