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The Future Is in the Past!

FEBRUARY 24, 2021

New Kitchen Designs: The Future Is in the Past

Some of 2021’s hottest new looks reflect 1970’s taste, including natural wood finishes and seamless cabinetry without any hardware.

CHICAGO – The pandemic pushed kitchens in new directions. They became a place for more than eating, thanks to Zoom calls and schoolwork. asked top designers to chime in on some of the hottest kitchen trends of 2021.

“We’re seeing some dramatic shifts as a result of the pandemic,” Janice Costa, president and founder of KB Designers Network, says”

1. Supersized kitchen islands

The island has become a focal point in the kitchen. It’s not just a place for food preparation, but also work, school and a place for households to gather. That means the bigger, the better. Many new-home floor plans incorporate larger islands into their new builds due to demand. Enlarging the kitchen island has also become a popular remodeling project since the pandemic.

“Larger kitchen islands are here to stay,” Ariana Lovato, owner and principal designer of Honeycomb Home Design in Shell Beach, Calif., says. “People want to have as many workspaces as possible, with the kids now doing virtual school.”

2. Wood finishes

Natural wood finishes are making a comeback into the kitchen – a vintage trend dating back from the 1970s. Upgraded wood veneer paneling with subtle or light grain finishes add a natural element into kitchen designs, designers note.

“For years, homeowners have been ripping out old wood paneling, but with a rise in affordable synthetic or engineered wood alternatives, the possibilities of adding wood are now endless,” says Georgina Borneman-Street, CEO and principal designer at Cobalt Blue 1802 in Los Angeles. “It’s a nice mix of retro meets modern.”

3. Handle-less cabinetry

Keeping cabinetry free of hardware is trending too. It gives kitchen cabinets a cleaner, futuristic look, and it can be easier to clean.

“We’ve all heard the suggestion that adding hardware to cabinetry is considered an upgrade, but when done right, handle-less design feels high-end,” Borneman-Street told “The totally seamless design creates an effortless flow throughout the kitchen.”

Source: “Secret Rooms and Futuristic Features! The Year’s 8 Biggest Kitchen Design Trends Will Blow You Away,”®

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