• Juliana Linssen

The Best Kitchen Design Trends of 2021


2021 certainly has been a turning point in kitchen design. We are seeing a shift away from the uber-popular all-white space in exchange for a bolder, darker, more dramatic look. Whether you're planning an entire kitchen remodel or just looking to refresh your space, we've rounded up the latest and greatest trends that are sure to get your design juices flowing.

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The Dark Side

While we love the timeless look of crisp white kitchens, more and more homeowners are shifting away from the popular go-to in favor of something a bit more moody. From gorgeous black granite countertops to deep green cabinetry, kitchens are finally turning over to the dark side.


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Go Vertical

Source: Tile Club

We also see a stylistic shift when it comes to kitchen backsplashes. For a refreshing twist on the classic brick-laid subway tile, consider changing up the layout with a vertical alignment, as seen in this oh-so-current kitchen.


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Open Up

No, open shelving isn't exactly a new concept; however, that hasn't stopped it from becoming one of the most popular kitchen updates. Homeowners have been on a major decluttering kick this past year, and open shelving is a fantastic way to pare down to only the necessities.

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Get a Handle On It

Source: Crystal Cabinets

What better way to take your kitchen update to the next level than with some hot new hardware? Don't be afraid to embrace bold, dramatic hardware, like these gold handles that pair beautifully with the faucet, range hood and pendant lights.


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Try Two-Toned

Love this look! Not only do two-toned kitchens bring visual interest and dimension to your kitchen, but it also brings a unique opportunity to add an unexpected pop of color!

PRO TIP: Be sure to keep the upper cabinetry lighter than the bottom. This keeps things feeling open and spacious while creating balance in the space.


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Which trend are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments! Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with your kitchen update? That's ok! Connect with Spaces by Juliana for expert design help on everything from entire renovations to a simple kitchen refresh!



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