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Kitchen design trends landing in 2021

Chris Carroll

Fresh from Metricon’s recent Kitchen Design Trends Masterclass comes the top changes you’ll see landing in kitchens in 2021.

Having heard from Metricon’s Design Manager Ricky D’Alesio and Senior Interior Designer Jacinta Evans during the interactive webinar, attendees got across a tonne of new kitchen trends that will shape the way the hub of the home is designed in the years to come.

Here are the biggest ones to keep your eye on.

Island-based cooktops

The kitchen island is being reimagined; it’s no longer just a sink-or-no-sink situation. Given that families are moving toward dinner at the island instead of the dining table, cooktops will find their way into the mix. In these scenarios, the island will often increase in depth to accommodate, meaning that you get the functionality of the cooktop without losing prep space.

Contrasting kitchen cabinetry

The matchy-matchy look in kitchens is coming to an end, especially when it comes to cabinetry. The modern approach is to embrace contrasting upper and lower cabinets, looking to a similar wood grain throughout but executed in different tones. Go lighter on top and darker on the bottom and the space will feel grounded and interesting.

Thinner benchtops

Island shapes will change in 2021 (you’ll notice a lot of curves landing in kitchens), but the more intriguing trend will be the celebration of thinner benchtop profiles. This look will give your kitchen an understated appearance, but you can still command attention through the use of an explosive pattern like marble veining.

Seamless stone splashbacks

In years gone by, glass and mirrored splashbacks were ever-so-popular. In 2021 and the years to follow, stone is king. Carrying the stone from your benchtop up into your splashback gives your kitchen a seamless and sophisticated feel, plus it allows any veining in the stone to create further visual interest.

Bigger butler’s pantries

Kitchens are becoming show-stopping design moments, which means the butler’s pantry is the zone where the real work happens. In 2021, the bigger-is-better approach will dominate. Think pantries that move beyond just shelving and sinks; consider second dishwashers and fridges that cater to large, busy families.

Ledges and recesses

Because kitchens are becoming living spaces (rather than purely places to cook), they’re becoming more styled. In the years ahead you’ll notice open shelving take centre stage, plus a rise in the amount of recesses in benchtops and upper & lower cabinetry; perfect spaces to store cookbooks!

Oversized sinks

Oversized, undermount sinks will dominate for two reasons. Firstly, they’re easier to sweep benchtop mess into, which makes cleaning a cinch. And secondly, they create a sense of grandeur. You’ll also notice a rise in the amount of integrated stone sinks, which are built into the benchtop and feel ultra-luxurious.

A warmer, organic aesthetic

Gone are the days of stone-heavy kitchens with crisp white cabinets. In 2021 and beyond this part of the home will feel warmer, organic and ultimately more inviting. Tactile woodgrains will dominate, while floating timber shelves and wooden accessories will take centre stage too.

Feature rangehoods

In 2021 rangehoods will become a true feature in the kitchen, with a number of interesting profiles on offer. They’ll become part of the overall design, not just a utilitarian afterthought. They’ll also become increasingly user-friendly thanks to advances in technology; think auto-sensors, wifi enablement, adjustable lighting and more.

Sensor taps

The Memo Sia Sensor Gooseneck Sink Mixer Tap from Reece

COVID-19 has impacted the way we think about hygiene, and it’s not just reserved for the bathroom. Sensor taps are making their way into kitchens as well, giving users a touch-free experience that makes prepping food a whole lot easier.

If you'd like to watch the recent Kitchen Design Trends Masterclass to learn how to set up the perfect workspace, follow the link below.

Watch the Kitchen Design Trends Masterclass