Start Off The New Year With an On-Trend Kitchen Renovation

by | Jan 6, 2021 | Kitchen Design

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There’s no doubt about it. 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. Many of us have had to make difficult decisions and adapt in ways we never expected. But with a brand new year on the horizon, a lot of us are looking for a fresh start. This next year is all about new beginnings, and what better way to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021 than with a gorgeous new kitchen?

With the new year just around the corner, let’s check out the top kitchen design trends to look out for in 2021!

Industrial Features

Industrial design elements are super on-trend this year. Whether you opt to design your entire space in an industrial style, which works wonderfully in historic loft spaces and kitchens with high ceilings, or you just want to sprinkle a few industrial elements throughout your kitchen, this trend adds dimension and interest.

Here are just a few industrial features to think about including in your 2021 kitchen remodel:

  • Metal pendant lighting
  • Extra open space
  • Exposed brick or stone
  • Metallic hardware
  • Stainless-steel countertops or backsplashes
  • Hooks and open shelving
  • Exposed piping

Transitional Style

This year, expect to see a movement toward transitional kitchen designs that incorporate more than one style in unique and intriguing ways. Although it may seem like many of the top 2021 kitchen trends don’t go together and you have to pick and choose, that’s not the case.

For example, recycled and repurposed materials like reclaimed wood, which is a major trend of 2021, can be paired with sleek lines and industrial light fixtures to create a completely unique and totally modern look.

white cabinet with beautiful tile backsplash

Hidden Appliances and Storage

While high-tech gadgets, smart-storage solutions, and convenient countertop appliances make life easier and are in high demand this year (more on that later), in 2021, there’s a move toward hiding them behind cabinets. From pull-out pantries and integrated or overlay refrigerators to small hideaway cupboards for countertop appliances, this trend adds interest and charm to any space. It works wonderfully in any kitchen, but especially shines in transitional kitchens and craftsman-style spaces.

Woven Light Fixtures

From bell-shaped pendant lights designed to look like wicker baskets, to bamboo trumpet lamps, to hanging Japanese lanterns, woven light fixtures are a huge trend to look out for in 2021. These fixtures are statement pieces. They’re designed to be noticed and add texture, and they look gorgeous when paired with simple white painted cabinets, pops of color, and other natural materials like hardwood floors or exposed stone.

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Colorful Cabinets

While white, black, and wooden cabinets will never go out of style, colorful painted cabinets are back in a big way in 2021! There are lots of ways to incorporate this trend in big and small ways. For example, you could opt for bright blue and yellow cabinets throughout your kitchen paired with exposed brick and black hardware for a bold look. If you want to try colorful cabinets in your space but you’re in favor of a more subtle look, consider white cabinets and a faded blue or green island base and shelving.

Closed Concept Kitchen

The closed kitchen is making a comeback this new year with many people demanding a push for the prewar style. Enclosed kitchens help create more space in your home, offering people separate cooking and entertaining areas. Opting for a closed concept kitchen allows homeowners to move through their living areas in new ways – setting up at home school in the kitchen without it interfering with your daily life. There are more benefits than layout preferences and added work areas too; closed kitchens help create better air quality in your home by creating better ventilation systems in your kitchen.

Smart-Kitchen Features

Integrated time- and energy-saving technology and smart kitchens have been on the rise for quite some time. This year, we’re seeing high-tech gadgets, AI integration, and smart design features taken to a whole new level!

Here are just a few smart-kitchen ideas to consider adding to your existing space or planned kitchen remodel:

  • Faucets with motion-detectors
  • Smart refrigerators that give you shopping reminders when your food is running low
  • Coffee makers with timed schedules so your coffee is ready when you wake up
  • Smart light bulbs that can be controlled remotely

Dining Islands


The transition toward open-concept kitchens that are fully integrated into other living spaces continues this year. Multi-purpose kitchen islands, designed for both cooking and dining, are a huge trend in 2021. We’re not just talking about a little dining ledge with a couple of stools under it that can be pulled out if you’re short on chairs. A dining island is one that truly doubles as a dining table and may seat between two and eight people.

If your kitchen is connected or semi-connected to your living room, family room, deck space, or another area of your home, a dining island can help tie these spaces together effortlessly.

Modern Kitchen Remodel with White Island and backlighting

Brass Finishes

Brass hardware, hinges, light fixtures, flower vases, and pots and pans add warmth to your space. Brass reflects both natural and artificial light beautifully and goes well with a variety of other materials and finishes. If you want your brass details to truly stand out, try pairing them with lighter hardwood floors, white cabinets, slab countertops, and plenty of indoor plants.

Incorporate These and Other Trends Into Your 2021 Kitchen Remodel

The new year brings a new beginning, full of potential and new possibilities. Transform your kitchen in 2021 and incorporate your favorite kitchen design styles and trends.

Whether you have started a vision board and you have a detailed image of your perfect remodeled kitchen in mind, or you’re just getting started and need help discovering your style preferences, L. Evans Design Group is at your service. We’ll combine our expertise and design know-how with your ideas, lifestyle, and budget and scheduling requirements to create a beautiful space you’ll love for years to come.

Do you have questions about these trends? Ready to get started on your project? Give us a call at (971) 404-1241 or contact us online to set up your project consultation.

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At L. Evans Design, we believe that your kitchen should be more than just a room in your home – it should be the heart of your living space. Our team is dedicated to creating exceptional kitchen designs that meet your unique needs and preferences, ensuring that your space is both beautiful and functional.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see how we can transform your kitchen into a stunning, functional space that you’ll love to spend time in.

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