Kitchens tend to be among the most well-loved and well-used rooms in the house. Families spend hours each day cooking, cleaning, working, and gathering in their kitchens, which makes this space a prime candidate for an upgrade.
Whether you've lived for years at your current home in the Gainesville area and have finally decided to renovate your outdated kitchen or you've recently purchased a new home, no doubt you’ve recognized a variety of ways you could renovate your kitchen to make it more functional, modern and inviting. Maybe you love your kitchen as much as ever but simply want to spruce it up or increase your home’s value. Whatever the motivation, remodeling your kitchen is a way to preserve and enhance the heart and soul of your home in Alachua County.
What Is Trending for Kitchens in 2021?
Every kitchen is unique, as is every family. As you prepare to remodel this important space with your design-build team, you’ll be driven by your budget, your lifestyle and your family’s specific needs. However, it can also help to know what features, finishes, colors and styles are in fashion and will successfully bring your kitchen up to date.
To give you inspiration for designing your renovation project in Gainesville, whether major or minor, here is a look at several of the top kitchen trends for 2021:
1. More—and Smarter—Storage
State-of-the-art kitchens include not only adequate storage, but also storage spaces designed for your specific needs. During the past year, as families spent more time at home, homeowners had a chance to become more acquainted with just what those needs are, and now is the time to make a change. As you’re remodeling your kitchen, think about how to maximize storage, whether that means adding a pantry, installing innovative kitchen cabinets that are customized with interior accessories, or building a place where small appliances and other new kitchen utensils you’ve purchased in the past year can live permanently.
2. Having Fun with Color
All-white kitchens are going out of style, but the idea of adding a bunch of colors and textures to your kitchen may seem intimidating. Fortunately, kitchens are teeming with opportunities to add pops of color. You can steer clear of whites and stay on trend by weaving fashionable colors throughout your kitchen by way of bright appliances, window treatments, hoods, a vibrantly painted kitchen island, or glass-front cabinets to store your colorful pottery. If you’re not ready to make a strong commitment to a particular color, painting a wall is a good place to start, as the decision is easily reversible. In 2021, blues and greens are trending, as demonstrated by some of the year’s most popular hues from Pantone’s Classic Blue and Behr’s Back to Nature to PPG Industries’ Chinese Porcelain and Sherwin-Williams’ Naval. Red is also popular, especially since there is a shade that blends into nearly any kitchen design style.
3. Splurging on Better, High-End Appliances
If you spent more time prepping food or cleaning dishes this past year, you no doubt had a chance to see how the quality of your appliances truly does impact their performance. When remodeling, kitchen appliances are typically perceived as one of the components where you should splurge. The investment often pays off because upscale appliances are more durable, live longer and function better. In terms of finishes, stainless steel is classic and matches every wall, flooring and cabinet color imaginable. However, some kitchen appliance color trends for 2021 include burgundy, cobalt blue, matte black and fire engine red.
4. Incorporating Double Islands
In terms of structural elements, kitchen islands are a must-have to create necessary surface and storage space while also maintaining the flow of your kitchen. Dual islands are even better. If you are expanding or redesigning the layout of your Florida kitchen, consider adding a pair of island units. They can help you divide your kitchen between a space designated for meal prep and a space for gathering or serving food. Some islands also include an extension for integrated dining. Another trend for 2021 is to pick a color for your island that contrasts your kitchen cabinetry, or to create juxtaposition using texture.
5. Addressing the ‘Fifth Wall’
Ceilings often get overlooked, but they are the perfect spot for adding color or a dramatic flair to your kitchen. If you want to mostly maintain neutrality in the space, the ceiling can be a perfect spot for adding a dash of vibrant color with paint or wallpaper. Crown molding may also be more suitable for your aesthetic. Available in a variety of colors and styles, from simple and sleek to enticingly intricate, crown molding adds the perfect touch of elegance to enhance your ceiling.
6. Forgoing Handles on Your Cabinetry
“Handle-less” kitchen cabinets and cupboards are becoming increasingly popular for a sleek, streamlined look in 2021. As a result of technological advances, you can opt for push-open and close doors that eliminate the need for handles. Another option is recessed handles that can be lined with contrasting colors.
7. Making a Statement with Your Faucet
Kitchen faucets play a pivotal role in your kitchen—you can’t get by without them. However, they also are an opportunity for adding a bit of flair to your space. Trending kitchen faucets are interesting, unusual and make a statement. Just be mindful to pick a design that is unique but still complements the surrounding aesthetic. For a traditional kitchen, you may want to choose an intricate brass or pewter faucet that looks vintage, whereas a statement faucet for a modern kitchen might be gold or matte black and mirror a geometric shape. Additionally, homeowners are more frequently choosing motion-control and hands-free faucets, which can help with both productivity and hygiene.
8. Adding Ancillary Spaces
Ancillary spaces, such as pantries, larder cupboards and utility rooms, are key features to complement an upscale kitchen situated within a custom home in Alachua County. They provide a dedicated storage area to stock everyday essentials away from your main kitchen so you can keep the space looking neat and uncluttered.
9. Employing Green Solutions
Words like “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” are popping up more frequently in the kitchen design world. You have plenty of options for environmentally conscious solutions for shelving and cabinets that utilize not only reclaimed wood but also bamboo and recycled plastic bottles. Other elements that crop up in the organic style include soft, neutral colors, brushed or matte finishes, and indoor herb gardens, plants and flowers. Whether you decide on reclaimed wood cabinetry, handmade tiles, energy efficient light fixtures, or re-purposed decorations, going green in the kitchen is highly in fashion — and good for the conscience!
10. Extending Your Backsplashes
Broadening your backsplash is a simple way to elevate the design of your Gainesville kitchen and create an elegant focal point that also serves a utilitarian purpose. The standard backsplash height is about 15 inches, but you can stretch it all the way to your range hood or up to your lower cabinets or even the ceiling for a more encompassing and cohesive look. There are numerous colors and patterns to choose from when it comes to a sophisticated kitchen backsplash, but it’s good to choose something versatile and timeless in case you want to alter your design aesthetic in the future.
11. Decorative Oven Range Hoods
Proper ventilation is another critical part of a kitchen, but a customized range hood can visually enhance your upscale kitchen in Gainesville as well. To make your range hood a focal point, you can use an accent color or unique shape so it becomes an architectural element. In 2021, slab materials, such as plaster, marble and thin veneer porcelain, are expected to see a surge.
12. Embracing Warm Finishes
Grays and whites are on the decline and warm finishes are taking their place in terms of kitchen trends. Copper, antiquated brass, and oil-rubbed bronze finishes are becoming the preference for cabinet hardware and faucets. They also pair well with the mid-toned wood features and warm hues—such as toasty neutrals, burnt oranges, sunny yellows, and fiery reds—that are currently trending.
Remodeling Your Gainesville Kitchen in 2021
Periodic kitchen renovations and upgrades are necessary to keep all the systems and features functioning well, as well as still on trend. However, kitchen remodeling also give you the opportunity to re-imagine the space to align with current trends or your changing tastes. Robinson Renovation & Custom Homes can help you design a kitchen remodeling project in Alachua County that improves on each aspect of the space, from functionality and convenience to the overall appearance.