Last year saw extravagant Art Deco, over-the-top maximalism, and even Barbiecore all have their day in the sun, but 2024 promises a calmer, more subdued approach to kitchen design. Creativity, our kitchens are becoming increasingly important as places that foster connections with family and friends.
In other words, homeowners want their space to feel like a safe haven. “In 2024, ‘living of living’ is on the design priority list,” says Kelly Kelly, CEO and Creative Director of Kelly Kelly Studio. “People are increasingly choosing multipurpose spaces that can be adapted to a variety of functions, such as kitchen islands that integrate seating and storage to create a multifunctional hub for cooking, eating and socializing.”
Whether you’re planning a new home or sprucing up your cooking space with fresh paint on your cabinets, you can incorporate many of these trends into your design plans. Most of the top kitchen trends for 2024 will make life in the kitchen easier, streamlined, and less chaotic. After the uncertainty of the past few years, we all deserve a space that takes our minds off of reality while reflecting a stylish palette of beautiful design elements. This is what experts say will be hot in the year ahead.
layered low-key lighting
“The hottest trend in kitchen lighting is layering to create a versatile atmosphere,” says Kelly. “In kitchen islands and dining areas, we’re seeing a trend away from bold statement pendant lights in favor of integrated under-cabinet and toe-kick lighting that add functionality and shine.”
Sconces are another lighting trend that combines style and practicality. “Bright overhead recessed lighting can cause glare on kitchen work surfaces,” says Ashley Makuga, principal designer at Collected Interiors. “We love installing sconces in the kitchen because they add a layer of lower light and look so beautiful when dimmed after the kitchen is finally closed in the evening.”
Makuga agrees that subtle supplemental lighting is essential. “Under-cabinet lighting allows for both functional and aesthetic lighting, but because it’s hidden, it feels a little mysterious as to where the light is coming from.” Makuga also recommends a beautiful backsplash or range hood. We predict that we will see more use of architectural lighting, such as wall washes, to highlight key areas of design detail, such as:
I definitely don’t like flashy lighting. “There’s a lot of light that overwhelms the kitchen,” says Shelby Van Daley, founder and principal designer of Daley Home. “A simple light allows you to see the entire kitchen.”
warm rich colors
Monochromatic all-white kitchens aren’t as popular as they once were. “We’re seeing a resurgence of dramatic color tones that offer strong contrasts, such as combinations of warm, saturated hues and muted neutrals,” says Kelly. In addition to blues and greens, rich browns, smoky blues, reds and purples take center stage, imbuing the kitchen with a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Mixing light or dark stained wood with saturated colors is also great. “I think the balance between painted and wood cabinets is really important,” says Macuga. “Color adds character and charm to a space, and stained wood adds warmth and depth to a space.”
But bolder colors are starting to appear in the kitchen. “Burgundy and orange hues are creeping into the kitchen,” says Bethany Adams, president of Bethany Adams Interiors. “It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for a cozy kitchen, there’s no better palette than this.” If you want to start small, just stain or paint the cabinet knobs, he says. suggests Van Daley. “This creates a very attractive look in the kitchen.”
Matte black and titanium finishes are becoming increasingly popular. However, brass remains popular, especially for its vintage look, says Laura Williams, lead designer at ATX Interior Design.
Hydrama marble and stone
Natural materials such as marble are given to counters and floors. “White marble has been considered a risky material choice for countertops in recent years because it is prone to staining and chipping,” says Williams. “But homeowners are taking risks because of their natural fine veins and movement. They are more accepting of the ‘imperfections’ that occur during daily use, and are allowing surfaces to tell their ‘life story’.” can be shown. ”
Quartzite’s earthy undertones and vibrant veining are also popular. “Using these types of materials not only provides a connection to the beauty of the natural world, but also evokes a sense of sanctuary and harmony within the home,” says Makuga.
Many homeowners are prioritizing sustainability and low-maintenance materials. “Clients are embracing varieties that resemble natural stone with products such as the Silestone Le Chic collection and his Dekton Pietra Kode collection,” says Kelly.
Butler’s pantry and plenty of storage
It is true that there is not a lot of storage space in any room, especially in the kitchen. “The butler’s pantry continues to be the hottest thing in the kitchen,” says Adams. “With dedicated space for storing china and sometimes a wet bar, these kitchen annexes are the pinnacle of luxury living.”
It’s also great to make the most of your ink kitchen storage. “Currently, more than ever, clients are looking for functional kitchens, so we’re using more drawer inserts and drawers to create organization that didn’t exist before.” Daly says.
Additionally, homeowners are exploring innovative layouts, such as “hidden” kitchen and pantry walls, which allow cooking areas to be stored away when not in use and maintain a clean, minimalist look. Kelly says. A scullery or dirty kitchen also provides practical space for storage, preparation, and cleanup to maximize cooking efficiency.
Outdoor kitchen and connection with nature
Another trend that continues to mature is the integration of indoor and outdoor spaces. “The client wanted a seamless transition to the outdoors using large sliding doors, similar materials, and a complementary color palette so family and friends could enjoy fresh air while cooking and entertaining,” Kelly said. says.
Indoors, the inclusion of “wellness corners” is increasing. These spaces have water filtration systems, such as Zip Water Hydrotap, and dedicated green space for growing fresh herbs and sprouting microgreens, Kelly says. These trends combine the best of health-conscious living with the power of plants and physiological design.
Induction cooking has been popular in Europe for decades and is becoming increasingly common in the United States, a trend spurred by last year’s debate over the safety of gas stoves. “Induction cooking produces less smoke than gas cooking, so you don’t really need a huge extractor fan or fume hood,” says Adams. “This opens up more options in terms of recirculating downdraft or omitting the hood in older homes that already have plenty of airflow.”
Traditional brands like La Cornue also make induction ranges, so there’s a choice to suit every kitchen style. “If a Chanel handbag came with a kitchen appliance, it would be the La Cornue series,” says Makuga. On the other hand, outdated and bulky home appliances are steadily becoming obsolete. Brands such as Hestan reflect the desire for high-performance smart appliances that blend seamlessly into design, while offering cutting-edge functionality and energy efficiency, Kelly says.
Shared eat-in kitchen
Who thought the humble kitchen table would be considered a design trend? But the rumors are true, says Macuga: “Families are increasingly focusing their activities in the kitchen, relaxing as much as cooking.” I want a kitchen layout that invites. For example, the islands should accommodate the whole family, and the counter stools should be comfortable.
Even better, incorporate a kitchen table into the space. Not just sitting next to someone, but sitting across the table creates a community. “In a world full of computer screens, what we probably all crave is direct eye contact,” says Makuga, a need that doesn’t go out of style.
Arricca Elin SanSone writes about health and lifestyle topics such as prevention, country living, and Women’s Day. She has a passion for gardening, baking, reading, and spending time with her loved ones and dogs.