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7 Kitchen Trends Taking Over The Design Industry in 2024

The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Organization) released a market research report identifying the top kitchen design trends for 2024. In this guide we will go over a few of the top choices of surveyors.


A modern kitchen with wooden cabinetry, a statement range hood, and a marble countertop
PHOTO: REBECCA MCALPIN; DESIGN: LORI KURNITSKY, NCIDQ, OLGA CARLSON, AND MICHELE PLACHTER

We're not ashamed to admit that we save, pin, and like countless kitchens on Pinterest and Instagram (even if we don't have a renovation going on, we can still dream, right?) NKBA recently released survey results about the 2024 kitchen design trends and we were pumped to read the report.


The report shares trends for the next three years including colors, materials, and finishes for residential kitchens. In summary, warm neutrals and lighter wood kitchens are growing in popularity and the all-white and grey kitchens are on their way out.


 

Solid Surfaces as Backsplashes

Solid surfaces as backsplashes are gaining popularity as they look luxurious and are easier to clean and maintain. It is a sleek and contemporary alternative compared to the traditional tile in most kitchens. In general, warm neutrals, muted colors, and earthy tones are the top choice for respondents.



A modern kitchen with a quartz backsplash and countertop, wooden cabinetry, and white quartz with grey veining
PHOTO: CREATIVASTUDIO/GETTY IMAGES

Gold Finishes

For a while, black finishes were known as the modern hardware finish; according to 50% of respondents, gold finishes are the number one choice for hardware followed by stainless steel and lastly black. Gold hardware works perfectly with neutral tones creating a sophisticated contrast. Matte, brushed, or satin will be the top choice because fingerprints and smudges are hidden compared to polished finishes.


Wood Cabinetry

Natural wood adds earthy tones and warmth into a kitchen; white oak and walnut are favored by surveyors. In terms of cabinetry style, Scandinavian, modern, and mid-century styles will be very popular. Flat panel cabinets are sleek and have clean lines giving them a modern and minimalist appearance. Flat panel cabinets without hardware are also growing in popularity as they feature a push-to-open technology.



A wooden cabinet kitchen with cozy warm neutral tones
Photography by Andrey Bezuglov Interior design: FILD

Quartz Countertops

Over 78% of respondents voted quartz as their top choice for countertop surfaces. Followed by quartz was quartzite, granite, sintered stone, and marble. There's no question as to why it was voted the top material; it is very easy to maintain, durable, stain resistant, and heat-tolerant. It comes in a range of colors and patterns and can mimic natural stone as well. In general, lighter countertops will be preferred to a darker cabinet pairing. Waterfall islands will also still be in giving a kitchen a luxurious and modern feel.


Layered Lighting

Layered lighting makes a big impact on the feel of your home. By combining different fixtures and sources in your kitchen, you can create a balanced and functional lighting scheme that will enhance appeal and function in your kitchen.


Designer and NKBA member Julee Ireland says, “Lighting is the jewelry to your home and creating layers from the ground up is so important. I love to use soft LED base lighting, especially around the island, under-cabinet lighting, cove lighting, and then something unique and spectacular over the kitchen island, and some wall sconces depending on the design.”



Layered lighting kitchen with a quartz backsplash and countertop, wooden cabinetry, glass cabinets, an island range, and flat panel cabinets
Design: Extreme Design

Statement Range Hoods

High-end kitchens are incorporating statement range hoods to make a kitchen feel more luxurious and custom. 67% of designers choose to make the hood the focal point of the kitchen. The hoods come in a range of materials including stainless steel, brass, and copper; there are various styles including traditional, modern, and transitional. A statement range hood can transform the entire look and feel of your kitchen whether you're looking for a modern design or a more traditional style.


Coffee Stations

Another microtrend that is gaining popularity is a coffee or beverage station incorporated into the kitchen layout. Creating a dedicated station is prominent for coffee lovers who savor the ritual of brewing and enjoying their favorite cup of coffee. It not only adds convenience to your kitchen but also an overall aesthetic. Consider incorporating storage, open shelves, or baskets to keep everything organized and within reach.



A wooden coffee station in a qhite quartz kitchen with various coffee appliances inlcuding Smeg, Breville, a toaster, a coffee pot, and coffee maker
PHOTO: DARREN CHUNG FOR DAVONPORT

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