Kitchen design tends towards a more intelligent and warmer design

A clean look is trending in kitchens for 2024, with a bonus if you use Pantone’s color of the year, Peach Fuzz.
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The most functional, valued and essential room in your home remains your kitchen – a sacred space where family members gather regularly to prepare meals, eat meals and gather socially. Given its growing importance, it makes sense to stay tuned to what’s new and different in kitchen design, professionals agree.

“The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home. Staying up to date with kitchen design trends ensures that homeowners will have a space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing,” says interior designer Brad Smith and CEO of Omni Home Ideas. “Making thoughtful design improvements can also impact the resale value of your home and prevent the kitchen from looking dated or lacking modern features.”

Diana Melichar, owner of Melichar Architects in Lake Forest, Illinois, says the kitchen has continued to evolve as a personal expression and reflection of the homeowners’ lifestyle.

“As we spend more time living and working in our homes, we are reinventing the way we dine and entertain, and our personal and eclectic styles shine through in our kitchen design selections,” she says.

So, what’s next in the kitchen of 2024? Here’s a look at the trends we can expect for next year.

“In 2024, we predict kitchens will become smarter,” says Ginadi Feldman, CEO of Feldman Construction, a local custom building company in the San Francisco Bay Area. “In my experience working with clients in the Bay Area, more clients than ever are asking for smart kitchens. This trend involves a greater emphasis on kitchens as spaces not only for cooking, but also for working, socializing and exercising. Imagine integrative workstations, smart appliances perfectly synchronized with your appliances and your versatile dining rooms.

Camie Anderson, an interior designer in Seattle, foresees cleaner kitchens in the coming months.

“Homeowners will look to eliminate visual clutter by integrating built-in appliances to replace countertop appliances, including espresso machines, steam ovens and rapid ovens,” she predicts. “Large luxury ranges with trendy hoods will also replace cooktops and wall ovens, in a nod to old world homes.”

Upgraded kitchen faucets are also expected, according to Danielle DeBoe Harper, senior creative style manager at Moen.

“Kitchen faucets are increasingly customizable to fit any home aesthetic. From handle designs and variety of finishes to innovative touchless technology, I think this increased sense of personalization will continue to evolve,” says DeBoe Harper. “And in the neo-retro kitchen design trend, homeowners might look more toward chrome, matte black, or brushed gold finishes to create a delightful contrast. Mixing metals in the kitchen to create contrast lets people to bring subtle attention to the most used light fixture in this room.”

Smith envisions more kitchens implementing open shelving next year, allowing homeowners to display their dinnerware.

“We will also see more smart kitchens incorporating the latest technology – from smart fridges to voice-controlled lighting. Eco-friendly countertops, cabinets and appliances will also be in demand, as homeowners increasingly turn to sustainable materials. And natural hues and tactile finishes will reflect the broader biophilic design trend, with earthy tones and textures popular,” notes Smith.

Melichar believes several key movements are underway and will gain momentum next year.

Homeowners are looking for color in their kitchens this year, says Diana Melichar of Melichar Architects in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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“The kitchen as a sterile, cold place is gone. Increasingly, homeowners are adding layers of colors, textures and finishes, as well as warmer tones with bold pops of color that can add edge playful and focal points. Organic and saturated colors are particularly popular, such as inky blues, dark forest greens and charcoal grays which give a timeless feel and pair well with classic furnishings, natural accents and transitional cabinet lines,” she says. “Rich browns, saffron yellows, and terracotta colors will most often be paired with neutral tones, like beiges and off-whites.”

Inner layering is another prediction from Melichar.

“From decorative kicks and feet on the bottom of cabinets to cabinet-style cabinets, we are seeing more and more furniture-like cabinets in homes. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets and concealed small appliances are also popular, as well as fabric and metal mesh inside doors. the panels as well as the stained glass windows are experiencing a revival,” she continues.

Expect glossy finishes and overly ornate design to take a backseat in favor of a more natural, minimalist aesthetic, according to Smith. And crisp white kitchens are also slowly evolving out of this space.

“I foresee the decline of monochrome kitchens and kitchens that look too industrial. The cold, sterile aesthetic doesn’t create as inviting an atmosphere. That means we’ll start moving away from excessive stainless steel and toward warmer materials,” says Feldman.

For kitchen inspiration, it helps to browse design magazines and websites, scour social media for ideas, and watch home improvement reality shows.

Warmer materials are making a comeback in kitchen design, says Ginadi Feldman of Feldman Construction in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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“Also consider consulting a kitchen designer or design-build firm. Experienced professionals can help you turn your ideas into reality, implementing both aesthetics and functionality,” Feldman adds.

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