Our favorite kitchen design trends and ideas


July 13, 2021CliqStudios Marketing

This modern kitchen incorporates exposed vents and brick walls to capture a perfect industrial look.

Check out some of our favorite design trends while keeping the power in 2020.

Gray and navy blue painted cabinets

In recent years, white-painted cabinets have dominated the kitchen design. Many homeowners found it an easy choice. White kitchen cabinets have a certain timeless quality and always brighten the space. As a neutral color, they play well with cool blue walls, green handles and knobs, even warm yellow counters.

We will probably never stop seeing white painted cabinets go out of style. However, a couple of new color trends have started to catch on.

First, we started to see a slight shift from white and the transition to gray. Gray shares many of the properties that people love about white, but in a slightly more subdued tone. Lighter shades of gray will never brighten the kitchen in the same way as white cabinets do. However, many come close, like CliqStudios’ Urban Stone and Harbor paint color. Being a naturally neutral color, gray also looks good alongside warm or cool colors.

Dark blue or dark blue painted furniture has also started causing a stir this year. Virtually unknown just a year or two ago, navy kitchen cabinets really took off! Many find the dark blue color to be an unexpected and classy color choice. While not as flexible as white or gray, navy cabinets work well with many decor styles. The navy kitchen islands were particularly popular when paired with white or light gray perimeter cabinets.

Quartz countertops

Granite, by our definition, is timeless. It has been here eons before anyone else and will surely outlive all of us. However, the only major flaw with granite is that it is a porous surface. Granite countertops need to be sealed and resealed properly on a regular basis. If they aren’t, that spilled red wine could soak it and outlive us along with the rest of that stone.

Quartz came to the rescue a few decades ago with the promise of a solid, non-porous surface. It was nearly impervious to stains and never needed to be sealed. At the time, however, quartz left many dissatisfied in the style department. But guys, how times have changed! Today’s quartz truly offers style, design and style. Modern manufacturing techniques have enabled the creation of solid quartz counters with designs that mimic the flow and movement previously only seen in granite!

Glass doors

Chances are your grandmother had some kind of hutch or glass-door cabinets in the wall units or cabinets. You may remember how he displayed his beautiful porcelain or collectible figurines. Well, although fine porcelain and collectible figurines are a rare find in modern households. Grandma was on something with those transparent doors.

Yes, the glass doors showcase everything inside. Your fine and not so fine plates, bowls and cups will be seen by all. However, cabinets with glass doors are also the perfect middle ground between solid cabinets and suspended or open shelves. They deceive the eye by giving the impression of a much more open space. However, keep everything protected inside. This means you get the benefit of a more modern, open look, without the constant dusting of exposed shelves.

With Mullion glass doors and quartz counter tops, this kitchen blends contemporary and traditional styles.

Hide accessories and appliances

Minimalism, or at least its spirit, has found its way onto the kitchen counter. Modern lives are quite messy; our kitchen counters shouldn’t be. Toasters, coffeemakers, blenders, blenders, cutting boards, and even microwaves are moving off the counter and into specialty cabinets. Many are finding new homes inside a small “appliance garage”, which neatly stores all those modern conveniences that are essential when not in use. (I mean, let’s be honest, most of the time.)

Industrial (ish)

Shortly after artists and bohemians began to reclaim warehouses and factories in the 1970s and 1980s, industrial design began to be embraced by the wider world of design. The appeal of large open floor plans, high ceilings, and tall windows is easy to understand. However, it was more than that: these industrial spaces embraced the bare essence of the materials used in their construction. These once-working spaces had little need for the soft, crumbly design elements commonly found in residential spaces. This unrepentant use of brick, concrete, glass, steel and exposed plumbing provided a refreshing change. Still, it provided the perfect counterpoint to traditional or modern furniture.

In recent years we have seen bookcases made of simple wooden planks and cast iron pipes appear, sitting next to a traditional and over-padded armchair. The former warehouse carts are cleaned up and reused as coffee tables. Just like other rooms in the house, more and more elements of both traditional and industrial design will enter the home kitchen space. A meeting between the best of both worlds! We’re already seeing it as a traditional shaker-style cabinet, it comes topped with concrete counter tops, combined with a farmhouse sink, and complemented by a tall gooseneck faucet that would look right at home in any commercial kitchen.

What styles have you seen emerging this year or which ones do you think will really start taking off in the next few years? Tell us in the comments!

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