2021 Kitchen Remodeling Trends To Keep An Eye On

Did you bake your way through 2020? If so, you're not alone. Many homeowners spent more time preparing food at home last year. For many, this extra time in the kitchen called attention to kitchen problems like outdated appliances, lack of counter space, and lack of storage space.

2021 kitchen remodel trends reflect the activities of the previous year. While some homeowners may be planning to make minor changes to the appearance of their kitchen, others are getting ready to make a complete overhaul of the way their kitchen looks and functions. In 2021, we expect to see a variety of kitchen trends that focus on making the kitchen a more useful and attractive room for spending time while at home. 

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1. Kitchen Expansions


Many older homes have small kitchens with minimal countertop space and little room for eating in. If your kitchen misses the mark in terms of size, there are many ways that you can expand your kitchen. 

Wall Removal

Removing one or more walls to create an enlarged space is one way that homeowners expand the size of their kitchen, without the expense of expanding the foundation. Wall removal is very popular right now because open layouts give homeowners the ability to mingle with their family members while engaging in separate activities. Open layouts are also popular among people who enjoy entertaining!

Bump Out

A bump out is a type of home addition that doesn't require a new foundation to be added on to the home's old foundation. Bump outs are popular because they're far less expensive compared to additions that impact the home's foundation. How does it work? Your contractor will build a small, cantilevered space off the home's existing foundation.

Bump outs are the perfection solution for a homeowner who wants to make a small addition of about 50 square feet to their kitchen. Bump outs add just enough space to install new cabinets and counters, or a breakfast nook.

Full Kitchen Expansion

Want a lot more space in your kitchen, not just a little? Talk to your contractor about installing a full kitchen expansion, to add a breakfast nook or dining area, pantry and more. 

2. Appliance Upgrades

Old appliances can be energy inefficient and difficult to use. They also break down frequently! In 2021, we predict that homeowners who struggled to use their older appliances in 2020 will take the initiative to install new appliances like a new dishwasher, refrigerator, cooktop and oven, garbage disposal and more. Upgrading your kitchen's appliances can improve your home's value while also reducing your utility bills. Look for the ENERGY STAR label on the appliances you're thinking about buying, to get the most value for your money. 

3. Bold Kitchen Cabinets

Bold Kitchen Cabinets

For many years, white was the color that homeowners craved in their kitchens. Now those white kitchens are starting to look a little stark and bare. Bold colored kitchen cabinets are making a come back, and in 2021, we expect to see many homeowners refinishing their wooden cabinets in colors like navy, dark gray, green and even brave colors like pink!

If you're refinishing your cabinets in 2021, work with an experienced contractor to ensure that your cabinet refinishing is durable and remains beautiful for years to come. Choose a color that can be integrated into a variety of color schemes, so you'll have the flexibility to make changes to kitchen decor down the road.

4. Engineered Stone Countertops

Solid surface and laminate countertops may have had their day in the sun, but in recent years, these materials have been outperformed by more durable materials like stone. Engineered stone (also called quartz) is the material of choice for the coming year. It's made from crushed stone dust and resin, and it's the most low-maintenance, durable countertop material in mass production today. Benefits of engineered stone include:

  • Scratch resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • No sealing required
  • Can be made to resemble a variety of natural materials, like granite and marble

Does this sound good? Talk to your contractor to find out more about how you can have engineered stone countertops installed in your home. 


5. Slab Backsplashes

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Homeowners seeking low-maintenance kitchens in 2020 realized that slab backsplashes are far easier to clean and maintain than tile backsplashes! They also create visual continuity that can unify the kitchen space, making it seem less cluttered and more open. 

6. Dual-Level Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands have been popular for years, but lately they've experienced a resurgence in popularity as homeowners experimented with their size, shape and layout. Dual-level kitchen islands are the in-thing for 2021!

With a low counter for food prep and a high counter for serving food and drinks, your kitchen island becomes the place to gather and the place to get work done. You'll be able to make food while your children do homework, or you'll be able to serve guests while you line up hors d'oeuvres on a platter.

Excited About 2021 Kitchen Remodel Trends? Get Started On Your Kitchen Update

If you're one of the many homeowners who are excited about 2021 kitchen remodel trends and you can't wait to upgrade your home's kitchen in the coming year, get started by making an appointment for a consultation with a respected kitchen remodeling contractor in your area.

At Peacock & Company, we help homeowners like you make their kitchens into the space they've always wanted. Check out our gallery page to see examples of what your kitchen could look like after your home update. Give us a call at 574 289 4992 or make an appointment for a free consultation.

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