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These Are the Top Kitchen Trends for 2021
Green cabinetry is here to stay.
There’s no question that 2020 has increased the importance of home like never before. But nowhere is that shift more apparent than in the kitchen: City dwellers who have been storing sweaters in their stoves à la Carrie Bradshaw are now actually using the appliance to cook, while empty-nesters, most familiar with meals for two, have once again been tasked with feeding a household full of hungry young adults. The year ahead may indeed look brighter at this moment, but the need for comfort at home won’t be fading anytime soon—it will only continue to grow, in fact. So with that in mind, whether you have a sleek, modern kitchen or a small utilitarian space, read on for ELLE Decor’s top kitchen trends to look for in 2021, featuring natural tones, luxury appliances, and more.
This bold color trend actually may have started a few years ago in Cameron Diaz’s Kelly Wearstler–designed home, but green cabinets took on a new cult following this past year thanks to Gen Z’s worship (on TikTok, of all places) of Dakota Johnson’s alligator green kitchen. The green tones may be more muted nowadays, but it’s clear that this color family is here to stay.
With eating out on the wane, it sometimes seemed as if 2020 was the year of doing dishes: So. Many. Dishes. If you live in an urban environment, where a dishwasher isn’t always a given, you need to minimize those dishes and look for cookware that offers multiple functions. The Our Place Always Pan can do everything from braising and searing to sautéing and boiling. And if storage is tight and you need to leave it out on your counter, it looks great, too.
Spending more time in the kitchen than ever before also leads to typical wear and tear happening in light speed. So using heavy-duty materials and finishes has become more important than ever. Farrow & Ball’s new Modern Emulsion paint finish is washable and is extra durable, making it perfect for both kitchen walls and even the cabinets themselves.
Whether you’ve gotten really into baking this year or simply have more mouths to feed at home, increased kitchen storage is an absolute necessity and will continue to be in 2021. So get out your baskets and take a cue from the pantry of this chic Madrid apartment (which just happens to be the onetime home of screen legend Ava Gardner).
As noted above, the kitchen has become everyone’s favorite restaurant this year, and people are seeking out appliances to match. Bertazzoni’s Heritage series range offers professional chef–level quality for the home.
Dada’s 2020 collections show off the brand’s wall-to-wall seamless cabinetry and sharp, clean lines. This sleek, effortless aesthetic is sure to carry over into 2021.
If it wasn’t already so before 2020, washing our hands is now an essential part of our daily routines. Smart voice-activated faucets allow for a no-touch process from start to finish, which translates into fewer germs being transferred onto surfaces in the end.