2021 Kitchen Design Trends to Watch


A lot of us became reacquainted with our kitchens this past year as we spent the bulk of our time in our homes. Needless to say, kitchens became more than just a place to reheat leftovers or occasionally cook a meal.

Suddenly we are using them nearly every day, and new design trends focusing not only on functionality but also state of mind were born out of this new normal. Multi-purpose use, industrial fixtures, and emphasizing statement colors, eye-catching materials, and contemporary finishes have become important aspects of the modern kitchen. So, if you are re-thinking your kitchen and how it caters to today’s new reality, here’s a list of kitchen design trends to look for in 2021 devised by our Pismo Beach plumbers.

Hybrid Islands

Islands are a must in any kitchen with enough space to accommodate one, but it’s all about size and functionality these days, according to the 2021 National Kitchen and Bath Association trend report. Islands large enough to serve as a place for food prep, cooking, and storage along with space for work or eventual entertaining is a must.

This means room enough for a dining area/workspace with plenty of outlets and multi-media ports to go along with a cooktop, prep area and storage.


Since we’re spending so much time in our kitchen spaces, the days of using drab, sterile materials are over. Integrating stone on countertops, backsplashes and islands can really transform the room.

Moody/Dark Hues

The classic white, white and whiter is out. Enter impactful, moody palettes on cabinets and surfaces. Check out this dark-on-dark kitchen design for inspiration for space where anyone would be proud to entertain while also serving as a relaxing sanctuary for an intimate meal or quiet workspace.

Small-Space Solutions

If you don’t have a lot of space, and a big island – or an island period – is out, coming up with solutions for storage to minimize the clutter enough to still create multi-purpose areas is key. Using one wall for a bank of cabinets is a great way to streamline storage and open up space. Tall wall units for storage are another way to optimize space.

And if you have room, consider a small, floating island that can be easily moved out of the way when not in use. For more on kitchen organization, check out this previous blog.

Sink Fixtures

The basic kitchen sink is a thing of the past. Sink fixtures have evolved to cater to increased use while not forgetting style.

Professional faucets with high clearance and pull-down nozzles are perfect for people who do a lot of cooking; it makes washing those larger pans so much easier.

No-touch “smart” faucets are one thing, but today’s kitchen sinks have it all – from personalized settings to voice control.

Sinks that combine statement color palates and materials along with utility should accompany any new kitchen design. Think large, dual sinks that integrate the overall style of your kitchen into its functional design.

For more tips or questions on how to upgrade your kitchen to a modern-day, multi-use space, contact our professional Pismo Beach plumbers are a call or click away. Contact us online or simply by calling (805) 934-1949.

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