Kitchens are the heart of the modern home and with more appliance and decor options than ever before, there are tons of easy ways to personalize yours. Check out these nine kitchen trends to watch and implement a few in your next kitchen remodel.
Retro is back and as big as ever. With all-white kitchens on the way out (though they will still remain a classic) opt for a more on-trend look with a vintage-inspired stove. These stoves can be expensive, but under a custom range hood, your stove goes from appliances to awe-inspiring in the kitchen. Most people try to draw attention away from their stoves but with these new retro-inspired stoves, your cooktop can become the centerpiece of the kitchen.
Though there will always be room for a classic fridge, modern, sleek refrigerators are making a big impact in kitchens. Modern fridges come in a variety of colors and finishes to blend seamlessly with the design of the kitchen. Doubling as decor, these refrigerators as stunning and worth the investment if you're looking to instantly level up your kitchen.
Smart tech is all over the home, so don't skip the kitchen when you're looking to implement AI in your home. You can now purchase several smart appliances for your kitchen that communicate with you and work to make your kitchen function seamlessly. If a smart fridge isn't in the budget, opt for a countertop tablet or something like the Amazon Alexa in your kitchen. These more affordable devices can take on the role of some of the smart appliances, making your kitchen more custom and user-friendly.
More and more, we're seeing kitchen appliances be hidden in custom cabinetry. In a fully custom kitchen, the fridge, pantry, and dishwasher may be hidden by cabinet doors. Sometimes the trash cans are hidden too. Using hidden appliances gives your kitchen a cleaner, more streamlined look. It can be an expensive install, so we recommend only hiding your appliances in a new build or during a full kitchen remodel.
Darker colors are making a comeback, and while a white kitchen will always have a timeless element, don't be afraid to have fun with color in your kitchen. With more colorful appliance options, you can match appliances to your colorful cabinets or use complementary colors to create a fun, personalized kitchen. Our current favorite trend in this area, retro-inspired green refrigerators.
Air Frying 101
When it comes to kitchen appliances, we're not just talking big items. Air fryers are becoming more and more popular in kitchens. Though it is another appliance to store, the love of air frying goes deep. With tons of great recipes and healthy swaps made possible by the air fryer, it makes sense that these affordable little wonders are popping up in kitchens all over the world.
Pretty in Pink (or Any Other Color)
And speaking of smaller appliances, if you need to upgrade your toaster, kitchen mixer, or even coffee maker, now is a great time. Recently, kitchen appliances have seen a big facelift. You can now buy beautiful, on-trend, and functional appliances all rolled into one. If you want a good example of what this looks like, check out Drew Barrymore's appliance line at Walmart.
Two in One
Cutting clutter is important in kitchens. If you want your kitchen to remain sleek and streamlined, go for appliances that serve more than one function. Especially if you don't have a lot of storage or a butler's pantry, combining appliances is a great way to save space. You can get instant pot attachments that turn your instant pot into an air fryer. You can get pasta-making attachments for your KitchenAid. When at all possible, try going for an appliance that has multiple functions—it's a big space saver.
Don't try to implement all of these trends in your kitchen at once. Pick a few that will take you a step or two closer to your dream kitchen and run with those. There's no need to break the bank trying to create a kitchen that looks like everyone else's. Take the time to be intentional and create a look you love.