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Color and Design Trends for 2021

2020 has been up and down. But this past year has helped us reconnect with our homes. Life in quarantine has encouraged us to make our homes a more functional place that reflects our own experiences, and design. Who is ready to wipe the slate clean and start fresh in 2021? Ring in the new year with some positive resolutions, and a toast for a happy new year! We have put together our favorite 2021 design trends to help you celebrate in style.

Trend No. 1. Calming Colors This past year has been full of stress. The main color theme in 2021 is “back to nature”. The major paint companies have recently released their color palettes – calm and soft shades inspired by nature. Among the shades are dusty lilac, fresh green, exotic orange, muted red, graphite, creamy mushroom. Most of the 2021 color palette is soothing with muted pastel shades, like blush. The key to cabinetry is finding the right color to compliment your kitchen. Green. The color of vegetation provides a lot of freshness and positivity. Because of its strong associations with nature, green is often thought to represent tranquility, good luck, health, and new beginnings.

Creamy Mushroom. Mushroom is a distinctive color—not too warm, and not too cool. The most appealing thing about mushroom is its ability to work in a variety of designs. With farmhouse vintage designs, Mushroom is a hue that harkens back to a simpler time. A pattern like a herringbone in Mushroom can add a bit of visual interest.

Grey Combinations. Neutral colors, such as gray, beige, creams, are one of the main trends this year. We prefer harmonious decorative colors, which combine with another color—especially yellow and pink. The richness of yellow makes it ideal to create a warmth to stop the grey walls from being too cold. Soft pastels are finding their way back into our hearts, such as blush, which make the color grey cozier.

Blue. As evidenced by Pantone’s pick for 2020 Color of the Year, shades of blue will continue to be popular. The blue color family, with its varying shades of light to denim to navy, has a calming effect that everybody loves along with a sense of comfort at home. Deep moody blues and rich blue greens are best paired with many other kitchen trends such as brass hardware and natural wood accents.

Black. We are going to see lots of black this year, especially in kitchens. Edgy but so classic, black cabinets pair perfectly with anything from warm wood shelves to crisp white backsplashes. The trend of combining two colors in kitchen cabinets is a great approach to change the whole feel of the room. Opt for deep, dark units and contrast with brighter shadows elsewhere to add depth and character to the space.

White. The all-white kitchen will probably never go out of style. But pair a fresh white with natural elements and some pops of color. But use creamy whites or those with a touch of beige to make it feel cozier.

Trend No. 2. Natural Materials

Wood. Durable materials like stainless steel, copper, tile, and wood will always have a place in a kitchen because they can stand the consistent use required. This kitchen is filled with durable materials that look beautiful and take a beating. Install treated butcher block countertops, and you will never have to worry about scorching or scratching up the surface. Maintain them regularly and butcher block countertops will reward you by aging gracefully, all while you chop, and mince. The trend is mixing natural wood finishes with colored cabinets. Most new kitchens are doing combination looks with stained islands, beams, furniture built-ins, and hoods.

Brass. The metal of the year is glimmering brass. Earlier, brass fixtures were in vogue. Today, brass comes in sleek finishes that shine and looks distinctive. To incorporate brass in your kitchen, weave it through your appliances, cabinet handles, knobs, pulls, faucets, and lighting. Brass is also the ideal shade for enhancing on-trend blues and green cabinetry, while adding a sophisticated touch which makes the design standout.

Trend No. 3. Smart Appliances

Technology. Smart appliance technology in the kitchen is playing a bigger part of our lives. Today, you can have a fully automated, voice-activated smart kitchen. Technology is applied in every function of your appliances. Some smart kitchens are built from the onset while others just incorporate smart devices on existing furniture to make the appliances smart. Here are a few examples to consider:

  • Refrigerators that alert when your groceries are running low or weather updates

  • Control the lighting from your phone

  • Coffee makers that make coffee as soon as you wake up

  • A blender that gives you the nutritional values as you add ingredients

Discrete Appliance Storage. While there will be an abundance of new tech gadgets in 2021, we do not necessarily want to see them. The appetite for discreet storage is expected to grow. Concealment solutions that create a streamlined finish are a key. A driving factor is how it saves space, and it gives a sleeker, more modern feel to their kitchen. This is helpful for homeowners with smaller kitchens in which every inch of space counts. This is also important in open-plan rooms where the kitchen is constantly on show. Hiding your washer and dryer behind doors that match the cabinetry is the best solution if you do not have a separate laundry room. As building-in has become more in demand, numerous manufacturers are developing appliances that are designed to sit together.

This kitchen has panels attached to the refrigerator, dishwasher, trash, and wine fridge in the same blue as the cabinets.

The growing importance of natural materials to new, colorful designs helps us reconnect with our homes. We can provide you with a beautifully designed home in the New Year. Just contact Creative Spaces Remodeling to assist you with your 2021 vision and help you celebrate in style.


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