The 9 Kitchen Trends Designers Are Most Excited About for 2024 (2024)

2024 is officially here, and with it are some bold design predictions about the way we will outfit our kitchens. We tapped several design experts from across the country and took a look at the 2024 Kitchen Trends Report from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) to see what design obsessives anticipate will be popping up on our Instagram feeds and TikTok algorithms next year.

Many of these design trends are appealing in terms of improving functionality and quality of life and don't discriminate based on one designer's aesthetic preferences—however, there are some opposing views from how our panel of creatives expects to see our kitchens become more layered in 2024. The good news? You can distill these kitchen trends for 2024 to fit your own creative vision for a more personal cook space that better reflects your household's personality and your surrounding environment.

Quiet Luxury

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Executive Vice President of Marketing at York Wallcoverings DeAnna Hain predicts that the quiet luxury trend is here to stay. She says, "We’re looking at midnight blues, or blacks which mix well with dramatic raw marbling—leaning into sensual and moody spaces balanced with metallic shine. We’ll also see spaces reflecting rich browns; York Wallcoverings' Color of the Year, Bay Brown, reflects this quiet luxury trend and the popularity of understated neutrals."

Out-of-the-Box Storage

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Several designers mentioned the importance of broadening our kitchen storage options, whether it's creating more purposeful, customizable drawers and cabinets or opting for larger scullery-type pantry spaces—a carryover trend we just can't get enough of.

"I think there is going to be a resurgence of kitchens with furniture in the new year," says Blair Moore of New York City- and Rhode Island-based Moore House Design. "Instead of wall-to-wall or perimeter cabinetry, I think we will see more floating center islands, vintage hutches, and cabinets used for kitchen storage and less streamlined, built-in cabinetry. And I am totally here for this!"

Here, Chauncey Boothby employed bistro shelves and a generous island to create plenty storage space for a young family without using traditional perimeter cabinetry in a Larchmont, New York home.

Fluted Texture

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Designer Claudia Afshar of Claudia Afshar Luxury Interiors says, "Fluting and texture have been rapidly growing in popularity and I believe these elements are going to have a big moment in 2024. Fluted materials offer a timeless design while bringing depth and dimension into spaces. My latest collaboration with Cosentino, Dekton Ukiyo, features ready-to-install fluted tiles, one of the first of its kind in the industry. It’s inspired by Japanese and contemporary design and is an excellent way to incorporate texture through surfacing."

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Tile Everywhere

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Both Roger Higgins of R. Higgins Interiors in Nashville and Chicago-based designers Tom Riker and James Dolenc of James Thomas Interiors mentioned an emphasis on tile usage beyond a basic backsplash. Higgins says that he believes the new year will bring patterned tile that offers both color and greater visual interest in the kitchen.

"Color is certainly back in kitchens, and we love a fully tiled kitchen harkening back to a scullery," Riker and Dolenc say. "Zellige tile is popular at the moment and can add bold color and a dramatic feel to a kitchen."

Here, designer David Kleinberg takes a glazed tile from wall to wall, even adorning the vent hood for a sleek, seamless look in this Connecticut lake house.

Saturated Hues

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"Exciting pops of color add a sense of vibrancy and life to a space," says Atlanta-based designer Melanie Millner of The Design Atelier. "As we head into 2024, contrasting colors combined with neutral tones will likely be an emerging trend in kitchen design."

Many of the designers we polled noted penchants for saturated hues on kitchen cabinets, a nod to the burgeoning British-inspired interiors moment we're having stateside. New York-based designer Sara Story says she's currently "enchanted by the allure of yellow." She believes it's a perfect color for chic cabinetry, as it evokes cheerfulness and joy—perfect for the heart of your home. Story recommends pairing it with a cool blue quartzite for a bit of contrasting vibrancy.

Here, San-Francisco based designer and hotelier Jay Jeffers utilizes Benjamin Moore's Witching Hour to create a statement cook space that still feels timeless. Jeffers says that leaning into deep blues, greens, rich browns, and jewel tones will create a cozy, welcoming kitchen instead of a cold and sterile utilitarian space.

Inspiration from Nature

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Bringing the outdoors in has been a common thread in kitchen design for the last few years, but designers are taking it to new heights (quite literally). Cathy Purple Cherry of Purple Cherry Architects believes there will be more elimination of upper kitchen cabinetry to maximize window size and allow more natural light into our cook spaces. Additionally, several designers noted a shift towards more layered lighting in the kitchen instead of one or two harsh overhead fixtures for a more ambient space.

Nicole Gibbons, founder of Clare, says that she's seeing a growing trend towards green paint colors across the board, from rich, forest-y tones to gray-ish hues. However, aesthetic isn't the sole reason for leaning into the natural world for inspiration.

"Air quality remains top of mind in homes, so we’re seeing a lot of moving glass panels, giant sliding doors, and window systems requested," says Andrew Pharis of Colorado-based Vertical Arts Architecture.

Here, Amanda Lindroth leans into an abundance of natural fibers, employs a botanical wallpaper, and brings in plenty of natural light for a refreshing, energizing kitchen in a Bahamian home.

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Designated Beverage Areas

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The NKBA's 2024 Kitchen Trends Report noted that there is growing interest in dedicated beverage areas, plus more beverage-centric storage space in fridges and pantries. Whether you have an intense morning coffee ritual that requires several gadgets (or just one show-stopping espresso machine), are dreaming of an at-home smoothie bar, or you're saving space for a swoon-worthy kitchen bar setup, there's never been a better time to take the leap and make your cook space more suited to your lifestyle.

Considering multiple designers shared that they're noticing a rise in thoughtfully blending the kitchen's design with the home's architecture—and expanding it into larger spaces—creating a dedicated bar space may be just the thing to best utilize your square footage for entertaining.

Leaning Into a Wider Variety of Materials

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"Warmth is always 'in,' but the combination of pattern, texture, and saturated hues feels incredibly inviting," says Higgins. "There have been great strides made with solid surfaces and porcelain material used for countertops and, because of this, I think we’ll be seeing more creative use of those materials in 2024."

Daniel Kahan, principal at Smith and Moore Architects, Inc. in West Palm Beach, says he is seeing more integration of stone and metal detailing into kitchen cabinetry itself, rather than as a trim or top. He expects to see more demand for this trend, along with hardware integration and the overall integration of kitchen into larger spaces of the home.

Pharis and several other of our expert design sources also noted increased demand for more sustainable materials, particularly responsibly sourced wood in more natural finishes. Brian Sawyer of Sawyer|Berson in New York says that he's noticing a return to cabinetry that exhibits the natural grain as opposed to heavy lacquers and glossy paints.

Here, Richard Keith Langham makes bold yet brilliant use of a blend of woods, from the bark bar panels to the maple island topper, to create a one-of-a-kind cookspace that blends swimmingly with the rural landscape in a Mississippi hunting lodge.

Mixed Metals

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Pharis says that satin nickel is regaining favor over brass for finishes, but he expects to see a rise in the use of mixed metals to make use of elements clients already love with new additions.

So don't be afraid to mix gold, silver and brass—as you can see in this kitchen by Jason Arnold, they all play well together and add a sense of vintage-feeling warmth.

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Regarding the concepts mentioned in the article about kitchen design trends for 2024, let's explore each one in more detail:

Quiet Luxury

The quiet luxury trend in kitchen design is expected to continue in 2024. This trend involves incorporating elements such as midnight blues, blacks, dramatic raw marbling, metallic shine, and rich browns to create sensual and moody spaces balanced with understated neutrals [[1]].

Out-of-the-Box Storage

Designers anticipate a resurgence of kitchens with furniture-like elements in 2024. This trend involves moving away from traditional wall-to-wall or perimeter cabinetry and embracing floating center islands, vintage hutches, and cabinets for kitchen storage. The goal is to create a more personalized and less streamlined look [[2]].

Fluted Texture

Fluting and texture are predicted to have a big moment in kitchen design in 2024. Fluted materials offer a timeless design while adding depth and dimension to spaces. Ready-to-install fluted tiles, such as Dekton Ukiyo, inspired by Japanese and contemporary design, are expected to be popular for incorporating texture in kitchen surfaces [[3]].

Tile Everywhere

In 2024, there will be an emphasis on using tiles beyond basic backsplashes in kitchen design. Designers anticipate the use of patterned tiles that offer color and greater visual interest in the kitchen. Zellige tiles, known for their bold colors and dramatic feel, are mentioned as a popular choice [[4]].

Saturated Hues

Exciting pops of color are expected to add vibrancy and life to kitchen spaces in 2024. Designers suggest using contrasting colors combined with neutral tones for an emerging trend in kitchen design. Saturated hues on kitchen cabinets, such as deep blues, greens, rich browns, and jewel tones, are mentioned as a way to create a cozy and welcoming kitchen [[5]].

Inspiration from Nature

Bringing the outdoors into the kitchen will continue to be a trend in 2024. Designers anticipate the elimination of upper kitchen cabinetry to maximize window size and allow more natural light into the space. There is also a shift towards more layered lighting instead of relying solely on overhead fixtures. Green paint colors and the use of natural materials, such as natural fibers and responsibly sourced wood, are mentioned as popular choices [[6]].

Designated Beverage Areas

There is growing interest in dedicated beverage areas and beverage-centric storage space in kitchens. This trend reflects the desire for specialized spaces for coffee rituals, smoothie bars, or kitchen bar setups. Blending the kitchen's design with the home's architecture and expanding it into larger spaces is also mentioned as a way to create dedicated bar spaces [[7]].

Leaning Into a Wider Variety of Materials

In 2024, there will be a focus on using a wider variety of materials in kitchen design. Solid surfaces and porcelain materials are expected to be creatively used for countertops. Stone and metal detailing may be integrated into kitchen cabinetry itself, and there is an increased demand for sustainable materials, such as responsibly sourced wood in natural finishes [[8]].

Mixed Metals

Mixed metals are expected to be used in kitchen design to make use of elements clients already love with new additions. Mixing gold, silver, and brass finishes is mentioned as a way to add a sense of vintage-feeling warmth to the kitchen [[9]].

Please note that the information provided is based on the content of the article and may not reflect the entirety of kitchen design trends for 2024.

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