13 Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2024

January 3, 2023
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Trends come and go like the weather. And kitchen design trends are no exception. Having just remodeled my kitchen not too long ago, and then finding out that some of the features of my kitchen are on their way out, could be very discouraging.

But honestly, who renovates their kitchen annually? Nobody!

That’s why focusing on timelessness over trendiness will bring a lot less stress. So, while this post is all about the top kitchen design trends we’ll see in 2024, the emphasis will be on keeping them timeless.

Let’s look at 13 top kitchen design trends that will stand the test of time.

13 Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2024

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Top Kitchen Design Trends #1: Long linear shelving

The past few years, many kitchen makeovers have included ripping out the upper cabinets. I thought about doing this in my kitchen for about a split-second and wisely chose not to. Not because I don’t love the look of open shelving, but rather to save my sanity.

I knew my kids would not appreciate my open shelves organization method of beautifully displaying our dinnerware for all to see.

Flashes of plates, bowls and cups (and yes, I mean plastic cups-they would not think twice about putting those on the shelves) randomly scattered across the shelves, stopped me in my tracks.

I’m thankful I didn’t just start ripping out cabinets without thinking this through for a second. Someday. Maybe.

In place of ripping out upper cabinets, people have been adding 2 or 3 floating shelves for all the things. However, this look can become very cluttered very fast. Which, in turn, has caused this trend to get the boot quickly.

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Instead of multiple shelves, one seamless shelf that blends in with the backsplash will give the space a more integrated, and clean look. This shelf can then be styled very beautifully.

However, this modern look will not work if you don’t have extra storage space to put all the kitchen necessities. In that case, I urge you to keep your upper cabinets.

Another trend that’s making headway fast is to open up the space above the countertops completely. In other words, no cabinets or shelves. Just a blank wall.

When done right with a beautiful backsplash this style can be stunning. But again, is it practical for you and your needs?

Counter slab along the back of the wall in a kitchen

Photo Credit:@mrcurtiselmy

Top Kitchen Design Trends #2: Zellige Tile

Out with the subway tile, in with the zellige tile. But before you go ripping out your subway tile, let me give you some peace of mind.

Subway tile is timeless. So, while some are saying that the look is out, it’s more about how the subway tile is finished. In other words, grouted.

The current trend is leaning towards subway tile that doesn’t have a dark grout. But more of a seamless look, with a lighter, cohesive grout.

Making this simple change to modernize your kitchen space is actually very easy and inexpensive.

However, if you’re looking to redo your backsplash soon, an option you may want to consider is–zellige tile.

Zellige tile is a glazed terracotta tile. Each tile has its own unique glaze, color and texture. No two zellige tiles are the same.

This handmade look is stunning with its beautiful coloring and texture. Every tile is its own unique piece of art.

Zellige tile with 2 cutting boards for top kitchen design trends post

Photo Credit: Brick City Tile 

Trend #3: Islands

As I mentioned before, not long ago, I was entrenched in a kitchen remodel. It was something I had been wanting to do for quite some time and I finally tackled it over the course of 6 months.

One of my biggest dreams for this remodel was a huge kitchen island.

I wanted plenty of space for our growing family to gather around. The desire for more island space has taken off over the last few years and is expected to continue to grow in 2024.

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While the traditional kitchen island is a bar with cabinets and/or shelving, look for this trend to possibly take on a new look in 2024.

Many people are opting for a large table and chairs to fill this space. This still encourages conversation and a place to gather.

Kitchen island with wooden bar stools

Design Choices #4: Designer appliances

Designer appliances have been a big mover and shaker in top kitchen design trends for a few years now. And it’s not going away anytime soon.

What a stunning way to make a statement in your kitchen!

While you’re still going to pay a little bit more for these beauties, more manufacturers are moving in this direction making them more affordable. Gone are the days of having to take out a second mortgage to afford a designer range.

Designer appliance range with pots and pans above it

Trend #5: Kitchens with color

People are tired of an all white kitchen and are ready to add some color. I kinda saw this coming and still chose to have an all white kitchen. Primarily, because once again, it’s timeless.

While the trend is moving away from it and wanting to add color, that is still doable with an all white kitchen.

There are so many benefits to an all white kitchen: makes the space feel bigger; exudes a clean, gentle and soothing feel; and once again, it’s timeless.

So, if you already have an all white kitchen and are not wanting to redo it, there are several ways to add warmth and color…

  • Add greenery or fresh flowers.
  • Bring in natural wood accents.
  • Add accent lighting.
  • Allow natural lighting to flow in, by not covering windows with blinds or curtains.

Kitchen island with bar stools for top kitchen design trends post

Design Trends #6: Mixing countertops

Everything does not have to match. And that applies to kitchen countertops too.

A great way to add texture and dimension, especially in an all white or neutral kitchen, is to have contrasting countertops.

I did this in my kitchen remodel and love the warmth the wood-stained island countertop adds to the space.  It contrasts well with my marble-toned countertops throughout the kitchen.

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Butcher block center islands contrasting with soapstone countertops on the surround is another great way to mix things up. Mixing these surfaces is definitely a look that will continue in 2024.

Center island with white bar stools

Top Kitchen Styles #7: Statement Range Hoods

Vent hoods have long been overlooked when redesigning a kitchen. However, this is all changing.

Forget settling for a boring steel hood. Statement range hoods are now in. This includes custom hoods made from colored metal, plaster or even wood.

You can explore range hood colors and textures online.

It’s worth noting that while some people have been turning their hood into a centerpiece, others have been taking the trend in the opposite direction.

This includes invisible hoods or disappearing ‘retractable’ hoods. Such hoods pair well with other minimal kitchen trends (such as the ‘no cabinets above the countertop’ trend).

A range hood in the 7 top kitchen design trends

Source: J Steven Kemp Architect

Top Kitchen Design Trends #8: Butler’s pantries

This is a concept I can back 100%. If you have the space to turn your pantry into a butler’s pantry, I highly recommend it.

Yet another change I made in our kitchen remodel. Moving all of the small appliances off the countertops freed up so much space. Removing the eyesore microwave above the range was a huge modern update in and of itself.

FROM BORING PANTRY TO BUTLER’S PANTRY

I love having the dedicated space in the butler’s pantry for all of these things.

Butler's pantry with retro microwave and toaster for top kitchen design trends post.

Trend #9: Shaker Cabinet Doors

Cabinet doors are not something you want to constantly be changing out. It’s much more cost-effective and convenient to find a cabinet door that is going to be a timeless design throughout the ages. Shaker cabinets will check these boxes.

These simple and elegant doors, characterized by their flat-panel design with clean lines and minimalistic detailing, have been a staple in kitchens for centuries.

Shaker cabinet doors look great integrated into any design theme.

Shaker cabinets and brass hardware for modern kitchen makeover

When remodeling my kitchen, I upgraded to shaker-style cabinets and love them!

I bought mine from The Cabinet Door Store and couldn’t be happier. Excellent service and the quality is superb! They were so easy to install too. Here’s a great post showing how easy it is to replace your cabinet doors.

I decided to go with an all-white cabinets look, but lately I’m considering painting them the new hot color for 2024–Green!

Look for green to hit the stage in cabinet paint colors in 2024!

Timeless Trend #10: Natural Materials

“Layering warm whites, earthy greens and wood tones…” According to NKBA, this is a glimpse of what we can expect to see in 2024.

A very warm color palette in the kitchen will be on-trend this year. Neutral colors, natural stone, and natural wood tones are very much a timeless look.

Using neutral shades like white, beige, and green provides a serene backdrop for showcasing materials like marble, granite, and quartz.

Incorporating these natural stones in countertops and backsplashes adds sophistication to your kitchen.

Likewise, the warm appeal of natural wood, in kitchen cabinets or flooring, brings an organic touch that never goes out of style.

Large open kitchen with all white cabinets, hardwood floors, and stained large doors leading outside.

Kitchen Design Trends #11: Quartz Countertops

This brings us to number 11 on our top classic kitchen design trends list. Quartz countertops offer both beauty and durability. And I’m happy to say, they are here to stay.

Timeless in every way, quartz countertops are a testament to the perfect blend of aesthetics and resilience. Their natural stone-like appearance, combined with modern engineering, allows for a wide range of colors and patterns.

This makes it easy to find the perfect match for your kitchen’s style.

Quartz countertops with a wooden cutting board for Top Kitchen Design Trends.

What sets quartz apart is its non-porous surface. Resisting staining, scratching, and bacterial growth, it’s an ideal choice for the busiest room in your home.

Whether you prefer a classic or contemporary kitchen, quartz countertops effortlessly adapt, ensuring that your kitchen remains both stunning and functional for years to come.

Timeless Kitchen Trend #12: Brass Accents

Brass accents are a captivating trend that can instantly enhance the look of your kitchen. Whether it’s cabinet hardware, faucets, light fixtures, or range hoods, brass details add sophistication and warmth.

Brass works well with various design styles, from modern to traditional. It’s warm, golden tones create a pleasing contrast against neutral backgrounds. Whether you choose polished or a matte finish, brass will add character to your kitchen.

Brass accents are a timeless choice and a classic look.

Loloi rug in front of a black center island

I love how my brass hardware contrasts well with my kitchen cabinetry. Here’s the link to the hardware I chose in my recent kitchen remodel.

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Timeless Trends #13: Single-Level Islands

As listed in design trend number 3, kitchen islands are here to stay. They will forever be a desired feature in kitchen patterns. However, what has changed is the design of the islands.

There was a time when a 2-tiered island was on-trend. Homeowners liked the feeling of separation it provided from the living room and the kitchen.

However, the upper-tier was less than ideal for anyone trying to enjoy their lunch in this space. With very little depth, it often felt very crowded.

Not to mention, open concept kitchens have since taken center stage and are much more the trend of today.

Kitchen island with a large artwork behind it for Top Kitchen Design Trends.

The 2-tiered island is very much a dated look in the sense of a small upper bar attached to a larger lower bar. When remodeling their kitchen, many people are tearing these out and going for a one-level island.

Or a new up and coming look is two tiers but done a little differently and more architecturally pleasing.

The key to a 2-tier island today is to ensure there is plenty of room on both tiers. While style is important, function is even more imperative.

Very modern kitchen with lots of wood accents.

I hope you found this top timeless kitchen design trends post to be helpful and easy to implement. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Drop your questions and comments below and I’ll get back to you soon.

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