Staying home most of the time for the better part of a year changed how people feel about their kitchens. Many busy families who were always on the go may not have used their kitchens so much before. Now, everyone’s busy again but those kitchens have been used for a prolonged stretch. Homeowners have become intimately acquainted with what does and doesn’t work well with their current kitchen design.
As South Shore kitchen designers, we’re seeing this experience influence how homeowners are approaching their remodeling projects. Design trends that are having a moment right now can all be traced pretty directly to the lessons learned during COVID. Homeowners want larger sinks, more storage, and high quality appliances that function flawlessly.
This emphasis on functionality and a more comfortable kitchen to live and work in also explains what may be the death-knell of some popular kitchen design trends.
We have to admit that it might be too soon to count any of these trends out, but nationally, there’s been much less demand for monochrome kitchen design. The all-one color scheme – most usually white – can lose its appeal when you’re in the space for long periods of time. Not to mention, it can be very hard to keep an all-white kitchen looking its best.
Open shelving is also losing fans at a record pace during the pandemic. Because they’re constantly visible, open shelving requires some degree of organization and cleaning to look its best. Closing the cabinet door is much faster and easier. Hidden storage is the hottest trend of 2021, if industry experts are to be believed.
It’s important to give design trends the appropriate amount of weight in your South Shore kitchen remodel process. This varies on your goals for the home. If you’re planning to sell the house within the next 5-7 years, having an on-trend kitchen makes sense. The longer you plan to keep the home, the more sense it makes to focus on classic good design principles tailored to your personal style preferences.