The 10 Most Popular Kitchens of 2021

The 10 Most Popular Kitchens of 2021

  • Charlotte Living Realty
  • 12/28/21
This Trending Now story features the most-saved kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz since Jan. 1, 2021.

If you’re curious about which kitchen design styles and features resonated most with homeowners in 2021, this countdown of the most-saved kitchen photos of the year offers plenty of examples. You’ll find lots of natural materials, visual connections to outdoor spaces, wood beams, large kitchen islands and welcoming color and material palettes that mix warm wood tones, creamy whites, beautiful blues and gorgeous greens.
10. Sage Advice

Shere Kitchens chose Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Vogue to add a lovely sage accent on the island in this Surrey, England, kitchen. Plenty of drawers — there are 24 of them in this kitchen — make for an efficient use of space, helping to bring items in the back of the cabinets up to the front. An oversize range with a handmade-look tile backsplash gives the space a pronounced focal point, while beautiful greige cabinets (Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore) create a soothing backdrop.

9. Nice Nook

An L-shaped banquette breakfast nook takes center stage in this Chicago kitchen by Mason & Brass. It serves as an updated version of a traditional kitchen table, providing a wonderful eat-in space. Light wood cabinets, brass finishes and backsplash tile with a handmade look give the space sophisticated style without being fussy.

8. Island Star

Kitchen islands present an opportunity to introduce a different color from the rest of the cabinetry. Designer Jena Bula of Delphinium Design helped her Charlotte, North Carolina, clients land on Benjamin Moore’s Newburyport Blue for their island. The deep color provides contrast to the white cabinetry and complements the rich floor tone.

7. Coastal Casual

In this coastal Florida home, Coastal Custom Builders used wood beams and shiplap to create a rustic take on a coffered ceiling. The wood adds warmth and plays off the other natural textures in the room. And check out the way the team delineated the dining area within the open space by installing the beams in an X shape.
6. Green Scene

In this Southern California kitchen, Well Done Building & Design created a pleasingly calm palette with wood, marble-like quartz counters and a cabinet color that looks plucked from an herb garden (Retreat by Sherwin-Williams). Modern pendant lights, brass hardware and a special custom vent hood add the right amount of energy to the calm space. A 10-foot-long island offers face-to-face seating.

5. Natural Wonder

Designer Tamar Kestenbaum of Sienna & Sage Interior Design created smart storage solutions that allowed her Redmond, Washington, clients to skip upper cabinets. This allowed her to surround three sides of the room with spectacular window banks. The room’s neutral color palette lets the leafy views be the star of the show.

4. Hardworking Hub

This island hub includes the main kitchen sink, a dishwasher, trash and recycling pullouts, seating, lots of storage and plenty of prep space. Plus, a beverage fridge on the end lets family members and guests easily grab a drink without getting in the cook’s way.
3. White-and-Wood Winner

This Gaithersburg, Maryland, kitchen by Kate Adams of Case Design/Remodeling embraces a timeless white-and-wood palette. The island and custom vent hood bring in the rich colors and texture of hickory and provide warm contrast to the white cabinets, backsplash and marble-look island countertop. Black lighting and plumbing fixtures and black cabinet hardware join gray perimeter cabinets, a stainless steel sink and stainless steel appliances for a bit of industrial drama.

2. Mix It Up

In this Minnesota lake home kitchen, designer Laura Tays of Tays & Co Design Studios created a pleasing mix of colors and materials. The island features a rough-sawn white oak base with a soapstone countertop. The creamy white cabinets are Shoji White by Sherwin-Williams. The perimeter countertop is marble. A plaster range hood with a bronze accent band hangs over zellige backsplash tile. Glass-front cabinets on the island end store extra dishes.

1. Collected Look

The most popular kitchen of 2021 also mixes colors and materials, creating a style that looks pieced together over time. Austin, Texas, designer Ariel Bleich balanced raw wood ceiling beams and other wood details with glass-front cabinets, textured taupe-colored backsplash tile and a dollop of blue cabinetry to keep the eye moving. A warm and creamy shade of white (Marshmallow by Sherwin-Williams) on the rest of the cabinets, walls and trim keeps the space from veering too sterile.
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