Over the years, kitchens have evolved from being just a space for cooking to becoming a place for socializing and nurturing connections with family and friends. In 2024, the latest kitchen trends will focus on creating a calming and serene environment, adapting to various functions, and infusing the space with personality and charm. If you're planning a new build or renovation, here are the top kitchen trends of 2024 that you should consider.

 

Layered Lighting

The hottest trend in kitchen lighting is layering and creating a versatile ambiance. Homeowners are moving away from bold statement pendant lights over kitchen islands and dining areas, while celebrating integrated under-cabinet and toe-kick lighting to add functionality and a touch of glow. Sconces are also becoming popular in kitchens because they add a layer of lower light and look pretty when dimmed once the kitchen is closed for the evening. Under-cabinet lighting allows both functional and aesthetic illumination and architectural lighting, such as wall washes, to highlight key areas of design detail, such as beautiful backsplashes and range hoods.

Warm, Rich Colors

Monochromatic, all-white kitchens are no longer the go-to look. Instead, we’re witnessing a resurgence of dramatic color tones that introduce powerful contrast, such as warm, saturated hues paired with understated neutrals. Along with blues and greens, rich browns, smoky blues, and reds and purples are taking center stage to infuse kitchens with a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Mixing light or dark-stained woods in with saturated colors is also big. Even bolder colors like burgundy and shades of orange are creeping into kitchens, creating a charming look.

High Drama Marble and Stone

Natural materials, such as marble, are a given for counters and flooring. Homeowners are more accepting of 'imperfections' that arise over day-to-day use, allowing the surface to show its 'life stories.' Quartzite, which has earthy undertones and vibrant veining, is also popular. Many homeowners are prioritizing sustainability and low-maintenance materials.

Outdoor Kitchens and Connection to Nature

The integration of indoor and outdoor spaces is continuing to mature. Clients want seamless transitions to the outdoors with large sliding doors, similar materials, and complementary color palettes, allowing families and friends to enjoy the fresh air while cooking and entertaining. Indoors, the inclusion of 'wellness corners' is on the rise, with water filtration systems and dedicated green spaces for growing fresh herbs or sprouting microgreens. These trends combine the best of health-conscious living with the power of plants and biophilic design.

Induction Cooktops

​​​​​​​Induction cooking has been popular in Europe for decades and is becoming increasingly common in the U.S. It's fueled by the debate concerning the safety of gas stoves this past year. Induction cooking produces fewer fumes than gas cooking, so there's no necessity for a hulking extractor or vent hood. That opens up a lot more options in terms of recirculating downdrafts or even foregoing a hood in older homes where there's plenty of airflow already. Even legacy brands such as La Cornue make induction ranges, so there's an option for every kitchen style. Outdated and bulky appliances are definitely on the way out.

Communal Eat-in Kitchens

​​​​​​​Families are increasingly centering activities in the kitchen, lounging as much as they are cooking. Clients want kitchen layouts that invite their children and guests to come sit and stay awhile. Islands must accommodate the whole family, and counter stools must be comfortable. Even better is the integration of a kitchen table within the space, where community is made by sitting across the table, not just next to someone. In a world full of computer screens, it's the direct eye contact that we're all yearning for, a need that's trend-proof.
 

The latest kitchen trends of 2024 create a soothing retreat from reality, while still reflecting a stylish palette of beautiful design elements. By incorporating these trends, homeowners can create a multifunctional hub for cooking, dining, and socializing, where every member of the family can feel comfortable and at ease.

At Beauty Is Abundant, we're excited to incorporate these trends into our full-service interior design offerings, ensuring that your kitchen becomes a harmonious blend of style, functionality, and joy. Embrace the transformation and let your kitchen be a true reflection of the beauty that is abundant in your life.

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