Kitchen trends to avoid in 2021: looking for alternative solutions

Kitchen trends to avoid in 2021: looking for alternative solutions

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Today, the concept of trends in the interior is somewhat vague – the designers themselves speak about this. Over the past two or three years, no one has already required scrupulous observance of stylistic accuracy within the framework of one direction. A harmonious and balanced mix of details, a light touch of eclecticism, a sense of individuality – just such a design is relevant today.

However, this does not mean that absolutely any techniques are permissible in designing a house or apartment today. Specific trends unobtrusively dictate options for arranging living space. They change over time, but the fundamental principles are already known, based on which the most fashionable interiors of 2021 will be created:

  • free open spaces, an abundance of air and light;
  • calming, relaxing color palette;
  • laconic, precise forms and clear lines;
  • extremely moderate use of decor;
  • priority for natural materials.

These trends are also valid for kitchens, where gross stylistic mistakes are often made in decoration and furnishings. Designers suggest paying attention to solutions that should be avoided in 2021.

Bar counter

The bar counter as an element of kitchen design appeared in the arsenal of designers in the early 60s. Immediately became a real find for those who spend a lot of time outside the house and, at the same time, did not mind creating the atmosphere of a stylish loft in their apartment.

However, time has shown its impracticality. Gathering as a large family at a narrow high table is inconvenient, and due to the growth in the number of bars and clubs, it becomes less and less necessary to equip a special area at home for an evening cocktail or a glass of wine.

What to prefer: If the area of the room allows, you should pay attention to the kitchen island, which is many times superior in functionality to the bar counter. The best option for a small kitchen is a comfortable ergonomic table and laconic light chairs.

Bright evocative colors

The time when everyone was crazy about catchy colors for kitchen cabinets is over. Lime, bright turquoise, fire red, acid purple are now ostracized – primarily because of their ability to create psychological discomfort. Being in the kitchen with furniture of bright colors can cause overexcitation and eye fatigue at the same time. Today, when peaceful coziness comes to the fore, such a color scheme is simply unacceptable. You should avoid this trend entirely.

What to Prefer: The best way to guess the color, both in terms of relevance and comfort, is to refer to the data of the Pantone Color Institute, which publishes predictions and recommendations on actual colors for the next few months once a season. At the beginning of 2021, the fashionable palette is already ready, and it offers the following shades:

  • Sandstone;
  • Almond;
  • Sleet;
  • Blue Depth.

Such complex tones as dusty rose, pale olive, mint, emerald, and coffee also remain in trends.

Kitchen fronts with artsy finishes

A classic cabinet with facades decorated with spectacular carvings, metal elements, and rhinestones (sometimes it happens) looks luxurious – however, the designers unanimously admit that such furniture is morally outdated. Ergonomics, comfort, and eye-pleasing restraint reign in trendy modern kitchens, and intricate design looks alien and generally too much.

What to prefer: The solution, in this case, is simple: laconic and smooth kitchen facades are appropriate in any setting – and even complex textures and patterns of wood (including such species as wenge and zebrano) will look organic. We can also recommend replacing furniture handles with a push-to-open system – convenient, practical, and nothing more for those closely following the interior design trends.

Backsplash with photo printing

Color printed glass kitchen backsplash was at the height of fashion a little over a decade ago. Manufacturers offered many designs, including flowers of significant sizes, panoramas of the night city, sea views, and placers of fruits and vegetables, flower meadows, and even something utterly extravagant like black silhouettes emerging through the matte whiteness. As time has shown, such backsplashes are extremely difficult to fit into any interior: they either make the design cheaper, or seem superfluous, or create a tiresome color ripple.

What to prefer: Today, backsplashes with photo printing have lost their position of a fashion trend, giving way to the following topical solutions:

  • plain transparent or frosted glass;
  • tile;
  • porcelain stoneware with natural wood texture.

Another incredibly effective and stylish technique is a countertop and a backsplash made of the same material. It can be natural stone or thin and extremely durable granite slabs with textures and shades of marble and polished concrete.

Glossy surfaces

Gloss was another trend to be defeated in the run-up to 2021. Such surfaces contradict the critical trend of the upcoming season – unconditional functionality and restraint. Facades, backsplashes, and countertops with such a coating get dirty quickly and require constant maintenance – and the continuous play of light over time is tiring and irritating. A glossy kitchen disposes of neither to rest nor productive housework – only to the desire to wipe everything that comes to hand continually. Avoid it!

What to prefer: Matt surfaces will not lose their relevance for a long time. And this is by no means something flat and faceless: painted wood and wood with an open texture, ceramics with a pattern for rocks, natural stone – you can set rhythm and harmony to the interior of the kitchen without any shine.

Textured wallpaper – and wallpaper in principle

In 2020, any prints on the walls were recognized as irrelevant – geometric and classical, floral and abstract, small ornaments and maxi-format drawings, photo wallpaper, and even wall art. Now the kitchen walls are proposed to be considered a neutral background, allowing to reveal the textures and shades of furniture and interior items.

What to prefer: Simple wall painting. Moreover, with necessary conditions – such as the use of only high-quality paint, a competent selection of shades, and ideal surface preparation.

Cluttered work areas

Often, homeowners consider the kitchen as a personal space, in which everything that is necessary, convenient, expensive – and just like it should be at hand at once. All kinds of rails, coasters for kitchen utensils and tea sets, spice sets and flower pots, cutting boards, and fruit vases – often all this is located in the kitchen work area at the same time. The “parade” of household appliances also deserves a separate discussion, when a coffee machine, a toaster, a bread machine, a blender, and a yogurt maker are crowded on the countertop. The problems with such an organization of space are apparent – it is a constant feeling of disorder, difficulties with cooking, and the need to wash and wipe everything continually.

What to prefer: First of all – ergonomics. Replace versatile devices with built-in multifunctional appliances. When ordering a kitchen cabinet, calculate its dimensions so that all utensils, dishes, and products can fit in it. Set aside separate shelves for your favorite accessories and indoor flowers. The absence of unnecessary items on the work surfaces will create the necessary atmosphere of comfort and conciseness – just like on the covers of interior design magazines.


Of course, everyone equips his kitchen the way he likes. However, it is still worth paying attention to kitchen trends to avoid. Today, designers refer to them as solutions that can disrupt your visual, psychological, and physical comfort and prevent the creation of a truly harmonious and cozy atmosphere.