What does the kitchen of the (very near) future look like? Some of the most exciting trends are faucets with filtration systems that have taps for fizzy soda water and steamy hot water for tea, says kitchen expert Carisha Swanson, director of editorial special projects at House Beautiful. But the overarching trend that Swanson is seeing for 2024? “Kitchens are warming up again,” she says. That looks like warmer wood cabinetry replacing sterile all-white looks, and glossy, less-than-perfect zellige tiles edging out the more precise subway tiles.
Kitchen islands have become a focal point too, and not only are they getting bigger, they’re practically taking on the role of a dinner table. Islands are primed for a less-awkward seating arrangements going into the new year, she says. So instead of a straight row of bar stools lining one side of the island and side-by-side seating, there will be more of a wraparound seating style in an L-shaped formation, allowing for easier cross-table convos.
As for kitchen colors, blue remains popular. But designers are predicting that shades of green—from deep saturated forest greens to lighter earthier shade—will gain momentum.
And the kitchen won’t be contained to just the kitchen anymore. Refrigerator drawers are popping up in other places throughout the home—playrooms, home gyms, offices, and even the bathroom. (If you’re on beauty TikTok, you’ve probably seen the trend of refrigerating face creams and jade rollers). Coming out of the pandemic, with entertaining back in full swing, home bars are staging a comeback, too.
We talked to designers and dove into the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2024 kitchen report to find out what kitchens design trends you’ll see more of next year and beyond.
Kitchens Opening to the Backyard Allow for Seamless Al Fresco Dining
For a while, it felt like every new restaurant and bar had a garage door that opened up to a patio. Now, it’s a feature that’s been adopted and refined at home. Window walls in kitchens help bring the outdoors inside, and they’re trending along with larger windows and glass walls in kitchens, according to the NKBA.
Kitchens Are Taking Cues from the Great Outdoors
Kitchens’ greatest muse in 2024 may just be the great outdoors. Layering warm whites, earthy greens, and wood tones are design choices that mimic nature and provide a harmonious feel in the kitchen