New Kitchen Designs: The Future Is in the Past

Some of 2021’s hottest new looks reflect 1970’s taste, including natural wood finishes and seamless cabinetry without any hardware.

CHICAGO – The pandemic pushed kitchens in new directions. They became a place for more than eating, thanks to Zoom calls and schoolwork. asked top designers to chime in on some of the hottest kitchen trends of 2021.

“We’re seeing some dramatic shifts as a result of the pandemic,” Janice Costa, president and founder of KB Designers Network, says”

1. Supersized kitchen islands

The island has become a focal point in the kitchen. It’s not just a place for food preparation, but also work, school and a place for households to gather. That means the bigger, the better. Many new-home floor plans incorporate larger islands into their new builds due to demand. Enlarging the kitchen island has also become a popular remodeling project since the pandemic.

“Larger kitchen islands are here to stay,” Ariana Lovato, owner and principal designer of Honeycomb Home Design in Shell Beach, Calif., says. “People want to have as many workspaces as possible, with the kids now doing virtual school.”