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Kitchen Renovation Trends for 2024

Posted: March 28th, 2024

Does Your Kitchen Need an Upgrade?

The kitchen is often the first area of the home to receive an upgrade for a number of reasons. First of all, the kitchen is one of the most-visible and most-used areas in the home. According to a 2022 survey by StudyFinds, the average American family spends around 400 hours in the kitchen every year. The kitchen is known as the “heart of the household;” it’s where we gather for both large holiday gatherings and quiet nights in. As such a focal point in the home, we want it to look great and feel good to work in.

Additionally, kitchen technology continues to improve over time, meaning that new smart appliances and safety features are hitting the market all the time. When you purchase a new large appliance like an oven or a refrigerator, it often makes sense to rearrange the rest of the area so everything fits together seamlessly. 

Whether you’re ready for the latest and greatest in kitchen technology or you simply want to refresh the aesthetics of your kitchen, read on to learn more about some of the biggest trends in kitchen renovation for 2024. 

What’s Cooking in a Contemporary Kitchen?

Today’s kitchen looks much different than the contemporary kitchen of a decade ago. Here are just a few of the renovation trends that the experts predict will be popular this year:

More Color in the Kitchen

For the last several years, many homeowners have desired clean, neutral, ultramodern kitchens. White cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and light-or-neutral colored stone counters give the kitchen a cool, clean look and an air of freshness. However, more people are adding major pops of color throughout the kitchen area, especially on their cabinets. 

Blues and greens are the most popular shades in the kitchen, according to a 2024 Houzz report. Homeowners are getting creative with wood stains as well, using deeper wood shades to give a rich, warm feel to the kitchen. Additionally, colored handles are coming in vogue, with gold handles and pulls outpacing silver or neutral in popularity. This is your opportunity to bring a little extra vibrancy to the kitchen and let your personality shine through.

Bars and Beverage Centers

More people are adding bar areas to their kitchens, complete with specialized wine coolers, cabinetry, and sinks to give you the perfect place to serve a glass of wine or shake up a cocktail. The prevalence of beverage centers indicates the focus on entertaining in the home and around the kitchen. This is an excellent renovation idea if your kitchen is near the patio and pool area; you can create a wet bar that connects the outdoors to the kitchen for convenience.

Sustainable Design and Technology

Eco-friendliness and sustainability continues to be a major focus for homebuilders and homeowners alike. Using sustainable design practices, appliances, and materials not only helps support our delicate environment, but it also helps homeowners save some money thanks to greater energy efficiency.

More people are using recycled and reclaimed materials as they build their homes, including features like recycled stainless steel sinks, composite cabinet materials, and reclaimed granite counters. Additionally, homeowners are seeking out energy efficient lighting, including LED bulbs, smart lights, and even skylights. Since we spend so much time in our kitchens, we want to make sure all the energy we consume is put to good use.

Bigger, More Functional Islands

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the island is the heart of the kitchen.The size of the average kitchen island has steadily increased over the years, so homeowners want to make sure they’re making the most of the space their island takes up. Islands can serve as dining tables, prep areas, makeshift workspaces, and even cooktops, thanks to modern induction range tops. 

Updated kitchen islands often include storage space, dishwashers, ample seating, power outlets, and more. They are also a great place to use upgraded, luxury materials, creating a focal point for the whole room. 

Integrated Kitchen Appliances

Gone are the days of leaving bulky toasters, blenders, and toaster ovens on our kitchen counters, taking up valuable countertop space. European-style integrated kitchen appliances are currently trending in the world of kitchen renovations. Integrated appliances offer a seamless, de-cluttered look throughout the kitchen and help you to make the most of the space you have available.

Integrated refrigerators are gaining popularity, with doors and drawers that blend in with the cabinetry surrounding them. Dishwashers and trash compactors can easily be integrated in the same manner. Home designers also use pull-outs and specialized drawers to easily conceal larger appliances, like mixers and blenders, and make them accessible at counter height as necessary. 

Open-Concept Kitchens

Open-concept everything continues to be in vogue in household trends. When it comes to the kitchen, an open-concept layout means that there’s no wall between the kitchen and surrounding living areas. Such a layout can improve accessibility as well as offering a better space for entertaining as you host dinner parties and charcuterie nights. 

Opening your kitchen can give your whole home a lighter, more spacious feel by taking care of the natural light coming in from glass sliders and windows. They also help to improve the functionality of our living space as a whole by creating a multipurpose area where we can live, work, and play. Furthermore, open kitchens offer improved safety for parents of young children, as it gives parents the ability to keep an eye on them from the living or dining area.

Is Now the Right Time to Renovate Your Kitchen?

Most home design professionals say that kitchens should be upgraded every 10-15 years. With easier access to reclaimed and recycled materials, and the prevalence of high-tech, eco-friendly appliances, now is an exciting time to renovate your kitchen. Are you ready to fall in love with your kitchen again? Schedule a consultation with the experts at Echelon Builders. Call 321-339-0320 to get started on your renovation project.