2024 is just around the corner. What are your home remodeling goals for the coming year? If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you’ve got a lot to think about, including which materials and styles most appeal to you. Researching kitchen remodeling trends for 2024 can help you make decisions about the new look in your kitchen in the coming year.
1. Natural Wood Finishes
Natural wood finishes provide warmth and beauty that pairs well with stone countertops and stone tile flooring. While oak cabinets are a classic option, there are many other types of wood species to choose from. Hickory offers a varied grain pattern and is resistant to scratching, while alder absorbs wood stain nicely. Knotty pine cabinets have a vintage appeal that fits nicely in farm-house style kitchens, while walnut is another popular choice for homeowners seeking a darker wood. Pick the cabinets that most appeal to you.
2. Biophilic Design
Biophilic design is a multi-sensory design style that brings natural and organic materials into the home. Biophilic design can alleviate feelings of anxiety while nurturing a sense of focus and calm.
There are many characteristics of biophilic design, but the common thread in every aspect of any biophilic design is nature. With a kitchen that has been decorated in this way, you’ll see quite a few plants, earthy colors, stained wood, and probably some large windows that provide an up-close and personal view of the great outdoors.
3. Quartz Countertops
Quartz is projected to be the stone of preference for kitchen remodeling in 2024. Quartz is made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials. It can mimic the appearance of natural stone, but features an extraordinary durability that surpasses expectations set by natural quarried material. It’s also scratch resistant, impervious to stains, and non-porous, which means that it never needs to be sealed.
Best of all, quartz is incredibly low-maintenance while having the look and feel of real stone. It comes in an almost limitless range of colors, and also has the convenience and consistency of a man-made product. What’s not to love?
4. Solid Stone Backsplashes
Tile was the backsplash material of preference for decades, but that’s changing now. Solid stone backsplashes matched to the countertops create a consistent aesthetic that helps unify the kitchen space.
Solid stone is also easier to clean, with no grout lines to become stained or need sealing. However, to understand the real motivation for this trend, you need only see a dramatic marble countertop and matching backsplash featuring wispy gray veining. The reason is clear: it’s just beautiful.
5. Eco-Friendly Appliances
There are lots of reasons to switch to eco-friendly appliances. It’s good to do the right thing for your community and your planet, and good to save our precious resources. In addition to being the right thing ethically, replacing your old appliances with eco-friendly products is also good sense.
The US Department of Energy reports that a modern refrigerator uses 73% less energy than a refrigerator from 20 years ago, while offering a range of new features and 20% more storage space. Why wouldn’t you want an appliance like that in your home?
6. Beverage Station
Homeowners love a house that’s good for entertaining, and a beverage station is one of those features that makes entertaining easier and more enjoyable. Beverage stations can take different forms but, similar to a wet bar, usually consist of a counter or hutch with a sink, beverage cooler, drawers and/or cabinets.
Some beverage stations are geared toward wines, others may be focused on coffee. All provide a countertop where you can serve food or hors-d’oeuvres. Built-in features like this have a craftsman’s touch that adds charm and value to your home.
7. Eat-In Kitchen Islands
Similar to the beverage station, the eat-in kitchen island is a fantastic feature for homeowners who enjoy entertaining and gathering with large groups. The eat-in kitchen island gives your kitchen a multi-functional quality that provides convenience and aesthetic appeal. The eat-in kitchen island provides more space for preparing a meal, a countertop where guests can enjoy drinks or family can have a meal, and all in a centralized location.
White was the preferred neutral in kitchens for ages, but that’s being challenged now with a softer, warmer option: cream. Cream pairs nicely with a range of neutrals from gray to brown. Like white, cream gives your kitchen a clean, bright quality that makes the room look more inviting. Unlike white, cream exudes warmth and comfort.
Just as white is going out of style, homeowners are welcoming bright, bold colors into their kitchen as well! Sophisticated blue, earthy green, bold turquois – all these colors and more are making their way into the heart of the home. There are many ways to incorporate color into your kitchen, through cabinetry, countertops and flooring. You can also consider adding accents of color through creative pendant lighting options, or through placement of decorative plates and window treatments.
10. Gold Fixtures and Hardware
Chrome was the finish of choice for homeowners for a very long time, but that’s finally being replaced with a love of gold! Brushed brass is a glitzy, glamorous material that offers the same functionality as chrome but with warmth and style. Don’t forget that you can mix and match metals, so don’t feel tethered to one type for your fixtures and hardware.