They say the kitchen is the “heart of the home,” but when it comes to interior design, sometimes it’s important to take the heart out of it. The right kitchen can make a sale and help a home retain its value. On the other hand, investing in the wrong kitchen renovations can turn off future buyers and potentially devalue a home.
But for anyone currently renovating these spaces, it’s important to have a place that’s functional for cooking, eating, and gathering.
2024 will be an interesting year for kitchen design. Some of the aesthetics we’ve been seeing for years will officially look dated, while some of the hottest looks from last year will prove to be fleeting fads. Here are six kitchen trends going away in 2024 and one we’re all on the fence about.
White kitchens have been the predominant look for years now. But in 2024, this aesthetic will officially look dated. There’s a good reason for this, explains interior designer Kate Dawson, “People are tired of everything looking bland—and looking the same as everyone else’s kitchen.”
She anticipates the kitchen going big and bold in the coming year. “People want color! Design! Texture, and most importantly—they want to make a statement. Whether that’s with bold colors or a more sculptural look to kitchen countertops, and of course using shelving rather than upper cabinets. All kitchens are getting more unique, and feel like expressions of art, rather than just your functional run-of-the-mill kitchen.”
The Farmhouse Aesthetic
Unless chickens are running around outside the window, most people are going to be avoiding this aesthetic like an impending storm knocking around a weather vane. “The sliding barn door has been dead for a while now, and kitchens that speak to a rustic farmhouse, especially in urban areas, are another trend that will continue to phase out,” explains agent Steven Gottlieb of Coldwell Banker Warburg.
However, according to interior designer Audrey Scheck, what people liked so much about the farmhouse was the charm of the aesthetic. This element isn’t going away, but rater, it will be re-directed into a desire for more cottagecore styles. “Instead of horizontal shiplap, we’re seeing a rise in vertical wood paneling or wallpaper to bring more visual interest to your walls,” says the designer.
Matte Black Hardware
For the past few years, it seemed that it was almost impossible to get away from matte black hardware. But, in 2024, black knobs should be pulled entirely from your kitchen’s design scheme. “Cabinet hardware is an easy way to update a kitchen’s look, and matte black hardware had its day,” says Gottlieb. “We will likely see matte black drawer pulls, faucets and cabinet handles continue to be phased out. In the past few years, black matte hardware seemed ubiquitous in less expensive developments and rentals that had been updated inexpensively, and that can sometimes be the death knell for a trendy look from years past.”
So what will kitchen hardware look like in 2024? Agent David Harris of Coldwell Banker Warburg tells me it will be subdued but yet have its moment as designers will pick places to highlight, such as recessed handles of drawers, outlining the edges of cabinetry, or distinct mixes of materials and textures for cabinet knobs. “Finishes like knobs and handles will follow a more blend-in approach and allow the cabinetry to be the star of the show.”
Combined Stove And Oven Ranges
Whether they were high-end like La Cornue or mid-priced like Café appliances, big statement ranges have been a popular look for many years now, but Gottlieb tells me that there’s a new gravitation toward separate stoves and ovens. “Kitchen design has been trending toward a more integrated look for years now, with appliances like the refrigerator and dishwasher blending seamlessly with the cabinetry for a sleek look,” says the agent. “In higher-end kitchens, stovetops and ovens are being separated more and more, with ovens and microwaves integrated into the wall and stovetops flush with the countertops.”
Along the same lines, visible kitchen appliances will also be out of style in 2024. “Appliances are certainly necessary in a kitchen, however, concealing them is becoming even more popular. We’re seeing a rise in panel-ready appliances, which allow for a custom panel to be installed on top of a refrigerator or dishwasher to seamlessly integrate them into kitchen cabinetry,” says Scheck. “Butler’s pantries and appliance garages are also becoming increasingly popular, which allow the countertop to remain clear.”
High Contrast Graphic Tile
The high-contrast graphic tile started to gain steam around 2019. However, this look was a flash in the pan according to Scheck, with homeowners opting for more subtle options.
“While dramatic backsplashes are certainly fun, we’re seeing an exit from patterned tile as more subdued, simplistic approaches come into play. The new trend is shifting to handmade tile like Zellige, which infuses texture and character into a space.”
On The Fence: The Open Kitchen
Perhaps the biggest question these days is whether or not the open kitchen will go away in 2024. Gottlieb tells me the answer remains to be seen. “In lots of high-end new developments in big cities like New York, developers are closing up kitchens again. Some people love an open kitchen for its functionality and that it can become the center of the home for hanging out. However, it’s tough to hide a mess in an open kitchen, and if you’re taking on a big cooking project, you’re basically cooking in the living room and dining room.”
While some people will always love this idea because it’s more practical than other choices for a variety of home layouts and lifestyles, according to the agent—developers, investors, and house flippers will opt for separate kitchens more frequently than they have in previous years.