16 Kitchen Trends That Are Here to Stay

Just because it's trending doesn't mean it's not timeless. These gorgeous kitchen trends -- including minimal upper cabinetry, sparkling quartz counters, and one-of-a-kind ceiling treatments -- are guaranteed to stand the test of time.

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  • Quartz Countertops

    Skip the sealing and scrubbing. Quartz-surfacing countertops require less upkeep than their granite counterparts and offer timeless appeal. Plus, the shimmering surface is less dominant than other materials, so you're unlikely to grow tired of it.

  • Open Layouts

    Tear down those walls, and banish kitchen isolation: Open layouts are here to stay. A desire for informal dining and comfortable cooking drives this design trend, supporting a casual yet connected lifestyle. Open kitchens encourage interaction and entertainment with their breezy blend of living spaces.

  • Induction Cooking

    Fast, safe, and aesthetically pleasing -- there are many reasons to love induction cooking. Because induction burners utilize little heat, even cramped kitchens stay cool while cooking, and surfaces remain safe to touch. Plus, these cooktops eliminate the need for a large range hood, opening the door to creative design possibilities.

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  • Single-Level Islands

    When keeping an open layout, single-level islands allow light to seamlessly stream through a space. Not only do counter-height islands increase the intimacy of a kitchen, they also expand valuable prep space.

  • Ceiling Treatments

    Realize the untapped potential of kitchen ceilings. For the often overlooked area overhead, shallow coffers shake up small spaces, while moldings complementing the shape of an island or work space below can help define larger kitchens.

  • LED Lighting

    The future is here, and it's brighter than ever. Thanks to ever-changing technology, LED lighting has lost its chilly, unfriendly look and continues to be applied in innovative ways. Use LEDs to illuminate a toe-kick, perk up an island, or brighten the work space beneath cabinetry. The new-age lights are more efficient and longer-lasting than halogen and fluorescent bulbs.

  • Integrated Appliances

    Sick of appliances sticking out like a sore thumb? Try integrating them into your kitchen with clever paneling and built-ins. This trend opens new worlds for designs; appliances can now stand alone as a stylish statement piece or quietly recede into surrounding cabinetry.

  • White Done Right

    White kitchens will never go out of style. You're more likely to grow tired of bold hues on major surfaces, so stick with accessories you can swap out to get that kiss of color. Consider your kitchen's stone floor, backsplash, and trim to find the perfect shade of white for the space. 

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    Deep Drawers

    Extra-deep drawers, especially by the range, make cooking and storage effortless. They're more accessible than typical base cabinetry and so simple to integrate into a beautiful kitchen design. Add-ons, like pegboard and drawer organizers, keep drawers tidy and prevent plasticware tumbles. 

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    Fewer Upper Cabinets

    Less is more, as made apparent by this minimalist trend. Upper cabinetry continues to come down as homeowners opt for the open, airy look of additional windows or choose to display dishware and artwork on open shelves. 

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    Create Open Shelving

    Give upper kitchen cabinets a new look. Convert them to open shelving with this simple, step-by-step process.

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    Clean-Lined Design

    Consider heavy moldings and froufrou finishes things of the past. No-frills kitchen designs with strong horizontal lines are much more enduring. One way to achieve this look: horizontal cabinet pulls.

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    Polished-Silver Finishes

    Kitchen finishes come and go, but polished silver is forever. Incorporate polished chrome or nickel into hardware, faucets, shelf brackets, and more for an upscale accent that endures.

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    Wood(like) Floors

    Hardwood floors have kept kitchens warm and cozy for years, and that won't change anytime soon. The material adapts to any style and flawlessly unites rooms in an open floor plan. Don't count out other flooring materials just yet, though. Porcelain planks that look like wood provide the same inviting style but are easier to maintain.

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    Big, Practical Sinks

    When it comes to sink trends, the emphasis is on function. Generous, high-performance models with a single bowl contain splashes while simultaneously accommodating large pots and pans or other items that require handwashing.

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    Undercounter Appliances

    As upper cabinets disappear and walls open up, appliances and storage have shifted underneath counters. This trend favors universal design principles and keeps small appliances accessible. New microwave models, including microwave drawers, load from the top for added convenience.

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    Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel continues to reign supreme in the world of appliances. With its professional and commercial roots, the enduring neutral color can easily be integrated into any kitchen style.

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