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The Kitchen Trends We’re Predicting For 2021 (And How To Add Them To Your Home)

Today’s kitchens are about so much more than cooking (although plenty of that is happening). They’ve also become an integral part of the home: where we work, connect, and even unwind. So it’s no surprise that the kitchen trends for 2021 are definitely catching our attention – and we’re ready to share them with you. 


From traditional ideas with a twist, materials re-imagined, to clean lines, and lots of shades of green, kitchens will embrace an array of ideas this year. But the common thread will be creating a space you want to spend (eve more) time in. 


Keep scrolling to see the kitchen trends that are cooking up for 2021.


Want to see all the trends we’re predicting for 2021? CLICK HERE. 

Character Meets Clean Lines

This year, we’ll be embracing the idea of contrast in kitchens. Tile with a handmade feel will be paired with clean-lined cabinetry and more modern details, adding the character and that we’ll all be craving. Rustic elements will comingle with stark black hardware. And any piece that adds to that unique and organic feel, be it wood cutting boards, ceramics, or accessories, will be contrasted with strong lines, proving that opposites can create one attractive kitchen.



See how Bobby would spend $50, $100, $500 or $1000 in your kitchen HERE.


Photo: Jess Isaac

A Return To Checkerboard 

A checkerboard floor certainly isn’t a new idea (it dates back to the 1920s). But 100 years later, it’s definitely having a resurgence. We predict you’ll see new interpretations in more luxe materials (like marble), experiments with scale (going big and small), and even checkerboard backsplashes. And you can also expect departures from the classic black and white – like shades of green and red – from the more design adventurous. Even vinyl versions will get a big boost as a rental friendly way to check out this trend.




Check out our primer on peel and stick tile HERE.

Going Green 

If we had to pick one color that’s really catching on for kitchens, it’s definitely no contest. We’re going green. This earthy tone is bound to be everywhere – on cabinetry, walls, or tile – in 2021. And while the calming qualities of green are certainly suited for a time where we’re all facing uncertainty, it’s also a color that encourages growth and freshness – fitting for a room that now does a lot more than nourish our appetites. 



See even more ways to add green to your home HERE.

Photo: Mariko Reed
Design: Amy Kwok

Streamlined Spaces 

Sometimes less really is more. And a focus on simple and streamlined kitchens will prove that to be very true in 2021. We’re certain to see more paired back cabinetry, minimal hardware, and clean lines that create spaces that feel easy on the eyes – and allow the materials to really shine. Soft colors and warm wood tones will enhance the visual appeal, and a focus on functionality will offer you everything you need (and nothing you don’t).



See how to keep your kitchen clean and organized HERE.



Design: Bone Made

Statement Stone

This is the year stone really starts to stand out – and make a statement. Swirling patterns, deep veining, and unexpected colors will emerge as popular options for countertops and backsplashes alike. Stones with larger scales will prove the most popular, from Marble to quartz to porcelain. And as stone really grabs our attention, other elements in the kitchen will take a back seat to allow it to really shine.



See our tips for un-cluttering kitchen counters HERE.


  1. I am falling in love with EVERYTHING Bobby Berk! I love how accessible and down to earth everything is.

    1. Thanks so much for reading! xx -B

  2. I’m really feeling the dramatic marble slabs for the kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration Bobby!

  3. These are gorgeous inspiration pics! I love seeing all of these kitchens that aren’t just white on white. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for reading! I love a statement kitchen too. xx -B

  4. I love ideas around the stone and the sage green too!

    1. Sage green is such a calming color for the kitchen. Glad you love it! xx -B

  5. I paint kitchen cabinets in Raleigh NC for a living and I’m praying someone will let me convince them to go for green!! I’ll tell them “Bobby said!”

    1. Thanks so much for reading! You can definitely quote me on going green. xx -B

  6. Thanks Bobby, trying to currently plan a tropical outdoor kitchen and find your work very inspirational!

    1. That sounds amazing! Thanks so much for your comment. xx -B

    1. Thanks so much for reading! xx -B

  7. Bobby! I’m jumping into a kitchen redo on our 1920 bungalow. We’re going with the black lehryttan cabinets and wood countertops. We’re still trying to decide what shade to stain the wood and what to use for the tile back splash – hopefully peel and stick! We’ve got original white oak wood floors that we black to refinish this year as they’re rather orange. Any tips for choosing a countertop and tile to go with eh floor and cabinets?

    1. I think a lighter finish for the counters would look great with the black cabinetry. I used those same cabinets for my parents’ home makeover and they worked out really well. For the backsplash, I would probably go with a lighter color to offset all the black. xx -B

  8. Love it, thanks Bobby! I’ll check out your parents’ home makeover for more inspiration! Your work is just the best.

    1. Thank you so much! That means so much to me. xx -B

  9. Hi Bobby, I love these designs. My kitchen is small, about 9 by 8 feet, and I am painting my apartment walls very pale pink, so if I paint that in the kitchen as well, I am thinking sage green might work. I picked out a sort of mottled brown/beige quartz counter top.
    In any case, I love your work, and getting good ideas from your website.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Love a sage green with a beige quartz counter! Thanks for your comment. xx -B

  10. enjoyed this very much!!! former art teacher, current artist, and once upon a time interior design student now in the middle of downsizing into a smaller house and planning a redo with Lowes of a new kitchen in our new abode. I liked your ideas! I am now deciding between Natural Maple Cabnets and Rustic Hickory ( I am leaning towarMaple).
    I find that the floor choice in both cases is really hard. d
    Adding natural items to the finished room is easy as I am a potter and painter , the room will have one wall near the table of art work.

    1. I would go with maple cabinets as well. Consider a floor in a finish that is either a shade or two darker or lighter for contrast. xx -B