Our designers, Wael Bakr, CKBD, and Aviva Ben-Choreen, CMKBD, have noticed many design trends emerging this year. Together, they have summarized popular kitchen and bathroom design trends for 2021. Now it is time to add some new colours and innovative design ideas to your renovation wish list!
Fresh New Colours
In 2021, people are introducing colour into their kitchens. Blues and greens are edging out greys; even some hues never experienced in a kitchen before — like sage green or dark navy.
Some homeowners aren’t choosing only one colour or finish. They might do a blue kitchen with walnut accents or pale green bottom cabinets and a woodgrain for their uppers. That’s the more adventurous side of the market!
Generally, though, Ottawa is a conservative city, where traditional and transitional kitchen design styles predominate, and change happens slowly. So we still see lots of white classic kitchens. However, two new types of hardware can update white cabinetry — matte black or brushed brass.
Pull-Outs and Inserts
Pull-outs and inserts are a hot 2021 trend. Features like pull-out spice racks or cutlery tray inserts are extremely popular. Clients notice these on Houzz or other kitchen renovation sites, and when they spot them again at our Laurysen showroom, they go for it.
This trend is all about features to simplify your life — for example, storing kitchen equipment in a drawer instead of behind a door.
Quartz vs Granite
Quartz countertops are still on-trend. They’re practical and available at a huge range of prices.
When clients want a wow factor, they’ll choose luxury patterns with bold, dramatic veining. That increases prices considerably but adds a ton of visual impact. If someone’s budget can’t stretch to an entire kitchen done in premium quartz, they might just install it on the island where it’s most eye-catching.
Recently, we’ve received fewer requests for granite, primarily because clients love the patterns and solid colours quartz offers. Granite, on the other hand, is a natural substance with an uncontrolled, granular pattern that doesn’t fit the current demand for minimalistic countertops. Also, most buyers prefer maintenance-free materials over granite, which needs to be sealed.
Quartz is trendy for bathrooms, too. Trending now: quartz with a small amount of veining in a muted colour, as opposed to the busy patterns of the past.
Waterfall countertops, with countertop material extending all the way to the floor at one end or on either side of the kitchen island, are a popular kitchen design right now. Waterfall edges are also in vogue for bathroom vanities. To complete the waterfall effect, carefully choosing matched veining is a must.
Woodgrain cabinets in 2021 are very different from the dark heavy browns of 10 years ago. Nowadays, they’re a light tone, perhaps white oak with a very gentle stain that highlights the grain in a much softer colour. The result is a bleached wood or driftwood look, which is beachy and cottagey.
A European Trend
Hidden hardware is a European trend that’s reaching us now. Here in North America, we call cabinet hardware “the jewel of the kitchen.” But in Europe, they’ve ditched the jewels for handleless cabinetry that opens and closes with a gentle push.
Another 2021 trend: Appliances are getting bigger day by day — 60” fridges, 6-burner stoves, even oversized sinks. Homeowners are also going for a wider range of kitchen appliances — drawer microwaves, steam ovens, garbage compactors, built-in coffee machines. Some kitchens have more appliances than cabinets!
Accessibility is a major design consideration. Those who can afford kitchens are mainly baby boomers or Gen X. These age groups look ahead when doing a renovation, with the mindset: “I’m going to age in place and want everything to be universally accessible. I’d like to use the space comfortably, without bending.” Planning a universal-access kitchen means it can be used and enjoyed by multiple generations.
In the bathroom, accessible curbless showers are catching on in the newer renovations. The bathroom floor is tiled, with a slight slope to the shower area. You can often see a pretty tile transition through glass doors to mark the shower location, but no curb. As a result, people can just wheel right in without any tripping hazards. Enclosed showers with a ledge and inset base are passé.
Supersize Showers and More
Speaking of showers, they’re getting bigger, wider, and longer every day. There’s no shower less than three feet now, whereas the original size was 30”. A recent trend is a demand for two-person showers.
Four-piece bathrooms are very common in bathroom renovations, with a separate soaker tub and shower, especially in en suite bathrooms.
Same with sinks: 15” used to be the norm. Now they’re rectangular and 20” wide. Some stylish bathrooms have a single long trough sink with two faucets and accessories galore. So, you’ll need to choose a wider vanity. Vessel sinks are trending out.
At times people actually “borrow” space from an adjoining room to make the bathroom bigger.
Tie It All Together
In kitchen and bathroom renovation, no matter which trends you incorporate, creating a flow is key. A skilled designer knows how to make the kitchen or bath work with the rest of your rooms, so you don’t feel like it just fell down from an alien galaxy! If you’d like an ultra-contemporary kitchen in a very traditional house, we’ll work with you to create an aesthetically pleasing transition. That’s the kind of guidance we provide that clients might not be able to achieve on their own.
Find the Trends That Work for You
While trends are fun, it’s important to choose something that will suit you long term. We help that happen when you come for your initial consultation. You’ll walk through the showroom with us and tell us what appeals to you.
And you’ll show us photos that you liked online. Sometimes a picture will appeal not due to the overall kitchen design but because you liked the size of the island or the refrigerator treatment. The rest of the photo might have no relevance whatsoever, so we will analyze any photos together with what struck your fancy in the showroom. Based on your likes, we’ll prepare an initial design, then ask you to go home and think about it.
When you come back for a second visit and choose the same things, we’ll know you haven’t been oversaturated. The repeated selection of the same features allows us to say confidently, “Yes, you’re going to be happy with this because you’ve chosen it more than once. Every time you come to the showroom, you gravitate toward the same door style or handles. That’s how we know this is what you’ll like.” It’s really you, the client, who guides us.
How Laurysen Helps
A lot goes into the planning and functionality of the room. The space will determine the limitations of what you can do; for example, if your kitchen has several doorways, you won’t be able to install a long line of cabinetry.
As experienced, award-winning designers, our team has an excellent grasp of the industry and works with you to get the best out of your space. As a result, you’ll end up with a much more functional, workable kitchen than if you bought your cabinets at a big box store.
Laurysen is a local, family-owned company, proudly in business for over 50 years. We offer free design consultations and quality products at a reasonable price.
Here’s how our client Greg H describes his 5-star experience:
Right from the first step into the Laurysen Kitchens facility, my wife and I were greeted with huge smiles and a welcoming atmosphere. Wael, our Kitchen Designer Guru, listened to our design points and ensured the entire way through the design, construction and installation process that we, the customers, were fully satisfied. One thing that I had always heard about the brand of Laurysen Kitchens was their dedication to full customer satisfaction, and I can confirm that was exactly the experience. Ensure you go in with an open mind because these people are experts and know-how to ensure your space is beautiful and functional! Any future cabinetry design projects I have will definitely include the Laurysen Team. Thank you all for everything!!
Read more about the 2018 design trends below.
Our Designers Share 2018 Design Trends For Kitchens and Bathrooms
As 2017 comes to a close, we like to look ahead to what’s next. A new year means new trends, and we asked our designers Ola Elmaghraby and Heather Tardioli what they liked in 2017 and what they expect to see more of in 2018.
Designers Ola Elmaghraby and Heater Tardioli
2017: Barn Boards and Open Shelves
“My personal favourite trend in 2017 was the inclusion of the barn board. The wide-slatted, weathered material was the perfect way to introduce a wood element to your kitchen, shelving units, and doors,” Heather says.
“Open shelf displays were really popular this year,” Ola explains. People would come in focused on how much storage they could get, but when presented with the idea of an open shelf, they loved the look. “It became the favourite option for many clients.”
2018 Kitchen Trends
The 2018 trends for kitchens are exciting, and sure to pique your interest for your own renovation.
Wood in Multiple Tones
It’s all about the wood for 2018. “People are getting tired of white,” Heather indicates, although she says that white is still a popular choice.
“They want 2 tones of wood – a darker tone for the island, and a lighter tone everywhere else.
Hardwood floors are becoming an increasingly popular flooring choice, overtaking the more traditional choice of tile. “Homes are open concept, and homeowners want the same flooring throughout,” Ola says.
If you’re worried about spills, you could also go with a flooring in wood tones to get a similar feel, like laminate or ceramic.
“I’m seeing a lot of darker colours, especially blues – even navy,” Ola remarks. This trend towards dark is predominantly for kitchen islands and walls. These darker choices are paired with lighter cabinets and counters.
Something really exciting for 2018 is a new colour option for appliances. “Manufacturers are coming out with this slate colour for appliances, which clients are coming in and asking about,” Heather explains.
Slate is so popular right now because it allows homeowners to start introducing a dark colour without going too dark. While the slate doesn’t end up working with every design, it’s a bold new option for homeowners looking to start incorporating those darker colours.
Graphic Backsplash and Flooring
Backsplashes are still one of the best places to play with design, and homeowners are getting more creative with patterns.
“It’s more graphic,” Heather says of the pattern choices, adding that they extend to the flooring as well. Whether they get a predetermined pattern, or use a variety of materials to make their own design, 2018 is sure to see some more creativity.
Matching Countertops and Backsplash
“Another popular backsplash choice is using the same material as the countertop,” Ola says. “The countertop just extends up the wall,” she explains.
We charge everything with a USB port. Our technology makes Heather think that USB ports in kitchens will become a more popular request.
“We’re always using our phones or tablets,” she explains. “I expect people will either want a special niche for their electronics somewhere in the kitchen, or include the USB port in the island.”
A kitchen island is a must for the majority of kitchen renovations, and that island has to be able to serve many different roles. Ola says this includes housing appliances.
“They’re adding their microwaves to their island designs,” she explains. It’s not just microwaves; Heather shares that she’s designed several islands that include a wine fridge.
“It’s all about being multi-purpose,” Ola concludes.
One trend that is trickling over from Europe is a slimmer countertop. Instead of countertops with a 1 ¼ inch thickness, now homeowners are migrating to a countertop with a ¾ inch thickness.
“It’s not as heavy in appearance,” Heather explains. Homeowners are attracted to the slimmer, light look it provides.
In terms of material, light-coloured quartz is still the king. “People like the light countertops,” Ola says.
2018 Bathroom Trends
A bathroom can become your personal oasis with the right design elements. These 2018 trends for bathrooms will make your bathrooms feel more like a spa – you might even forget it’s your own house.
Suspended Cabinets and Vanities
Having cabinets and vanities off the floor, or with a kickback styled to make it look off the floor, is going to be a big trend for 2018.
“I’m doing a lot of suspended cabinetry,” Heather says.
It’s not just the position that changing; cabinets and vanities are also moving towards a ‘distressed’ look.
“There’s less wood, more polyester,” Heather explains. This way you get the natural wood accents without the worries of wood and water mixing.
Please note: Depending on the positioning of you plumbing, a floating vanity may not be your best option. Our article on bathroom vanities has lots of great tips on how to choose the vanity that’s right for you.
Big Walk-In Showers with Benches – a Continuing Trend
People are loving big walk-in showers, and that’s going to continue into 2018 according to Ola. “People also like having a bench in the shower,” she adds. This is a must-have feature for seniors, but even younger homeowners like them – in fact, many women want them because it makes shaving their legs easier!
Benches aren’t the only addition to walk-in showers. “There will be more niches for things in walk-in showers,” Heather concludes. Without ledges, shower supplies ends up on the floor or in unattractive shower caddies. Now people are having their showers designed with built-in shelves and niches to accommodate their needs.
Walk-in showers are now being built to include shelves, niches, and yes – benches. Laurysen Kitchens Design Gallery.
Bigger Tiles with Slimmer Grout Lines
Everyone hates grout – they hate how it looks when it gets dirty, and they hate cleaning it. If you’re one of those people, you’re going to love this trend of bigger tiles and slimmer grout lines.
“People are still sticking with light tile colours, but they’re opting for larger tiles and slimmer grout lines,” Heather shares.
“There’s also an increasing interest in ceramic tiles that look like wood,” she adds, confirming that wood tones are one of the big 2018 trends.
2018 Design Style: Transitional
In terms of overall style, Heather and Ola agree that transitional is going to remain popular in 2018.
Heather describes transitional style as, “not quite traditional, but not quite modern; a mix of both.”
In this style, many homeowners are leaning towards shaker-style cabinets, but with a twist that brings them into that grey area between traditional and modern. For example, adding modern hardware will give the shaker style an edge.
Transitional style allows for lots of design options, and can be a great fit for homeowners who aren’t completely sold on other styles.
Interested in other styles? We offer a variety of styles in a mix of materials and finishes.
We’re As On-Trend as Ever
Our designers are always looking ahead to what’s next, as well as looking to the past to see what might come back around. We’re always on-trend, and able to make recommendations for your renovation.
We can also customize your own vision so that the end result is exactly what you want. That’s the beauty of design; it’s flexible.
If you’re looking to bring your kitchen or bathroom up to trend, book a free consultation with us. We’re ready to get started if you are!