• Meghan Turner-Patel

6 Show-Stopping Kitchen Trends for 2021

Updated: Apr 29

Straight from our home remodeling pros, here are the top kitchen design trends we’re seeing this year.


a luxurious on-trend kitchen remodel is an island that has thick countertop edges and gray cabinets
Thick Countertop Edges, A Popular Kitchen Trend for 2021 (Remodel by South Land Remodeling)

The ideal look, feel and functionality of kitchens is ever evolving. Trends and tech come and go, and some simply last the test of time. So, it’s no surprise that when homeowners decide to do a kitchen remodel, they want to incorporate the latest kitchen trends. 2021 is a new year, full of changes in lifestyle, more cooking at home and the demand for more aesthetically pleasing interiors. People are remodeling to adjust to that new way of life – many starting with the heart of the home.


With all that in mind, here are the 2021 kitchen design trends many of our clients are asking for in their kitchen renovation.


1. Thick Countertop Edges

The edges of countertops are expanding, creating a greater, more modern focal point. Thick countertop edges are 2+ inches instead of the standard 1.5 inches, which adds a lot more interest to a kitchen island and countertop. It really highlights the beautiful stone you’ve selected.


2. Waterfall Edge Countertop

a waterfall edge countertop in a kitchen remodel with gray cabinets and white oak floors
A Waterfall Edge Countertop in a Kitchen Remodel by South Land Remodeling

This stunning feature makes your kitchen island the star of the space. It also makes the island appear larger and more grand. With a waterfall edge countertop, the counter’s material continues down the left and right sides of the island to the floor.


3. Kitchen Open Shelving

a dark blue and white kitchen with wooden open shelving and gold hardware
Kitchen Open Shelving (image courtesy of House Beautiful)

Kitchen open shelving is a newer design choice that replaces some upper cabinets. Homeowners like this feature because it adds more interest and depth to the space as well as allows for the placement of décor. Open floating shelves are more for aesthetic purposes as it does remove storage space.


4. Speed Oven

A speed oven is exciting, helpful new tech! Per the Remodelista.com, “Smaller in size and faster in cooking speed than a standard wall oven, a speed oven combines convection, microwave, and, in most cases, a grill element. Together these cooking technologies reduce cooking times significantly—and without the colorless, tasteless, and rubbery results of a microwave.”


5. Large Single Sinks vs Divided Sinks

Divided sinks have become distinctively outdated. Some homeowners still love the functionality of the two-sided sinks, but most opt for a single large-bowled sink.


6. Counter-to-Ceiling Backsplash

A white kitchen kitchen with farmhouse sink and counter to ceiling white subway tile
A Signal Bowl Sink and Counter-to-Ceiling Tile (Kitchen Remodel by South Land Remodeling)

Backsplashes have long been a key design feature in a kitchen. It’s one of the best ways to make a statement and create a personalized space. One of the biggest trends in backsplashes is continuing the tile up from the countertop all the way to the ceiling. This also means that the tile becomes a backdrop behind open shelves as well as surrounds the stove’s hood and windows.



Looking to do a kitchen remodel in the Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley area? South Land Remodeling can design and build it for you. Contact us today for a free quote!

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