Mar 11, 2024 - Real Estate

All-white kitchens are out. Raleigh design pros say do this instead.

Data: National Kitchen & Bath Association 2024 survey; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: National Kitchen & Bath Association 2024 survey; Chart: Axios Visuals

After years of muted farmhouse-style kitchens, 2024 ushers in an earthier era, with greens, blues, natural wood tones and warm metals.

Why it matters: The kitchen sells the house! And even if you're not selling, you might be up for a refresh.

Driving the news: The National Kitchen and Bath Association's annual report, which surveyed around 600 design professionals across the U.S., reveals sleeker, warmer, more contemporary designs will dominate in the years to come.

white kitchen
Photo: Catherine Wilborne

State of play: You don't need to tear out your kitchen to experiment with fresh design elements.

What they're saying: The mixed metal trend, for example, only requires small swaps. You can use a mix of brass and polished nickel or brass and black hardware for an on-trend look, Raleigh designer Lauren McKay tells Axios.

  • If you want to go big, add an oversized range hood, install natural stone counters or get creative with your backsplash tiles, she suggests.
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Photo: Abigail Jackson

The big picture: Color, especially green and blue, is making its way back into home design, a rebellious reaction to years of bright white and muted grays.

  • The goal of warmer, earthier tones is to create a sense of "nature, calm and harmony," per the report.

Zoom in: Experts surveyed sense casual dining areas, sneaky appliance storage (hello, appliance garage), expanded islands and dedicated beverage stations will be big, too.

  • Sculleries and storage spaces that hide every-day kitchen items are on the rise, too, McKay says.
  • Of note: Pinterest searches for "coffee bar styling" were up 1,125% from September 2021 to August 2023, per data the platform shared with Axios.

Bottom line: More playful, nature-inspired design is in.

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