Kitchen Trends to Watch for in 2024
Dated: February 19 2024
Watch for the fusion of nature, technology and personalization to make a bigger statement in kitchens, with attention to sustainability, functionality, and aesthetics, says Jen Nash, head of design at Magnet,(link is external) a U.K.-based kitchen retailer. Nash offers her predictions for the kitchen trends she expects to catch on in 2024. Over the last year, black has become Magnet’s fastest-growing cabinet color, posting a 112% uptick in sales. The term “black kitchens” has surged in online searches, receiving more than 40,500 monthly hits on Google searches, and “#blackkitchen” has generated more than 138 million views on TikTok.
“A classic yet bold design statement, black kitchens offer enduring appeal and will stand the test of time in home design,” Nash says. Also, “the versatility of black allows for effortless pairing with various colors and materials, and its practicality shines through, as it conceals dirt, stains, and scratches".
In contrast to the dwindling popularity of white-and-gray kitchens, Magnet reports a 46% sales decline for this color scheme, with an even steeper drop of 56% for gray kitchens compared to the previous year. Jen Nash suggests that the pervasive appeal of white and gray has waned, as these colors, despite their timeless reputation, can exude a clinical feel.
Homeowners in 2024 seek more daring designs that express individuality through personalized choices. While traditional kitchen layouts like L-shaped and U-shaped designs have dominated, there's a growing interest in optimizing space. One-wall kitchens are experiencing a surge in popularity, with Google searches up 170% in the last month alone, according to Magnet. Nash dispels the misconception that a kitchen's practicality is solely tied to its size, emphasizing that homeowners now prioritize multifunctional spaces for cooking, socializing, and relaxation.
Looking ahead, sustainability takes center stage in kitchen design for 2024, according to Magnet. Nash predicts a focus on bringing the outdoors in, with an emphasis on environmental responsibility. The use of recycled and natural materials, such as wood, stone, and plant-based accents, is expected to become commonplace, creating a sustainable environment reminiscent of the outdoors. This sustainability trend extends beyond aesthetics, incorporating water-saving fixtures and innovative waste management solutions as indispensable features for eco-conscious kitchens.