15 of the Most On-Trend Kitchen Remodel Design Ideas

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If you're thinking of remodeling your kitchen or are in the process of getting started, keep reading! We've compiled 15 of our favorite kitchen design ideas and trends.

Find kitchen design inspiration and learn about the newest kitchen features that homeowners (and buyers!) love.

ladders make ceiling-tall cabinets easy to reach

pull out drawers make kitchen storage and access simple

pull out cabinet drawers make organization easy

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1. Level Your Storage

Everyone understands the kitchen storage struggle. Today, there are countless excellent remedies for disorganization and clutter.

Some of today's most popular storage trends include multi-tiered drawers, pull-out cabinet shelves, and exposed shelving for easy access.

Take it up a notch by adding a sliding ladder, making it easy for you to reach those ceiling-tall cabinets.


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gray hues work great in kitchens

gray adds contemporary look to kitchen

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2. Cool, Contemporary Grays

White cabinets continue to be the most-used shade in kitchens, but grays are giving whites a run for their money.

Subdued, neutral colors lend to a sleek, contemporary look. The highly popular “greige” is now being overshadowed by its cousins green-gray, blue-gray, and purple-gray.


hydraulic kitchen cabinets swing doors up and out of the way

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3. New Forms of Functionality

Hardware manufacturers are constantly updating and innovating the fine art of opening a cabinet or drawer.

Hydraulic doors now make it easy to fold cabinet doors up and out of the way.

The carousel cabinet—or lazy susan—will forever be an industry standard. This is an excellent way to keep things tucked away but easy-to-grab, making it ideal for everyday items, like toasters and blenders, or less-used items, like breadmakers and slow cookers.


black and white palettes are classic for kitchens

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4. Keep It Timeless with Black and White

A classic black and white palette is always in style. Think matte white cabinets with glossy black countertops and appliances.

Or mix it up with black and white tiles to add an old-school aesthetic to an otherwise modern kitchen.


add bright pops of color to your kitchen

brightly colored appliances make your kitchen pop

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5. Add an "Accent" Piece

An unexpected and fun way to add a pop of color to your kitchen is with a brightly colored appliance.

Vivid reds, yellows, and blues are on trend, and even colors from the seventies are making a comeback in unexpected ways.

If you’re hesitant to splurge on a red refrigerator, opt instead for cheerful-looking stools, an eye-catching paint or wallpaper behind your shelves, or add a bold piece of art that really makes the space pop.


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oversized lighting adds functional drama to kitchens

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6. Big, Bold Lighting

Oversized light fixtures are an excellent way to add functional drama to your kitchen.

Make a statement with massive fabric shades or striking, geometric fixtures.


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add depth to your kitchen with contrasting colors

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7. Contrast is Key

Dark cabinets don't have to shrink your kitchen space when you contrast them with light countertops and floors.

Likewise, if you're interested in a darker floor, keep your cabinets and/or countertops light so your space still feels breathable.


automatic kitchen features make life easy

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8. All About the Automatics

The future is here, people! There are countless ways to make cleanup easier and save on energy costs.

Sensor-activated faucets make for less mess (aka germs), and automated lights save energy by turning on only when the kitchen is in use.

There are also central vacuum systems that make sweeping up crumbs and dust bunnies a breeze.


work like a pro with an open floor plan commercial grade appliances

open floor space makes it easy to maneuver kitchen

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9. Work like a Pro

Commercial-grade appliances make entertaining guests a cinch.

Moreover, exaggerated open floor space makes it a breeze to navigate a kitchen that tends to get crowded.


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quartz countertops are resistant to heat and easy to care for

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10. Go Quartz or Go Home

Do you long for a nonporous countertop that is easy to care for, highly resistant to heat, and naturally beautiful with an endless number of color options? Then let us introduce you to quartz.

More expensive than granite, quartz has multiple advantages, in addition to being the most sought after by potential home buyers.


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countertop lookalikes can save money

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11. Take Advantage of Look-alikes

Granite and quartz countertops are beautiful, but if you want the look of granite without breaking the bank, consider using a laminate look-alike.

Similarly, stone paint is a sealant that can give the look of concrete countertops, which are very on-trend.


architectural lines make kitchen beautifully functional

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12. Think like an Architect

Architectural lines add a modern touch. Tall, squared faucets not only look minimal and timeless, but they make it easy to wash pots and pans, too.


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bold tiles are a fun way to brighten up your kitchen

brick flooring is a beautiful choice for kitchens

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13. Make Your Floors Fancier

Statement floor tiles are bold and fun while remaining a little more subtle than a backsplash.

Brick and marble tiles (or marble lookalikes!) are very popular among home buyers.


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reclaimed wood adds a rustic touch to kitchen islands

pair reclaimed wood with metal and leather stools

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14. Two Words: 'Reclaimed Industrial'

The industrial, reclaimed-wood look is still hugely popular, especially in kitchens. There are always fun new ways to incorporate this look into your space.

Pecky cypress is on the rise, adding a textured look to everything from islands to hood vents. Or, go for the lookalike with gray textured laminate.

Add industrial metal stools and lighting fixtures for a casual, modern vibe in your kitchen space.


hide kitchen appliances in cabinets

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15. Hide Your Appliances

If you hate clutter, and just seeing your microwave or Keurig on the counter irks you, then take a cue from English kitchens.

Hide appliances in cabinetry to keep your kitchen free of all clutter.