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13 Kitchen Trends on the Way Out

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so you want it to be a comfortable and welcoming place to spend time. If you're thinking about a kitchen remodel in 2021, the last thing you want is a design that is outdated or overdone. Here are 13 once-popular kitchen trends that are on the way out.

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Tile Countertops

Tile countertops made a bit of a comeback in recent years as they are less expensive than many other countertop materials, however, they are difficult to maintain because they are prone to chips and grout stains.

Instead, research the pros and cons of other countertop materials such as laminate, marble and stainless steel. You can also consider concrete. There are plenty of other countertop options to meet your needs and budget.

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Brass Hardware

Metals may be in when it comes to accessories, but avoid shiny brass as it can make a kitchen look dated. Instead, replace cabinet hardware with brushed nickel, glass or stainless steel.

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Over-the-Range Microwave

Instead of saving space in the kitchen by putting the microwave over the range, move it to a built-in cubby under the counter. You may also be able to mount it under the cabinets, just above the counter. While over-the-range microwaves have been stylish for years, this kitchen trend is on the way out in 2021.

If you’re worried about space, try these space-saving kitchen storage ideas.

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Bold Appliances

Bold kitchen colors are on trend, but avoid choosing bright colors for appliances. You wouldn’t put a ’70s avocado green or goldenrod refrigerator in your kitchen now, so just imagine how that bold red or seafoam green appliance will look in a few years.

If you want to add a splash of color to your kitchen, try one of these 15 kitchen color schemes.

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Speckled Granite

Granite is still a popular choice when it comes to kitchen countertops, but there are other options that are easier to maintain, less expensive and look more modern. Depending on your style, try quartz, concrete or even butcher block.

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Hanging Pot Racks

Hanging pot racks have hung around long enough. Kitchen trends now lean toward clean, sleek lines and those hanging racks can make a kitchen look cluttered. Instead of hanging a large pot rack over a kitchen island, try building cabinet rollouts.

You may also get inspired by these 12 creative solution for storing pots and pans.

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Too Many Open Shelves

Open shelving looks great when it’s done right, but too many open shelves can look unorganized. Stick to a couple well-organized open shelves mixed in with cabinets to successfully pull off this kitchen trend.

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Kitchen Desks

Kitchen desks and work stations found their way into kitchen corners for years, but today’s kitchen designers are using the space more wisely. Try using that space for a pantry, instead. You can also use the area for food prep if you’re short on counter space.

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Distressed Cabinets

While painting kitchen cabinets is worth your time, avoid using distressed finishes. Instead, paint cabinets with crisp, clean colors.

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Dark Wood

When updating your kitchen cabinets, think bright. Instead of dark wood finishes that have been a go-to for the last decade, try lighter wood tones.

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Farmhouse Sinks

They were everywhere over the last few years, but farmhouse sinks aren’t for everyone. Instead, install a large stainless-steel sink which is more practical and works with a variety of decor styles and popular kitchen trends.

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Short Cabinets

Avoid short cabinets and instead install cabinets that are tall as they help your kitchen appear larger. Shorter cabinets leave a gap between the top and the ceiling, which is often too small of a space with which to do anything.

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Fluorescent Box Lighting

If you still have a box light with fluorescent bulbs in your kitchen, it’s time for it to go. Go with pendants over your work area and layer in some task lighting over the range and accent lighting to add depth and dimension.

Rachel Brougham
Writer and editor with a background in news writing, editorial and column writing and content marketing.

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