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These Are the Top Kitchen Trends for 2021

Green cabinetry is here to stay.

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Farrow & Ball

There’s no question that 2020 has increased the importance of home like never before. But nowhere is that shift more apparent than in the kitchen: City dwellers who have been storing sweaters in their stoves à la Carrie Bradshaw are now actually using the appliance to cook, while empty-nesters, most familiar with meals for two, have once again been tasked with feeding a household full of hungry young adults. The year ahead may indeed look brighter at this moment, but the need for comfort at home won’t be fading anytime soon—it will only continue to grow, in fact. So with that in mind, whether you have a sleek, modern kitchen or a small utilitarian space, read on for ELLE Decor’s top kitchen trends to look for in 2021, featuring natural tones, luxury appliances, and more.

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1 Green Cabinetry
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William Abranowicz

This bold color trend actually may have started a few years ago in Cameron Diaz’s Kelly Wearstler–designed home, but green cabinets took on a new cult following this past year thanks to Gen Z’s worship (on TikTok, of all places) of Dakota Johnson’s alligator green kitchen. The green tones may be more muted nowadays, but it’s clear that this color family is here to stay.

2 Aesthetically Pleasing Cookware
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3 Heavy-Duty Paint
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Farrow & Ball

Spending more time in the kitchen than ever before also leads to typical wear and tear happening in light speed. So using heavy-duty materials and finishes has become more important than ever. Farrow & Ball’s new Modern Emulsion paint finish is washable and is extra durable, making it perfect for both kitchen walls and even the cabinets themselves.

4 Maximizing Storage
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Miguel Flores-Vianna

Whether you’ve gotten really into baking this year or simply have more mouths to feed at home, increased kitchen storage is an absolute necessity and will continue to be in 2021. So get out your baskets and take a cue from the pantry of this chic Madrid apartment (which just happens to be the onetime home of screen legend Ava Gardner).

5 Restaurant-Quality Appliances
6 Sleek Finishes
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Tiziano Sartorio

Dada’s 2020 collections show off the brand’s wall-to-wall seamless cabinetry and sharp, clean lines. This sleek, effortless aesthetic is sure to carry over into 2021.

7 Smart Faucets
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