JASPER, IN — Leisure-first, subtle luxury and sophistication are trending across fashion, art and pop culture – and today’s home is no exception, according to a major new survey by MasterBrand Cabinets.
The Jasper, IN–based cabinet manufacturing giant – whose holdings include Aristokraft, Decorá, Diamond, Schrock, Kemper, Homecrest, KitchenCraft, Omega, Mantra, Mid Continent, Ultracraft and Starmark – released the results of a survey of 1,200+ interior design experts, aimed at examining the emerging influences that will drive kitchen design in the coming year.
“Today, individuals are seeking solace within walls of their homes, and are adopting features that promote comfort and flexibility,” said Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand. “More than any other room in the home, the kitchen has become a space that brings people together and a sanctuary where time slows down.”
According to MasterBrand, transitional, soft modern and modern traditional are the top three trending kitchen styles, with homeowners and designers blending design elements to balance aesthetics, functionality and personal flair in kitchens.
Among the survey’s other key findings were the following:
- Slower-Paced Living: Homeowners “are looking to preserve some of the slower pace of living learned during the pandemic, and ongoing self-care is now viewed as essential for mental preservation and peace,” MasterBrand researchers noted, adding that 40% those surveyed said that “relaxation and connection” are driving the kitchen design decisions.
- Simple, Versatile Colors & Finishes: Light tone wood finishes, whites and off-whites are on the rise, including bleached-out natural woods and white oak with a light or natural tone, MasterBrand said. Also on the rise “is a suite of greens that are becoming steadfast cabinet standbys in designers’ toolboxes. This trend, said MasterBrand, has earned “Foxhall Green,” a grayed forest green, designation as MasterBrand Cabinets’ “2024 Finish of the Year.”
- Raw, Organic & Warm: Emerging color trends also include a notable rise of boldly soft colors and raw, organic and warm shades, said MasterBrand, citing a transition from vivid reds to warmer, orange-based reds. “Hues of warm orange-reds are showing up on walls, furnishings and décor, adding depth and character to interiors and providing a visual focal point that effortlessly draws the eye in and sparks interest without taking away from a neutral, earthy space,” the company noted.
- Simplifying for Functionality & Universal Storage
Eighty-three percent of the designers surveyed noted that kitchen islands have replaced traditional dining tables, according to MasterBrand.
“With the rise of open shelving, there’s also a need to offset the reduction in kitchen storage space, leading to an increase in the use of working butler’s pantries and large walk-in pantries as space allows,” the company observed.