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Kitchen Design Trends for Fall 2021

A crucial piece of thoughtful kitchen design is monitoring incoming and outgoing trends, and incorporating these trends into the designs offered to homeowners. At National Lumber, we make it our mission to keep track of what’s new in the world of kitchen design so you can create modern, inspired spaces that will appeal to homeowners. Here is our round-up of kitchen design trends for fall 2021.

Walk-In Pantry

The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns made many homeowners deeply aware of how space is utilized and maintained throughout their homes. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and excessive clutter can sour the feelings we harbor about one of the most essential places in the house. While a walk-in pantry may not at first seem like a necessary design piece, a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 81% of homeowners identified this feature as either essential or desirable in their kitchen builds. Walk-in pantries can utilize smart design decisions, such as the build-out shown above from our friends at Done Construction, which adds both pantry space and hidden appliance compartments.


That same NAHB survey identified another item of particular importance to consumers: the double sink. In fact, over 4 in 10 consumers say a double-sink is an essential feature for their kitchens. This is not necessarily surprising. Maximizing space is important for any kitchen design, and a double-sink helps make it easier for homeowners to keep kitchen spaces decluttered. It’s a multi-function design piece that adds value to any home and attracts the attention of homeowners.

Wood Grain Finishes

For a while, it seemed like the trend was to conceal authentic woodgrain textures behind colored finishes to add a flourish to kitchen buildouts. However, for the kitchen design trends for fall 2021, we want to highlight the resurgence in embracing wood grain finishes. More and more we’re seeing homeowners embrace cabinetry that offers an authentic wood style, while still maintaining an elegant appearance. These wood finishes offer a unique way to set your kitchen builds apart from where the general consensus remains.

Handleless Kitchens

In many ways, modern kitchen design is about how it can differentiate and distinguish itself from previous iterations and trends. One of the most prominent examples of this is in handleless kitchen designs, which move away from the distinct hardware pieces that normally accompany cabinetry. Instead, we’re given smooth, free-flowing surfaces that use push-open or recessed handles to operate. This trend may not be for everyone, but it does present some indication of the direction cabinetry may be headed down the road.

Greens Take the Spotlight

We love this shade from Wolf Home’s Classic line

In our blog about kitchen design trends for 2020, we highlighted how blues were becoming a prominent color scheme for kitchen cabinetry, as well as backsplashes and other elements. This year, we’d like to highlight the turn towards greens as a great color scheme to bring kitchen designs alive. Greens help highlight the emphasis on thoughtful, natural builds that give the kitchen a distinct identity within the home. Whether a softer palette green or something more bold and bright, we think green is a color that can readily be brought into kitchen builds. It’s a great example of how the kitchen design trends for fall 2021 offer tons of flexibility to builders in creating unique visions for a finished product. However, don’t wait on finding the right cabinet options for your builds. As one of the most in-demand building materials, some brands are seeing lead times as long as six months for cabinet orders. Be sure to chat with the kitchen experts at National Lumber to stay up-to-date on the latest lead times.

Embracing new design trends can be a great way for builders to attract homeowners, and explore new design philosophies. Regardless of your preferred design method, it’s always important to have the best materials suited to each job. The team at Design Center by National Lumber works with builders and homeowners to bring their kitchen design visions to life. Contact our team today to get started on your next project.

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Kitchen DEsigner

Laura brings 18 years of experience to our kitchen design team. She helps customers build exceptional kitchen spaces down to the finest details. 

Every client has unique needs, and Laura enjoys the puzzle of figuring out how to fulfill them. She combines her technical abilities with her background in interior design to balance functionality and beauty.

She listens to her clients to help them narrow down their choices and presents a curated selection to make the process less overwhelming. Laura finds creative solutions to check off their wish list while keeping them on budget.

Her personal favorite design trend is a transitional style with a hint of traditional details. She loves the mix of painted colors and the textures and variations of natural woods. However, the best
part of her job is the opportunity to work in every design style
and come up with different combinations of styles, materials,
and finishes executing her client’s unique vision.

Personally, she loves everything involving water- the ocean, pools, boating, and long baths.
She also enjoys anything with a story- books, movies, shows, etc.
Her newest hobby is attempting to have as much fun cooking as she does exploring new restaurants.

Kitchen DEsigner

With over 15 years of experience, LindaRose brings deep knowledge of how to achieve beautiful kitchen designs at the right price. 

For LindaRose, listening to a client’s needs is paramount to achieving a great design. Creativity is key to kitchen design, requiring out-of-the-box thinking to achieve an excellent final product. 

Some of her favorite design trends she introduces to clients include transitional, clean lines, and dark islands with light perimeters. 

Before entering the world of kitchen design, she spent 20 years in theatre as a singer and actor, working in notable local theatres like Round House and Everyman.

In her free time, she enjoys other creative endeavors such as working with textiles including quilting, embroidery, and weaving. 

Kitchen DEsigner

Rick Bechtel is an industry expert with 7+ years as a kitchen designer. He brings unique insights to design thanks to his 15 years as a carpenter and contractor.

Rick believes in the importance of listening to the needs of the clients he works with. Utilizing his experience s a carpenter and contractor, he strives to make every layout as economical as possible through wise cabinet selection. 

Rick makes informed suggestions for products or features that can improve the cooking experience. He’s an expert in taking the dream items clients identify online or in showrooms and introducing options that better fit their design needs and are less cost prohibitive.

As a designer, he’s an expert on contemporary or transitional styles, light colors, and wood accents. 

Rick is passionate about woodworking and contracting but transitioned his career to spend more time with his children. He enjoys projects around his (or his children’s) house, and weekend trips with his wife.