Sure, our kitchens are there first and foremost for their utilitarian purpose: making meals for the family. But the fact is, our kitchens are so much more than just functional cook spaces. They’re the hub of our homes.
We gather in the kitchen with our family and friends during holidays and celebrations. We bake cookies with our kids, mix drinks with our partners, and even craft on our countertops.
So shouldn’t this space reflect all the warm and wonderful things going on inside?
If your kitchen has been feeling more utilitarian than cozy lately, keep reading. We dug up five trending decor looks on Instagram to help you bring some character back to your kitchen—plus all the details on how you can steal the look.
1. Brick range
For a look that will instantly transform the main event in your kitchen, look no further than this brick range design from @cherokeebrick.
“One of the hottest trends in 2021 is installing exposed brick in your kitchen,” says Anton Giuroiu, CEO of Architecture Lab. “Brick can add character to a space, and the rugged traditional look pairs beautifully with industrial- or farmhouse-style appliances. Although genuine brick walls can be expensive to install, faux brick panels provide an affordable alternative.”
Get the look: Find the right brick paneling for your kitchen by shopping this collection at Home Depot.
2. Hunter green cabinets
Hunter green is a hot kitchen color right now, and looks amazing on these cabinets featured by @grovecollaborative.
“Hunter green is making a comeback in kitchens across the U.S.,” says Giuroiu. “This dark, vibrant shade evokes feelings of being in nature and provides a touch of elegance to a space. While you may opt to decorate the entire kitchen in one color, I suggest pairing this shade with white, black, burgundy, or wood—hunter green cabinets and shelving against white walls or vice versa.”
Get the look: Shop this shade of hunter green paint.
3. Pearly white backsplash
All-white kitchens are still making their way out, but a touch of just the right white (like this pearl-inspired backsplash from @thetileclub) is still very much in.
“Plain white can look boring, cold, and stale; pearl white elevates the look of white tile by creating a shine that’s still soft,” says designer Andra DelMonico, of Trendey. “Some pearl tiles even have an iridescent effect that offers hints of other colors, which you can accentuate by using those colors in the rest of the kitchen.”
Get the look: Find the best iridescent tiles for your kitchen backsplash by shopping this collection from TileBar.
4. Floral chandeliers
We’ve been big fans of the floral wallpaper trend, so we were downright delighted to see that the floral aesthetic has planted seeds elsewhere in our decor. Just take a look at these floral chandeliers from @therealmlandreth59, which we find impossible not to love, whether you’re a flower freak or not.
“Ever since the lockdowns of COVID, people have looked for ways to bring the outside in,” says DelMonico. “Nature-inspired interior design elements have become incredibly popular. A floral chandelier is a delicate way of adding a touch of nature to your kitchen.
“Consider the type of flower and the overall style of the chandelier, which should fall in line with the styling of the rest of your kitchen,” she adds.
Get the look: Shop this Brielle chrome ceiling light.
5. Artsy nook
This emerging kitchen trend featured by @devolkitchens is incredibly special, not in the least because it can be completely personalized and created from things you already have.
“Adding an artsy nook to your kitchen gives it a comfortable and homey feel,” says DelMonico. “It’s the perfect addition to a farmhouse or bohemian kitchen. Add a comfortable place to sit, a small table, and art on the walls. Prepare a cup of coffee or tea, and then settle in with a good book.”
Scale the furniture with the available space for your nook, she suggests. If it’s roomy, you could add a sofa. A medium-sized space will fit a love seat, and a small nook should have an armchair.
Get the look: Shop your local thrift store or try out this Guthrie love seat to bring your artsy nook alive.