3 Top Kitchen Design Trends

Kitchen styles are ever-changing, and as architects and designers, you know more than most how difficult it can be to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not, and what’s expected to gain traction down the road. Luckily, there are three kitchen styles you can count on to remain trendy over the next three years, according to the 2019 Kitchen Design Trends Study[1] conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Each of these popular styles contain timeless elements[2] that can evolve alongside changing designs and help homeowners avoid major renovations years later.

Here’s a look at the three most popular kitchen styles and tips for achieving those designs:



Transitional design reigns supreme, with 88% of study respondents expecting the continued growth of this aesthetic. This style is a blend of modern and traditional elements that create a perfect balance of warmth and simplicity. Consider mixing natural materials like light wood cabinets with more modern finishes such as granite countertops or fingerprint resistant stainless steel appliances. Stick with neutral tones and offset modern components with traditional accents like crown molding. It’s all about finding a harmony between old and new.



A close second to transitional design is a contemporary style. Unlike transitional, contemporary exudes a sleek, minimalistic, “less is more” feel. Surfaces should be seamless and lines from chairs, cabinets and countertops should be crisp and clean. Selecting appliances that blend into the background help create that smooth aesthetic. For example, the Whirlpool® Panel-Ready Quiet Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub lives seamlessly with cabinetry. With Panel-Ready Design, it’s easy to coordinate the appliance with the rest of the kitchen. Open shelving provides a functional space to store dishes and kitchen utensils, keeping clutter off the countertops.



Farmhouse has grown in popularity since 2017[3], and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Neutral tones and natural materials dominate farmhouse design. White cabinetry and subway tile, for instance, keep a space feeling light and airy, while elements like natural butcher block countertops or alternatives to classic stainless steel such as Whirlpool® Fingerprint Resistant Sunset Bronze appliances bring tones of warmth into the heart of the home.

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