Designers look to the past to create the kitchen of the future
December 2, 2022 | 12:46 pm CST

JASPER, Ind. – Trends across fashion, art, and pop culture increasingly feel like a blast from the past and emerging home design preferences are no exception. According to a recent MasterBrand Cabinets survey of more than 750 industry experts, kitchen spaces have begun their transition away from the dominant Soft Modern style toward modern takes on nostalgic trends of the past.

Transition to Tradition
Of popular and emerging design styles, 49 percent of designers predict Transitional will become the dominant style of the next two years, replacing Soft Modern (45 percent) as the leading inspiration. Notably, Soft Modern dropped in popularity among designers by 5 percent as compared to 2021 survey results.

Traditional design is also sparking renewed interest and was one of only three design styles that saw an increase in popularity among surveyed designers in the last year.

Less is More
Within the kitchen, 73 percent of designers believe that organization and decluttering solutions will be the prominent lifestyle design feature in the next two years. Leading popular kitchen organization solutions include deeper pull-out drawers, trash and recycling pull-outs, pantry cabinets with roll trays and cutlery drawer organizers.

A Place to Gather
Kitchen islands have become the ultimate all-in-one kitchen feature as they have adapted to meet the demands of modern life. In fact, 49 percent of designers project a growth in kitchen island installations in the coming year with multi-functional islands as the top functional feature for kitchen designs.

Barely There Hues
60 percent of designers project white to be the leading color in the next two years, an increase of 7 percent over 2022. Among the most popular white tones, creamy hues with green, blue or gray undertones have risen to the top.

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