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2020 has been a rocky year, and we’re all looking forward to what 21 has in store for us. Even as global tensions ensues, we’re seeing emerging trends set to bring a fresh look and perspective for the new year. We’re also seeing homeowners focus less on aesthetics and more on features.  In this post, we’ll quickly cover a few set to take kitchens, and especially countertops, by storm.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops in a kitchen

Quartz countertops have been trending for some time, and that popularity is set to grow in 2021. The increased focus on health and sanitation is fueling this growth. Why?

Because quartz initially entered the scene as an alternative to granite. Its smooth surface is easier to clean and naturally more resistant to bacterial growth.

Quartz is also blended together of various minerals, resins, and color additives. These materials, made and customized by people (rather than refined from nature) allow more color and style options. Even better, newer looks are regularly designed and updated to fit the overall trends surrounding kitchen designs.  So, homes with unique styles may find a better fit with quartz.

Even Google Trends confirms that quartz countertops hit their peak in 2020 when compared with the last 16 years.

Granite Countertops

Modern kitchen interior

While quartz countertops have their advantages, that’s not to say that granite has lost its relevance. There is still a place for it in 2021. Some consumers just prefer the natural option. Others still like the porous texture and have found creative ways to better clean it.

Neutral Colors

Neutral floor in a kitchen

The growing minimalist trend is increasingly reflected in countertops. Neutral tones of beige, brown, and grey are beginning to replace bold or flashy colors. They are more versatile in matching a variety of decor, which is especially useful since countertops tend to be replaced less frequently than other style elements. These designs also give the impression of a larger space.

Of course, that’s not to say that there isn’t room for bold or flashy colors. They just need to be cohesive with the rest of your home’s style.

Kitchen Floors

Waterproof hardwood flooring in a kitchen

New innovations are bringing styles to the kitchen that have largely been impossible in the past. The advent of engineered planks means that we can now install hardwood flooring in kitchens. Newer porcelain floors are proving much more durable and moisture resistant than traditional ceramic tile. Naturally, both are leading to growing trends for natural looks in the kitchen.

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