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The design and function of our homes has been impacted dramatically by the pandemic, bringing back
warm colours that feel cozy and comfortable, increased individualism through high texture and visual interest, and a focus on improved functionality.

As the modern gathering space of the home, the kitchen is one of the main areas where these changes are being implemented. When considering a kitchen renovation, the following trends are here to stay and are well worth the investment.


White, glossy kitchens are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Transitioning towards warm colours is
rampant in all areas of interior design, and the kitchen is no exception. Rather than all white, designers
and homeowners are instead opting for earthy neutral colours such as taupe and warm grey, with calming accent colours in blues and greens.

Wood is also making a big comeback for kitchen cabinetry, inserting warmth and texture back into the space. It is also important to consider the variety of metal accents throughout the kitchen, including hardware, plumbing fixtures and lighting. In many cases, harsh
chrome is being replaced with warm metals such as brass, nickel and matte black.

High Texture

couple dancing in kitchen
In contrast to the clean, white kitchens of the 2010s, high texture is dominating modern kitchen design. The best way to increase texture in your kitchen is in your countertop selection. Rather than opting for a monolithic stone, consider instead a marble, granite, or quartz with a heightened pattern, texture, and colour. Visual interest can also be achieved through a playful wall or floor tile selection or arrangement. And don’t forget about grout!

Contrasting grout colours can instantly heighten the texture and visual interest in a space by accentuating the tile pattern. Texture is also being infused into modern kitchen design is through paneling. Board and batten, flutting and shiplap are common paneling styles being applied to islands and accent walls to heighten texture and visual interest.

Family Friendly

Incorporating a kitchen island with seating continues to be one of the most requested items in a kitchen
renovation, especially when considering the growing number of functions required of a kitchen for a
modern family. Not only do islands provide additional storage and counter space; they also become the functional and aesthetic link between the kitchen and the rest of the home.

The island is a perfect location for an additional prep sink or bar fridge, depending on the homeowners needs. By incorporating counter-height seating, the island serves as the main gathering space for homework, daily meals and dinner parties. By embracing decorative light fixtures, textures and accent colours in its design, the kitchen island can also serve as a visual link between the kitchen and adjacent spaces.

Clever Organization

wood kitchen with marble island
Home organization has been trending as a lifestyle and is the best way to ensure your kitchen design will work for you and your family long term. When considering your kitchen’s layout, it is crucial to take inventory of all items, big and small, and where they intend to be housed.

Determining the correct insert for each cabinet is also important to ensure your kitchen will remain organized and functional for all
users. Custom organization, such as hidden broom pantries, small appliance garages, and custom spice
drawers are all excellent ways to ensure that the kitchen remains organized and functional. Be sure to

consider all members of the family when approaching kitchen organization. Custom pet stations and
walk-in pantries are perfect solutions for young children and furry friends.

Thinking About a Kitchen Renovation in Ottawa?

By keeping these trends in mind, you will be investing in your home for many years to come.

Our team at Magnolia Construction is dedicated to bringing your vision to life. Whether you prefer a
functional island, contemporary paneling, or custom storage solutions, our designers will take your ideas
and create a beautiful, functional space.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our kitchen renovation services and get started on building
the kitchen of your dreams.