5 Kitchen Trends Taking Over Homes Now

Kitchen technology is evolving rapidly, with AI and other innovations pushing products ever closer to Jetson territory. But some of today's hottest kitchen trends have a distinctly vintage feel, from archival tile colors to retro flooring and the return of the breakfast bar. We asked some busy architects and designers what trends they've discovered so far in 2024.

A checkered past: linoleum is back

Really? Really. Despite being the stuff of retro Instagram accounts like Cheap Old Houses (@cheapoldhouses) or South Philly Time Capsules (@s.philly.time.capsules), linoleum never really went away. And there's a good reason Grandma loved it: It's durable, easy to clean, and has lots of color options. Designer Leah Ring says her LA-based company Another Human has used linoleum in a range of eye-catching hues to great effect. “I like to introduce customers to it,” she says, noting that she’s noticed a preference for bold colors lately. “Customers are really ready to do a few spins in the kitchen.” Another person recently used linoleum in several kitchens. “You don't hear much about linoleum lately, and I know it's become a dirty word, but it actually has its benefits,” says Ring, who installed purple linoleum floors with a green cap on a project not long ago has. “[The kitchen] is still essentially a private part of the house and not open to the public. Customers say, 'I'm going to spend time here with this tile that makes me really happy,'” she says. And best of all, real linoleum is an eco-friendly option: Although it's overshadowed by, and often confused with, vinyl flooring (think strippable products from your local supermarket), linoleum is made from a blend of linseed oil, tree sap, and ground limestone, sawdust and pigments; is biodegradable; and can be recycled.

In his own family's sustainability-conscious home, Isaac Resnikoff chooses induction cooking with a Dacor appliance.

Cooking (without) gas: induction hobs

“The kitchen is where people want to see fire,” says Isaac Resnikoff of Project Room in Los Angeles. As an avid chef, he understands customers' desire to face the elements in culinary settings. But in the interest of decarbonization, Resnikoff – who lives in a net-zero home himself – advocates adopting an induction cooktop. “After cooking on an induction stove for four years now, I would never go back,” he says. (He has a Dacor with a custom-colored front.) And there's a bigger strategy at play: It's rare for a customer to have an emotional attachment to a particular type of washer/dryer the way they do with gas ranges, that is the cooktop, can be the “gateway” device to move a home in a more environmentally friendly direction. “Once you get over the hurdle of the gas stove, you can decarbonize anything,” he says. “It's faster and more powerful, and because the surface itself doesn't get hot, you can literally wrap towels around a pot while frying,” reducing the need for deep cleaning over time.

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In Andrea Voth and Michael Santioni's Pasadena home, designer Jamie Haller installed a practical walk-through door between the kitchen and living room.

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“They didn’t want to face the pressure of being on display while cooking,” Haller told AD at the time of publication.

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Built-in poles

Integrated breakfast counters and walk-through islands are also among the kitchen trends with a retro character. While they have a certain retro charm (or tiki charm, depending on the context), they are also gaining renewed importance as a method of creating partial barriers between kitchens and living spaces. Another person's ring says: “[The kitchen] is a place where people spend time. In larger homes, we place great value on opening up the kitchen to the rest of the house and creating visual connections to other rooms. A large island for entertaining makes sense because it is ultimately the heart of the home.” A surface for dining or cooking allows designers to create useful space and connect the kitchen with other living spaces with a clever touch.

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