The past few years have given us all time to reflect on what home means — a safe place to connect with those dear to us. Kitchens have always been the hub of the house, and as homeowners look towards 2024, the top kitchen renovation trends skew in favour of creating calm, communal zones and streamlining daily kitchen tasks. From oversized pantries and marble counters to AI-powered appliances and induction stovetops, find out what everyone wants in their dream kitchens for the new year.
Warm, rich hues such as burgundy, mauve and brown are appearing in trending kitchen renovations. Mixing these deep, cozy colours with simple neutrals and dark-stained wood is also on the menu.
Shake It Up
Classic shaker cabinetry will continue to be an ongoing favourite when it comes to kitchen renovations in 2024 — but with a twist. Designers are shaking up convention and opting for bold colours, textured fronts and customized drawer pulls and knobs.
The New Eating Out
The Layered Look
Get a live-stream of your rising banana bread or remotely pre-heat the oven — the next generation of smart appliances are next level. Samsung launched an “AI oven” this year, which uses AI tech to monitor the cooking process. Fridges can stream music and TV, while compiling a grocery shopping list or sending cooking instructions directly to the oven.
Fuelled by the discussion around the safety of cooking with gas indoors, energy-efficient induction stovetops will be a hot kitchen renovation trend in 2024. By directly heating magnet-friendly pots and pans, induction cooktops allow for the same powerful, instantaneous heat adjustments we’re used to with traditional gas ranges.
Put It Away
Minimalist kitchens have been trending for a while, but in 2024 minimal is going to the max. Countertops are clear of all clutter, small kitchen appliances are being parked into appliance garages and outlets are losing their plates and being installed directly into the drywall, backsplash and cabinets.
No One Is an Island
Square (and rectangular) kitchen islands are so, well, square. In 2024, all the cool kitchen design kids are breaking the mold and going for a layout that cultivates communal life. Think curved edges and long T-shaped forms, making room for a variety of seating options, substantial storage and always-needed extra prep space.
In 2024, kitchens will be more than a place to cook — they’ll be a place to commune. So, if a kitchen renovation is in your future, spend as much time contemplating couches, banquettes and in-kitchen dining tables as countertops and cabinet colours.
Once, homeowners may have been reluctant to install marble — due to the stones’ proclivity to chipping and staining — but no more! In 2024, it’s time to embrace imperfections and the realities of life in exchange for beautiful, organic veining forged by the Earth itself.
Big Girl Pantries
Blame it on pandemic bulk ordering or the highly enviable rows of neat glass jars on the Kardashians, but either way, having a palatial pantry is on its way in — in a big way. Look at your own kitchen renovation plans and see where square footage can be stolen to make space for shelves of labelled baskets and decanted dried pasta.
A Kitchen’s Kitchen
As well as a picture-perfect pantry, a big kitchen renovation trend for 2024 is having a kitchen that’s not in the kitchen. Yep, we’re talking about an actual “prep kitchen,” where all the sloppy food prep happens, small appliances live and the biggest messes are dealt with in a second sink… far away from the eyes of visitors and dinner guests.