2021 Countertop Trends: What’s Fresh & New?

The much anticipated 2021 has arrived, where the New Year brings a fresh start to so many things, including an array of the latest design trends for kitchen and bath.

Online searches for topics like quartz, islands and kitchen remodels have been seeing huge increases – exciting signs for things to come. Let’s take a look at some of the expected standouts in 2021 countertop trends.

Trend 1: Colors of the Year

Pantone always sets the tone by selecting its color of the year. In 2021, they actually selected two: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.

trend 1: colors of the year

Trend 1: Illuminating & Ultimate Gray as Pantone’s Colors of the Year

This color combination sets the tone for a more hopeful, positive 2021. A familiar gray hue combined with a vibrant, warm yellow is an interesting combination that should make for an uplifting year.

Trend 2: Kitchen Focal Points

In the kitchen, the focus on islands will continue. The larger the better, and we expect to see more that incorporate multi-levels or even double islands in the same space.

2021 countertop trends: more countertop space with double kitchen islands

Trend 2: More countertop space with double kitchen islands. Like this beautiful kitchen design with a double island featuring Cambria Surfaces’ Torquay!

Homeowners are also expressing the need for increased storage, which could manifest in larger kitchen islands and more spacious pantries. The increased storage will combine with design elements like more decorative range hoods, specialty ovens, reclaimed wood cabinetry and accents, and touchless faucets, creating a modern, functional and beautiful look.

Trend 3: Countertop Materials

Quartz still leads the way as the most in-demand countertop material in 2021. The majority of leading manufacturers are continuing to introduce a little more warmth in the palette after many years of almost exclusively offering cooler tones.

Natural marble will also continue to be another favorite this year.

The key in 2021 will be in pulling countertop materials together with individual pops of personality. This personality will show through unconventional and textured surfaces, organic style with local flair and outdoor connection, hints of shine, and full-height slab backsplashes.

2021 countertop trends in the bathroom - full length backsplash

Trend 3: Full-Height Slab Backsplashes in the Bathroom

Trend 4: Floor & Wall Tile

The addition of floor and wall tile in a space makes a noteworthy impact in 2021 on both kitchen and bath designs.

2021 countertop trends in the kitchen

Trend 4: Geometric Wall Tile in the Kitchen

2021 countertop trends: geometric tile

Trend 4: Bold, Graphical Patterns and Hexagonal Shaping, Textured Finishes and Wood Tiles in the Bathroom

Trending looks include bold, graphic patterns, light neutrals, subways with pizzazz, hexagonal shaping, textured and metal finishes, wood tiles, matte finishes, and timeless natural marble.

A Year of Innovation for Kitchen & Bath

2021 is shaping up to be a very innovative year for kitchen and bath. Let the sales pros at Eastern Surfaces help you create the ideal environment for best form and function in your home.