Secret Rooms and Futuristic Features! The Year’s 8 Biggest Kitchen Design Trends Will Blow You Away

Of all the rooms in your house, your kitchen likely saw the most action in 2020. With so many people staying at home making artisanal pizza and using their countertops as an office or classroom, this room endured plenty of wear and tear. And that means it might just be the room that’s most in need of a refresh.

But where to start? For inspiration, we consulted with top designers from coast to coast to uncover the hottest kitchen trends in 2021—what you need and what you’ll totally want. Some of these design changes were expected after a year of staying at home, while others might totally surprise you.

“We’re seeing some dramatic shifts as a result of the pandemic,” says Janice Costa, president and founder of KB Designers Network.


No matter what, 2021 will see the kitchen transformed into a space that can do the heavy lifting in

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Dorte Mandrup to turn former home of Nazi architect into design academy



an old brick building: A glass-walled exhibition space at Saalecker Workshops


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A glass-walled exhibition space at Saalecker Workshops

Dorte Mandrup has announced its plans to convert the Saalecker Workshops, the former home of German architect Paul Schultze-Naumburg, into an international design academy.

The adaptive reuse project is an attempt to repurpose the “uncomfortable monument” near the town of Naumburg in central Germany into a space that celebrates free-thinking and diversity.

Once complete, it will become the home for the Marzona Foundation’s Design Academy Saaleck (dieDAS) and welcome groups of international creatives to live and study.



a large brick building: Top image: Dorte Mandrup is overhauling the Saalecker Workshops. Above: a glazed exhibition space will be introduced


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Top image: Dorte Mandrup is overhauling the Saalecker Workshops. Above: a glazed exhibition space will be introduced

As part of the project, Dorte Mandrup will relandscape the hillside complex and introduce residences and studio spaces for up to 16 creatives within its main building.

Many parts of the site will be left untouched in order to preserve its

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Where Are The Black Home Design Personalities? This One Created Her Own Platform

How many interior design/home improvement TV personalities can you think of? Sure, there are tons, right? But how many of them are Black? If you’re struggling to think of a single one, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, the truth is that it’s not at all hard to binge-watch home décor shows on a Saturday and not see a single Black or Brown face in a lead role. The June 2020 Vogue UK article “Interior Design Has A Race Problem—And It Needs To Be Addressed” explores the stark lack of diversity across the industry.

Texas mom of eight Tara L. Paige didn’t see Black women represented in the home design media ecosystem so she decided to create her own space.

Tara’s passion was ignited as she explored options for extending her living space beyond her four walls amid Covid-19 shelter in place orders.

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How to Design an Entry That Keeps Your Winter Mess at Bay

The entrance to your home — or your mudroom, if you’re lucky enough to have one — has a hard job.

It has to welcome you and your guests with an inviting appearance. It also has to withstand whatever weather you track in — and provide a place to stow the mounds of coats, boots, hats and umbrellas that come with you in the winter.

“Especially in climates with snow, it’s mandatory to have a transition spot between outside and inside,” said Jean Stoffer, an interior designer in Grand Rapids, Mich. But while functionality is paramount, she added, “it’s always possible to make it look good, too.”

Designing a space that won’t be overwhelmed by all that paraphernalia isn’t easy. But there are plenty of tricks that can help, even if you’re dealing with a tiny hallway leading into an apartment.

Especially in a small space, what’s required is

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