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Formula for a Stunning 2021 Kitchen

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

Circular lights picture from Lauren Liess Interiors, black & White Island from Emily Henderson.

Wood is back in kitchens, but unfortunately that doesn't mean that all our 1990's golden oak or 2000's cherry cabinets are back in style. Modern wood cabinets have a natural finish that looks raw, rustic and Scandinavian. Ornate profiles and trim are out; straight-lined inset cabinets with a simple Shaker or flat profile are in. The straight lines of the cabinets are juxtaposed with circular elements -- curved faucets, spherical light fixtures, rounded bar stools. Black and white (and variations of those) are the dominant color scheme. Ceiling treatments and big windows are a bonus. Here is some beautiful eye candy to illustrate the formula.

Wood cabinets with straight lines. Circular faucets and light fixtures. Black + white + wood color scheme. Ceiling treatment. Via Jean Stoffer Design.

Here's another picture since this kitchen (and the whole house) is so freaking beautiful.

Studio McGee. Shaker wood cabinets, check. Circular lights and accessories, check. Black and white color scheme, check. Ceiling treatment, check.

Via Emily Henderson. Emily went small with the circular elements, but showed up strong with everything else.

Chris Loves Julia nailed the formula for their friends the Fullmers. Where can I find some friends who will do this to my kitchen?

Did Lauren Liess invent this formula? She's been doing it for awhile. Note the curvy cabinet pulls.

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