We say this all the time: the kitchen is the most used, best loved room in most homes. Families gather to share meals and conversation, and catch up with each other after a busy day. Everyone goes in different directions after breakfast, but come suppertime, folks get together to chat, dine, laugh and share stories – exactly what kitchens are meant and designed for.

This year, a lot of people are investing in renovating their kitchen, because we are all spending so much time at home. It’s a smart way to make your house more livable, but it also increases the value enormously. Here are some trending ideas for modern kitchen renos that are popular in 2021, but also classic enough that they’ll endure for many years to come.

1) Neutral walls with contrasting ceiling beams. This modern looks has an almost Scandinavian feel, but it works beautifully, particularly in large kitchens. White or off-white walls and cupboards create a streamlined effect, and dramatic wooden beams offer a focal point and warmth.

2) A stylish breakfast nook. Since we are all eating at home more right now, having a spot for breakfast, apart from the kitchen island, is functional as well as stylish. Whether you use just a corner of your existing kitchen for a small table and two chairs, or you have your professional renovator in to literally expand your kitchen, a nook will be useful long after current lockdowns are over!

3) Modern backsplash that makes a statement. If you do choose lots of neutrals in the kitchen upgrade, consider making your backsplash a focal point, with lots of colour and even a geometric pattern. This idea works beautifully no matter the size of your kitchen, because it doesn’t take up space, and it looks like art hanging in the kitchen.

4) Sleek appliances ooze sheik style. Modern stainless-steel appliances are so quiet it’s hard to be sure when they’re on! But of course, they look fantastic and they are on trend this year and beyond in modern kitchens.

5) If you love luxury, metal finishes lend a rich look. Many design trends this year are showing metal finishes, in everything from taps to tables to light fixtures. A gold chandelier hanging over a two-person kitchen nook table brings luxury into a small space. Ivory walls and a touch of colour on the base of the island brings it all to a modern, luxurious conclusion!

Renovating your kitchen this year is one of the best investments you’ll make, as it makes your home more attractive to future buyers, but it’s also a great way for the family to enjoy this space even more.

Whether you are looking to make a modest change or a massive one, contact a professional renovator you can trust like Kay2 Contracting and get some ideas flowing about how to make this favorite room even more welcoming, more modern, and more functional. Spring is almost over, summer is almost here, and it’s time to get renovating!