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2021 Fall Kitchen Design Trends

October 29, 2021

As things are slowly returning to normal, you may find yourself entertaining more often than you have this past year. So, what's in style this year?

thermador kitchen
  • Stainless steel and matte black finishes
  • Bold accents
  • Matching hardware finishes
  • Open, airy spaces
  • Smart appliances
  • Built-in and counter-depth appliances

Trending Finish Styles

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has long been a favored finish for kitchen appliances. Stainless steel is non-porous, which makes it more resistant to bacteria and germs than other finishes. When trying to match appliances with the paint in your kitchen or with cabinets and countertops, stainless steel is the easiest choice. Stainless steel looks good with everything!

Howard’s Bonus Tip: Shop fingerprint-resistant finishes to keep your home looking flawless without the extra effort.

Matte Black Finish

Matte black finishes are also a very popular choice in kitchen appliances. They complement a wide variety of kitchen colors and designs. A matte black finish is also smudge-resistant, and very easy to clean and care for.

inside of a jennair fridge

A relatively newer trend is the matte black finish on the inside of the appliance. Select JennAir refrigerators have an industry-exclusive Obsidian interior. The black finish and LED lighting really make the food in your refrigerator look more appealing.

Bold Accents

Make your kitchen unique with bold accents on your appliances. There are several ways to bring a bold accent into your kitchen to set it apart. Whether it be the hardware on the appliances, the finish, or the lighting, there are plenty of options to add a pop to your kitchen.

inside of a jennair fridge

Select Thermador dishwashers and refrigerators have blue accent lights on their interiors. Coordinating blue knobs are available for ranges as well. Monogram’s new Statement Collection features edge-to-edge handles, large windows, and substantial knobs with brass accents that can really bring your kitchen together.

Matching Hardware Finishes

It’s not always necessary to have all the metals in your kitchen match, but it can look very sharp to do so. If you have stainless steel handles on your cabinets, faucets, and light fixtures, getting stainless steel handles on your appliances would really complete the look. Aside from color, the shape of the handles can also make your kitchen pop. If you buy appliances from the same collection, the handles on your refrigerator, range, and dishwasher can all match.

Open, Airy Spaces

One of the biggest home trends over the past several years is the open concept kitchen. Open concept kitchens provide sightlines into the living area to carry on conversations or keep an eye on children playing while cooking. They are ideal for hosting parties in your home. Open concept floor plans with big windows let a lot of light in. A neutral-colored wall will allow you to create a unique kitchen with your own personal style of cabinets, countertops, and appliances.

Smart Appliances

Smart appliances are all the rage this year and allow you to fully integrate your home. You can remotely preheat your oven, change your refrigerator, or check the time on your dishwasher cycle. Most smart appliances sync with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to allow you to use voice commands for your appliances.

Smart appliances can also inform you about regular maintenance checkups and send you alerts for issues. If there’s a leak in your dishwasher or if you left your oven on, you’ll be notified right on your phone.

Built-In or Counter-Depth Appliances

Built-in appliances have become a popular element of modern kitchen design. They look seamless, clean, and elegant. They can also be a big space saver. You can match the door of your dishwasher, microwave, or refrigerator to match your cabinets and give your kitchen a high-end feel.

Free Install with an Appliance Package

Through the end of October, Howard’s is offering free installation, next-day delivery, and haul away on kitchen appliance package purchases of $5,499.99 or more. Save yourself the time and money of installation so you have more time to prepare for the holiday season with this special. Get more details online at

Looking to Finance?

Extend your budget and apply today for special promotional financing. Howard’s can work with you to find flexible financing and you can receive 18 months of no interest. Learn more about our financing options online today or contact us for more details.

Shop for Appliances and TVs at Howard’s

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Jennair 72 inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

Jennair 72" Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

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Jennair Euro-Style 30" Slide-In Gas Range

Thermador Gas Professional Range 36 inch Dual Fuel Range

Thermador Gas Professional Range 36" Dual Fuel Range

Thermador Dishwasher 24 inch Stainless Steel

Thermador Dishwasher 24" Stainless Steel

Thermador Dual Fuel Professional Range 48 inch Dual Fuel Range

Thermador Dual Fuel Professional Range 48" Dual Fuel Range


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