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Native Trails’ Kitchen Design Trends and Tips

After months and months of working from home and spending more time in your own space, one thing is for certain: many are ready for a kitchen update. From how to achieve a timeless look to choosing sustainable materials, Naomi Neilson, founder and CEO of Native Trails, provides tips and tricks for a kitchen you’ll love.

After spending an unprecedented amount of time at home lately, what do you find people are wanting (or wanting to change) in their kitchen spaces?
There has been a huge movement toward renovating kitchens over the last year, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing. All the time spent at home, people are wanting to make their space more comfortable, opting for larger kitchens and laundry rooms, enjoying “extra” amenities like a coffee nook, wet bar, butler’s pantry. We see this as people are purchasing multiple sinks for these specialty spaces. 

Also, we are seeing more of a desire than ever to make spaces feel and look good. From natural, textured finishes like hammered copper and concrete, to glamorous, showy materials like gold and polished or brushed nickel, people want their kitchens to be enjoyable on all levels.

With more of the family spending all their time at home (working from home, virtual schooling), less open floor plans, more walls separating space for distinct activities.

What elements should people turn to when creating a timeless kitchen? Natural materials such as copper and concrete are inherently timeless – they’ve been used in kitchen for centuries. Beyond that, fireclay is a classic, timeless material. Nickel, whether polished or brushed, is sometimes seen as an upgrade over stainless steel, and as an aesthetic that will stand the test of time.

Where do you suggest people turn for design inspiration? Publications like Interior Design, Luxe or Architectural Digest, and online platforms like Houzz, Instagram and Pinterest are all full of design inspiration. I think having an open mindset allows inspiration to strike in the most mundane or the most exotic of places – not necessarily when one is looking for it.

What are your tips for a homeowner who wants a more sustainable kitchen? Look at materials that have a lighter impact on the planet, like recycled copper and sustainable concrete, and research the background of the manufacturer of products to ensure that they are legitimately working towards sustainability. We are a certified B corporation, for example, which is a rigorous certification regarding our commitment to social and environmental good.

Featured photo: designed by Kate Marker; photographed by Margaret Rajic

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