The Kitchen Trend We Called in 2021 Is Finally Going Mainstream, So Prepare to See It Everywhere

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Many kitchen trends we called in 2021 have, presumably, exceeded their expiration dates (did we really think colored quartzite would endure over gorgeous Calcutta marble?). Yet, among all of the color palette changes and material mix-ups, we’re thrilled to see one look that’s here to stay: Fluted details. According to Houzz’s latest report: “Fluted and reeded details have been on display at design shows throughout the year, accenting everything from kitchen islands to bathroom vanities to living room furniture.” For those who don’t know, it’s those ribbed, textured lines that create an elegant, accordion-like effect through rows of vertically placed grooves.


Designer Victoria Spencer-Eves of VEVES interior design tells us, “'Fluting is a fantastic way to add texture and depth to an interior, without adding an obvious pattern or ornamentation, which could date quickly.” More specifically, fluting in your kitchen cabinetry or backsplash is a great way to add some dimension while maintaining a timeless, sophisticated look. While some examples include fluted marble on a contemporary range hood and cabinets, others go more organic modern with wooden dowels and slats on the island and cabinetry (below). 

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Per the Houzz report, “The aesthetic creates a thick, often rough statement-making detail beneath island countertops, bathroom vanities and dining room tables, adding texture and interest. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, reeded curves have a bulging outward appearance while fluted designs curve inward to reveal channel-like details.” Meaning: the subtle texture can be used virtually anywhere in the home—from bathroom vanities to table lamps—and you can customize how much fluting you go with (based on your budget and style). 

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To that end, fluted DIYs are all the rage on TikTok right now, where #fluting has accumulated 1.1 million views alone. These videos span from fluted wall panels and fireplaces (yes, you read that right) to dressers and dining tables that even Kelly Wearstler would covet. Spencer-Eves’ only piece of advice? If you’re thinking of trying this upgrade for the kitchen or bathroom, “It's important to calculate the spacing between the flutes when creating something bespoke, so you don't end up on a half flute between doors.” But of course, you don’t need to DIY to get the look (or spend thousands on marble slabs). The trend has been popping up everywhere, including new furniture intros from West Elm, Lulu and Georgia and Anthropologie

The TD;DR? Fluted details can instantly make a space chic and sophisticated with a hint of edge—AND it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. (Peep: some new furniture introductions we’re shopping below.)

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