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Revamp Your Kitchen: Trends to Avoid and Embrace in 2024

Your custom home starts with endless possibilities. As you narrow down your selections, you’re tasked with balancing cutting-edge offerings, classic elements, trendy options, and your long-held vision. Finding the perfect balance of your style and expert influence and execution can be a challenge, but it’s one First Choice enjoys.

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First Choice is a premier Wyoming custom home builder. We’re excited to help you create your Wyoming custom dream home. Our work in Cheyenne, Sheridan, and beyond delivers beautiful bespoke spaces. We want you to enjoy them for as long as possible before you need to make upgrades. Avoiding declining kitchen design trends can help you love your custom home longer.


Outdated Kitchen Trends to Avoid in Your Custom Home

We mention outdated trends with a caveat. Your custom home is yours. You should include any element you like, no matter what the “experts” say about trends. However, picking too many ultra-trendy selections or unknowingly embracing declining design elements can date your new kitchen faster than you’d like. Here are some trends headed out for 2024.


Too-White Kitchens

Kitchens get messy, and too much white can be unforgiving. While white will always be one of the most popular options for kitchen cabinets and countertops, subtle or strong nods to other colors can create a more personal and homey feel.



The frenzy of barn wood and shiplap has subsided. Especially in a custom new home, there are more design options to nod to the beautiful country backdrop many of our Wyoming custom homes enjoy. We see fewer farmhouse elements like barn-door sliders, distressed wood, and exposed brick and fewer farmhouse decor elements like burlap and rustic signs in current custom kitchens.


Open Shelving

If you’re a master minimalist, you may be able to replace your upper cabinets with open shelving. We see more clients regret this choice than embrace the clutter-free existence they envision when they design a kitchen with open shelving.

Up-close shot of custom kitchen cabinetry sliding pull drawer

Hanging Pots and Pans

Many past kitchens showed off their high-end cookware by hanging their pots and pans above the island or range. We install these industrial racks much less often than we used to. We hear that some clients bump their heads, outgrow their storage, or find they’d rather tuck their pans away for some other reason.


Granite and Marble Countertops

Dark countertops with tiny flecks are especially good at dating a kitchen. Granite and marble countertops were high on every custom home wish list for a long time. What goes up must come down. And what’s more, attractive manufactured options and other natural stone products are more durable and versatile. 


Busy or Undersized Backsplashes

It’s tempting to add permanent splashes of color to your space with your kitchen backsplash. If you’ve got your heart set on a colorful kitchen tile style, go for it! It’s your place. However, we advise you to make your foray into color with easier-to-update elements. Backsplashes should be functional, which means they need to wrap around your workspace. Building a too-small backsplash is a mistake you might come to regret.

Tile kitchen backsplash behind cooktop

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Kitchen Trends to Try Instead

Here are some options to consider to ensure the kitchen in your custom home captures your style and stands the test of time.


Trending Kitchen Colors

Popular kitchen colors for 2024 include classics like gray, blue, and green. We’re seeing more earthy colors and rosy hues for kitchens than we have in years past. For natural wood, lighter stains dominate, but a well-executed dark oak stain can still be a great pick.

Custom kitchen with island and floating range hood

Backsplash Trends

There are plenty of ways to build a durable workspace and express your style. We love to see metallic tiles increasing in popularity. Slab backsplashes, vertical subway tiles, and hexagonal tile backsplashes are more popular than ever for 2024.


Timeless Kitchen Cabinets

Slab cabinets are more popular than ever in 2024. We also see more stained wood as opposed to painted cabinets in upcoming projects. Though they're still in the minority, many clients opt for handleless kitchen cabinets with built-in grips.


Kitchen Appliance Trends

High-end kitchens include luxury appliances personalized to your preferences. Keep in mind that your appliances will likely need to be upgraded before your entire kitchen. Here are some of the latest options we install with increasing regularity.

Cook top and range hood on kitchen island

Smart Features

Smart appliances allow you to remotely view what’s in the fridge, preheat the oven, start dinner, and customize your cooking settings for ultimate convenience. 


Beverage Fridge

Building in a separate refrigerator for beverages keeps kids and guests out of your main fridge and makes it easy for them to grab what they’re after. 


Double Dishwasher

If you’ve got a large family, consider a second dishwasher. If you can load one dishwasher while you run the other, you’ll keep dishes available and your sink clear.

Kitchen sink view near window with double dishwashers built in

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Your Wyoming Custom Home Deserves a Delightful Kitchen

First Choice is excited to dream with you. Let’s build every element of your Sheridan, Cheyenne, or other Wyoming new construction to its fullest potential together. We’d love to connect early in your project so that we can support you in every step of your process, including finding the perfect place to build your dream home. We can’t wait to hear about what you’ve got in mind. Connect with us today to tell us about your custom home dream.

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