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Kitchen Remodeling in 2024

State Restoration’s Guide to Creating the Kitchen of Your Dreams

How to use our kitchen remodel guide

Let’s start the conversation about kitchen remodeling by looking at the kitchen design styles by decade. From there, we’ll discuss the trends in 2024 and the design, style and functional considerations to maximize your kitchen space. We’ll discuss material options, the best places for finding inspiration, and what to expect as part of the kitchen remodel process.

We understand remodeling is a big undertaking and we hope this article will help you feel confident and prepared for your kitchen project.

Kitchen Design Styles From the 1950s to Now

1950s: Pastel Colors, Chrome and Dinette Sets

Kitchens in the 50s incorporated pastel colors including mint green, pale pink, and baby blue. Dinette sets, with chrome finishes, built-in cabinetry, and the use of Formica laminate countertops were popular.

State’s Take: ⅕

1960s: Bold Patterns and Bright Colors

During the 60s, kitchens embraced bold patterns and bright colors. Psychedelic designs, geometric patterns, and colors like avocado green and harvest gold dominated kitchen decor. Open shelving and laminate and vinyl materials became common.

State’s Take: 2.5/5

1970s: Earth Tones and Natural Materials

The 70s brought a shift towards earth tones and natural materials. Kitchens were designed with colors like brown, orange, and mustard yellow, creating a warm and cozy feel. Wood cabinetry, stone countertops, and terracotta floors were popular.

State’s Take: 3.5/5

1980s: Stainless Steel Appliances and Luxury Finishes

The 80s introduced appliances and luxury finishes to the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances gained popularity, and there was a focus on creating an upscale look. We saw granite countertops, glass-front cabinets, and high-gloss finishes.

State’s Take: 4/5

1990s: Open-Concept Kitchen Layouts

The 90s embraced minimalism and the start of open-concept kitchens. Kitchen design focused on functionality and simplicity. White and neutral color palettes were common, and natural light was maximized. Integrated appliances, sleek cabinetry created clean, uncluttered spaces.

State’s Take: 3.5/5

2000s: Kitchen Islands and Personalization

In the 2000s, kitchens became highly customized and personalized. Homeowners began to demand more storage solutions and tailored designs to suit their unique needs. This decade saw the rise of kitchen islands, custom cabinetry, and a mix of traditional and contemporary styles.

State’s Take: 4.5/5

2010s: Smart Technology and Eco-Friendly Materials

The 2010s saw the integration of smart technology and eco-friendly materials in kitchen design. Smart appliances, such as refrigerators with touch screens and ovens controlled by smartphones gained popularity. Sustainable materials, like bamboo flooring and recycled glass countertops were used. The open-concept layout continued to thrive, emphasizing social interaction and connectivity.

State’s Take: 4.5/5

2020s: Indoor-Outdoor Integration

The 2020s have seen a growing trend towards biophilic design and indoor-outdoor integration. Kitchens often feature large windows, natural light, and direct access to outdoor living spaces. There is a focus on bringing nature indoors through the use of plants, natural materials, and earthy color palettes.

State’s Take: 5/5

Top 2024 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Open-Concept Layouts

Open-concept layouts are a centerpiece of kitchen design. Eliminating walls creates a spacious, airy kitchen that’s great for Southern California entertaining. When the space allows, connecting the kitchen to the outdoor patio or yard is a great strategy to incorporate additional openness.

Multifunctional Spaces

Kitchens are evolving into multifunctional spaces that serve as hubs for cooking, dining, working, relaxing and socializing. Incorporating elements like built-in desks, breakfast nooks, and lounge areas can maximize the utility of your kitchen, making it the centerpiece of your home.

Minimalist Luxurious Design

Minimalism is merging with luxury to create sleek, elegant kitchen designs. Clean lines, high-end finishes, and uncluttered spaces enhance the kitchen.

Natural and Sustainable Materials (Not Made In China)

Homeowners are increasingly seeking eco-friendly healthy materials and care where the materials are sourced. These materials contribute to a healthier living environment. Southern California’s emphasis on green living makes these choices particularly relevant.

Luxury Cabinet Styles

High-Gloss Finishes

High-gloss finishes are a popular choice, offering a sleek, modern look. These cabinets reflect light, making your kitchen appear larger and brighter. They are available in a variety of colors, allowing for customization to match your overall design.

Natural Wood

Natural wood cabinets bring warmth and texture to your kitchen. In Southern California, lighter woods like oak and maple are great timeless luxury options.


For a personalized kitchen, custom-built cabinets allow you to tailor every aspect, from the material and finish to the hardware and layout. Custom cabinets can maximize storage and efficiency for your space, creating a beautiful and functional kitchen.

The Hottest Kitchen Colors of 2024: Bold, Beautiful, and Timeless

Deep Blues

Deep blues are making a bold statement in 2024 kitchen designs. These rich hues add depth and sophistication, pairing well with modern and traditional styles. Deep blue can be used for cabinetry, islands, or accent walls, creating a striking focal point.

Warm Neutrals

Warm neutrals like beige, taupe, and soft gray, continue to be popular. These colors create a calming, inviting atmosphere and serve as a neutral backdrop for the rest of the kitchen space.

Vibrant Accents

Vibrant accents including bold yellows, reds, or greens, add personality and energy to your kitchen. These pops of color can be introduced through accessories, backsplashes, or even appliances.

Lighting Solutions for a Stunning Kitchen

Under Cabinet Lighting with LEDs 

LEDs offer a lighting solution that looks great under cabinets, along toe-kicks, or in recessed areas. They provide task lighting, making food preparation safer and more convenient while highlighting the backsplash and cabinetry.

Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are stylish and functional. They come in many designs, from sleek, modern fixtures to more traditional options. Placing pendant lights over islands or dining areas adds a nice touch.

Kitchen Remodeling - Transforming The Heart of Your Home

A kitchen remodel is an exciting project that can transform the heart of your home. When planning your remodeling project consider:

Setting Your Goals

What is the ultimate goal of the kitchen remodel? Increasing your kitchen’s functionality, updating its style, and improving its layout often by creating an open-concept flow are common goals.

Budget Considerations

Budgeting is a crucial aspect of planning your kitchen remodel. Setting your budget helps with realistic expectations and allows you to prioritize your spending. State Restoration’s kitchen remodel team will work with you to maximize your budget around your goals.

Finding Inspiration

Finding inspiration for your kitchen design is fun. To get ideas, browse home improvement magazines, visit State Restoration’s kitchen showroom, and explore sites like Pinterest and Houzz.

Choosing Your Kitchen Contractor

Selecting the right kitchen contractor makes all the difference in the success of your project. We encourage you to visit State Restoration’s kitchen showroom and meet with our team to consider us for your kitchen remodel. We bring 25 years of experience, knowledge and craftsmanship to transform your space, on-time, and within budget with timeless, quality materials.

We look forward to welcoming you into our showroom.

Designing Your Dream Kitchen

State Restoration’s kitchen design team has specialized software to show you the proposed kitchen placement before beginning any actual work. We measure your space and use our software to optimize the layout around your goals.

Layout and Functionality

The “kitchen triangle” – the arrangement of the sink, stove, and refrigerator – when optimized, ensures efficient movement. Open-concept designs create a seamless flow between the kitchen, dining, and living areas.

Style and Aesthetics

Your kitchen’s style should reflect your personal taste and complement the overall design of your home. Southern California kitchens often feature a blend of contemporary and coastal styles, with clean lines, natural materials, and plenty of light. White and neutral color palettes are popular, as they create a bright, airy feel. Incorporating elements like exposed wood beams, tiled backsplashes, and statement lighting can add character and charm to your kitchen. We’ll work together to create the design around your preferences.

Selecting Materials

Counter tops

Natural Stone (Quartzite, Marble, Travertine, Slate)

  • Pros: Extremely durable, elegant, adds significant value to your home.
  • Cons: Most costly, marble requires sealing.
  • Best For: High-end kitchens with a focus on luxury and timeless appeal.


Quartz countertops are engineered from natural quartz crystals combined with resins and pigments. This creates a highly durable and non-porous surface.

  • Pros: Highly durable, stain-resistant, low-maintenance, available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
  • Cons: Less heat-resistant than natural stone.
  • Best For: Kitchens where durability and ease of maintenance are priorities.

Ceramic or Porcelain Tile

  • Pros: Highly durable, water-resistant, many styles and colors.
  • Cons: Grout can stain.

Best For: Kitchens where durability and easy maintenance are key. Works as a backsplash.



  • Pros: Classic and warm look, can be refinished multiple times, versatile.
  • Cons: Prone to water damage, requires regular maintenance, can be costly.
  • Best For: Traditional, modern and cozy kitchen designs.

Engineered Wood

  • Pros: More resistant to moisture and temperature changes than hardwood, similar aesthetic.
  • Cons: Cannot be refinished as many times as hardwood.
  • Best For: Homes that want the look of wood with greater stability.

Luxury Vinyl (LVP)

  • Pros: Durable, water-resistant, mimics the look of wood or stone, softer underfoot.
  • Cons: Quality varies by brand.

Best For: Homes with pets and high traffic areas that need durability or for areas that may get wet and dirty.

State’s Kitchen Construction Process


Our first step is to design the space. We use software to make any changes to the layout. From there we decide the materials. We order the materials, and schedule the work. We will pull any necessary permits and bring in architecture or engineering, if required.

Demolition and Structural Changes

The construction process typically starts with demolition. This can involve removing old cabinetry, countertops, and appliances, as well as making any necessary structural changes. In Southern California, homes may require considerations for seismic safety, so we may need to reinforce walls or foundations as part of this process.

Installation and Finishing Touches

Now we are on to the fun part, installing cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and appliances. We coordinate with tradespeople as needed, such as electricians and plumbers and manage the entire process from start to finish.

State Restoration is Your Go-To for Luxury Kitchen Remodeling

Expertise in Luxury Kitchen Remodeling

State Restoration has over 25 years of experience in high-end kitchen remodeling. We know what it takes to design and construct the kitchen of your dreams.

Commitment to Quality

State Restoration sources quality, timeless materials that will show off your kitchen and make it the heart of your home.

Personalized Service

State Restoration offers personalized concierge service. Our team makes sure you feel supported and informed throughout the entire remodeling process and we handle the details.

Comprehensive Process

State Restoration’s process begins with a free consultation at our showroom to understand your goals and vision. We then conduct a comprehensive design consultation where we measure your space, and provide design concepts around your ideas, goals, functional needs and budget.

We maintain clear communication, ensuring that you are informed and involved every step of the way.

It’s the Perfect Time to Remodel Your Kitchen

Staying Current with Trends

Remodeling your kitchen with State Restoration updates your kitchen and makes one of the most used areas in your home stylish and functional.

Enhancing Home Value

A well-executed kitchen remodel can significantly enhance the value of your home. By incorporating high-end materials, modern appliances, and innovative design elements, you will create a space that appeals to potential buyers and increases your home’s market value.

Improved Functionality

Updating your kitchen can greatly improve its functionality. Whether you need more storage, better lighting, or a more efficient layout, State Restoration can design a space that meets your specific needs and makes everyday tasks easier.

Ready to see how your kitchen can be transformed?

Schedule your complimentary showroom visit with State Restoration’s Design team.


We invite you to visit our Thousand Oaks showroom, browse for ideas and discuss your project with our design team.

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