I’m seeing more colors in the kitchen. The trend began with small appliances like those iconic Kitchenaid stand mixers.
Washer/dryer sets are already available in colors. I’ll bet the trend will continue with “mainstream” kitchen appliances. Not really suited for built-ins–but “building in” every appliance limits future choices. Some mix/matching is possible–with white or even the reviled stainless. (Stainless sinks don’t shatter every dropped glass & dish as thoroughly as porcelain.)
Already, there are high-end Smeg (sic) refrigerators. And these retro fridges–with stoves, hoods, dishwasher panels & microwaves to match–or mix. (The microwave is available in avocado. Those who do not remember the designing mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. I remember–& am appalled by the murky paint colors so popular now.) Or–save up for a renovated vintage stove.
I share the boredom with generic granite countertops. Quartz is more durable & comes in lovely colors. Formica is much cheaper for those who can remember to use their trivets, with lots of interesting colors & patterns. And the boomerang pattern is back for the truly retro.
Every counter doesn’t need the same top. A slab of marble for the serious baker? Wood for chopping vegetables?
All the kitchen cabinets don’t have to match, either. How about a painted finish on the island? Shelves or glass doors on the top cabinets, instead of unbroken wooden monoliths? Yes, pantries should never have gone out of style.
Mind you, this comes from a renter who watches HGTV a lot. But, even there, the trend is away from slick, generic kitchens for quick turnover. And more towards personalizing the place because you’re planning to stick around.