Whether you want to invest in a new kitchen or refresh a tired kitchen cabinet colour scheme, every effective kitchen combines many elements – layout, cabinets, worktops, appliances, tiling, and so forth. But what’s hot in the world of kitchen design?
The humble kitchen is reinventing itself in 2021. Today, the modern kitchen is where we prepare and enjoy meals – it has taken on the role of being a social venue, albeit via zoom (according to research from Homebase, 88 per cent claim the role of the kitchen is now for socialising rather than cooking), and it’s also an office, classroom, playroom, restaurant and much more. Now more than ever, each square inch needs to work harder and our spaces need to do more.
If 2020 was the year of the ‘living kitchen’, where function, aesthetic and technology combined to make day-to-day life a little easier and unify the rest of the home, what’s in store for 2021 and beyond? Specifically, what will we be demanding from our kitchens post-pandemic?
The most desirable kitchen designs will combine purpose and personality, designs which will encourage a new appetite for ‘more highly curated kitchens that are 100 per cent original and reflect your own personal taste, character and lifestyle’, says Julia Steadman, Head of Operations at Brandt Design.
Richard Ferguson, Buying Manager for Kitchens at Homebase, adds: ‘Like those in our new House Beautiful and Country Living range, the trend is for kitchens that ooze personality and have intelligent, practical living space & multiple storage options.’
There will also be a renewed appreciation for designer details with the likes of integrated media systems, walk-in larders and hideaway storage, extra power outlets and open shelving for display purposes.
And, in what has always an important aspect of a kitchen’s design, the pandemic has made hygiene even more of a focus for consumers. Choosing materials that are easy to clean and ‘technology that helps to limit touch-points in the kitchen’ are coming to the fore, says Daniel Bowler, Director of Eggersmann UK.
With increased cooking and baking at home, the functionality of appliances will also become more important and considered.
For 2021, kitchen colours that are inspired by nature – we’re talking earthy tones and biophilic colour schemes including high pigment greens and blues – will modernise the classic kitchen, inspiring more contemporary schemes. Meanwhile, antique finishes like brass and dark gold will become the go-to finish in the kitchen.
And remember, not all kitchen designs have to be expensive.
‘Kitchens can be costly investments and aren’t easily interchangeable, using paint to add a splash of colour to walls, cabinet fronts, tiles, or shelving unit is not only cost effective, but also allows for a unique burst of creativity and personality to be injected with ease,’ says Helen Shaw, Director, Benjamin Moore UK.
To give you all the kitchen inspiration you’ll need, here are the top kitchen trends for 2021, from colour and surface choices to finishes and layout. Planning your dream kitchen starts here…