The new kitchen trends I’m following

A big thank you to @kbbmagazine journo Amelia Thorpe for rounding up these beautiful images, too. I’m off to swoon over them – join me?

1. Designer shelving that’s super useful

The humble wall shelf is now going one step further. Designers have been busy creating solutions to make up for less cupboard space by developing shelf systems that are totally practical and easy to use, including modular systems for moveable hooks, rails and add-on shelves.

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Look out for designs that run around the walls, offering space to personalise your kitchen with displays of your favourite tableware, ceramics and paintings, or books. Just remember to dust them regularly.

Rotpunkt‘s Wall Panelling Storage System & Solutions has moveable shelves and a whole host of accessories for kitchen roll, foil utensils – you name it.
Make good use of the splashback area with this recessed slimline rail system in matt black from Pronorm. You can add shelves, a paper towel holder, knife block, bottle holder and clock can be hung. Nice.
The long shelf running around this Devol kitchen’s walls has space for displays above and rail below for hanging utensils and crockery.
Tie everything together by matching shelf brackets to brassware, like in this kitchen where the details match the Perrin & Rowe gold tap. (Photograph: Patrick Butler-Madden)

2. Gorgeous green kitchens

In keeping with our growing love of nature and a focus on the environment, as well as the joy of plants in our homes, green is fast becoming one of THE most popular options in kitchen design.

Whether you opt for deep forest shade, warm olive tones, or pick apple, lime or mint, it will make a room
pop with fresh colour.

Darker shades can be contrasted with white and cool marble surfaces, which reflect light and help brighten the room, and given warmth with brass handles, taps, and accessories.

Soft shades of green, such as a lovely sage, blend beautifully with wood and rattan, while bright hues call for playful accents that balance their boldness – think pastels.

Vivi kitchen in Regiment Matt, from Life Kitchens.
Add personality to a small space with clever use of green, as shown in this design by Day True.
The statement island is clad in durable ultra-compact surface Dekton by Cosentino in Feroe.
Designed by Raili Clasen, this deep green kitchen has bold brass pull bars on back plates, from Buster+ Punch.

3. Statement makers

In short, this is one of those new kitchen trends that’s all about WOW. Create a showstopping scheme that’ll show off your design confidence and have all your friends and family bowled over.

Think a monolithic island in a stunning stone, striking materials used big, a cantilevered breakfast bar or a space that makes architectural features the star of the show. This look is all about going for it and creating a style to rival the most chic kitchens out there.

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Oh and even if your space is small, steal one of these ideas and use as a focal point or accent.

Minotticucine London’s sweeping SEVEN metre-long island in timeless Carrara Arabescato marble finishes with a dramatic 60mm-thick cantilevered bar, which covers the hob and slides out to form a sociable hub.
Offcuts of onyx, travertine, and marble were recycled to create a herringbone floor made by Solid Nature. It serves as the base for the equally spectacular island clad in bespoke Verde Bullae Onyx in this design by RHO Interiors.
Ceralsio Belvedere Black ceramic surface from CRL Stone.

4. The natural look

As Dulux announce their Colour of the Year 2021 as Brave Ground, a warm, neutral brown/grey shade, our desire for connection to the natural world continues. In kitchens, the natural look is a big deal.

It may be the traditional choice for kitchen cabinetry, but as new kitchen trends go, wood is being used in all sorts of ways to give the material’s natural beauty an update.

Look out for simple designs that celebrate the natural grain markings of timber, as well as textured and different oiled, lacquered, or stained finishes.

Alongside the revival of wood comes an interest in earthy, terracotta colours with similar warmth. Together,
they create an inviting palette which can be contrasted with black and charcoal shades for added impact.

Warm terracotta-pink walls and richly-coloured timber cabinets are offset by Hendrix Grey and Moss porcelain floor and wall tiles from Mandarin Stone.
This contemporary Eggersmann kitchen with tall units in E3.0 Vancouver Sandblasted Oak veneer, framed in bespoke dark-stained timber.
Horizontal lines in pale wood give this kitchen a contemporary feel. Tap, Quooker Flex boiling water tap.
Legno Oak Champagne veneer and Carisma Lack Deep Blue soft matt cabinets by Nolte Küchen.
The ribbed timber peninsula adds textural interest to this kitchen. Lighting, J Adams & Co.

Featured image: Modulnova’s Twenty Frame kitchen collection, available from Designspace London.

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