From appliances to aesthetics, take a look at the best kitchen trends for the decade ahead...
What’s hot in the world of kitchen design? From raw surfaces, curved edges and fluted glass to exposed kitchen storage, smart extractors and patterned flooring, there are no shortage of super cool trends for the decade ahead.
So, whether your current kitchen needs renovating or you simply want to refresh a tired scheme, take inspiration from the latest kitchen designs.
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This softer profile is shaping up to be big news. So say hello to pure indulgence. London-based 2LG Studio’s curve-focused Rise collection almost broke social media when it was unveiled in 2018, and predict a swathe of curvy kitchens will follow suit this year.
2. THE ANTI-KITCHEN
When is a kitchen not a kitchen? When it is concealed with chameleon-like prowess to obscure the functional and put the focus squarely on form. This trend for un-kitchen-y kitchens, creeping up on us in tandem with the open-plan movement has reached peak refined beauty. The trick is to select a considered palette of materials and finishes that are more typically associated with living room furniture. Luxurious timbers and exotic stones score highly, plus use fully integrated appliances wherever possible.
3. a touch of timber
While an all-out timber treatment might be hard to get right without treading perilously close to traditional lines, we’re all over this season’s restrained injection of woody warmth. As with most natural materials, the joy of embracing timber in the kitchen lies in its inherent uniqueness. With real wood it’s impossible to achieve an exact copy – and therein lies the richness and personality that will ensure your new kitchen stands out.
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4. jagged connections
Ideal for creating a distinction between two zones without the harshness of a straight line, these jagged connections are set to bring kitchen floors to life this year. Champion shaped tiles, but choose wisely. The key to a smart connection is exactitude – untidy joints won’t cut it. Hexagonal tiles are your six-sided friends, particularly when paired with wood flooring that can be cut with millimetre precision.
5. on the grid
Crittall converts will fall for this dynamic approach to fine framework, as it moves from architecture to kitchen fittings. We’re seeing it used for grid-like shelving, often suspended from the ceiling for maximum impact, or cuboid cubby-style storage in lieu of wall units. As well as within vertical surfaces, such as doors and splashbacks, with contrasting materials recessed in geometric patterns with striking effect.
6. fluted glass
Favoured at various points throughout history – from Greek columns and pilasters to reeded glass in Art Deco, and then mid-century, furniture – the latest fluted revival is firmly kitchen bound. On cabinetry, fluted patterns can be used to provide 3D interest – just enough to bounce the light and add character while staying within the simplicity of modern design – offering privacy and depth.
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7. IN THE RAW
Bert & May’s passion for raw materials runs through to its new kitchen designs which reference the past but feel contemporary. We love the reclaimed look of Yard (below), while Library has a grown-up hand-painted finish. Kitchens start from £25,000, and the new ranges are on display at the showroom in East London.
8. PATTERNED FLOORING
Celebrated patternista Neisha Crosland’s collaboration with Harvey Maria continues with Dovetail, her third design for the luxury vinyl flooring brand. Drawing inspiration from traditional tile patterns, Dovetail has a strong geometric repeat pattern and comes in five colourways: Flax, Ink Black, Lavastone, Ochre and Oxford Blue (shown below).
9. INDUSTRIAL SURFACES
Five new colours have been added to the Metropolitan collection by Caesarstone. With industrial shades inspired by concrete and burnished metals, highlights include 4046 Excava, with rusty copper tones, and the terrazzo-led 4601 Frozen Terra.
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10. DITCH THE PLASTIC
Thought your Quooker boiling water tap was a feat of modern day engineering? Then get a load of this; install the new CUBE extension (attached to the existing tank with a CO2 cylinder) and the tap will stream not just filtered, chilled and boiling but a sparkling option too.
11. COLOUR CHOICE
Despite the name, Naked Kitchens is all about injecting colour, not going bare. Its Hampton Court kitchen combines Shaker-style drawers and cabinets in dusty pinks and turquoise, offset with dazzling copper hand-aged splashbacks. So that’s something to gaze at while you do the washing-up…
12. CONCEALED EXTRACTORS
A bulky extractor fan can ruin the look of a super-sleek, minimalist kitchen. Hurrah then for Falmec’s barely there Alba design. Its glass frame sits almost flush to the ceiling and is LED backlit.
13. STONE SINKS
DeVOL’s Carrara marble butler sinks bring a slice of cool Italia to its English-country aesthetic. Choose the Milano Penthouse or Tuscan Farmhouse design, with each sink cut from a single block of honed, smooth stone, which ages beautifully over time.
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14. FINE DETAILS
The much admired Air kitchen by deVol has had a timely design update. Inspired by the timber work of old gentlemen’s haberdasheries, it now features dark interior cupboards, aged copper end panels and natural stained oak finishes.
15. SILENT TREATMENT
If you long for a bit of peace and quiet while rustling up dinner, a Navy cooker hood could well be your new best friend. The 7840 Vision model has the sleek, good looks the design conscious love, but still boasts a noise-reduction system to keep that whirring noise at bay.
16. GOOD CONNECTIONS
Just when you thought home tech couldn’t go any further, Miele launches a cooker hood that can communicate with the hob below, automatically adjusting its suction strength according to what’s sizzling beneath it. They call it Con@ctivity 2.0 technology and it means less time fiddling around with switches and more time admiring the hood’s sleek, waterfall-like canopies made from curved glass. Smart and beautiful…
17. KEEP COOL
Dinner party like a pro with Miele’s sleek wine conditioning unit. Not only does it hold up to 83 bottles – which should be more than enough for a riotous evening – but it features a Sommelier set, complete with a glass holder and decanting racks. Independent temperature zones mean you can store reds, whites and champagnes all at their optimum condition inside the same unit.
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18. LOOKS LIKE STONE
We’re all for colourful, mosaic-style ceramics, yet the Cube collection of floor and wall tiles from Iris Ceramica is something altogether more effortlessly chic. Spanning a palette of cool neutrals, each porcelain tile interprets a stone finish with faithfully reproduced details like veins. Fast-track to a classic-meets-cool kitchen with a square design, or introduce a hexagon or lozenge shape for a quirky twist.
19. COLOURFUL COOKERS
Love Le Creuset’s casserole dish colours? Go one step further and deck out your appliances in one of its shades. A collab with Italian manufacturer Steel means cooker hoods, cookers and fridges from its Ascot, Genesi and Oxford ranges are now available in this pretty purple hue.
Genesi 120 range cooker, from £5,970, steel-cucine.com
20. 3D TILES
Flat surfaces are a thing of the past, thanks to the rising trend of 3D tiles. And Iris Ceramica’s new collection, Bowl, has gone straight onto our shopping list. With an artisanal feel, Bowl is available in 10 x 20cm tiles and comes in 10 shades, including Old Rose and Grey. The tiles will give clever depth to walls, whether you’re after elegant modernity or vintage chic.
See Also: The Latest Bathroom Trends.