2021 Kitchen Trends – the latest design ideas with lasting style
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The kitchen has long been a place that brings households
together. Now more than ever as we start the year firmly embracing home life
and spending quality time together, we see a continued and greater demand for
open-plan living. This goes hand in hand with a rise in kitchen design that promotes
social gathering, embraces homely, traditional values, and plenty of
There’s no better time than now to reflect on what matters most
to us in our homes. So, as we all immerse ourselves in the latest inspiration
and gather our thoughts and ideas – ready and waiting to be explored when the
time is right – the team here at Life invite you to delve into the key 2021
kitchen trends that this year has in store.
Open Plan, Social Living
Open-plan kitchens have risen in popularity over the last
few years and this popularity is only set to continue in 2021. As a concept
that often creates a kitchen-living-dining space for the household to gather
and spend more precious time together, we’re also seeing a steady rise in the
re-introduction of dining tables into the heart of the kitchen – harking back
to more traditional times when everything centred around the table.
Alongside social seating around an island or
peninsular, workstations, reading nooks, sofa and television corners, it’s all
about creating a multifunctional, inclusive space that encourages family
members to prepare food, work and relax all in one space.
Kitchen Living Furniture
As the lines continue to blur between kitchen and living
spaces, we’re seeing a change in the style of typical kitchen furniture. No
longer always fully fitted, we’re seeing beautiful, stand-alone pieces enter
the kitchen space - such as glass dressers, drinks cabinets and shelving
features. Offering a practical yet decorative element, they also offer you a
chance to create a unique look through an accent colour, or a mix of materials
– and to display your treasured items for a soft, homely feel.
A Tactile Finish
As the kitchen becomes an ever more personal design space in
the home, we see textures and materials becoming bolder as homeowners look to
embrace individuality. 2021 will see more metallics in
varying tones, textured doors featuring heavy wood grains, as well as
marble-effect, concrete and stone finishes. Adding tactile sophistication instantly
creates an exciting space with an inviting, softer side – perfect for
retreating to at the end of a hard day.
Often associated with industrial kitchens or very
contemporary spaces, metal framing is also growing in popularity in a variety
of settings. Framing can be a
great option for open shelving, balanced with the softness of displaying your
personal items, cookbooks, favourite crockery or glassware. It’s also easy to
carry the metal finish through to other fixtures and features in the kitchen
such as taps, handles, pendants, and even island legs or bar stools.
Warm, Homely Hues
There’s no doubt that white and grey have been
in the spotlight for a fair while. However, 2021 sees more heritage shades at
the darker end of the palette becoming ever stronger. Jewel-like greens such as
Life’s ‘Copse Green’ took the lead over blue last year, and this beautiful green
is only set to grow in popularity this year. Its warmth and timeless feel
brings a rich characterful dimension to the kitchen space. It can be enjoyed
equally as one shade, or in conjunction with lighter accent shades, such as
paler neutrals or a pop of Life’s ‘Dry Rose’.
Alternatively, softer, muted, mid-tone greens - such as
Life’s ‘Regiment’ - offer a lighter fresher approach to designing with green. As
demand for rich colours and a homely environment grows, kitchen colour palettes
are certainly set to become warmer and even more grounded this year.
Enjoy a Virtual Design Consultation
We’d love to hear what you feel 2021 has in store for your
kitchen, and we hope to inspire you a little along the way!
Although our showroom may be closed at the moment, we’re
still very much here for you and offering virtual design consultations for all
our customers - simply enter your details here.
Our team of
expert designers are ready to help you explore your new kitchen ideas and
interpret Life in your home – with the perfect design prepared for when
restrictions ease. We will also be delaying our January sale until you can visit us again.
In the meantime, you are very welcome to take a
stroll around our 3D virtual showroom here, and
should you have any questions we’re only a phone call or an email away.