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From the colour green to the new feel for ‘escapism’, here are 15 ideas inspiring kitchens
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 30-10-2021 11:00am

1. Going green
“The most exciting colour story is Greenery,” says John Sims-Hilditch, co-founder of Neptune. “Pantone’s choice for 2017, our interpretation for kitchens will be for sage and cactus tones.”

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Kitchen by Neptune


Suffolk kitchen hand-painted in Cactus from £12,000; Keats small pendants, £74 each, all Neptune.

2. Midas touches
“Metallic accents and aged patinated looks are strong,” says Jayne Everett of Naked Kitchens. “Try contrasting cabinet colours with tiny collaborative details, such as the inside of the handle for a beautifully soft look.”

Kitchens from Naked Kitchens


The Ladbroke kitchen fuses a mix of marble worktop and patinated splashback with painted oak fronts and walnut cabinetry. Kitchens from £20,000, Naked Kitchens.

3. Zero tasking zones
There’s a new buzzword in interiors and it’s called the ‘escapism’ trend. It seems that as we progress into a more and more tech-laden world, homeowners are seeking out havens in the house where they can turn off, unplug and enjoy their own company. In kitchens, this might mean more tech-free reading nooks and writing desks being incorporated and less open-plan schemes.

Cactus green paint by Dulux Paints


Main wall painted in Wild Cactus with green stripe in Fortune Green, £24.49 for 2.5 litres, both by Dulux Paints.

4. Rough luxury
“The industrial theme, which incorporates elements such as brick walls, Crittal doors and windows and exposed raw wood – much of what was shown at design shows last year – will now filter through to people’s home choices,” says Sofia Strandh, CEO of Sola Kitchens.

Credit: Kitchens from Sola


This kitchen is the classic inlay Shaker kitchen by Sola. It incorporates hand-painted Frillen cabinetry in dark green with oak interiors and burnished brass interiors. It has a 40mm concrete worktop and a splashback wall in reclaimed wood. Kitchens at Sola start from £35,000.

5. Rustic chic
The now almost iconic Sebastian Cox-designed kitchen for deVOL, with its rough-sawn timber and panels of woven beech, was one of the most influential kitchens to be designed and launched in this country last year. Clean and modern, with sustainability and traditional design at its heart. “It’s designed to look like it breathes,” says Cox, who is now appreciated as one of the leading young designers in Britain.

Kitchen by deVOL


Delicate woven panels invoke an air of Japanese minimalism, while subtle copper hardware lends an on-trend, utilitarian edge. Prices range from £11,000 to £35,000, deVOL.

6. Simple & honest
“People still love the understated quality and warmth of a handmade, hand-painted, framed kitchen. They are authentic and timeless,” says Robert Burnett, head of design at Holloways of Ludlow. “Lots of people are drawn to the relaxed, homely, almost farmhouse feel. It might be a cliché but it’s true to say that while trends can come and go, good simple designs will never go out of fashion.”

Kitchen by Holloways of Ludlow


Units in tulipwood hand-painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball with handles and hinges in lacquered brass from Buster + Punch. Priced from £30,000, at Holloways of Ludlow.

7. The new modern
While everyone is still very hot on pared-back Scandinavian good looks, there’s a new 1970s laidback feel entering the fray, with darker woodwork, floors and furniture all coming through now. In some cases, the three-pendant look over a long table is being replaced by round tables with a statement architectural light.

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Synnes chairs and Round table from Menu


Synnes chairs with textile seats in natural oak or painted ash, £430 each; Round table, £1,399; Pendant in aluminium, £220, all Menu.

8. Pretty pantries
“There is definitely a growth in dedicated cabinets,” says kitchen designer Mark Wilkinson. “Breakfast cabinets, for instance, with foldaway doors can be opened for that especially busy time, with everything at hand, and then closed up again to keep this part of the kitchen tidy while the family prepares for the day. Alternatively, the unit could be customised to be a baking cabinet, with all the utensils and ingredients inside, or even a designated laundry area or cocktail cabinet for smaller space kitchens.”

Kitchen by Mark Wilkinson Furniture


The bespoke Portobello cabinet is the latest style from Mark Wilkinson Furniture which you can see in London at their Holland Park showroom and in the North, in Harrogate. A bespoke and handcrafted Mark Wilkinson kitchen starts at around £40,000.

9. Focus on lighting
“On the whole people tend to be using darker, earthier colours now on their cabinetry,” says Katie Fontana, creative director of British Standard Kitchens. “Task lighting is far less popular than it once was and I predict this year a key trend will be to light kitchens as you might any other room, using wall lights and pendants.”

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Credit: British Standard by Plain English


Individual British Standard cupboards start from £465, with average sized kitchen, from £8,000.

10. Touch-me textures
“Texture is increasingly important in kitchens, with a variety of materials and finishes now used in kitchens that just weren’t available before,” says Richard Davonport, managing director of Davonport Kitchens. “From sandblasted timber to smooth concrete islands and even handstitched fabric, kitchens are now embracing the sort of luxury usually found in other areas of the house.”

Kitchen by Davonport


The Soho kitchen from Davonport combines concrete, sandblasted hardwoods and handstitched fabric with blue cabinetry and a granite splashback. Prices from £30,000.

11. Divine deco
“We are seeing kitchen dining tables in rich glossy gold hues and beautiful exciting hide surfaces and internals appearing in sideboards and on dining chairs,” says George Khachfe, CEO of Poliform UK. “In the main, interiors are all heading towards more luxurious, chic finishes. We are finding that marble and stone are replacing lacquers and veneers on all surfaces.”

Dining room by Poliform UK


Mad dining table with spessart oak structure and glossy calacatta oro marble top, £9,706, and dining chairs with external body in Nabuk leather, fabric seat and legs in spessart oak, £1,371 each.

12. Check your back
“There’s a real increase in clients asking for back kitchens,” says design director Richard Moore at Martin Moore. “Definitively not a utility room, this is a purpose-designed space where busy cooks can delegate prepping tasks, store china and glass, keep wine and house extra kitchen appliances.”

Martin Moore back kitchens


Cabinets painted in Down Pipe from Farrow & Ball, with work surface in Caesarstone Organic. Martin Moore back kitchens start from £20,000.

13. Beautiful mix-up
Long gone is the trend for a mono-look kitchen, as kitchen designers have taken to mixing up materials, colours and high and low looks for a few years now. This is a trend that has continued throughout 2017. Alex Saint of Kitchen Architecture says, “We are seeing a really lovely merging now of vintage, contemporary and industrial styles. Burnished metals, such as bronze, vintage copper and brass and hot rolled steel bring an industrial look to contemporary schemes. Designers are mixing these metal finishes more than ever with bronze tones standing side by side with steels and chrome.”

Kitchen by Kitchen Architecture


The bulthaup b3 design by Kitchen Architecture in Kaolin laminate with brass recess grip and brass Vola tap and compac Carrara work surfaces, shelf, and splashback. Kitchens from Kitchen Architecture start from £50,000. This particular kitchen would be priced from £65,000.

14. Wood is good
Flexible and eco-friendly, plywood is definitely having a big moment in kitchen design, especially with the V&A Museum holding its first major designated Plywood exhibition in June 2017. Designer Nikki Kreis has been exclusively using plywood for her clever pegboard ideas since 2013 and would look great incorporated into any kitchen scheme. Another is a gorgeous Scandi look incorporating poured concrete floors and plywood. What a perfect combination!

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Lamp by Hubsch Interiors


A selection of design items used to style are available from Hubsch Interiors.

15. The rough and the smooth
“This year, high shine metallics have been replaced with antiquated, brazen finishes, tying in with the rustic, distressed look that continues to be echoed around other areas of many households,” says Claire O’Brien, head of design at House of British Ceramic Tiles. “You will see metallics combined with a matt black tile to create a utilitarian look, or offset against aged countertops for a quirky, unique style.”

Tiles by House of British Ceramic Tile


Industrial Collection tiles come in four shimmering finishes of gold, silver, iron and matt black. Prices start at £56 per sq. m, House of British Ceramic Tile.

Credit: Ciara Elliott (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 251, March 2017. Prices mentioned are at the time of publication

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Top 10 Ever So Popular Kitchen Trends

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