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Top 10 Ever So Popular Kitchen Trends

From pattern to colour, we reveal the trends that are flying high on the interior design radar
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 07-09-2021 09:00am

1. Two-tone
Call it ombré, dip-dye or two-tone, putting a pair of colours side-by-side is a clever design fix for our homes – and none more so than in our kitchens. Dip your toe in the look with a few accessories, or for a more permanent fixture, try mix-and-match cupboard fronts blending tones and textures. David Mottershead, managing director of paint brand Little Greene, says, “The subtle mix of two gentle shades that sit closely together on the colour wheel replicates the nuances in nature and provide interest to a room without overpowering it. Calm, tonal combinations in the kitchen make the space more homely and less industrial, perfect for entertaining in."

Alcove painted in Pale Wedgwood and chimney breast painted in Arquerite, Credit: Little Greene

2.  Colour pop
There’s nothing like an accent of hot hue to invigorate our kitchens. It’s all about harnessing colour in unexpected ways. Paint skirting boards and radiators the same shade as your walls, try a non-white ceiling or revamp a single kitchen cupboard in a pretty pastel. A pop of marigold or burnished terracotta won’t fail to make a striking statement in kitchens dominated by cool whites and flashes of stainless steel, while retro pastels like candyfloss pink, sky blue and mint green won’t fail to bring a smile to your face every morning.

Dandelion Puff, Copse and Terracotta Pot emulsion by Paint By Conran

3. Timber cladding
Chalet chic here we come, as timber planks and boards are being used to cover up our kitchen walls for a line-up of exciting looks. Forget visions of 1970s Swedish saunas or nautical kitsch, as today’s timber cladding is definitely more modern rustic than retro throwback, and will create a stunning, textural backdrop to your cook centre. Pick from bare, natural oak planks for a rugged beauty or a painted, two-tone, tongue-and-groove splashback for a shot of graphic cool.

Kitchen cupboards and bottom half of tongue-and-groove panelling painted in India Yellow by Farrow & Ball, Credit: British Standard kitchen

Tip: Make sure woods are treated properly for a tough, waterproof finish and, if painting your panelling, British Standard suggests using gloss, so grease and splatters can be wiped clean.

4. Feature floors
It’s definitely time to look down, as our choice of flooring is being elevated from a practical must-have to the show-stopping feature of the entire kitchen design. The options are endless too, from rich timber planks (or ceramic look-a-likes) installed in a chevron pattern (a crisper alternative to herringbone) to colour-packed, patterned encaustic tiles made from hardwearing cement, full of Moroccan, holiday-at-home spirit.

Chevron porcelain tiles by Refin

5. Fresh greens
While our love affair with all things grey is by no means over, there is another shade set to catch our eye – and it’s green. From fresh, uplifting peppermint to vintage emerald, this palette will unavoidably create a kitchen that is cool, calm and oh-so collected. “Sage, with its taupe undertones and dusky green surface is easily applied to an existing scheme, working perfectly alongside greys, marbles or reclaimed materials,” says Lee Thornley founder of Bert & May.

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Grain pendant lamp in Dusty Green by Muuto

6. Graphic cool
A black and white kitchen is foolproof, fail-safe and will last you a lifetime. The new twist is to use jet black for the bulk of the cabinetry and go all out on white for floors and walls. Beef up the graphic, monochrome buzz by sandwiching simple, snow-white tiles with dark grouting and invest in pale marble surfaces (or man-made alternatives).

ON-OFF kitchen in matt black, Credit: Boffi

Tip: Stick to fuss-free, pared-back lines for the working element of the kitchen but soften with displays of vintage china, retro dining chairs and industrial lighting to combat an overly sterile scheme.

7. Pattern
Unleash your creative side as kitchens blur into living areas and fill up with pattern and print. Braver souls can try wraparound wallpaper in modern geometrics or big blowsy florals, or simply test the trend in an adjoining dining zone or seating hub.

Cecilia and Annika wallpapers by Sandberg

8. Industrial
We still can’t get enough of industrial cool for the kitchen and a mix of factory style benches, bare bulbs, pendant lights and reclaimed timber tables will do the job just nicely. The key this time around is to give the look a semi-sophisticated spin with rich, velvet-smooth woods, warm copper fittings and light fixtures that are simple and pared back, but full of modern, design savvy.

Tree-to-Table ash dining table by Sebastian Cox and Anthony Dickens, Credit: Heal's

9. Pastels
Who would’ve thought that pale pink would make its way from little girl’s bedrooms to become a mainstream colour gracing every corner of our home? Indeed, the entire pastel palette is strengthening its position as a real player for the kitchen, and washed out shades of blue, grey, green and pink, combined with natural materials and feel-good textures, sum up the modern Scandi look in a nutshell. “A pastel colour can add a fresh twist to a classic Shaker or artisan kitchen for a crisp, updated and timeless look,” explains Kiran Noonan, sales and marketing director at John Lewis of Hungerford. “These on-trend colours are extremely versatile and can look equally standout and amazing with a pale marble-look quartz, a wooden worktop or a dark, honed stone surface.”

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Artisan kitchen from John Lewis of Hungerford

10. Darker details
At the other end of the spectrum, and if cupcake pastels leave you cold, a dark, gutsy colour might just be the trend for you. The look is sleek, sophisticated and sure of itself and works brilliantly for modern and traditional kitchens alike. If you are making the move to the darker side with an inky black cupboard, a rich charcoal paint or deep hued, stone surface, remember to punch in as much natural light as possible and enhance with artificial sources. And go lighter with pale flooring and walls to stop your kitchen from resembling a bat cave.

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Real Shaker kitchen in Pantry Blue by deVOL

Credit: Lara Sargent (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 240, April 2016

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