Are you planning a new kitchen? Here are some of the top trends making ripples in the kitchen world this year.
This year’s big kitchen design trends are beginning to reveal themselves and we’re very excited to help our customers design the perfect kitchen for the way they live. Our kitchens are often the heart of our homes, and reflect our eating habits, family life and so much more.
1. Spreading the larder love
Have you ever swooned when celebrity chefs like Nigella Lawson swan around in their expansive larder, eyeing up what looks like the contents of a posh Italian deli? Turns out you’re not alone. Larders fell out of fashion for a while, but they’re back in a big way. They offer versatile storage solutions for crockery, serving dishes, cooking aides or dry foods, and can vary from glazed cupboards and exposed shelving to walk-in options. They can also incorporate innovative pullout storage, drawers and more.
2. Out in the open
Open plan living will continue to be a huge kitchen design trend in 2020. We want our homes to feel light, airy and seamless, and open plan kitchens allow us to do this. We’re expanding and renovating our homes to grow with our families, and want kitchens that can handle cooking a Sunday roast, kids doing homework at the table and anything else we throw at it.
3. Scandi-chic simplicity
We love their gritty crime dramas, but we might just love their kitchen designs even more. Scandinavian kitchens are characterised by their clean lines and simple layouts, and work especially well in smaller spaces. Crisp colour schemes and baseline storage make these designs feel deceptively airy.
4. Get a handle on great design
Good design is all about equal consideration for every aspect. Handle design and finish will transform the look and style of your new kitchen. Antique brass handles and classic polished chrome are amongst the most popular.
5. Top taps
We’re obsessed with taps at the moment. You can give your kettle the afternoon off with boiling water on-demand taps like Quooker, which give you boiling water at the touch of a button.
6. Using tiling to create seamless spaces
We’ve fallen in love with statement porcelain tiles from Marlborough tiles. Available in a number of natural finishes, they can be laid indoors and out, making your garden a true extension of your living space!
7. AGA love reigns supreme
The iconic AGA sits at the heart of many dream kitchens, and as well as looking fantastic, scientists have confirmed that the food they cook does genuinely taste better.
“Most AGA owners believe there is a difference, but no one had looked at this in detail to try and prove it,” says Dr Wayne Martindale, Associate Professor of Food Insights and Sustainability.
“Cooking with an AGA cast iron range cooker is a simpler, more forgiving process than a conventional oven, where there can be a lot more variability in temperature. In essence, [the AGA] is a more predictable oven and a more predictable oven is one we get to know well. An AGA cooker is less likely to experience variability.
“That’s great for the eventual results,” he added.
8. Feeling blue
Pantone has chosen Classic Blue as its Colour of the Year 2020 and we expect to see dark blues appearing in kitchens as the year progresses. Grey has been centre stage in home interiors for a few years now but we’re expecting to see dark blues encroaching on its territory. Navy kitchens look elegant and stylish, working especially well with pale tiles and neutral walls.
9. Slimmed-down surfaces
Slim worktops and cladding for cabinetry help to create a sense of space in smaller kitchens. Where space is a premium, customers are opting for thinner work surfaces, combined with lighter colour schemes and smaller furniture to make their smaller kitchens feel more spacious.
10. Make your splashback a feature
Splashbacks aren’t just there to protect your walls – in 2020, they’re becoming a feature of your kitchen. Choose a bold design or flash of colour for your splashback, then extend it to the ceiling to create a focal point that’s easy to keep clean. Mirrored splashbacks are excellent for making the most of the light and giving the illusion of more space.
We hope that you have found this post helpful. Talk to our experts here at Willow kitchens & Interiors about your next project.