2021 Kitchen Design Trends & Tips | More Kitchens

Published: 13 November 2020

As 2020 nears to a close, it’s a good time to start looking ahead to kitchen design tips for 2021. With insights from industry experts and anticipated trend predictions, we’ve set out what’s going to be big in 2021.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one industry that seems to have felt the impact of lockdown in a more positive way is home improvements.

Whether internal or external renovations, the industry has seen an unprecedented boom. It seems that in line with people spending more and more time at home, they’re feeling a need to spruce up their space.

With early predictions suggesting home improvements will remain high on the priority list over the next 12 month and no sign of an imminent slow down, we feel it is our duty to offer our own thoughts with regards to kitchen design tips for 2021.

So whether you’re looking at getting the experts in, or contemplating taking the project on yourself (in which case we suggest you read our article on how to plan, design and manage your kitchen renovation), we’ve got you covered.

2021 Kitchen Trends

In addition to external influences impacting consumer behaviour and buying patterns, 2021 is set to be an exciting year in the kitchen industry. From fixture choices to colour schemes, our very own Senior Designer, Julie, offers her own thoughts on the key things to watch out for in 2021:

“In both furniture and accessories, trending colours for 2021 are set to be bottle green and dusky pink. Grey will remain popular, with the new keyword ‘Greige’ for clients wanting to introduce warmth and beige tones.

For those wanting to achieve a contemporary kitchen design, dark matt colours will be enhanced and complemented with deep walnut and wood tones to create a sultry effect.

Painted black timber is also steadily making a comeback but used as a complimentary colour rather than a main focus.

With regards to fittings, although copper is staying, gold is set to be a strong contender as it pairs perfectly with the darker tones predicted in 2021, whether trims, handles, taps or accessories.”

Furthermore, Julie also anticipates the following design tips should form the basis of a kitchen renovation project over the coming year. This will ensure your space is on trend and utilises trending colour schemes.

Clean Design

“Whether space is limited or given in abundance, a clean design is a key focus for 2021.”

Partly due to the introduction of dark earthy colours, minimal clutter and maximum efficiency is crucial, so clever kitchen storage ideas and utilising every inch of available space will be essential.

Streamlined Finish

“The main focus in 2021 is the introduction of dark statement colours, but you have to be really careful to not ‘over sell’ the design. Simplicity is essential and less is definitely more.”

Supporting a clean design and trending colour schemes, kitchen designs in 2021 will see an increased requirement for a minimalist and streamlined finish. Creating a calming space and unbroken design, Julie suggests integrating appliances and choosing furnishes and finishes with minimal detailing.

Best of Both

“Combining blended colour schemes is a fantastic way of opening up a small space while remaining on trend. Pairing dark units with lighter shades in other areas will brighten the room while offering character.”

Although trend predictions anticipate focus colours are deepening in tone, in a small kitchen this can make a space feel even smaller. Julie’s above advice offers a best of both approach and is a great way to combat this. It’s just one method of many when wanting to understand how to make a small kitchen feel bigger.

Functional Fixtures

In addition to design there are also a number of appliance predictions to watch out for in 2021.

Leading the way in terms of industry innovation, it seems as we spend more time at home the requirement of functional fixtures is becoming a higher priority for many customers who now prize efficiency more highly.

Speaking from experience, Julie has seen a significant uplift in consumer appetite for the following appliances, which she believes will continue to increase well into 2021.

Instant Hot Water Taps

“With more of us working from home, we’re going to see increased demand for instant hot water taps”.

Long gone are the days where you have to wait for the kettle to boil before you can make a hot drink. Instant hot water taps are increasingly in popularity due to how they efficiently save time and energy. What’s more, they’ll contribute to your streamlined look as you’ll free up counter space by removing the kettle.

Not a hot drink lover? No problem. Offering a four in one solution, you can now have an ‘instant water tap’ installed that offers filtered water alongside boiling water thus meeting the needs of the entire household.

Self-Cleaning Ovens

“Self-cleaning ovens feature an automatic Pyrolytic cleaning function which works by heating the inside of your oven up to 500c. Once at this temperature any grease, spills or splats of food will be burnt off and reduced to a pile of ash, which once cooled down you can easily sweep away.”

Why is this a trend for 2021? Well, spending more time at home naturally leads to more cooking, and more of us have turned to baking as a hobby or means to pass the time over the lockdown periods. These facts combine to mean that the oven will be getting a hammering.

With increased use comes an increased oven cleaning regime, which admittedly none of us enjoy! The self-cleaning oven is a true game changer in the world of efficient kitchen design.

Downdraft Extractors

“Although this is a fantastic appliance within its own right, especially if your kitchen is big enough to feature an island which houses your hob, I believe consumer appetite for downdraft extractors is increasing because they help to achieve a minimalistic and streamlined finished.”

Downdraft extractors are designed to remove vapour and odour directly from the hob, stopping them from infusing the air. They remove the need for an overhead extractor and will rise out from the worktop when needed.

Digital Connectivity

“We’ll start to see an increased number of options from major players in the industry as it diversifies in line with customer appetite for the introduction of AI assistance in the kitchen.

From adding items to your weekly online shop, preheating your oven and turning your dishwasher on, AI is set to change the meaning of efficient and functional kitchen design. The industry will need to look to invest heavily into the research and development of such digitally enabled appliances as customer confidence and demand grows.”

The introduction of kitchen appliances that feature digital connectivity is set to augment and transform the industry over the next couple of years.

From built-in Bluetooth speakers to AI enabled kitchen appliances, the coming 12 months are going to be an exciting time when it comes to kitchen trends.

Offering a full kitchen design and fitted kitchen service, if you’re planning a kitchen renovation in 2021 and looking to create a space that is efficient, on trend and filled with functional design features then book a design appointment online or call a friendly member of our team today.

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Senior Designer

Julie joined the Passmore team in August 2019 as a direct result of continued growth and company expansion, particularly the acquisition of the concession showroom in Mirfield.

A senior interior designer of bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens for just over 30 years, Julies first-hand experience, design expertise and breadth of industry knowledge makes her a fantastic addition to the sales and design team.

Having started her career at a local chemical company in the drawing office Julie quickly turned her hand to interior design first moving to Magnet before settling at Norwood Interiors where she remained for 28 years.

Outside the office Julie is a lover of fine wine and good food, perfectly mixing the two while socialising with friends and enjoying some well-deserved R&R in sunnier climates.

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