Kitchen Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style

When I first started to research this topic I was going to write about ‘new’ kitchen trends for 2018. An up-to-date account of what products and finishes are going to take the interiors market by storm this year purely from a decorative point of view. But the more I looked, the more apparent it became that when it comes to kitchens, style is much more important than keeping up with current trends. A complete kitchen refurb is costly, so taking risks with colours and finishes that you may tire of in a few years is not advisable. And if you plan on selling at some point it’s important that you have a kitchen that is not going to put off the potential buyers. Having said that, there is still a lot of scope for creating an on-trend kitchen with bags of style and personality that you will continue to love for years to come.

The Classic Shaker Style Re-Imagined

Shaker Style - an enduring kitchen trend

Shaker Kitchen, from £17,500, John Lewis of Hungerford

There’s a reason why the Shaker style cabinet has been around for so long. The flat paneled doors, although traditional in origin, suit any style of kitchen lending a timeless backdrop to 21st-century appliances. They are available in all price ranges, and their wooden construction means they can be re-painted when a new colour is fancied. Try doing that to a glossy, contemporary kitchen cupboard! And they are so damned classy. The only difference for 2018 is in the accompanying materials. Chunky wooden worktops and country style tiles have been replaced with white Corian work surfaces and marble splashbacks.

Shades of Painted Grey

Enduring kitchen trends = painted grey

Suffolk Kitchen, from £12,000, Neptune

Grey walls have been around for some time now. There’s even a few whispers that this trend is going to reverse pretty soon and we’ll all be going back to white. Personally I don’t believe it. And as is usual, this decorating trend took a while to filter down to our kitchen cabinetry. And there it will stay for years to come as far as I’m concerned. Kitchens are increasingly part of our dining/living/family rooms these days, and dark colours are much less clinical looking and help the kitchen to fade into the background. Part of the furniture as they say.

The Beauty is in the Grain

Kitchen Trends - Wood grain - sleek and elegant

Bespoke Grey & Gold Kitchen, from £45,000, Smallbone of Devizes

Another way to help the kitchen blend into the living space is to use a beautiful wood effect. A million miles away from orange pine, this style celebrates the grain and brings it to the fore. I’d always advise on integrated appliances but it is absolutely essential in this type of kitchen. There should be nothing to interrupt the effect and to keep it sleek and elegant. A few glass fronted cabinets will break up the expanse of wood (for decorative contents only) and they will also further help integrate the kitchen into the adjoining dining or sitting room.

Re-Set to Factory Settings

Kitchen Trends - Industrial

The Original Kitchen from £18,000, Harvey Jones

On the other side of the spectrum is the kitchen that celebrates its utilitarian roots and emphasizes them with industrial inspired style. Exposed bare brick walls, white metro tiles (yes still going strong) chunky reclaimed wood and an abundance of gleaming copper result in a modern interpretation of traditional design. Warm and welcoming without being dated and fussy. Again glossy white Corian work surfaces and a lack of clutter will keep the look on the right side of contemporary.

The New Rustic

Kitchen trends. More Artisan than Rustic

The Sebastian Cox Kitchen, from £15,000, deVOL

This style is more Artisan than Country Cottage. Rough sawn timber and minimal detailing result in a look that is rustic but still simple and stylish. It’s a look that complements a country setting perfectly but would not look out of place in a contemporary open-plan space either with well-considered accessories.

Who knows, with the right stylish kitchen you may never want to move house again.


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  1. Reply

    Lana Young

    March 19, 2021

    I’m having such a hard time finding brick colors that have yellow, gold, and browns! In the photo The Original Kitchen from £18,000, Harvey Jones do you know what brick color that is by chance. It looks like a old Chicago brick.

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      March 20, 2021

      Hi Lana, sorry I can’t help you there 🙁

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    Emily Dellinger

    July 1, 2020

    I love the Re-Set to Factory Settings Kitchen. We are getting ready to redo our kitchen and are going with the copper hardware. I am interested in knowing the color of the bottom cabinets. I want to do the same color on our bottom cabinets.
    Thank you!

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      July 2, 2020

      Hi Emily, I don’t know the exact colour used on those cabinets but it does look like Farrow and Ball’s ‘Downpipe’

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    Stacey Sheppard

    January 12, 2018

    Great post Carole. Love that rustic devol kitchen and the one with copper accents. I know everyone has moved on to brass now but I still love the warmth of copper. And dark kitchens are definitely a hit with me.

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      January 13, 2018

      With me too. And yes, I agree, copper is much warmer. x

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    January 11, 2018

    Wow, lovely kitchen ideas! It’s something we need to get done sometime – sooner, rather than later if we can. Love the look of the re-imagined Shaker kitchen and the Neptune.

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      January 11, 2018

      Glad you like them Rachel. Hope they give you some ideas. x

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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    January 10, 2018

    I come unstuck when it comes to kitchens. They’re so expensive that I’m scared to make a decision about them. I think I’m a couple of years away from having to, thankfully. But yes, something timeless rather than trend-led will be at the top of my list.

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      January 11, 2018

      They can be expensive I agree. These are all bespoke, but I do think you can get the same look for less. Maybe I should do that post too. x

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    Kimberly Duran

    January 10, 2018

    Oh my goodness, so much gorgeous inspiration in this post!! I am already planning our new kitchen when we finally move and I’ve had so many thoughts and ideas going around and around but I still love what I did in my kitchen last year and I do believe that dark cabinets and light worktops/tiles aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I do admit, I love the wood look as well! Beautiful! xxx

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      January 11, 2018

      Very exciting that you are moving and planning to start afresh. Can’t wait to see what you do. x

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    January 10, 2018

    Completely love them all for different reasons. A shaker grey is my favourite, and what I picked in my last house! We still get compliments on it now, even though we don’t live there anymore. Clearly a crowd pleasure and so easy to customise x

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      January 10, 2018

      You can’t go wrong with a shaker kitchen 🙂

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    January 10, 2018

    My favourite is the Neptune Kitchen, maybe its because its Suffolk inspired! We want to have a new kitchen this year so thanks for the inspiration x

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      January 10, 2018

      It’s a popular one! Good luck with the kitchen planning x

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    Susan Earlam

    January 10, 2018

    That Neptune on is gorgeous! I also love the Sebastian Cox one, great round up!

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      January 10, 2018

      I must admit to being a bit taken with that one too 🙂


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