There’s probably a love/hate relationship going on right now with kitchens around the world. Anyone blessed with a large open plan kitchen during Lockdown must be counting their blessings. Even if it was a little busy at times and there were arguments about who’s turn it was to use the table or island for work, at least the family were together and able to enjoy meals, games, lessons and quality time in safety. For the rest of us, the kitchen probably got a little too cramped, crowded and messy with too many cooks wanting to make banana bread. So, sit back and feast your eyes on these gorgeous examples (my favourites of 2020) and fantasise about that dream kitchen that will one day be yours.
Trend: Large Communal Spaces with a Central Island
This kitchen probably encapsulates a lot of the current kitchen trends. It no doubt occupies what was originally more than one room for starters. The most popular trend now is for large communal spaces where cooking, eating and relaxing can all take place around a huge kitchen island. The original features of this period home have been respected, but brought bang-up-to-date with dark painted cabinets, white worktops, and an absence of unnecessary clutter.
Trend: Kitchens That Bring The Outside In
There’s a big movement towards connecting the kitchen and garden more effectively. Kitchens have traditionally been placed at the back of the house but were often disconnected from the outside by a warren of smaller utility rooms. No more. It’s now the ideal to have a light, bright space with large windows (often Crittall in style) that allow unrestricted access to the patio and the rest of the garden. The current growing trend for cabinets painted green is just a natural transition that further enhances the inside/outside feeling.
Trend: Warmer, Stronger Colours
It’s not just cabinets that are getting the colour treatment it seems. Walls are also exhibiting warmer hues. As are floors. I’m seeing a lot more parquet and wood in these multi-purpose rooms. Just as practical as tiles but warmer to the eyes and feet. Kitchens are fast becoming the new living room, and as such are decorated in a much less clinical way.
Trend: Kitchens With Personality
And as kitchens become the new living room, they also start to show a lot more of the owner’s personality. Open shelves are replacing wall cabinets, and those shelves are displaying art and collections instead of tins of beans. In fact everything in the kitchen is becoming a bit more personal. Even if you choose a fitted kitchen from one store, it’s more usual now to shop independently for handles, taps and accessories.
Trend: Kitchens That Hide the Appliances
And in these new living and entertaining spaces, there’s a big desire to hide the more ugly things from view. Appliances have become more integrated. Even tiled splashbacks have been replaced with sleek glass. While worktops are more often than not streamlined enough to hide the sink and cooker. Of course, a kitchen like this needs to be kept tidy or all of that careful planning will be entirely wasted.
Trend: A Touch of Luxury
You will have already noticed that all of these kitchens exhibit more than a touch of luxury. And why not? Marble isn’t that extravagant. There are marble tiles now that look every bit as good. And you’ll have noticed the touches of brass too. Brass has now replaced chrome in the trendy kitchen.
Trend: Grander, Bigger, Better
Maybe not a trend for most of us, but there’s no denying the impact of this grand kitchen. That impressive stove is given pride of place, enhanced by a beautiful mirrored splashback and surrounded by the most decorative of a cook’s necessities.
Cottagecore is probably the strongest trend to emerge during 2020. Maybe for obvious reasons it satisfies an urge to get back to a simpler way of life. A life where we were happy with home-grown produce from the garden, simply cooked dishes, and a desire to be surrounded by the hand-made and home-spun.
Trend: Industrially Eclectic
The industrial trend has been around for some time now, but it’s still going strong. It’s a look that celebrates utilitarian materials, and allows us to re-use and re-purpose. And that’s something that resonates with a lot of people right now. By combining these materials with other more decorative accessories, you can achieve a look that is eclectic, warmer and more authentically you.