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Top 5 Kitchen Trends to Try in 2021

Looking to update your kitchen but lacking the inspiration to start? Whether it needs a fresh lick of paint or a full renovation, here are some exciting new kitchen trends to get you inspired.

Modern kitchen by Beeck
Image: Beeck

From home offices and classrooms to yoga studios and gyms; if this year of lockdown has taught us anything about our homes, it’s that the humble kitchen has proved itself to be so much more than the room where you cook and eat. It’s now officially the most used room in your house, and it’s made for living in.

So why not give your hard-working kitchen the update it deserves? Not only will it improve the living space for you and your family now, it will also add extra value to your home when it comes to future resales. Now, let’s take a look at some of the latest kitchen trends!

Going Green

Kitchen pantry in Racing Green by Kuhlmann
Image: Kuhlmann

After a year of doom and gloom – and with dark hues dominating much of 2020 – we’re glad to see some fresh greenery on the kitchen trends scene for this year. Bring the outdoors in with Moss, Forest and Deep Emerald Green. For a subtle take on the trend, try Tranquil Dawn, a delicate shade of sage and Dulux Colour of the Year 2020. Set to be 2021’s new neutral, this lighter shade would make a great base colour for your kitchen cabinets and units. Alternatively, go bold and combine sophisticated Hunter Green with stand-out brass accents to inject a little opulence into your kitchen. 

Textured dark surfaces

Modern kitchen with dark textured surfaces by Mobilturi
Image: Mobilturi

Kitchens with black worktops have been a long-standing trend over the past few years, and it looks like they’re here to stay for 2021. But we’re venturing into the realm of texture to add that extra wow-factor to your kitchen. Check out Caesarstone’s Oxidian worktop for a bronze rusty feel, or the hugely popular Dekton Trilium by Cosentino for a cool industrial vibe. Right now, it’s all about the distressed look, where marbling, veining and patina can give you an unusual finish. Make it matte rather than polished for extra trend points, and combine dark textured surfaces with wood flooring for a warm rustic charm.

Downdraft induction hobs

Downdraft induction hob by BORA
Image: BORA

Kitchens without extractor fans are all the rage right now, and for good reason. If you’re going to install a stunning new kitchen, why let an obtrusive extractor hood ruin the view whilst you cook? Choose a downdraft induction hob to do away with unnecessary obstructions and make your kitchen more streamlined. This is a smart choice if your hob is going on an island. Also, downdrafts are much quieter than traditional overhead hoods, so ventilating your kitchen will sound less like a spaceship landing and more like a quiet whisper. Check out our blog post here to learn how downdraft hobs work.

Statement taps 

Quooker hot tap in patinated brass
Image: Quooker

Every kitchen has a tap, so why not make it stand out? Add some bling to your kitchen with a tap by 1810, featuring finishes in brushed steel, polished chrome and white quartz, with sinks to match your worktop colour. You can even add a matching soap dispenser for washing up liquid to keep the sink area clear of plastic bottles. With so many of us now working from home, hot water on demand has become an essential for quick caffeine fixes between Zoom calls. To cut down on the boiling time (and energy usage) of a kettle, choose a Quooker hot tap in matte black, gold or patinated brass, and add the Quooker Cube for chilled filtered and sparkling water. 

Smart storage solutions

Smart storage in a Kuhlmann kitchen
Image: Kuhlmann

Think you don’t have enough space to install your dream kitchen? Think again! This year will be big on smart kitchen storage and clever compact design, making it easier to clear away countertop clutter. The pantry is making a comeback, now being used to free up your worktop space by hiding away toasters, kettles and coffee machines. We love these double-door larders by Kuhlmann, which feature power sockets inside and deep drawers below too. Perfect for storing dry foods and spices, pots and pans, or turn it into a home bar filled with your favourite drinks!

At Kemphaus Kitchens, we are proud to offer a bespoke design service at no extra cost. This means our German-engineered kitchens can be tailored to suit your specific needs and to make the most of the space you have available. 

Smart storage solutions by Kuhlmann
Image: Kuhlmann

Still stuck for ideas? Redesigning your kitchen can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. With 50 years of combined experience in construction and interior design, we offer supportive service and expert advice throughout the whole process. From the initial design to the installation and beyond, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Call us today on 01279 758777 to learn more about the latest kitchen trends and see how we can design, supply and install a kitchen that’s unique to you and your home.

Words by Lily Plume, Content Strategist at Kemphaus Kitchens