Kitchen Trends for 2024
In 2023, the kitchen has remained the heart of the home, a place to catch up with friends and family, a place to eat and drink, and a place to study, work, or relax at the end of a busy day.
As you might expect, we’re quite used to discussing all thing kitchen related, so here’s a recap on five of the top trends for 2023, and a look ahead to how 2024 kitchens trends are shaping up.
Open plan – still a firm favourite
Housebuyers with young children continue to favour an open plan kitchen, and it’s easy to see why.
Busy parents can multi-task; cooking food, putting the kettle on, and doing chores, while supporting children to do their homework, or keeping a watchful eye on them while they play or relax.
Breakfast bars and central islands perfectly complement open plan kitchens, providing additional space and an eye-catching focal point.
There has definitely been a surge in the popularity of coloured cabinetry, the darker the better, with rich navy and greens often paired with gold handles and accessories.
Infinitely stylish, darker cabinets can bring a sense of drama and warmth to kitchens, and whilst they may show up fingerprints, they are a little more forgiving when compared with paler colours.
Let there be light, light, and more light
When preparing food or doing chores, it’s vital that the light is bright and directional. But when the worktops are clear, the dishwasher is stacked and it’s time to settle at the table to eat, or perhaps relax in the statement armchair you’ve popped in the corner, it’s all about creating the right atmosphere.
Layered, statement lighting has really proved popular this year; oversized pendants or multiple light clusters over dining room tables, kick plate or under cupboard lighting in the kitchen space, statement floor lamps in family areas – we’ve seen some fab lighting styles in our show homes and the pictures our home buyers share with us!
Don’t forget table manners
The dining table is often the focal point of a kitchen in both separate kitchen areas and open plan dining areas.
There’s been a return to wood finishes this year, in particular varying shades of oak, which bring warmth and opulence to any dining space. Coupled with chairs in cool cream boucle, or finished in jewel-coloured fabrics, the trend for chairs with a retro feel has been hugely popular.
And remember, they don’t all have to match! Contrasting colours and fabrics add a very stylish twist to dining.
The best floor fillers
Darker cupboard choices in 2023 have seen lighter flooring become popular, and we’ve seen some great examples of wood effect, parquet style flooring looking amazing with a matt navy finish!
That said, the modern rustic feel of muted sage green or cream cupboards, paired with an oak finish floor still brings a certain understated elegance to a room.
Whatever you choose for your kitchen, make sure it is easy to clean and suits the needs of your family. Cream high gloss tiles look amazing, but not on a rainy day when the dog and children forget to wipe their paws and feet!
Getting ahead in 2024
From those in the know, there are five top trends already being predicted for 2024.
If you want to stay right on trend as the new year arrives, you should be considering:
- Layered lighting – consider pendants, table, floor and more.
- Rich colours – choose colours with warmth and depth.
- Natural Materials – wood and stone look set to be huge.
- Pantries – yes, they really are proving popular and infinitely practical.
- Outdoor kitchens – why have just one kitchen when you could have two?!
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