Kitchen Trends 2021 - The latest kitchen trends and ideas for the year ahead

If you are looking to update you kitchen then you have come to the right place, whether it is adding a new kitchen island, a bigger cooker, statement splash back, or a whole new colour scheme.

1. Clever Compact Design 

(Image credit: Alderley bespoke kitchen, from £15,000 by Kitchen makers)

Whether narrow, square or broken plan where space is at a premium, compact kitchens come to the rescue. Kitchen design looks s to benefit from minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. When dealing with smaller spaces, layout needs to be carefully considered to make sure you utilise every inch of the kitchen.

2. Hot water on demand 


(Image credit: Proteau Prothia Swan Tap, prices from £599, Adobe)

Hot water taps are the sought-after kitchen item fro 2021. Recent sales of steam hot water taps increased by over 10% in one month. With more of us working from home and therefore needing hot water on demand for tea and coffee in-between zoom calls.

3. Dark Surfaces 


(Image credit: CLR Stone, Ceralsio Belvedere Black, prices from £400 per sq m)

Kitchens are following the fashion for taking surfaces to the dark side. The trend has emerged from a shift towards two-tone kitchens. Dark worktops and countertops can be offset by lighter furniture and bright ‘colour pops’ to ensure they work in any sized room and create an air of luxury and sophistication.

HOM Mosaics to match 


1. Rio Remix £14.99 per tile £164.89 per square metre 2. Paris £14.99 per tile, £164.89 per square metre

4. Downdraft extractors 


(Image Credit BORA)

Extractor fans are being reimagined for kitchens for the future. There is a move towards down draft extraction systems and draw odours and vapours directly from there source eg the hob.

This is key for open plan kitchen living spaces where head height extractor hoods can create a visual barrier. A downdraft extractor integrated into the hob gives greater creativity of design and taps into the trend for minimal professional styling

5. Structured simplicity 


(Image Credit: Wren)

The trend for streamline kitchens is set to reach new heights. The minimalist approach creates a calming space with clean sweeping lines. This trend is easy to achieve, with practical being key. To keep a smooth look you need to have integrated appliances and hidden storage. You can update your existing kitchen with clever storage solutions to clear worktops.

HOM Mosaics to match 


1. Allana, £14.99 per tile, £164.89 per square metre 2. Cloudy Grey Subway Mosaic £11.99 per tile, £131.89 per square metre

6. Two-toned kitchens 


(Image Credit: Optiplan Kitchens, Dorchester Collections starts from £5,708)

Forget matchy-matchy kitchens are becoming more blended as we enter a new decade, the two-tone trend is going to take off, it’s a great approach to adding an interesting twist to your aesthetic and it can change the whole feel of the room.

The trend expands beyond just a contrasting paint colour on the walls. From the cabinets to the worktops, it gives you the freedom to explore different design elements.

HOM mosaics to match 


1. Ibiza £14.99 per tile, £164.89 per square metre 2. Geo Moroccan Bright £14.99 per tile £164.89 per square metre

7. Smart Storage 

(Image credit: Somerton in Baltic Green, from £15,000, by Kitchen Makers)

In a time when we strive to de-clutter for our wellbeing, storage is key, especially in kitchens where we need so many things. Well-placed and concealed storage is a saviour for the aesthetic of our kitchens.

8. Green Cabinetry and accessories 


(Image Credit; Magnet, Dunham kitchen in Forest Walk)

In recent years Navy kitchen has been on trend but expect to see more green in kitchens in 2021. Most likely in the form of tiles and cabinetry, in colour tones of emerald and forest green.

The 2020 trend for bold dark hues was prominent throughout 2020 and as we move into 2021 green kitchen cabinetry is set to be a new key style. Deep Greens can be balanced out with latte shades, smoky glass and soft metallic to bring opulence to the kitchen. The addition of white marble and brass through accessories like lightings or worktops to help bring the light in.

HOM Mosaics to match: 


1. Aquamarine Self-Adhesive £11.99 per tile, £131.89 per square metre 

2. Cairns £12.99 per tile, £142.89 per square metre

9. Brooding Blue Hues 



(Image Credit: B&Q, GoodHome Artemisia Kitchen in Midnight Blue, from £1,298)

While green is the front runner for 2021, shads of navy blue continue to be a huge trend for kitchen cabinet choices. Midnight blue hue has been a 45 per cent uplift in Pinterest searches over the past year. 

HOM Mosaics to Match 


1. Lapis Blue Self-Adhesive £12.99 per tile, £142.89 per square metre 2. Brixton £12.99 per tile, £142.89 per square metre

10. Calming paint colour schemes 


(Image Credit: Optiplan kitchens, Stratford collection starts from £6,564)

While darker colours still hugely dominant cabinets there is a trend emerging for serene paint choices for walls and freestanding furniture pieces. Gentle soft colours will be key such as dusky pink, soft grey and sage green. 

HOM Mosaics to match 


1. Gatsby £14.99 per tile, £164.89 per square metre 2. Chelsea £14.99 per tile, £164.89 per square metre 

11. Statement Taps 


(Image Credit: Wren Kitchens)

No kitchen is complete without a statement tap, so embrace them! Go for Brass, industrial looking handles with unusual features is a great way to draw the eye in. 

12. Concealed appliances 


(Image Credit; Kitchen Makers)

While tech and new gadgets are key for 2021 this doesn’t mean we want to see them. Creating streamline finishes with concealment solutions is key.

13. Living room furnishings 


(Image Credit: Blakes London)

With the rising popularity of open plan living its no surprise to that living room furnishings growing in popularity in our kitchens. Now more than ever kitchens are the heard of our homes, creating a comfortable and relaxing space has never been so important.

Lighting has more freedom within the modern kitchen, with statement pendants being used as key features. There is a trend for making the kitchen feel more like our living rooms and lighting plays a key role in this. 

14. Bold as brass finishes 


(Image Credit: Harvey Jones: Shaker Kitchen, prices from £20,000)

We’re seeing more warming tones of brass in the modern kitchen. Brass is the ideal shade to complement on trend blues and green cabinetry. Often overlooked attractive taps, hinges, knobs and hands can really transform a kitchen designs. It’s the finishing touches that can make or break a scheme

HOM Mosaics to match 


1. Cairo, £15.99 per tile, £175.89 per square metre 2. Copper Luxe £15.99 per tile £175.89 per square metre

15. Modern twist on tradition 

(Image Credit: Magnet Classic Shaker Tatton kitchen in Midnight)

While tradition styles such as Shaker-style cabinetry still remain popular, the way to do modern in 2020 is to add an on-trend colour. Choose traditional designs but opt for a statement contemporary colour to give kitchens a modern twist.

16. Industrial style 


(Image Credit Wren Kitchen)

The use of raw materials rich in tones and texture will continue to be on-trend for 2021. Colours such as metallic Amber, Gold and Rust along side Copper Slate are popular for this trend.

HOM Mosaics to match


1. Shadow Brick £14.99 per tile, £164.89 per square metre 2. Shoreditch £14.99 per tile, £164.89 per square metre

17. Dining Islands 

(Image Credit: LockAnna Kitchens)

We all know how versatile islands and breakfast bars can be, they provide a spot for casual dining, offer a workspace and storage. However, the new emerging trend is dining islands. This is where Kitchen Island features an extension island dining area therefore offering storage and the benefit of integrated dining.

18. Statement Floors  


(Image Credit: Topps Tiles)

The trick here is to let the floor do all the talking, keep everything else relatively minimal. Avoid wall Cabinets and opt for open shelving instead. Statement tiles can be extremely effective if zoning an open plan kitchen.

HOM Mosaics to match 


1. Casablanca Mono, £12.99 per tile, £142.89 per square metre 2. Geo Moroccan Black and White £12.99 per tile £142.89 per square metre 

19. Broken-plan kitchens 


(Image Credit: Kitchen Hubs, The Cut kitchen by Record eCucine starts from £40,000)

Open-plan kitchens have revolutionised the way we cook and entertain, however if you would like a little more privacy then broken plan might be for you. The concept is simple, take an open-plan design and add a freestanding unit such as a shelving unit to create separation.

20. Grid Tiling 


(Image Credit: Topps Tiles)

Rectangular metro tiles have been the go to for kitchens over the last few years however the new trend is square tiles lain in a grid formation with a darker grout creates a more modern and striking look.

HOM Mosaics to match


1. Iridescent Midnight £14.99 per tile 2. Tembisa Square £12.99 per tile £142.89 per square metre 

With thanks to Ideal Home 

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