February 12, 2024
The kitchen stands as the beating heart of any home, a space where culinary creativity merges with communal bonding. It's where families gather for meals, friends share stories over coffee, and cherished memories are cooked up daily.
Given its central role, staying abreast of the latest kitchen trends isn't merely a matter of style; it's a testament to the evolving nature of our living spaces.
From functional efficiency to aesthetic allure, the kitchen trends 2024 reflect a fusion of innovation and tradition, promising to transform these vital spaces into hubs of both practicality and panache.
Join us as we delve into the thirteen kitchen trends poised to shape our homes.
Minimal luxe emerges as a prominent trend in kitchen design for 2024, offering a sophisticated blend of understated elegance and refined craftsmanship.
Characterised by clean lines, muted colours, and luxurious accents, this aesthetic creates a serene and inviting atmosphere that elevates the kitchen to a sanctuary of style and comfort.
At the heart of minimal luxe kitchens is beautifully crafted cabinetry, meticulously designed to embody a sense of timeless elegance.
These cabinets feature clean, minimalist lines and premium materials, such as solid wood or high-quality laminates, that exude luxury and sophistication.
Muted colours, such as soft whites, warm greys, and earthy tones, dominate the palette, creating a sense of harmony and tranquillity that enhances the overall ambience of the space.
With a renewed confidence in tackling decorating projects, we've seen more bright colours in our homes over the past few years to make the most of their mood-boosting powers, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down.
We've seen a rise in kitchens decorated in rich hues, creating a feeling of luxury. Burgundy reds, crisp teals and emerald greens are all anticipated to be popular in kitchen design in 2024.
These jewel-like tones can be built up to create depth, yet they're sufficiently classic and timeless that you won't tire of living with them.
More and more customers are switching from grey and white to bold and bright.
And it's easier to incorporate than you might think. Try cabinetry in a vivid colour you love, like pine green, and then decorate the walls in something soft but unexpected, like a pale pink. The addition of a neutral-coloured marble will soften the overall effect.
Bold paint colours shouldn't clash or scream at you when you enter the door. You must tie them into the rest of the space,' If you are using tiles for your kitchen splashback or on the floor, consider picking out one of the shades in the tiles to use on your walls and then complement the same tonal shade on your kitchen cabinets.
Mainly used in professional kitchens, the stainless steel look has gained popularity as more of us fancy ourselves as high-quality home chefs, deserving of spacious, pared-back and easy-to-clean prep areas.
The stainless steel kitchen has long been seen as the antithesis of the warm, welcoming, heart-of-the-home style that people desire in their kitchen space.
Due to popular TV shows like The Bear and Boiling Point, which highlight a stainless steel kitchen's sleek and practical attributes, designers and homeowners are starting to rethink the material and its place in the everyday home.
The trend takes this look beyond just appliances and smaller accessories often seen in traditional kitchens. Tapping into the modern industrial and minimalist interior trend, stainless steel is recognised for its durability, hygienic properties and ease of maintenance, and it is also a wonderful material in its own right.
Like a marble kitchen, stainless steel acquires an elegant patina as it ages, gaining a distinctive charm from the scratches that naturally develop over time. This unique industrial character adds to its enduring appeal,' Jen adds.
An exciting contrast can be created with natural materials such as wood and natural stone, softening the overall look and creating a gentle, warm, practical feeling. The surface can preferably be brushed, and the tone of the steel can also vary.
However, combined with the warm character of wood, the steel feels updated and exclusive, a detail welcome to stay in our kitchens for years to come.
With the increasing appreciation of wabi-sabi (In terms of design, wabi-sabi often emphasises simplicity, minimalism, and the use of natural materials. Rough-hewn wood, weathered stone, and handmade pottery are common elements in wabi-sabi-inspired spaces, creating a sense of warmth, intimacy, and authenticity) we can expect to see kitchens that embrace the visual effect of natural materials.
Try layering stone and marble to achieve a striking look full of colour, texture and irregularity.
And by paying more attention to natural textures, we're also leaning towards colour palettes that take inspiration from these materials' warm and earthy colours.
In 2024, expect kitchens that layer up coarse materials like stone, wood and brick, enveloped in walls painted in toasty tones like ochre and peach.
The rise of tactility in kitchens is not just a passing trend but a reflection of our desire for a more sensory and immersive experience in our homes.
Slab splashbacks are high on the kitchen trends expected to dominate this year.
Unlike traditional splashbacks that cover the area above your stovetop, slab splashbacks are larger, rectangular pieces of stone running across the wall behind. They're both a luxury statement and a way to create a more seamless look in your kitchen.
Slab splashbacks avoid the slightly jarring visual effect of narrower traditional ones that can risk looking out of place against the horizontality of walls, countertops and cabinets.
These seamless, continuous backsplashes create a sleek and modern look. For a more budget-friendly alternative to marble, opt for porcelain or quartz.
It looks incredibly luxe, but there are also no grout lines to clean! Just a quick wipe means easy maintenance. One of the most popular slab choices is quartz.
We see a lot of dramatic marble-veined backsplashes. These are so super luxurious. The most popular colour scheme will be white with dark veining, but black marble slabs will also be very popular if you want a more moody vibe.
The hottest kitchen lighting trend is layering and creating a versatile ambience.
A shift away from bold statement pendant lights over kitchen islands and dining areas while celebrating integrated under-cabinet and toe-kick lighting to add functionality and a touch of glow.
Sconces, which combine style and usefulness, are another lighting trend.
Bright, overhead recessed lights may cause a glare on kitchen work surfaces. Installing sconces in kitchens adds a layer of lower light and looks so pretty when dimmed once the kitchen is finally closed for the evening.
Under-cabinet lighting allows both functional and aesthetic illumination, but it's concealed, so where the light comes from feels like a bit of a mystery.”
We'll see more uses of architectural lighting, such as wall washes, to highlight critical areas of design detail, such as beautiful backsplashes and range hoods.
Lights that are simplistic and allow your eye to view the entire kitchen are in.
Monochromatic, all-white kitchens are not as popular as they once were.
A resurgence of dramatic colour tones that introduce powerful contrast, such as warm, saturated hues paired with understated neutrals.
Along with blues and greens, rich browns, smoky blues, reds, and purples are taking centre stage to infuse kitchens with a cozy, inviting atmosphere.
Mixing light or dark-stained woods in with saturated colours is also big.
Colour can provide a space with personality and charm, and stained woods give a feeling of warmth and depth.
Natural materials, such as marble, are given for counters and flooring.
White marble has recently been deemed a risky material choice for countertops due to its susceptibility to stains and chips. However, homeowners are taking the risk for its naturally stunning veining and movement.
They're more accepting of ‘imperfections' that arise over day-to-day use, allowing the surface to show its ‘life stories.
The earthy undertones and vibrant veining of quartzite are also popular. Using these types of materials provides a connection to the beauty of our natural world and evokes a feeling of sanctuary and harmony in our homes.
Wellness has been prominent in home design since 2020.
More designers and homeowners will be thinking about how the kitchen can be a place for healthy living.
Considering nutrition and healthy eating, kitchen designs will include more flexible refrigeration, like columns, drawers, and convertible settings.
Technology will also play a big role, including refrigerators with food inventory technology—some that can even make menu and shopping recommendations—and emergency power sources to prevent spoilage.
Options for frying and steam cooking are expected for cooking appliances.
Furthermore, sustainable materials are becoming increasingly important in kitchen design as homeowners seek to minimise their environmental impact.
Classic and timeless styles that utilise natural and durable materials such as stone, wood, and steel contribute to the kitchen's longevity and align with eco-conscious values.
Additionally, environmentally friendly delivery methods and packaging options for materials and appliances are being prioritised to reduce further the carbon footprint of kitchen renovations and construction projects.
In an era where environmental consciousness is paramount, sustainable products are at the forefront of kitchen design trends for 2024.
Homeowners and designers increasingly prioritise eco-friendly materials and practices to minimise the environmental impact of their kitchen renovations and constructions.
Using sustainable materials is becoming increasingly important for many builders and renovators as they seek to minimise the environmental impact.
Classic and timeless kitchen styles that use natural and durable materials such as stone, wood, and steel will help your kitchen stand the test of time.
There are other considerations for a sustainable kitchen design. There are increasingly more environmentally friendly delivery methods and packing options for materials and appliances.
Tricked-out cabinetry that prioritises organisation is in high demand.
Homeowners are looking for walk-in, butler, and built-in pantries! They want cabinets with customisable drawer dividers and partitions.
There's also a desire for more floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, deep lower cabinets to help maximise storage, and more drawers and built-in charging stations to improve cabinet functionality.
When it comes to kitchen floors, interior designers are finding more and more that their clients want wood, where these spaces have been traditionally tiled for practical reasons.
One of the key appeals of wood flooring in kitchens is its ability to infuse a sense of warmth and natural beauty, creating a cozy atmosphere that contrasts with the often sterile feel of tiled floors.
Additionally, wood flooring adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to any kitchen, elevating the overall aesthetic appeal of the space.
When you walk into a kitchen, all the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall cabinet doors can make the space look heavy. This is why floating shelves have become one of the latest kitchen trends.
Removing even 1 set of upper cabinets can make the space look much lighter and brighter.
Wood floating shelves will continue to be popular, but we will also see marble shelving in 2024.
Minimal luxe kitchen design emphasises clean lines, muted colours, and luxurious accents such as gold fixtures and marble countertops. It combines understated elegance with refined craftsmanship to create a sophisticated and inviting space.
You can incorporate sustainable materials into your kitchen design by opting for eco-friendly options such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, and recycled glass. Energy-efficient appliances and waste reduction initiatives also create a more sustainable kitchen environment.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic philosophy that celebrates imperfection, impermanence, and the beauty of simplicity. In kitchen design, wabi-sabi emphasises natural materials, minimalism, and the appreciation of patina and age, creating a sense of authenticity and tranquillity.
Popular kitchen flooring trends for 2024 include wide-plank wood flooring for its warmth and character and reclaimed or distressed wood for its rustic charm. Sustainable options such as bamboo and cork are also gaining popularity for their eco-friendly properties.
Consider installing tricked-out cabinetry with customisable drawer dividers and partitions to maximise storage and organisation in your kitchen. Other options include a walk-in butler, built-in pantries, deep lower cabinets, and built-in charging stations to improve functionality.
Modern kitchen design trends include layered, understated lighting that creates a versatile ambience. This involves integrating under-cabinet and toe-kick lighting for functionality and sconces and architectural lighting to highlight design details.
To create a healthy and wellness-focused kitchen environment, prioritise features such as flexible refrigeration options, energy-efficient appliances, and cooking appliances that support healthier cooking methods. Additionally, incorporate sustainable materials and waste reduction initiatives to promote eco-conscious living.
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