If you have next year marked down as the year that you make changes to your kitchen then grab a pen and paper and take note, as we take a look at some of the most likely kitchen design trends of 2021.

Dark surfaces

While you may be tempted to stick with light and bright in the kitchen, the shift towards darker tones will be felt in 2021. This is a trend that owes much of its popularity to the rise of the two tone kitchen, where a dark work surface such as CRL Quartz Siena Honed is used to top off a lighter shade of furniture. You can see how this trend can really work in small kitchens with this recent case study. This is a good example of how 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. The two tone trends also encourages the mixing and matching of materials and finishes, with a textured worktop used in contrast to smooth metal and sleek matt surfaces, for example.

CRL Quartz Siena Honed
CRL Quartz Belvedere Black

Green and blue SHOULD be seen

So what dark colours are likely to be popular and one of the key kitchen design trends of 2021? One shade that is a fashion cert is green. Luxurious and dramatic in equal measure, green works very well when combined with brushed brass on taps and handles, for a regal look and is thoroughly modern when topped with a marble-patterned white surface such as CRL Quartz Calacatta Dorado. Just as versatile and likely to be just as popular in 2021 will be navy blue, another shade that works so well with the two tone effect, topped with lighter coloured work surfaces. After a tumultuous year, colour schemes and environments that add a sense of the calm to the home in 2021 will be popular, and these two colour trends certainly do that.

CRL Quartz Arctic Shimmer
CRL Quartz Savannah

Kitchens as living spaces

The kitchen has always been the heart of the home and now more than ever it needs to be comfortable, nurturing and designed to be at the centre of our living spaces. Materials and styles that crossover from kitchen to living room will therefore be popular in 2021. Sleek, streamlined furniture, smart storage solutions and appliances concealed behind cabinet doors will all be seen. We’re all spending more time at home together of course, and the kitchen is being used for a greater variety of functions, particularly when the space is open-plan. Breakfast bars and islands that double as desk space, surfaces used in combination to zone areas and open shelving that creates a broken plan look will be among the trendsetting looks of 2021. You can read more about zoning an open plan space in one of our previous blogs.

Back to nature

There’s nothing more calming than appreciating nature and the great outdoors when everything around us is turbulent, so it’s small wonder that bringing nature indoors is big news at the moment. Nature-inspired materials lend the kitchen an air of tranquillity, so expect to see marble-effect surfaces, wood and stone-inspired touches coming through in 2021.

Need help deciding on surfaces for your new kitchen? Why not choose some samples of Ceralsio and CRL Quartz to get you started?

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