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These Kitchen Trends will Dominate 2024 according to Design Pros

The kitchen has long held its status as the heart of the home, but today, it's not just a place to cook; it's a space to gather, socialize, and express your personal style. As we step into a new era of interior design and home living, the kitchen is undergoing a transformation of its own, with exciting trends emerging that cater to both form and function.


Whether you're planning a kitchen remodel, looking for inspiration to refresh your culinary space, or simply intrigued by the ever-evolving world of home design, this exploration of the latest kitchen trends is sure to captivate your imagination.


In this comprehensive guide, we'll dive deep into the hottest kitchen trends for 2024. The design elements that will shine are easy to incorporate. So let us take you on a journey through the world of kitchen design, highlighting the trends that are reshaping the heart of our homes.


So, join us as we open the door to the future of kitchen aesthetics, functionality, and ambiance. Your dream kitchen may be just a few trends away.

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1/ The Concept of Quiet Luxury



2023 was a year of vibrant interiors and dopamine decor, placing maximalist design center stage for many homeowners. As the year draws to a close, there has been a shift away from bold interiors, and instead, minimalist schemes with a softer palette and design aesthetic have begun to take over. The focus shifts to organic shapes and colours that represent the natural world.


"Quiet luxury is a trend that embodies beauty in quality and simplicity. Many homeowners and designers are looking for striking materials that are both timeless and can stand the test of time. Natural stone is not only incredibly durable and hardwearing, but it exudes sophistication and visual appeal, pairing with any scheme" says Hege Lundh, Marketing & Business Development Director, Lundhs Real Stone

Using natural stone as a kitchen worktop offers several benefits, which contribute to its popularity among homeowners and designers.


For example, natural stone, such as granite, marble, quartzite, and soapstone, adds a timeless and elegant look to your kitchen. Each slab is unique in terms of color, veining, and patterns, providing a one-of-a-kind appearance.


"Sintered stone and quartz offer a wide range of qualities compared to sensitive marble, limestones and hard granites as it’s beautiful, hard-wearing, stain-resistant and sun-resistant” – Helena Myers, Director & Co-Founder of The Myers Touch

Natural stone is also highly durable and can withstand daily wear and tear in a busy kitchen. It is resistant to heat, scratches, and chipping, making it a long-lasting choice.


Taking quiet luxury further, organic materials like solid wood flooring are preferred to porcelain tiles this season. Hard-wearing and long-lasting, wooden floors are not only aesthetically pleasing but also easy to maintain and add warmth and character to any space.



2/ Curvaceous Kitchen Island Worktops


Kitchen Trends 2024

A curved kitchen worktop, often referred to as a curved countertop or island, can offer several benefits in terms of aesthetics, functionality, and ergonomics.


Curved countertops can add a distinctive and visually appealing element to your kitchen. They break away from the traditional rectangular or square shapes, creating a focal point and making your kitchen design stand out.


In smaller kitchens or open floor plan designs, curved countertops can optimize space utilization by providing more counter area without the bulkiness of additional straight segments.


A curved countertop can also be designed with an overhang to accommodate bar stools or create a casual dining area. This can serve as a convenient spot for breakfast, snacks, or entertaining guests while the cook works in the kitchen.


“Curves have been incredibly popular in the interiors space and show no signs of slowing down. Ergonomic, organic and inviting, a curved worktop is the ultimate addition to any kitchen in 2024 as it immediately softens the space and adds an element of calm" says Hege Lundh of Lundhs Real Stone.


3/ The Earth Palette in the Kitchen


Simplicity in kitchen design is a timeless and enduring approach that emphasizes clean lines, functionality, and a clutter-free environment. It's a design philosophy that champions the idea that less can indeed be more when it comes to creating a beautiful and efficient kitchen space.


This minimalistic approach to design requires a serene and harmonious colour palette: the Earth palette makes use of colours that appear naturally around us: browns and greens work well with wooden surfaces to maximise the organic effect in your new space.


This colour palette is also championed in biophilic interior design, which is a concept that seeks to connect humans with nature within indoor spaces. It incorporates elements of the natural world to create environments that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also contribute to our well-being and overall quality of life.


Soft, neutral tones help to create a bright and cheerful ambiance and can be paired with contrasting cabinetry for a striking effect advise paint company Earthborn.



4/ Wooden surfaces


Wood is a versatile and timeless material that can be used in various ways in kitchen design, adding warmth, character, and functionality to the space. And it has been extensively used in 2023 for creative kitchen makeovers.


This is a trend we want to see more of. Wooden surfaces have an organic feel and when done in a contemporary way, they can feel timeless.


If you are looking for inspiration or your heart is set on a kitchen like the one shown below, talk to Interior Designer London based firm Black and Milk who have used wood in minimalist and Japandi inspired projects.


Wood in the kitchen can also come from curating wooden furniture in the space. Wood wall panelling experts The Wood Veneer Hub suggest that upcycling wooden furniture can turn the kitchen into a fun space by reupholstering vintage chairs with vibrant fabrics.




5/ Bespoke Tile Backsplash


One of the trends we are thrilled about is customisation of a kitchen backsplash through tiles. This is where you or your interior designers can go bold and create something very unique to your kitchen and design style.


Use light-colored tiles with dark kitchen color schemes to bring some much-needed contrast and light in the room or embrace the dark colors and aesthetic and choose tiles that complement your existing scheme.


"This year it's all about injecting personality with the use of bold patterns, unique colours and metallic materials". Elizabeth Sherwin, Creative Director, Naked Kitchens


6/ Innovative Space-Saving Storage solutions


An efficient and well-organized kitchen is the heart of any home, where culinary creations take shape, family gatherings happen, and cherished memories are made. Yet, to achieve a harmonious and functional kitchen, one crucial element often takes center stage: storage.


“Now more than ever, homeowners are seeking clutter-free and organised spaces for a clean and streamlined aesthetic", says Jessica Inglis, Consumer Marketing Manager at 1909 Kitchens. And I should know! My own 1909 Kitchen features two pantries, one to serve as a food cupboard and the other as our coffee station.


"Customised storage is key to achieving harmonious functionality. Features like adjustable shelving and spacious, divided drawers instantly elevate the kitchen to a level of excellence.” Ashleigh Hanwell, Senior Designer at independent kitchen brand Second Nature

Pantries have been seen in most kitchen makeovers during 2023. And it is easy to understand why they are so loved. The large doors that open up in wardrobe-style, allow you to see everything that is inside the cabinet and easily reach it.


In addition to pantries, pull-outs, and corner shelves will help you maximise every inch of space.



7/ Lighting - the jewellery pieces


Lighting isn't just a practical necessity in the kitchen; it's the secret ingredient that sets the stage for culinary magic and transforms your kitchen into a hub of warmth, functionality, and style.


The right kitchen lighting can accentuate your design choices, enhance your workspace, and create the perfect ambiance for everything from meal prep to cozy dinners with loved ones.


"Increasingly we are seeing a demand for jewellery pieces in kitchen lighting - those statement designs which can really add something different and special to kitchen design. An extravagant chandelier or decorative set of pendants above the island can work as a beautiful focal feature while still providing glow over this important kitchen space" says Helen Pett, design ambassador for Arteriors London


8/ Trend Alert: no upper cupboards


We don't know how to feel about this one. We know that getting enough storage in the kitchen is crucial but the last time we looked around ours, it seems that most of the cupboard space was taken up by things that are not needed to be stored there or are no longer used.


It's easy therefore to see why Blakes of London have opted for no upper cabinets in this design: there is already enough storage on a different wall and in a walk-in pantry.


Kitchen Design Trends 2024 - Conclusion


Kitchen interior design is an ever-evolving landscape, where style, functionality, and innovation come together to shape the heart of our homes.


With a growing appreciation for aesthetics, the world of kitchen design continually transforms. From sleek minimalism and sustainable materials and a return to classic charm, we have explored the diverse and captivating trends that are redefining how we envision, experience, and interact with our kitchens in 2024 and beyond.


 

Jenny Kakoudakis

Jenny Kakoudakis likes to blog about interiors. She launched award-winning Seasons in Colour in 2014. When she is not chasing criminals out of the financial system (her day job), she gets creative by redecorating her own home.


Download her free bathroom renovation guide here.

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