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What’s hot? 2021 kitchen trends

As we steadily approach the end of the year (we can’t believe it either!), we have collated our predictions for trends we are expecting to see in 2021, as well as those that have gained traction over the past few months…

Striking shades

Perhaps the first thing you spot in a kitchen, we’re always keeping an eye on the latest colour trends and love seeing innovative and eye-catching designs.

In one of our recent projects, the client opted for an unexpected pop of bright blue inside two glazed top Shaker cabinets against an otherwise white and navy space – a very fun and distinctive way to incorporate colour!

BURST OF BLUE – The Chepstow Villas kitchen (Photography Siobhán Doran. Design by Vaudrey House)

In a similar vein, blues and greens are here to stay, with forecasts of darker and bolder hues being selected. This is the style that’s expected across the entire colour wheel, where individuals are likely to choose dark and warming interior shades.

Matchy-matchy is so last year and kitchens with many colours will remain popular. People will not only play around with different coloured doors, but worktops and walls too. Additionally, alternative finishes and materials will add new dimensions in kitchens next year. Metallics are high on the agenda and are a brave selection for both splashbacks and worktops. One of our latest designs included our gorgeous hand-aged copper backing on a Ladbroke handle, making each door entirely unique.

COPPER SHINE – bespoke Ladbroke handle backing


Modern-traditional mash

Classic meets contemporary in 2021. Traditional styles will stay prevalent but with adventurous colour choices, striking handles and exciting finishing touches.

On the other hand, why not go for sleek and modern cabinetry paired with contrasting classic fixtures (such as taps and lighting), or even a farmhouse-style sink, creating a juxtaposed yet harmonious design.

HISTORICALLY MODERN – The Howard Place kitchen


Multifunctional islands

Now seen as the hub of the house, there’s a need for a multifaceted kitchen that meets all requirements. A kitchen island can work well for this, providing a space for preparation and storage, as well as socialising and dining, and the working from home office! In 2021, we expect to see more and more kitchens that incorporate an extension for dining, with integrated island seating.

BUILT-IN DINING – The Cranbrook kitchen

Kitchen islands can also be used as a partition in a large open plan living space, helping to break up the room into different zones.

Multi-levels are expected to be big, adding another dimension to the island and compartmentalising the space. Playing with differing heights opens up more options for preparation space and seating areas.

MULTI-LEVELS – The Georgian Hall kitchen


Assorted storage

Storage options are definitely a personal preference. Next year we expect to see a mixture of open storage and sleek minimalistic designs. Open shelving has become immensely popular and is great for breaking up blank walls and adding a presentation space in which to draw the eye to. Indoor plants are more often occupying this space, with some designs incorporating miniature herb gardens into the kitchen.

ON DISPLAY – The Highgate kitchen

Alternatively, wall to wall cabinetry is favoured by some to provide sufficient storage for a kitchen full of things. Despite there being an abundance of new kitchen technology and gadgets continually emerging, it’s not always necessarily wanted on show. Shelves and organisers concealed behind cabinet doors, in addition to hidden appliances are expected to continue, with the reinvented kitchen pantry making a 2021 comeback.

Honest sourceability and sustainability

Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious by the sustainability and environmental effects of the goods they purchase. At Naked Kitchens, we pride ourselves on truly sustainable sourcing, manufacturing and design and building high-quality kitchens that really will last a lifetime.

We ensure that the materials we use in our projects are environmentally friendly and our timber is sustainably sourced and FSC certified. Many clients in the past have picked Naked Kitchens for our environmental attributes, meaning their kitchen can be as ‘green’ as their other lifestyle choices.

We keep wastage to a minimum and overall it is less than 5% – something we are incredibly proud of! Before manufacture, all of the kitchen components are mapped onto large sheets of material which are then precision-cut by state-of-the-art CNC machines, ensuring as little waste as possible. The small offcuts are then used in biomass boilers to heat our workshop, offices and show room, and any of our hardwood sawdust is compacted onsite using our state of the art briquetting machine to make our ever popular hardwood briquettes, which our clients absolutely love!


Get in touch today to start planning your on-trend kitchen!