U.K. Kitchen Trend Predictions

British designer and manufacturer of kitchen cabinets Daval has revealed the latest lifestyle trends it predicts will influence and inspire the shape of kitchen design in 2021.  

Simon Bodsworth, managing director at Daval Furniture, said, “Self-expression is forecast to be at the heart of lifestyle interiors next year, as homeowners and property developers seek to personalize the home and lean towards keystone kitchens where hero details, quality raw materials and custom elements are used to anchor a design and overall style identity.”

“Daval’s research indicates that meaningful kitchen design is sustainable and evolving the modern home and this has led to a rise in storage requirements and need for space to cook, eat, socialize, relax and work remotely.”

The United Kingdom has the second-largest design sector in the world and the largest design industry in Europe, with Germany, France and United Kingdom currently representing 50 percent of the continent’s DIY market. With a renewed focus on design innovation and quality in furniture, Daval shared its thoughts on tomorrow’s kitchen.

Modernizing the classic Shaker-style kitchen has emerged as a consumer-favorite in 2020, as both furniture and the latest fashions continue to focus on authentic product design and quality craftsmanship. Master joinery techniques, eco-friendly materials and special surface treatments will therefore be key in 2021, helping to create a tailor-made aesthetic that is sensitive to the kitchen, homes architecture and personal style.

This type of “layered design” will continue to increase the level of customization in kitchens next year, with custom paint finishes, custom larder options and butler-style pantries being used to give a new sense of style and purpose to the classic kitchen and embrace our return to more traditional values.

“We have moved into a post-industrial era in which “reduce, reuse, recycle” has become universally significant in the future of our planet and increased well-being at home,” Bodsworth said. “Using environmentally friendly materials in interior design has seen huge growth of late and we are finding that the pure nature of 100 percent recycled furniture continues to lend itself to urban-inspired kitchens, which are sustainable and originally designed.

“To echo the renewable trend, earthy shades of green are predicted to be front runners in 2021, providing a solid foundation in the kitchen with rich tonal value and design authenticity. Taking on a variety of forms next year, softer moss greens and shades of gray will define the contemporary kitchen whereas stronger, more traditional tones like forest green will enrich more classical British schemes. 

“Dark colors in 2021 will look to the different types of wood species available, with browns and blacks being introduced through rustic wood veneers, charred timber effects and matt black accessories. I believe raw, natural materials will continue to define the modern kitchen and increase the subtle interplay of mixed materials.”

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