As we step into 2024, the world of kitchen design continues to evolve, presenting us with innovative ideas that seamlessly blend functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability. Whether you’re planning a kitchen renovation or simply looking to update your space, here are the top kitchen design trends to watch out for in 2024.
The integration of smart technology into our homes has become increasingly prevalent, and the kitchen is no exception. In 2024, we can expect to see more intelligent kitchen appliances and systems. From smart refrigerators that keep track of your shopping to voice-activated taps and ovens, technology is transforming the way we interact with our kitchens.
Companies like Siemens have led the way in automated appliances with their Home Connect system. This once allowed you to simply turn on your appliance from the app but now it has evolved to do a lot more. The appliances can interact with each other, for example your extractor and hob may intelligently work together to clear steam and choose settings. You can also select lighting modes, access the manual in the app and be alerted when they need maintenance.
You can even use a camera inside the oven to look at what you are baking on the app, avoiding opening the door and potentially ruining that perfect rise! They have also focussed on reducing energy use and food waste. You can set your cooling appliances to holiday mode to use less power and enter expiration dates to keep track of waste. We can supply Siemens appliances with our kitchens if you would like to explore the potential of this cutting-edge technology.
With a growing focus on eco-friendly living, sustainable materials are gaining popularity in kitchen design. Expect to see more kitchens adorned with recycled glass countertops, bamboo cabinetry, and reclaimed wood accents. These materials not only contribute to a healthier planet but also add a unique and natural touch to your kitchen space.
Companies such as Smile plastics lead the way on recycled and recyclable plastic sheeting, perfect for splashbacks, shelving, tables and even worktops. Their Heron range scores double points for being on trend by reflecting the popularity of terrazzo type surfaces. The Heron panels are even made from recycled kitchen appliances!
We are passionate about using sustainable materials in our kitchens and we make our cupboards from pine furniture board from Finland. Supplied by a local company this board is grown from sustainably managed forests which prioritise biodiversity and ban the use of chemical pesticides. Despite the huge timber industry in Finland they have been able to increase the number of trees in their forests due to expert management and investment.
Bold, Warm Colours and Patterns
Say goodbye to pale neutral tones and welcome vibrant, warm hues and bold patterns into your kitchen. In 2024, designers are embracing the use of rich, saturated colours like deep blues, emerald greens, and warm terracotta’s.
Statement tiled splashbacks with intricate patterns and bold textures are also making a comeback, adding personality and interest to the heart of your home. Rich, warm, brown tones are becoming particularly popular for 2024.
Little Greene just launched their Sweet Treats collection which is inspired by delicious deserts and cakes! These colours add wonderful warmth and are significant move away from the cooler greys and blues that have been popular in the last decade. Embracing this new trend might feel a bit scary but a lot of these colours are historical and perfect for period or mid-century homes. My favourite is the rich chocolate ganache, perfect for cosy dining spaces.
Open Shelving and Glass Cabinets
The trend of open shelving and glass cabinets continues to gain momentum. Not only do these elements create an open and airy feel, but they also provide an opportunity to showcase your favourite kitchen items and collectables. Combine this trend with strategic lighting to highlight your most cherished items and create a personal and inviting atmosphere.
This is a kitchen design trend we embraced in a period home in Frome. The clients had a wonderful collection of plates, ceramics, books and collected treasures which they wanted to display. We added open shelves and glass fronted cabinets to create a cosy and eclectic kitchen which perfectly reflects the clients personalities.
The era of uniform kitchens is making way for a mix of materials. Combining various textures, finishes, and materials like metal, stone, and wood can add depth and character to your kitchen design. Think beyond matching countertops and cabinets, and experiment with contrasting elements to create a visually stunning and interesting space. Bringing the outdoors in is a timeless trend that continues to thrive in 2024 as well.
Biophilic design, which incorporates natural elements into the home, is making its way into kitchens through the use of plants, natural light, and organic textures. Consider adding a herb garden on your windowsill or incorporating wooden elements to create a harmonious and calming kitchen environment.
This bold green kitchen displays this trend perfectly. The client chose a beautiful green paint for the cabinets which creates an instant link to the garden beyond. A crisp white work surface is contrasted against the textured tiles and oak details in the shelves, vintage bookcase and shelves add warmth and interest to the scheme.
As we step into 2024, the kitchen is set to become more than just a space for cooking. It’s evolving into a hub for technology, sustainability, and personal expression.
By embracing these kitchen design trends, you can transform your kitchen into a stylish, functional, and future-forward space that reflects your individual taste and lifestyle. If you want to update your existing space, then consider changing the handles to warm traditional brass or a natural timber.
Find some vintage shelves that you can dress with your own kitchen treasures and some herbs or house plants. You can also improve the lighting quickly and affordably by using rechargeable lighting from Pooky. These little lights can be popped on shelving or on the work surface to add focused task lighting or low-level lighting for entertaining.
Kitchen design trends are fascinating to watch and see how the ideas and concepts evolve form year to year.
If you are planning a new kitchen project for 2024 then book a free consultation with Charlotte and start exploring ideas now. It is never too early to start planning!