As we step into 2024, the world of kitchen interior design continues to evolve, embracing innovative concepts that seamlessly blend functionality and aesthetics. From sustainable materials to versatile living spaces, let’s explore the hottest kitchen design trends for 2024.
1. Sustainable lighting
Environmental consciousness takes centre stage as a key trend in 2024, with sustainable and low-maintenance lighting dominating kitchen spaces. From recycled countertops to energy-efficient lighting, homeowners are embracing sustainable chic to create beautiful yet environmentally responsible kitchens. Think reclaimed timber, bamboo, and recycled glass, which make an undeniable feature in a kitchen design.
From the Brooklyn Dome Pendant to the Schoolhouse Glass Wall Light, we believe in the power of sustainability, which is why our robust products are sourced from high-quality, recycled materials. Not only does their robust construction make them durable and long-lasting, but it also emphasises our dedication to sustainable craftmanship where we value this movement towards eco-friendly choices without compromising style.
Cost-cutting and energy efficient lighting are also becoming popular features of 2024 kitchen designs. LED bulbs have longer lifespans and lower energy consumption compared to traditional bulbs - by switching, you can save energy and money by reducing maintenance and replacement costs.
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2. Tech-integrated spaces & smart and adaptive lighting
Smart kitchens are no longer a futuristic concept, they are the present and future. Integrated tech features such as touchless faucets, smart refrigerators, and dimmable lights, redefine convenience in the heart of the home. All our LED bulbs are dimmable, meaning you can adjust the colour temperature and brightness according to your mood and the time of day.
Whether you need a bright, focused spotlight for preparing meals, or a warming glow to boost the ambiance of social gatherings, innovative features mean kitchens can become even more interconnected and responsive to our needs. Our fixtures are also compatible with smart bulb technology such as Hue, blending classic looks and high tech adaptability.
3. Multi-functional islands
Kitchen islands are no longer just for food preparation, they are now multifunctional spaces for cooking, dining, and socialising. From built in storage and charging stations to pop-up seating, islands are evolving to meet the diverse demands of modern lifestyles. Strategic lighting speaks to the desire to maximise space and utility in modern homes.
While recessed lighting provides general illumination, strategically placed pendant lights can define specific areas. Hang them above kitchen islands to create focal points that draw the eye upward, giving the illusion of added height and space in the kitchen.
4. Introducing wall lights into kitchen design
Wall lights bring a touch of sophistication and charm to your kitchen. We’re seeing the introduction of wall sconces in kitchen design because they add a layer of lower light which enhances the ambiance of the space in the evening. As you know, kitchens are becoming more than just a space to prepare food. They are now a dynamic centre of activity, which is why there is a need for ambient lighting at all times of the day.
Whether you opt for sleek modern fixtures or vintage-inspired designs, sconces contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of the space. Strategically placed wall lights create focal points, accentuating key areas such as countertops or a feature wall.
5. Bold colour palettes
2024 sees a departure from traditional neutral tones as kitchens embrace bold and vibrant colour schemes. Smoky blues, rich browns and warm terracotta are gaining popularity, injecting personality, and energy into kitchen spaces. Unexpected warm colours like brown and burgundy are also becoming popular accents within kitchen design.
If you don’t want to commit to painting the walls a vibrant colour, you can always give your interior a boost with our bright coloured pendant lights and wall fixtures. Available in 7 distinctive colours, these contemporary lighting designs will elevate your kitchen with the 2024 trend.
Mixing light or dark-stained woods in with saturated colours is also becoming popular. Colour can provide a space with personality and charm, whilst wood can give warmth and depth, turning a kitchen into a cosy and inviting haven. This shift towards expressive hues brings a refreshing change from the all-white kitchen craze we’ve seen in previous years.
6. Black is back
The allure of sleek sophistication takes centre stage as black accents become an enduring trend. Picture black walls serving as a dramatic backdrop, enhancing the overall ambiance with a sense of mystery and elegance. Complemented by black countertops, the monochromatic theme establishes a cohesive and modern look. Strategically placed matte-black wall lights or statement chandeliers, add a touch of luxury and contrast against the dark or light backdrop.
7. Marble and stone
Homeowners are opting for marble and stone countertops because of their natural veining and movement. Imperfections and uniqueness are embraced as there is more desire to connect to the natural world. Marble and stone help to evoke feelings of sanctuary and harmony within the kitchen, whilst making a bold and glamourous statement. Not only this, but marble and stone countertops offer durability and functionality, becoming low-maintenance and long-lasting additions to the kitchen space.
Hang pendant lighting above your countertops to highlight the natural patterns and draw the eye to their beauty.
8. Sculptural lighting fixtures that demand attention
In 2024, sculptural lighting is a defining trend in kitchen design. embracing bold forms and innovative materials, homeowners are opting for lighting fixtures that double as captivating art pieces. Think statement pendant lights with intricate geometric designs like our Beehives, or asymmetrical chandeliers that redefine the traditional notion of lighting. These sculptural elements serve as artistic focal points, infusing kitchens with a sense of modern sophistication and individuality.
9. Metallic lighting fixtures
Metallic lighting fixtures also emerge as a dominant kitchen design trend. From gleaming brass to cool pewter and matte black finishes, metallic elements infuse kitchens with a touch of opulence and modernity. Whether it’s brass pendant lights or metallic bar stools, these details bring modern elegance to the heart of the home.
As homeowners seek to add a touch of glamour and sophistication to their kitchens, expect metallic lighting fixtures to shine brightly as a defining trend in 2024.
10. Wooden flooring
Wooden flooring emerges as a timeless and warm trend that continues to captivate kitchen design. homeowners are increasingly drawn to the natural allure of wood, introducing a sense of cosiness and sophistication to culinary spaces. Combine wooden floor with metallic lighting for a striking contrast, elevating kitchen design to new heights.
Something to think about when designing your kitchen is the overall tone scheme, and how light bounces off large surfaces. We focus a lot on the colours of our walls, but the floor can make a big impact on how light a space feels, often being the main place natural light bounces upwards. So a light flooring from our friends over at Ted Todd, may make your space feel brighter and need less lighting, but a darker flooring could create a more intimate atmosphere.
11. Colourful taps
In the vibrant landscape of 2024 kitchen design, a delightful trend is set to emerge as homeowners infuse personality into their culinary spaces with colourful taps and lighting. Image sleek, matte-finish faucets in shades like bold teal or sunny yellow, transforming the once utilitarian feature into a playful design element. Paired with colourful pendant lights above the sink or kitchen island, this dynamic duo creates a lively and eclectic atmosphere.
12. Spa-like kitchens
You’ve heard of spa-like bathrooms but in 2024, the spa-like kitchen emerges as a serene sanctuary, redefining the culinary space as a place of tranquillity and rejuvenation. Inspired by spa aesthetics, this trend focuses on creating a harmonious balance between functionality and relaxation. Image a space filled with natural stones and a calming colour palette, paired with lighting that oozes a soft, diffused glow that is strategically placed.
13. Textured surfaces
The tactile allure of textured surfaces takes the spotlight, transforming kitchens into sensory rich havens that celebrate the artistry touch. Imagine walls adorned with textured finishes, from 3D tiles to intricate patterns that add depth and visual interest. Lighting fixtures become sculptural wonders, casting intriguing shadows and enhancing the play of light across the textured surface. Strategically places wall lights accentuate the unique textures of textured surfaces, casting captivating shadow and adding depth and drama.
From sustainable lighting to textured surfaces, there’s so many upcoming trends that you can try out in your kitchen. In the ever-evolving landscape of kitchen design, one trend that stands unwavering and timeless is high-quality lighting. Whether it’s the warm glow of vintage inspired fixtures, the sleek look of modern designs or the industrial charm of rugged fixtures, high-quality lighting stands the test of time through aesthetics and durability. Used for more than just illuminating a room, lighting becomes an integral part of creating an inviting atmosphere, enhancing the culinary experience, and adding a touch of sophistication.
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