The kitchen is one of the most energetic spaces in the home. We spend so much time in our kitchens preparing food or sharing a catch up with loved ones; it may have also become your work from home office over the last year or two!
2021 has transformed how we look at our homes, and the kitchen is no different. Here, we look at the trends that will shape kitchen interiors over the coming 12 months.
We might be a little biased, but there’s no denying that the industrial style is a cornerstone of modern interior design. How stylists use industrial elements in kitchens continues to evolve, and the latest trend is to move towards darker colours and metals.
Black interiors, once unimaginable, are now a crucial part of modern interior design. A dark interior allows smaller highlights to shine brighter than ever, making it the perfect accompaniment for industrial kitchen lighting.
The Importance of Textures and Tones in Industrial Kitchens
To pull off the dark industrial look, all the colours have to work in unison. There are many different tones in the interior above, but they all sing from the same sheet, creating a clean design.
However, what really gives this interior its shine is not the colours but the subtle expressions of texture and tone. The smooth work surface is offset by soft leather seats, while the subtly-patterned gold wall in the background is the perfect statement alongside our hanging lights.
As with the last few years, cool and calm shades will remain the most popular for kitchen interiors. However, one change we do expect to see is an increasing demand for two-tone kitchens, where a neutral colour is played off against a more eye-catching shade to create a beautiful contrast.
Using two block colours like this is a great way to inject some energy into a space, without losing the quiet functionality of a compact kitchen style.
Go Funky With Patterns
Patterns are a great way to inject a bit of fun into your interiors, whether you opt for a patterned splashback or funky flooring, eye-catching patterns add character and texture to a space.
The use of quirky patterns are slowly becoming more frequent in interior design, as stylists try to move away from the minimalist approach. 2022 could see more colourful, vibrant patterns make their way into the kitchen, as we look to re-energise our spaces.
Woods and Plants
Designers have begun to find new ways to infuse natural elements into our spaces. Wooden surfaces have come back into fashion during the previous twelve months, and we expect that trend to continue into 2022.
Adding botanicals to the kitchen space has also become popular with designers. Filling the kitchen with natural elements, including our metal lights, is an excellent way of creating a more open and calming space.
Pastels and soft colours have dominated interior design for a long time. However, it is expected to change slightly in 2022.
In keeping with the sustainability trend, designers are looking towards more natural tones. Softer and sometimes duller than pastels, these subtle shades are perfect for adding another dimension to a space without overpowering natural elements like wood and dark metals.
Sustainability isn’t just about using natural materials. It’s also about the idea of ‘buy good, buy once’. A quality product that lasts longer will lead to less waste, which is good news for the environment.
2022 will see people looking to spend more wisely than before. Many people expect less frequent spending on the home and instead move towards more high-quality items that can last through multiple years and styles.
Our industrial lights are not just incredibly versatile, but their high-quality materials, like our copper lights, mean that they can last for many years without needing to be replaced! The perfect centrepiece to a sustainable kitchen design.
Functionality & Minimalism
We did say that minimalism might become less popular in 2022, but there’s no denying that it remains at the forefront of modern interiors.
Kitchens need to be functional spaces more than anywhere else in the home. Modern kitchens are utilising unique storage options to create compact spaces that perform effortlessly, whether you’re making a family dinner or entertaining guests. Smooth, sleek lines and strong colours are at the heart of modern minimalist kitchens that pair style with function.
Think About Your Lighting
Kitchen lighting can transform a room, but it also needs to be right for your space. You’ll need the correct balance of lighting for both cooking and entertaining. Check out our lighting ideas for traditional homes.
Rather than a single, central light, how about clustering lights together to create a statement ceiling fixture? Whether you opt for a trio of pendants or our Brooklyn 5 Wire Pendant, uniquely handcrafted industrial lights are the perfect way to create an on-trend kitchen interior.
Designing your home offers a great opportunity for self-expression; therefore, it’s essential to create an interior that is unique to you.
We offer a bespoke design service, enabling you to get the exact light you’re envisioning, as well as a rewiring service to give your lighting a new lease of life. Alternatively, simply update the colour of your fabric flex cable to match your interior!
Herringbone Kitchen Floors
This trend will be making its way into the kitchens of many homes in 2022. The herringbone flooring adds texture and warmth and works wonderfully with natural lighting. Additionally, by displaying a gorgeous combination of natural materials to your guests, you’re welcoming them into your space and providing them with comfort.
This trend can be made with multiple types of wood to complement numerous other 2022 trends. For example, you could accompany blond oak herringbone floors with sustainable kitchen materials.
Marvel at the return of marble. This incredibly powerful design can amplify kitchen tops and create a strong statement for your kitchen. It can bond with other textures like woods and metals for higher performance and effect.
This trend is also extremely sustainable due to its durability and classical components that can pair with other trends. With the rise and fall of marble fluctuating every year, we are moving into a state of appreciation for this powerful look.
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