Kitchen styles change every few years. Whereas once everyone wanted a scrubbed pine table and an Aga in their kitchen, these days, they are more likely to covet a SMEG fridge and four ovens. If you are thinking about revamping your kitchen this year, here are some of the trends to look out for. You might not like all of them, but if you want a cutting-edge kitchen the neighbours will be jealous of, read on.

Dark Colours

There was a time when cream and white cabinets were all the range. Pale colours were seen as clean and bright, which was perfect in a kitchen. Thankfully, kitchen design has evolved, and clinical kitchens are no longer in fashion. If you want a more modern look, choose cabinets in a darker, more dramatic colour palette. Instead of cream or beige, go for dark blue, charcoal, or olive green. Deep, rich, natural colours are classy and calming.

Two-Tone Colour Schemes

Don’t be boring and choose one colour for all your cabinets. Shake things up and have a two-tone colour combo. There are lots of ways to do this, such as royal blue base cupboards paired with light oak wall units. Or charcoal grey on the bottom and soft grey on the top.

Mix and match colour combinations to see what works for you. Be dramatic or subtle – both have their place in kitchen design. Just be sure to avoid clashing colour combos, such as red and green.

Luxurious Lighting

Recessed LED lighting has been in vogue for many years now. It’s an eco-friendly and effective way to provide light in the kitchen, but if you want to go the extra mile, install a gorgeous, luxurious chandelier over a breakfast bar or kitchen island. Statement lighting is a great way to set your kitchen apart from the masses. Choose a dramatic light fixture and it will be a conversation starter every time you have guests over for cocktail hour.

A Pantry

Pantries were common at the turn of the last century, long before fitted kitchens were a thing. They were used to store canned and dried food, as well as dishes and other kitchen miscellaneous items. Today, the humble pantry has come back into fashion, even in modern homes where a pantry would not ordinarily exist.

If you want to take this idea to the next level, build a hidden pantry behind cabinet doors. Use this as your go-to storage area for small kitchen appliances not in use regularly, and your stash of gin, chocolates, and other snacks.

Luxury Worktops and Splashbacks

Laminate worktops are relatively inexpensive, but you can’t beat quartz, marble, or granite kitchen worktops Bolton for a more luxurious feel. This year, instead of having a tiled splashback, fit a granite or quartz one instead. It will look modern and stylish.

Open-Plan Shelves

Shelving is all the rage in kitchen design. Rather than hiding all your pots, pans, dishes, and collectables in cupboards, display them on open shelves, accessorised with fairy lights. It’ll look great on your Instagram feed!

Try including one of these trends this year and you, too, can have a cutting-edge kitchen!


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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