Japandi Kitchen - Bespoke overlay kitchen in crown cut oak


Every year, popular kitchen trends resurface and disappear as new and innovative designs are introduced. This makes designing a timeless feel to your kitchen cabinetry ever more challenging, and so as we head into 2023, we’ll break down our kitchen trends that we believe are here to stay for this year and beyond.

resurgence of the japandi style

A style you may not have heard of but you will most definitely have seen. The rise of Japandi style kitchens have soared in popularity over the last year and show no signs of stopping and here’s why…

Japandi Kitchen - Bespoke overlay kitchen in crown cut oak

The perfect blend of Scandinavian living and minimalist Japanese texture and tone. The Japandi aesthetic suits those who fully embrace the natural paired back elements, looking for a calming and relaxed feel with plenty of clean lines.

Creating impact through simple yet subtle patterns is what a Japandi styled kitchen does best, rather than using bold and brash colours that contrast heavily. Although this isn’t to suggest you should neglect colour! Using earthy and natural tones throughout your kitchen will help to create a calming and soothing atmosphere. 

The Japanese inspired minimalist means uncluttered is key, creating a space for everything is a fundamental element in this aesthetic. 

We are excited to see the rise of Japandi kitchens this year and pushing the boundaries in design.

Japandi Kitchen - Bespoke kitchen crown cut oak cabinetry

plywood continues to pop

Since the turn of the decade, Plywood kitchens have taken the interior design world by storm. Often bright and unapologetically vibrant, Plywood cabinetry continues as a mainstay of kitchen design in 2023.

Retro plywood kitchen - birch plywood kitchen

Although usually associated with bold statement colours, plywood kitchen design is surprisingly flexible, with many choosing a neutral and unobtrusive colour palette allowing for clean lines and clutter-free. 

This flexibility allows your imagination to go beyond the boundaries that usually exist within kitchen design, whilst retaining the strength, longevity and robustness that plywood offers. Ultimately, you can ensure that this key space in your home reflects your own unique and individual flavour, creating the ideal kitchen for you and your home.

Go on and push those colour boundaries, we dare you!

Inspiring slated islands

Kitchen islands have been a mainstay of kitchen design for years now, offering a social, eating and food preparation space. They come in all shapes and sizes, allowing for a range of worktop materials, with metals such as copper or stainless steel, and stone such as marble and quartz, becoming ever more popular.

Whether the island is used for additional prep and cooking space, or integrated for additional seating, the island is usually the central piece of the kitchen so why not make it a showstopper.

Retro plywood kitchen - birch plywood kitchen with island

Slatted panelling on kitchen islands take your usual expectations of an island on its head and gived you an adventurous new concept to play with. Sometimes described as ridged, ribbed or fluted islands, the textured and unique grooves create the perfect mix of light and shadow to catch the eye. 

‘Fluting’ has been a part of architecture for centuries, usually appearing in glass and only recently having been utilised within a kitchen. Since islands can very quickly become the feature of your kitchen space, choosing a slatted structure can turn the ordinary flat-fronted surface into a point of curiosity from your visitors.

richlite on the rise

Sustainably focussed practices and materials should be on everyones watch list this year. The buying for life mantra encompasses purchasing as a whole from fast fashion to interiors. Ensuring what you are investing in will last beyond 2 years is where we can all do our part for climate change. 

Our focus is, and always has been to constantly improve the quality and longevity of our kitchens along with the worktops, appliances and hardwear that comes with them. 

For those unfamiliar with the composite material, richlite is a recycled paper solid surface. Historically used in a variety of places, from chopping boards, to skate ramps and tooling and now more often, kitchen surfaces. It’s created by compressing resin-soaked sheets of paper, then using heat to build a dense and highly durable material.

The Richlite Kitchen - Blue Canyon and Maple Valley Richlite with Oak Core, Corian worktop, Bora 2.0 grill and Quooker Tap

All of the paper is either a sustainably harvested FSC-certified paper or post consumer waste recycled. This makes richlite an eco-friendly choice of material, if sustainability remains at the forefront of your design choices. Naturally, richlite is heat resistant to 170 degrees celsius and antimicrobial, which gives the material a natural texture that will develop a patina over time.

Its patination is why most people choose Richlite, and like most materials it will wear, mark and scratch with use. When it comes to cleaning, warm water or a mild soap can be used on a day to day basis, whereas cleaning powders and bleach is an absolute no-no for Richlite. Colorwise, it’s available in a small number of deeper and darker tones due to the colour of the resin and paper.

The Bristol Richlite Kitchen - Blue Canyon Richlite

Hopefully this article will provide you with enough inspiration for your kitchen in 2023, as always, our team would love to hear from you. Get in touch to discuss your project and how we can incorporate the above into your kitchen design.

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