Top Kitchen Trends in 2021

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Key Kitchen Trends 2021 

In the last year, the home has become increasingly more important to us. We are thinking more about what we are putting in our homes for both longevity and sustainability. So if you are thinking about renovating your kitchen and are looking for some inspiration, don’t look further. Here we have collated the key kitchen trends in 2021 that you need to know about.

These styles are not just meant to look good, but they are also functional and we are sure they will make your kitchen your favourite place in your home.

And, of course, investing in your kitchen and these trends will also add value to your home if you ever think about reselling, so we have added some traditional kitchen trends for 2021 that we know are here to stay.


Exposed Wood Kitchens 

We see exposed wood kitchens on two levels, the Japandi minimalist and the reclaimed textured rustic kind.  Japandi style, a hybrid of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics with minimal, warm and calming textures, is fast becoming one of the biggest kitchen trends. Our plywood kitchens offer a simplistic functional design leaving the birch plywood edges exposed perfectly suited for the Japandi lover.  Whether varnished in its natural form or with coloured painted doors, it really is simplistic perfection. This is the perfect base to put a unique and personal twist.  The Chapman Kitchen - Exposed edge plywood kitchen
The rustic, exposed timber look is one we create within our concept range. Warm, raw and textured; rough sawn timbers and reclaimed wood planks are increasingly popular in industrial style renovations. We see them often paired with concrete and steel. But if you are not sure on full exposed wood, you can mix and match. Just pair touches of exposed wood with a flat panel door to keep it contemporary. 

Rough Sawn Kitchen Bristol - Sawn detail


Slab Splash-back

Combining the worktop material with the splashback creates a uniform, continuous flow and a serious wow factor. This is one newest kitchen trends in 2021 and we can see it’s already on the rise and here to stay.


We often see darker cabinetry with lighter worktops, but why not try switching this up. Using a dark worktop and splashback against pale cabinetry creates a dramatic backdrop for this classic shaker kitchen.

 Whether it’s quartz, corian, stainless steel or something else, designing this into your kitchen can really make the difference.
Grand Shaker Kitchen London - Farrow and Ball Elephants Breath with Concretto Scuro worktop and sink


Retro tiles are making a come back and we love it. Classic shapes combine perfectly with shaker kitchens, like this quirky retro shaker kitchen with a quartz worktop and fired earth retro green metro tiles. We think it’s a great combination, and it works perfectly if you are looking for a traditional kitchen trend that will always look classy. However, if you are looking for a modern twist, you can also opt for placing the tiles in a different way, perhaps staggered or creating ladder effects.

Quirky retro Shaker kitchen with quartz worktop and Fired Earth Retro green Metro tiles


Sage Green Kitchen Trends

Whilst we saw plenty of pink in 2020 in both kitchens and bathrooms, pink was the new blue! This year we are already seeing an increase in green, in particular sage green kitchens.


Green can release all sorts of emotions; balance, harmony, mindfulness, stress relief creating a zen atmosphere; ideal for spending lots of time in the home.


Using green in the home brings the outdoors inside, something we have all been missing recently. When paired with bright whites or earthy tones can bring us a connection to nature, creating our very own nest within the home. 


Whether it is sage green cabinetry, tiles, walls or furniture, there are plenty of playful ways we can incorporate the calming colour into our mood boards and designs. 


Take a look at Farrow & Ball for further Green inspiration.


Green Shaker Kitchen with Brass Accents including an Aged Brass Tap from perrin & Rowe


Farmhouse Kitchen Trends

There has been an increase with people moving away from the city and seeking the country. Leaving the hustle and bustle for a calming dose of nature in barn renovations and cottages. 


Cottagecore has become an Instagram phenomenon and it is one of the most traditional kitchen trends of 2021. From farmhouse kitchens to traditional kitchens, social media has seen a huge increase in search terms around cottagecore with customers turning to Instagram for inspiration and advice on how to achieve the desired look.

Many are looking to bring a sense of countryside to their kitchens, a homely comfort feeling that comes with the cottage life, a feeling we all need more in 2021. 


Think countryside, layered textures, brass finishes, Shaker designs with a neutral palette. 


Shaker Kitchens will always be on-trend because the beauty of the design is effortlessly classic and won’t ever go out of style.

converted barn kitchen



Your kitchen should be a calming space and there’s nothing like a very simple style to convey that image of cleanliness and tranquillity. The key is choosing very high-quality materials and lots of storage so that you can keep it looking tidy at all times. Below is one of our favourite designs with this style. It is a modern and minimalistic look that we know will be on trend for a long time.

Rough Sawn Kitchen Bristol - Richlite Chocolate Glacier Island



Since facing the worldwide pandemic, we are all becoming increasingly conscious about our purchases and consumption. Everyday choices we now spend more time evaluating in an attempt to only purchasing meaningful forever pieces over fast trend pieces.

We have seen a rise in builds looking to create passive houses and low energy builds, homes in which our Sustainable Kitchens suit perfectly. 


The true test of sustainability is time, buying a high-street kitchen will only need to be replaced in years to come. People are investing in higher-quality home purchases that won’t need replacing further down the line. 


We are incorporating more second-hand pieces into our designs for a perfect mix of old and new. Designing kitchens around old furniture is something we love to do and we encourage more people to do.


Investing in a solid wood kitchen will not only look and feel better but will last much longer. They can be repainted in line with home decorating through the ages whilst keeping the same sturdy kitchen designed to last a lifetime.

Appliances are following suit with higher-rated energy-efficient products costing less to run whilst lasting longer.


Dark Green Shaker Kitchen with beautiful recalimed haberdasher cabinet enclosed in run of full height shaker cabinetry


Kitchen Storage Solutions

With the craziness of recent lockdowns, supermarkets haven’t quite been the same. An increase in kitchen storage has been a constant in design briefs since the start of Covid. 


Customers looking to maximise storage space to accommodate fewer trips to the supermarket. Whether it is a pantry to store for dry goods or a walk-in larder to house more vegetables, we are consuming more food at home and need clever ways to store it. 


Using floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to maximise space or creating walk-in hidden storage or larder is key to achieving more storage space.

We have even had more time to organise and reorganise our pantries.


Grand Shaker Kitchen London - Hidden Pantry in Farrow and Ball De Nimes with fridge freezer and storage cupbard


Home Office & Home Storage 

Where possible, we are all now working from home. This has had a huge impact on developing the home for both work and play. 

We are incorporating desk designs into homes to compliment the kitchen, whether it’s an extended island with room for laptops and homework or a separate private space to concentrate. Home offices will have a huge factor in buying and selling properties

With city livers, often space can be minimal meaning the design needs to be clever. 


Open plan living means a connection between the kitchen to the rest of the home is more important than ever. 


After a long days of homeschooling, a quick place to tidy away toys and schooling equipment is much needed.


Alcove Storage bespoke window seat and storage for childs bedroom

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