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2021’s hottest kitchen trends

Welcome to the kitchen revolution! From two-tone units, larder cupboards and integrated tech - here are the hottest kitchen trends for 2021 to transform the heart of your home.

Kitchens are getting a lot of love this year – and boy do they need it. We’ve cooked in them, worked in them, snacked in them, lounged in them and quarrelled in them more than we thought possible in the last 12 months. As the primary meeting, eating and working space in our homes they deserve some attention and investment. 

All photos courtesy of Christopher Peters

After a year of lockdowns a renewed love for kitchens is also being driven by a mass move out to the countryside. With WFH now well established, many families are moving out of cities to reap the benefits of country living (welcome to the sticks, guys!). And for many, the kitchen is the first investment. If your priority is getting your home up to scratch, why not get ahead of the curve by doing your research now?

Leamington-Spa based Christopher Peters, has managed to continue to design and make bespoke kitchens and interiors, hand-built and hand-painted by a team of talented experts from their Warwickshire joinery workshops throughout a year of lockdowns in a Covid-secure way. Here’s their pick of the biggest kitchen trends for 2021 and features photos of bespoke handmade kitchens they’ve installed in homes across Warwickshire.

Great integrations

Going to the effort of installing a beautiful kitchen, especially when opting for a more traditional or classic style, can make the consideration of how and where to install appliances even more difficult. Kitchens in 2021 will prioritise the clean lines and style features of the room, with the most modern of appliances hidden from view.

Factoring in cupboard space for your microwave means you can hide it away when not in use and, by incorporating a coffee station into your larder design, clunky coffee machines – and all of the beans and pods that go with it! – can also be tucked away. All these appliances can be incorporated into the design of your kitchen so it’s your stunning worktops, cabinetry and flooring who are the stars of the show.


Pastel hues will open up the space

Two-tone kitchens are a relatively modern trend but one that promises to stick around for the foreseeable. Opting for two complementary colour groups when designing your kitchen is a great tool for injecting a sense of creative flair into such a functional space. Feel free to be as adventurous as you want when picking your colour groupings but, to guarantee longevity, stick with one neutral tone – cream, grey or off-white, for instance – and something a little more fun for your statement colour.

Rich, olive green and navy blue will add depth and a feel of luxury, while airy pastel hues will open the space up.

One of a kind

A bespoke design means not only will your kitchen be unique, but it will also be built to last. A real consideration in 2021 is ensuring your kitchen space fits the needs of your family, with more of us utilising every nook and cranny in our home than ever before. A bespoke design will ensure all storage possibilities are maximised, that all your needs are met and, most importantly, your kitchen fulfils every dream you have for the space.

In the example shown here, the bread ovens and fireplace openings in this old bakery have been maximised, with a built in pantry cupboard and two concealed drawers – all painted in Farrow & Ball Eating Room Red.

Simple living

Clean, bright tones will have a real moment in 2021, as families minimise clutter and focus on the core function of the kitchen – productivity. Gone are the days where the kitchen was solely a place to cook meals and fold laundry. Now, the kitchen is a homework station, office, social space – or will be again very soon, with any luck! – and the hub of the home. So, by minimising clutter and opting for quality storage solutions, worktops and tabletops become places to showcase your décor and much-loved family photos.

Classic styles never go out of fashion

One thing we can be sure of in 2021 – if nothing else – traditional-style kitchens will still top the trend list. Classic designs with quality finishes are an investment for the long term which can then be paired with different accessories over the years.

However you want to inject your own sense of creativity into your kitchen space this year, now’s the time to consider your must-haves and your lust-haves, so you can create the kitchen of your dreams.

Christopher Peters is looking forward to re-opening their main showroom in Royal Leamington Spa to clients from April 12, so you can view the different displays, get a feel for the quality craftmanship and discuss your plans in person. Tel:(0)1926 832511;

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