2024 is already shaping up to be an interesting year in interior design and kitchens are no exception. Designs are as diverse as ever, but already some trends are coming to the fore, with an emphasis on the natural world sitting comfortably side by side with contemporary clean lines. We also see a continuing change in what people want from the heart of the home, with kitchens becoming the key area for taking a bold step with interior design. We take a look at just a few of the trends our designers and others think will be big in 2024.
Earthy tones and colours are big for 2024. Greens, browns and taupe all feature in design predictions for this year. DWK kitchen designer Ian Drew agrees: “We’re seeing a lot of clients looking for earthy greens like sage and olive and also a lot of mixing greens with soft brown hues, whether it’s in cabinetry or kitchen islands”. Leen Al Tabba, DWK kitchen designer, is also seeing “a focus on the natural world but often with a modern twist. Many customers go for a minimalist style, but with lots of colours seen in nature featured in the kitchen”.
Pinks and blues are definitely still in vogue for 2024, but home owners are looking for a more subtle hue these days, with dusky and muted pinks and blues being paired with natural greens and beiges. Clients are also thinking about combining natural tones with wooden counters and island tops. Slatted wooden panelling is also something that we’ll see a lot more of in 2024. It’s a great way to divide up spaces and make a nice design statement along the way.
Kitchen furnishings are also reflecting the natural world, with wicker lampshades and woven fabrics becoming more common when it comes to stools and chairs. The nod to the natural world is increasingly paired with clean lines and a modern feel, with a type of contemporary country feel or a city kitchen with an “outdoorsy” feel.
2024 will see sunshine coming into kitchen design, with colours and styles reminiscent of warm evenings by the sea. DWK kitchen designer Katerina Grigorica thinks the trend for Mediterranean colours and textures will be strong this year: “A lot of clients are looking at sunny blues, yellows and terracotta for new kitchens and there is definitely a Mediterranean feel to some of our designs”. Again, this trend for the colours of sunnier climes, is one linked to the hues of nature. Dreamy blues, soft yellows and salmon tones are present in kitchen islands or as feature wall colours.
In recent months we’ve seen a resurgence of the 90s style black ash bookcase and the re-emergence of black has drifted into kitchen decor too, but it’s different than it was a few decades ago. This year black may be back, but it’s not just one black; it’s a lot of different tones, from black pepper to liquorice and nearly black, but not quite. DWK kitchen designer Michael Doyle says that “a lot of people are combining black or slate colours with wood tones. A combination of an oak counter or island top with charcoal cabinetry gives a nice contrast which can look great”.
A lot of black kitchens are combining the colour with white or light tiles, bringing a bright and fresh look. Stone splashbacks and marbled effects look great with black and can create an opulent look. You can also opt for steel accessories or handle-less cabinets for a sleek style. Whatever you go for, 2024 is not the year to fear darker tones, because black is definitely back.
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