At 1st Bathrooms, we leverage insights from trend forecasters, supplier intelligence, and inspirations drawn from our suppliers and interiors. Monitoring developments within our supplier range enables us to identify potential trends that could influence the market for trends for 2024.
Steve at 1st Bathrooms prides his knowledge on our research skills and passes this on to our customers in the form of products, designs and colours as well as years of professional experience. Based on these considerations, we anticipate that the upcoming year in kitchen design will be shaped by four major drivers: ‘space,’ ‘sustainability,’ ‘well-being,’ and the ‘state of the nation.’
These factors are intricately intertwined, reflecting the evolving needs and values of consumers. Regarding space and functionality, recent years have witnessed a significant transformation in how homes are perceived, particularly with the integration of work-from-home solutions and an increased focus on socializing at home. Consumers are now approaching design with a more thoughtful consideration of space, maximizing every inch of their homes. This shift has given rise to a design aesthetic that seamlessly transitions through spaces, employing a palette of colours, textures, and materials that work cohesively across various living areas.
Internal storage has become crucial
Internal storage has become crucial, moving beyond mere functionality to include clever and aesthetically pleasing solutions such as pantries, bars, and coffee stations. The rise of organizing movements, advocating for clutter-free homes, is contributing to a more organized and peaceful living environment. The ‘modern luxury’ trend epitomizes these shifts, offering a chic and contemporary look that combines handleless styles with warm neutrals, rich timbers, and aged metallics, ensuring a sophisticated and tailored design for modern living.
Sustainable considerations are also significantly impacting design choices
Sustainability is now a fundamental driver underlying all trends in kitchen design. Consumers increasingly value energy efficiency, product longevity, and overall quality, embracing the ‘buy better, buy less’ ethos. This focus on sustainability extends beyond the material considerations of products and has significantly influenced the aesthetic, driving a surge in the use of natural materials and the prevalence of greens, blues, and earthy shades.
Cost-effective solutions without compromising on style
In times of uncertainty, our homes have become sanctuaries for relaxation and recharging. This is reflected in an aesthetic that combines nostalgic neutrals with soft textures, creating a ‘restful retreat’ within the kitchen. Layers of aged metals and light timbers contribute to shaping a space that fosters relaxation and comfort, celebrating craftsmanship through hand-finished elements and emphasizing the importance of creating an environment that promotes mental and emotional well-being. With a heightened focus on the cost of living, market uncertainty, and factors affecting the housing market, such as mortgage rates, we anticipate a notable emphasis on budget and ‘looks for less,’ as consumers navigate economic challenges and seek cost-effective solutions without compromising on style.
In terms of colour, neutrals, greens, blues, and softer interior shades are expected to be popular. These finishes seamlessly traverse from the kitchen to other living spaces, reflecting the broader movement towards creating harmonious and comfortable environments within homes. Functionality will be key alongside colour and palette choices, and retailers and designers can support the creation of ‘larders’ and bespoke elements that personalize kitchen spaces, adding functionality, style, and additional value to their skill set. 1st Bathroom can emphasize the principles of longevity and durability and share them with their customers.
Natural Materials and Earthy Tones
Embrace the beauty of nature in your kitchen by incorporating natural materials such as wood, stone, and marble. Earthy tones like muted greens, soft blues, and warm neutrals are gaining popularity, creating a calm and inviting atmosphere.
Open Shelving and Minimalist Design
Say goodbye to bulky cabinets and hello to open shelving. Minimalist design is taking centre stage, promoting a clean and uncluttered look. Display your stylish kitchenware and essentials on open shelves for a modern and functional feel.
Smart and Sustainable Appliances
Invest in smart kitchen appliances that make your life easier. From connected refrigerators to energy-efficient dishwashers, technology is seamlessly integrated into the kitchen. Sustainable choices, such as energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly materials, are also a growing trend.
Bold Backsplashes and Patterns
Make a statement with bold and eye-catching backsplashes. Geometric patterns, vibrant tiles, and unique textures are in vogue. Add personality to your kitchen space by selecting a backsplash that reflects your style.
Mixed Metals and Matte Finishes
Mix and match different metal finishes for a contemporary and eclectic look. Matte black and brushed gold are particularly popular choices. Experiment with hardware, faucets, and lighting fixtures to add a touch of luxury to your kitchen.
Functional Islands with Multi-purpose Features
Kitchen islands are evolving into versatile workstations. Incorporate features like built-in sinks, additional storage, or even a breakfast bar. Functional islands serve as the focal point of the kitchen while maximizing space and efficiency.
Organic Shapes and Curves
Move away from strict lines and explore organic shapes and curves in your kitchen design. Rounded countertops, curved cabinetry, and circular islands soften the overall aesthetic, creating a more relaxed and welcoming environment.
Indoor Herb Gardens and Greenery
Bring nature indoors by incorporating herb gardens and potted plants into your kitchen decor. Not only does this add a fresh and lively touch, but it also provides easy access to herbs for cooking.
Tech-Integrated Cooking Spaces
Smart kitchens are becoming more sophisticated. Explore touchless faucets, voice-activated appliances, and integrated technology for a seamless cooking experience. Automation and connectivity enhance efficiency in the kitchen.
Customized Storage Solutions
Tailor your kitchen storage to your specific needs. Customize storage solutions, such as pull-out pantry shelves deep drawers and built-in organised e space and keep your kitchen clutter-free. When incorporating these trends, remember that personalizing your kitchen to suit your preferences and lifestyle is key. Enjoy the process of creating a space that reflects your taste and makes cooking and entertaining a joy.