Our look at the trends that will influence kitchen design this year…
Typically, around this time of year, we gaze into our crystal ball to predict the colours and materials that we think you’ll be seeing more of over the months ahead. But 2020 was far from typical, so our 2021 Design Trends feature is going to dig a little bit deeper.
We’re not here to tell you that blue is the latest must-have colour for your kitchen, or that cup handles are here to stay. Instead, we’re going to look at some of the wider issues that we think will influence the decisions you make about your home, and how you can incorporate these into your kitchen design.
1) Biophilic design – a phrase you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the world of architecture and interiors throughout 2021. Essentially, this means embracing our natural surroundings and bringing elements of the outside world in to our interiors. At Rencraft, this is best expressed through accents of exposed wood. This can be incorporated within the oak, walnut or birch interiors of our bespoke furniture, or with the inclusion of design features such as pocket drawers or floating shelves. In our Modular Kitchen range, accents of wood can be found in the sawn oak canopy, with its lovely raw texture, as well as in the interiors, where un-lipped birch ply is celebrated as one of our signature design features.
2) Sustainability – this need to connect with nature brings with it a more considered approach to our environment too. More of us are making purchasing decisions motivated by a desire to reduce our impact on the planet. When you choose a high-quality kitchen or piece of furniture from Rencraft, you are investing in a product that has been designed to stand the test of time. Our furniture is built to last in excess of 20 years, so it won’t need ripping out and replacing anytime soon. We’re so confident in the quality of our craftsmanship, we offer a lifetime guarantee to our clients.
3) Shop local – our local communities and the places on our doorstep became more important to us than ever last year. By supporting local businesses, you will also have a knock-on effect on your green credentials, reducing distances travelled and boosting local incomes. At Rencraft, we already have strong relationships with a number of local suppliers, and we are proud to have been designing kitchens and furniture for clients in our local area for over 40 years.
4) Flexibility – of course, the reason we were all using our local shops more was because many of us were working from home. As a result, our kitchen islands and dining tables have been hastily re-purposed as offices or classrooms. This need for flexibility has led to a new attitude towards layout, with open-plan living replaced by a desire for broken-plan design. Ultimately, this provides the best of both worlds, through the clever use of doorways, arches and other features to create rooms that are carefully zoned while still allowing a sense of openness and flow.
5) Minimalism – if your kitchen is also your office, the last thing you need is piles of paperwork hanging around alongside stacks of dirty dishes. Carefully considered storage solutions that allow spaces to remain uncluttered will be key. Our designers are experts in making the most of every corner of a room, whether through the inclusion of an appliance garage, or a secret drawer, we will create a kitchen that not only looks beautiful, but also works wonderfully too.
Get in touch or request a brochure to find out how we can design the perfect kitchen for your home.