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2024 kitchen trends
Elliott Fairlie, product lead at Bushboard, outlines the latest trends set to dominate kitchen design in 2024:
“Stainless steel was once associated with industrial kitchens, but developments in kitchen design means that a refreshed approach to the finish is taking over. The material recently hit the spotlight following the release of the David Beckham’s new documentary on Netflix, where we caught a glimpse of the Beckham’s family’s kitchen. It features an abundance of stainless steel – resulting in it becoming one of the fastest emerging kitchen trends for 2024.
“The Beckham’s kitchen combines a classic Sharker style cabinet door and dark stone worktops with a stainless steel splashback. Complemented by shelving and a vast kitchen island made of rustic wood, the space balances warm and cool tones beautifully.
“Stainless steel’s resurgence is thanks to its clean, polished aesthetic which elevates any kitchen. Not only does it pair well with warm materials, but it can also look gorgeous when paired with cool tone stones, like white marbles and blue cabinetry.
“Stainless steel can be an expensive material, so if you’re working to a budget, it’s worth considering an aluminium option which offers a similar finish. Alloy Brushed Steel, for example, looks identical to stainless steel but is a fraction of the price.
Rich and warm
“Warm, rich colours like plum, burgundy, dark blue and brown are gaining popularity in kitchen design due to their ability to create a warm, inviting atmosphere. The palette embodies moody, dramatic warmth, with colours possessing dark undertones which create a luxurious feel. This colour palette can be dialled up or down, depending on personal preference and style.
“If you’re looking to embrace the warm, deep colour palette fully, then pairing dark cabinet doors with equally rich worksurfaces and splashbacks creates the ultimate opulent scheme. Dark wood worksurfaces add texture, infusing the space with a finish that takes inspiration from the natural world. Alternatively, using dark, deep-veined marble finishes across worksurfaces and splashbacks, creates a lavish, luxurious design.
“For those not ready to commit to a rich colour palette across the entire kitchen, consider using your worksurfaces and splashbacks to create balance. If you prefer a more neutral colour for your cabinets, then incorporating a wood, patterned splashback could be a great option to add interest and depth. Balancing deep kitchen cabinets with a lighter worksurface can bring balance and keep the space looking light and airy.
High drama marble
“Natural stones, such as marble, are a popular option for worktops, splashbacks and flooring due to the luxury finish they provide, and this is set to continue well into the new year. The veining present creates movements and direction in the space, in a way that other materials cannot, resulting in a tranquil, clean aesthetic that is perfect for creating harmony in the home.
“A material known for its high maintenance nature and susceptibility to chips and stains means that, some homeowners are reluctant to include it in their space as they’re not ready to deal with the upkeep. There’s also the high price point to contend with, which means it’s not always within budget.
“Opting for a marble finish worktop or splashback, rather than the solid raw material, has its advantages. You can achieve your desired look within budget, while having an easy-to-clean and easy-to-maintain space. The options available span both dark and light marbles, as well as light and deep veining, meaning there’s something to suit any taste.
Layers of black
“A black kitchen can seem like a daring option, but when executed well it can create a highly impactful design, which is why black kitchens are set to continue to rise in popularity in 2024.
“Not only are designers incorporating black kitchen cabinets into designs, but they’re layering the scheme up with black worksurfaces and splashbacks to reflect a moody, considered feel.
“I’d recommend playing around with texture and colour to keep the space interesting and to avoid the different kitchen elements blending into one another. For example, dark Grasmere oak and Laurent marble worksurfaces are both effective options for incorporating texture into a black kitchen.
“If you’re not ready to commit to a fully dark scheme, there’s the option to welcome lighter worktops and splashbacks into the scheme too. Grey marbles are the perfect option for this as they introduce a lighter hue while still playing into the colour palette nicely – the same can be said for cool-tone woods.
“Incorporating texture is a popular tactic used by interior designers to elevate a space and add depth and interest. In 2024, they’ll be an even greater focus on welcoming textural finishes through work surfaces, splashbacks, cabinets, accessories and furniture.
“Welcoming tactile materials into the kitchen can transform the look and feel of the space, adding visual interest and flow. In both colourful and neutral kitchens, texture breaks up block colour and can be a useful tool for zoning the space.
“Combining different materials is an effective way to introduce variety, without committing to strong colours. Pairing exposed brick with natural wood and stone finishes adds variations in surfaces.
“If you’re looking to create a statement through texture, carrying a fluted-effect splashback across your entire kitchen can create a gorgeous feature. Paired with neutrals, such as beiges, whites and blacks, it creates a timeless design with added interest.”
For more information, take a closer look at our collection of kitchen surfaces and splashbacks or find your nearest retailer.
Autumn/winter 2023 bathroom trends
Helen Ray-Dennett, Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Mermaid Panels, delves into the latest trends set to dominate bathroom design this autumn/winter:
Dark and moody
“Embrace the dark side by opting for a design with a moody feel by incorporating a rich, opulent colour palette. A deep colour scheme can create a visually exciting space, allowing you to play around with contrasting colours and materials, such as pairing dark walls with marble, metallic and wood accents.
“The key thing to remember is that dark bathrooms needn’t be dull. For added interest, introduce dark patterns on your walls, floor or accessories – consider colour blocked towels, dark shower panels, herringbone flooring and charcoal sealant.
“The joy of using bathroom wall panels is that they are quick and easy to install, seamlessly incorporating colours and designs to bring this trend to life. Bathroom panels are available in gorgeous hues such as Atlantic, Urban Grey and Cadet, which look striking when used in a wet room or enclosure. If you’re looking for something with texture, opt for panels that mimic natural stone. Volcanic Stone and Indian Stone offer depth and interest, whilst complementing silver and gold beautifully.
“This autumn we’re welcoming warm neutrals and earth-tones to create an inviting space that moves away from the common white, minimalist design we see in the bathroom.
“Warm neutrals are gaining popularity due to their ability to create a multi-dimensional design that takes inspiration from the natural world. Earthy hues are perfect for providing a neutral base that can be built upon, incorporating textures and materials that fall into the same colour palette.
“When incorporating these shades into the bathroom, use your base as a starting colour, which can be achieved through paint, tiles or wall panels. Adding different textures and materials can build up the scheme. The easiest way to do this is through bathroom wall panels – wood and stone finishes are perfect for this, particularly when your chosen panel has multiple earth tones blended in.
“Green is one of the hottest bathroom trends this autumn/winter, with many homeowners opting to incorporate the colour into their bathroom. Miles apart from the faux pas of avocado suites, the modern green bathroom creates a refreshing and invigorating feeling.
“The palette has a huge range from pastels like pistachios and leafy sage, to dramatically dark green – all of which work beautifully in a bathroom setting. If your aim is to create a soothing and serene space, then consider incorporating this hue.
“Greens pair incredibly well with both wood and stone finishes, popular complementing bathroom panels include marble options, both dark and light veined, warm woods and neutral hues. You could also use your bathroom wall panels to inject your chosen green into your shower cubicle.
Bold and bright
“Looking to make a statement? A bold and bright shower or wet room can be the perfect way to add a point of interest and inject personality. Patterns are a great way of adding fun into a design and when carefully considered, needn’t overwhelm the space. Tile-effect finishes, such as Abruzzo, are a firm favourite of mine and is a great way to dip your toes into pattern whilst still providing a neutral colour palette.
“We all know that different colours can impact our mood. If you like to shower in the morning, incorporating a bright colour pop in your bathroom can provide the perfect wake up call, especially on dark and dreary days. Aqua and Mist are the perfect hues to pep you up and put a smile on your face.
“If you’re the type of person who gets bored of a colour or design quickly, then panels are a great choice as they’re much easier to replace than tiles. You can go for that daring design without a long-term commitment. That being said, it’s important to opt for panels that will stand the test of time. Look for options, such as those offered by Mermaid, that provide peace of mind with a 15-year guarantee.”
Visit Mermaid’s website for further information and to request a free sample.