Kitchen Design Trends We Loved From 2023

The landscape of kitchen design is evolving to meet the ever-changing needs and desires of Cheshire homeowners. Considered the heart of the home, the kitchen is no longer just a functional space for cooking, today’s kitchens are becoming ever more central to people’s lives, acting as open plan living spaces for socialising, relaxing and entertaining.

In this article, we’re diving into some of the key kitchen design trends we’ve seen this year, helping you visualise and tailor a space that aligns with the personality of your home.

Kitchen Islands

2023 has seen a dramatic rise in kitchen island popularity. These versatile features have evolved into integral components of the kitchen layout. From offering enhanced storage solutions, to providing additional seating options for family and guests, they’ve become essential elements in optimising a room’s utility and aesthetic appeal.

Choosing the right island design can dramatically shape your kitchen’s overall ambiance and efficiency. For instance, a centrally located island can become the showstopper in an open-plan kitchen, while an L-shaped breakfast island can make the most of available floor space. You’re not limited to a one-size-fits-all solution; kitchen islands come in a diverse range of shapes and dimensions to suit your specific needs.

When it comes to aesthetics, islands offer a wealth of design opportunities. Whether you opt for a style laden with striking contrasts using a variety of materials, colours, and textures, or a more cohesive and harmonious design, islands can significantly influence the kitchen’s overall look and feel. Teaming up with seasoned kitchen designers can help you customise your island to serve as a dazzling focal point that reflects your personal style.

Kitchen island and lighting fixtures in completed kitchen fitting

Mixing metallics and blended finishes

Today’s kitchens are becoming a canvas for creative expression, as homeowners embrace the beauty of mixed metallics and blended finishes. What’s particularly appealing about this trend is its versatility. The concept of mixed metallics transcends any singular style or theme, making it applicable to a wide variety of kitchen designs, from the most traditional to the ultra-contemporary.

Mixing different metal finishes can inject a sense of sophistication and visual interest into your kitchen space. The key to successfully mixing metals lies in moderation. Most experts recommend sticking to a palette of no more than three metal finishes in one room to maintain a cohesive look. The various finishes, ranging from the warmth of brass and bronze to the coolness of stainless steel and chrome, can be elegantly combined to create a kitchen that feels both modern and timeless.

white and dark green kitchen and sliding patio doors

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Featured Splash-backs

Splashbacks are stepping into the spotlight as both functional and aesthetic centrepieces in the kitchen. Offering more than just protection against splashes of grease and water, today’s feature splashbacks are a marriage of utility and style, capable of elevating any kitchen’s overall design scheme.

Modern splashbacks provide homeowners with an opportunity to make a bold design statement. The choices are abundant: from glossy tiles that capture the light to intricate marble patterns that serve as a standalone piece of art, splash-backs offer a versatile canvas. The splash-back you choose can either subtly complement your existing design elements or serve as a standout feature that draws the eye and sparks conversation.

Feature wall in Kitchen in Hale, Cheshire

Concealed Larders and Pantries

The importance of storage and organisation has skyrocketed in recent years as kitchens continue to evolve to host a variety of functions.  Intelligent internal storage solutions, such as concealed larders and pantries, offer the best of both worlds: abundant storage and minimal visual clutter.

By design, these features make items easily accessible while keeping the main kitchen area free from clutter. Pantries and larders act as hidden gems; their contents can be revealed when needed and hidden away to maintain a clean and streamlined look.

Whether you’re considering a spacious walk-in pantry or a more compact pull-out larder, both options aim for optimised use of space. Enlisting the help of an experienced kitchen design team such as CJK can help you tailor these spaces to your specific needs, ensuring that you not only maximise storage but also achieve a design that integrates seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen.

Kitchen pantry in kitchen installation in Warrington

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