Get inspired by the latest kitchen furniture trends with Simon Bodsworth, Managing Director at Daval: Grassington | Renzo
Daval, leading British designer and manufacturer of luxury fitted furniture discuss the latest lifestyle trends it predicts, will influence and inspire the shape of kitchen design in 2021.
Simon Bodsworth, Managing Director at Daval Furniture reveals, “Self-expression is forecast to be at the heart of lifestyle interiors next year, as homeowners and property developers seek to personalise the home and lean towards keystone kitchens where hero details, quality raw materials and custom elements are used to anchor a design and overall style identity. Our research indicates that meaningful kitchen design, which is luxurious and sustainable is evolving the modern home – new build or period property – and this has led to a rise in storage requirements and need for space to cook, eat, socialise, relax and work remotely.”
The UK has the second-largest design sector in the world and the largest design industry in Europe, with Germany, France and United Kingdom currently representing 50% of the continent’s DIY market. With a renewed focus on design innovation and quality in furniture, Daval share its thoughts on tomorrow’s kitchen…
New Traditional: Modernising the classic Shaker-style kitchen has emerged as a consumer-favourite in 2020, as both furniture and the latest fashions continue to focus on authentic product design and quality craftsmanship. Master joinery techniques, eco-friendly materials and special surface treatments will therefore be key in 2021, helping to create a tailor-made aesthetic that is sensitive to the kitchen, homes architecture and personal style. This type of ‘layered design’ will continue to increase the level of customisation in kitchens next year, with bespoke paint finishes, custom larder options, utility solutions and butler-style pantries being used to give a new sense of style and purpose to the classic kitchen and embrace our return to more traditional values.
Green Contemporary: We have moved into a post-industrial era in which ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ has become universally significant in the future of our planet and increased wellbeing at home. Using environmentally-friendly materials in interior design has seen huge growth of late and we are finding that the pure nature of 100% recycled furniture continues to lend itself to urban-inspired kitchens, which are sustainable and originally designed.
To echo the renewable trend, earthy shades of green are predicted to be front runners in 2021, providing a solid foundation in the kitchen with rich tonal value and design authenticity. Taking on a variety of forms next year, softer moss greens and shades of grey will define the contemporary kitchen whereas stronger, more traditional tones like forest green will enrich more classical British schemes.
Dark colours in 2021 will look to the different types of wood species available, with browns and blacks being introduced through rustic wood veneers, charred timber effects and matt black accessories. I believe raw, natural materials will continue to define the modern kitchen and increase the subtle interplay of mixed materials that we’ve all grown to love ❤
Oak: Infinitely stylish, real wood kitchens continue to hit the mainstream with great affection and we are finding that solid oak has become a go-to option for creating a sense of calm and serenity in the kitchen, akin to Mother Nature. Durable and lightweight with defined wood grain, this choice of hardwood is a natural beauty – able to be easily moulded, hand painted and specially treated with oil or wax.
To further amplify the markets love of wood products and their positive effects in the home, oak will create areas of light and dark dependent on your choice of surface treatment. If you’re looking for Nordic inspired interiors, which have a strong focus on textures and light colours then you need opt for a white-washed to brighten the space. Classic oak is also available in warmer mid-tones, which is great if you want to create balance between light and dark through natural raw materials.
Family Focus: We all want to make the most of time spent with family and friends right now and so the desire to create a welcoming kitchen and living area in-one is only going to intensify next year. Placing huge importance on ‘community at home’, tomorrow’s kitchen needs to be able to cater to different needs like entertaining at home. Now more than ever, the home is your one-true safe place and I believe the desire to host and entertain friends and family will only increase as we continue to adapt to new social distancing measures: in and outside of the home.
Another lifestyle trend has taken a four-legged approach to furniture design and storage. With approximately 45% of UK households now owning a pet, it makes sense to accommodate this furry friend from the outset, however now we’re spending more time at home, there is huge potential for custom designed furniture to not only house pet food and accessories, but your beloved dog or cat too!
With this in mind, consider new design options like banquette seating, integral breakfast bars and extra power points at the early stages of design as this will ensure you have the ‘fundamentals’ planned-in so for instance, you can conveniently charge your laptop, smart phone or other electronic device in a dedicated area of the kitchen: great when working from home or seeking some down time with friends and family.
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