Embracing the Latest Trends in Kitchen Design: The 2021 Kitchen Forecast.

The year 2021 is set to bring a wave of fresh trends in kitchen design, with a focus on continuous lines, smart storage solutions, luxurious matte finishes, flexible dining spaces, and natural-inspired surfaces. If you’re planning a new kitchen, look no further than our 2021 Kitchen Design Forecast for inspiration.

Continuous Lines

Sleek and seamless lines are poised to dominate kitchen design, with a surge in demand for minimalist aesthetics. Achieving this look is all about integrating kitchen appliances, opting for handle-less cabinetry, and choosing solid surface finishes. This trend ensures a clutter-free and visually pleasing kitchen space.

 Pictured: Corian Axis Sink in Gunmetal Finish

Pictured: Kitchen Connection. Milano white, handle-less cabinets

Matt Is Back

In 2021, luxurious, velvet-like matte finishes are making a comeback. Unlike the matte surfaces of the late ’80s, today’s matte finishes are not only visually appealing but also durable. They come in various sheens and textures and can be found in tiles, cabinets, benchtops, and even mirrored splashbacks. Matte finishes add an element of sophistication and a touch of elegance to your kitchen.

Photo Credit: Silky Matt Mirror Finish

Caesarstone Natural Finish – Black Tempal

Smart Storage

The functionality of kitchen spaces has taken center stage, especially with increased time spent at home in 2020. Lack of storage space is a common issue that drives homeowners to redesign their kitchens. Smart storage goes beyond mere functionality. It involves maximizing space and making hard-to-reach areas easily accessible.

The Blum suite of storage technologies offers a clever solution, with vertical storage options, pull-out pantries, and accessible space corner cabinets to make the most out of your kitchen’s design. High-quality dividing systems, such as Blum’s Orga-Line range, ensure everything is within reach and close to cooking zones.

 Photo credit: Blum Orga Line Range

Natural Surfaces

Natural materials like marble, stone, and concrete will remain popular, adding sophistication, texture, and visual interest to your kitchen. The beauty is that most product ranges now feature natural-inspired surfaces, making this trend accessible across all price ranges.

Whether you opt for solid surfaces, engineered stone, or laminate finishes, the array of designs and textures available is diverse, allowing you to achieve a timeless look in your kitchen.

Photo credit: and her Caesarstone Cloudburst Concrete Island  

Past Kitchen ProjectsPhoto credit: Kitchen Connection. Corian Solid Surface Benchtops In Raincloud 

Dark Stainless

After the era of stainless-steel appliances, a shift towards more refined, darker alternatives is emerging. The Westinghouse Aspire range, in particular, embodies this trend with its stylish, durable, and smudge-proof qualities, ensuring a modern and sleek appearance in the kitchen.

 Photo credit: Westinghouse Aspire Range

Colour Crush: Earthy Greens

While white kitchens are enduring, muted colour tones are finding their way into designer stylebooks. Earthy greens, both pale and mid-green shades, inspired by the forest, are predicted to be popular choices. These hues infuse warmth and a touch of liveliness into kitchen spaces. Pair them with neutral tones like warm whites and soft greys for a balanced and inviting kitchen design.

Photo credit: Kitchen Connection Eco Cabinets in Bayleaf

Photo Credit: Polytech’s range of earthy, mid-green cabinetry tones

Dining Islands

The appreciation for simple pleasures like family time and social connectivity, which was renewed in 2020, is leading to the prediction that dining islands will be a significant trend in 2021. A dining island extends the functionality of the kitchen island, providing a flexible space for meal preparation, dining, entertaining, studying, and even working. This trend caters to the evolving needs of modern lifestyles and underscores the importance of a versatile and connected kitchen space.


Photo credit: Kitchen Connection. Strata Grey feature  island bench, Caesarstone Ice Snow benchtops and a laminate dining table area in Halifax Oak


Stay ahead of the curve and infuse these fresh trends into your kitchen design for a stylish and functional space that’s truly on-trend in 2021.

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