Kitchen design is under continuous evolution so, when at the start of the year we wrote about kitchen trends to look out for we didn’t think that 2019 would have so many new ones by July. 

But because we do have so many differences to what we originally wrote, we think it’s worth visiting these and giving you the insight into what will for many, certainly carry on into 2020 and even 2021. 

Slimline worktops 

Worktops used to be slim, believe it or not! It was thanks to the 1980’s that many kitchens went to a 30mm depth of worktop and in some cases 45mm,  but that’s all changed now. The standard for most stone, quartz and wooden tops remains at 30mm however, there is a new trend that we think – and have installed that seems to be delivering stunning results – slimline worktops. 

These are stone, quartzite and even veneered materials that measure no greater than 12.5mm depth. The overall effect is stunning and provides a delicate finish across many different kitchen looks and styles. 

Linear Lighting 

We got used to the pendants and now, that’s all changed! If you’re having a seating arrangement in the kitchen, whether that is at a breakfast bar, an island unit or the dining area as incorporation then you want to jump into linear lighting. 

With styles ranging from super modern to old-time looks, you have style and function to choose from. We expect to see a lot more of these kitchen trends – even with handles – over the coming year and with a particular focus on industrious design as well! 

Freestanding Island Units 

So, the island unit exploded with recent interior design. It appears every kitchen wants one, and certainly, most of the kitchens that we have been chosen to design and install have had one over the last seven years. 

But there are drawbacks with certain island designs, not least that to install water or gas/electric features are becoming more problematic. But now there are freestanding island units which are taking away the headache of such major design questions! From bespoke kitchen builds to even picking up an antique display and finishing with a modern top, the look is stunning and provides the extra storage and preparation space that kitchen owners crave for – whilst looking great at the same time! 

Pantry love 

A pantry has been the lovechild of many a home enthusiast as well as anyone who fell in love with Nigella Lawson’s offering when she invited camera crews into her home way back in 1999! But pantry’s have also been hard to incorporate into a kitchen design that’s until home extensions opened up new locations and the acceptance that you don’t need hidden units to have a pantry can also apply. 

A pantry can even tell us a lot about kitchen trends and how people are using them. A return to home cooking, baking and according to Pinterest search 100 (results), bread making – we can begin to understand the fascination of having a space that gives your pantry requirements something to look forward to. 

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