Styles, colours and patterns can make a striking statement for the home, and that’s certainly true for kitchens as well. But whilst some popular trends last the distance, others can all too quickly come and go. For example, mid-century retro (inspired by 1950’s and 1970’s looks), monochrome, pastel colours and coastal themes are currently on trend for interiors; they will work for kitchens too, yet don’t necessarily have staying power (the fact 1950’s and 1970’s styles disappeared once already is testament to this!)
How long will you love the look?
Some of these style trends also exude a very strong look, so if considering for your kitchen furniture you need to be confident you will still like this months and years from now (especially given the time and cost of a new kitchen). If so, great…But if you’re unsure, don’t worry. Here’s how you can achieve the on-trend look you want for your kitchen, but ensure you can easily update it later on…
…Choose beautiful kitchen basics for a solid foundation
Key to achieving the look you want, but with the potential for change, is to create a solid and lasting foundation of colours, styles and materials upon which to build your more stylised and personalised look. Essentially this means key furniture and worktop pieces which will remain steadfast; these are your beautiful kitchen basics! On top of these you can then layer other kitchen elements which aren’t fixed, and so far easier to swap in and out if you later feel like updating your kitchen’s look.
Examples of this might be furnishings, cookware, rugs, blinds, stools, lights, shelves, wallpaper, and to a lesser extent, tiled splashbacks and flooring. This flexibility in the right areas of your kitchen will let you dip in and out of any new trends and change your kitchen look as often as you please, yet without the expense of new furniture and worktops.
What are the beautiful kitchen basics?
When planning your kitchen there are a couple of key rules you can stick to which will help you in getting your beautiful kitchen basics right:-
- Simple lines
For your beautiful kitchen basics, simple kitchen lines and smooth, unfussy surfaces will give you a clean foundation on which to develop the kitchen look you want. This also allows for more diverse décor pieces as they won’t be competing for attention with your furniture and worktops. For example, if you love bold patterns why not bring them into the look via print curtains, or a piece of artwork on the wall rather than within your staple pieces of furniture.
- Neutral colours
Neutral and muted colours such as white, cashmere, taupe and pale grey tones are extremely popular for kitchens. These neutrals are very warm tones which is great for an inviting kitchen feel and they generally make a kitchen feel bright and spacious. And of course, they work extremely well for staple kitchen pieces as these colours go with pretty much anything! Block colours work really well, but you can also layer your basic neutrals, such as subtle contrasts of grey on grey. As long as you stay neutral, this colour palette provides a solid basis on which to build your preferred look out of furnishings and accessories, yet without running the risk of clashing patterns. If you then decide to change the look you simply strip all of the accessories back to your neutral kitchen basics…and start all over again!
- Natural materials
Natural materials with richly textured surfaces are very on trend themselves, and the very fact they are ‘natural’ ensures they are a style that is firmly set to stay. This means they make a great choice for beautiful kitchen basics, and includes kitchen finishes such as wood, glass, stone and marble. Again these represent beautiful stand-alone choices, but their typically warm and accommodating nature forms a great basis upon which to build a more stylised look according to individual taste. Again, your kitchen’s look can later be stripped back to it’s natural beauty and a new beginning if you feel like a change of direction later on.
Dressing it up
A helpful way to think about dressing your beautiful kitchen basics is to compare with the process of choosing an outfit to wear, such as the example of a simple no-frills dress in all-white, all-grey or all-black. If it’s made from quality material and finished well, then the dress should impress by itself without the need for accessories (whether jewellery, scarf, coat, belt etc) But the dress’s neutral colour palette and fuss-free exterior gives you the choice to add colour, patterns and contrasting fabrics according to the look you want to create. And of course, whilst the dress remains your unchanged staple, these accessories are easy to swap around, and can drastically alter the look of your outfit whenever you feel ready for something different.
Now, whilst I’m not suggesting you change your kitchen’s accessories as often as you would a dress, the same is true of kitchen furniture; the quality and finish should be enough to impress on its own, enhanced by clean lines, neutral colours and natural materials. This should form an excellent staple upon which to build your unique look or adopt the latest trends, but it also enables the freedom to update your look should you wish to in the future.