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The trends that will inspire our homes in 2021...

This time last year we published our 2020 trends blog, full of trend ideas and styles to help you rejuvenate your home. These trends will continue to influence design into 2021, so it's still well worth a read.

As we fast-forward to 2021, a lot has changed and our homes are working harder than ever before. As we continue to practice social distancing, we have rediscovered what we need from our homes and this is having a profound impact on interior trends.

In our first blog of the year, the KCA design team builds upon design trends that will enhance the enjoyment of your home. We discuss practical design solutions, smart appliances, popular design principles, trending colours, kitchen styles and consumer preferences.


Multipurpose Living Spaces

Multipurpose living spaces have been popular for many years. However, living in lockdown has reinforced just how important it is that our homes are designed for multiple users and uses. 2021 will be the year for creating stunning, multifunctional living spaces that utilise every inch of space. Maximising space will translate into creative fitted furniture solutions designed to serve multiple functions: cooking, dining, working from home, entertaining, educating, relaxing, and more.

Home Offices and Workspaces

As remote working looks to be more permanent for a lot of people, we predict that there will be a big focus on home offices and workspaces in 2021.

Fitted furniture will become increasingly popular as people look to create a more permanent home working solution. For those who don't have space for a dedicated home office, fitted furniture can be used to create functional workspaces that integrate seamlessly into a multipurpose space without sacrificing the look of the room. 

The core interior trend for home workspaces and offices will be personalisation and personality. As we all jump on our video conferencing platform of choice, we get a sneak peek of people's homes and a sense of who they are. In 2021 we expect to see more fitted bookshelves, curated wall art, objet d'art, colour and plants that demonstrate personality, interests and style.

Home Workout Areas 

Without the luxury of the gym, more people are exercising from the comfort of their home. Prepare to see tonnes of creative interior design solutions to provide a convenient way to maximise available floor space and store workout equipment. 

Smart Kitchen Storage 

With our favourite restaurants closed, people are getting more creative in the kitchen and budding home chefs will require more ingredients, utensils and appliances. As a result kitchen designs will need more storage space. As people stock up and do more cooking during uncertain times, larders, pantries and large freezers will be a popular addition to the kitchen.

Larders are the ideal environment for dried goods and vegetables but they also provide the perfect place for storing worktop appliances keeping worktops clean and clutter-free.

Connecting with the Outdoors

Nature has always influenced interior design in some way, however fostering a connection with the outdoors has become more important for many people. Our modern, busy lives can leave us feeling drained, overwhelmed and many people turn to nature to unwind and re-energise. In 2021, fuelled by the pandemic and time spent indoors, we will see this trend continue to grow and designers will look to create a physical and visual harmony between the kitchen and its surroundings. This will be achieved through material choice and clever layouts that embrace natural light and celebrate garden views. Most new extensions and new builds today are created with bifold doors to the garden and an abundance of glass for this exact reason and these items will remain high on people's wish lists.

When it comes to material choice, advancements in furniture manufacturing mean that the terms 'natural' and 'human-made' are no longer mutually exclusive. New laminates and veneers offer all the modern technical benefits of human-made materials while imitating stunning natural wood, stone, concrete and metal. Whilst organic raw materials will continue to be a popular choice for some clients, engineered materials and their added durability benefits will widen the appeal for kitchens with a natural aesthetic.

Instant Boiling Water Taps

Already a popular feature in any new kitchen design, hot water taps will be a sought-after item for kitchens in 2021. As the title suggests, boiling-water fixtures provide instant hot water on demand, which means no more waiting around for the kettle or pan to boil. Not only are boiling water taps a handy time-saver they're also more energy-efficient making them better for the environment.

From a design perspective, instant boiling water taps remove the need for a kettle keeping your worktop surfaces clean, clear, and streamlined. With several different tap combinations available, you don't even need to add a secondary tap to your sink area to have a boiling water tap. A 3-in-1 boiling water tap produces cold, warm and boiling water, making it a practical option for any kitchen.



Dining Islands 

As the heart of the home, our informal kitchen dining areas are the primary place to eat, work and learn. There are a variety of layout options for kitchen islands, however the most commonly used are:

Following the focus on multi-functionality, we may see an increase in demand for dining islands with space for the whole family to sit. Dining islands are often an extension to an existing cooking island, allowing for additional dedicated seating uninterrupted by cabinet space.

In 2021, dining islands will prove to be a popular design feature for clients looking for more workspace and storage whilst integrating cooking and socialising.  


Broken Plan Layouts

Kitchen designs have always evolved to meet the unique needs of the era, with open-plan concepts dating back to as early as 1901. Although open-plan layouts were not commonly utilised at the time, they have now become the norm. Whatever the layout or design approach, it is the job of the designer to balance functionality, comfort, and style.

Putting all the incredible benefits of open-plan living to one side, the downside of an entirely open-plan layout is that it can become disruptive when multiple family members wish to use the space in various functions, simultaneously. Combine this with lingering cooking smells, noise disruption and a lack of privacy, and you get a potential recipe for chaos when living in these unique times. As a result of these potential pitfalls, open-plan concepts have been evolving into broken-plan arrangements. The broken-plan approach, combined with noise minimising materials, air purifiers and extractors, can create a pleasurable space for the whole family.

Key features of a broken-plan layout:

Green Kitchens

The 2021 Pantone colours may be grey and yellow but expect green to be one of the most popular kitchen colours this year. In a "Get the Look" article we wrote back in March 2020, we discussed the benefits of a green kitchen design and it appears many are falling in love with the colour for their kitchen project. For those looking to create a bold dark kitchen design, green hues have become a popular alternative to blues and greys. In our quest to connect with nature, green tones conjure up powerful feelings of life, renewal, and health, making it a popular colour for the home in uncertain times.

Natural green hues work perfectly in kitchen cabinetry and tiles. Green hues pair nicely with contrasting pastel colours such as dusty pink, smoky glass finishes, soft metallics and organic stone textures and woods.

Industrial Inspired Kitchen Designs

In June of last year, we published a "Get the Look" article on industrial kitchens. As a staple design style, it is going to continue to be popular this year. Industrial inspired designs are incredibly versatile, perfect for people who want to combine several furniture styles and interior design disciplines into one cohesive space.

As we return to timeless, practical designs and as we lean towards natural finishes, industrial designs features will continue.



We are all gaining a deeper understanding of how our actions and purchases impact the environment. In 2021, there will be an increased demand for sustainably sourced and recycled materials with an emphasis on design, allowing people to make more sustainable choices without compromising on style. Expect to see the launch of new products and materials with a focus on sustainability, such as the Renzo recycled kitchen from our furniture partner Daval.


Looking Back…

During any time of uncertainty, we tend to look to the past for comfort and this flows through to interior trends with a return to the classics. We expect to see people opt for classic, traditional designs or those with a vintage or retro flair which remind us of simpler times.

To see how we can help you with your home project contact a KCA designer today.


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