With winter upon us, it’s no surprise we tend to retreat indoors and create a safe and cosy haven. The kitchen is the hub of the home, so it’s important that it doesn’t get left out during your hibernation transformation.
We’ve rounded up the latest trends to warm up your kitchen space this winter. Not only will they offer comfort to take the chill away, but they will also enhance your style, so you’re on point this season!
Read on to discover how to incorporate as much or as little as you want…
1) Grey as a texture
Grey is an iconic and timeless kitchen colour; however, we’re talking about a new dynamic, textured shade.
This hue comes in the form of grey woods, stones, steels, concretes and aged metals. It offers a more energetic, vigorous finish to your kitchen space, rather than a flat, monotone look.
Embracing the wonders of the natural world, Wren’s Elements colour collection offers a moody range of greys to suit industrial or glam style kitchen designs. Grains and textures such as washed concrete, metallic slate and smoked oak offer this on trend look, especially when paired with stainless steel units from Wren’s Infinity Plus Autograph collection.
A mix of colours can bring this design to life such as rose reds, greens, blues, oaks and rich woods. Don’t forget you can accessorise with concrete coloured crockery or grey textured furnishings such as rugs or curtains to keep the cold at bay.
2) Standout feature units
During festivities, we always need that extra space to serve up warming tipples or platters of food… we have the answer, a bespoke feature dresser that can act as an extra station when you need more space!
Designed with plate racks, deep cupboards or feature glass shelving it’s not only practical to house everything you need, but it also creates a real focal area in your kitchen.
On trend are metal framed units with textured glass coloured in a contrasting shade so it stands out from your other units. Lights in the cabinetry create a cosy atmosphere, so it’s perfect for when you wake up in the mornings and can’t bear the bright lights or are winding down on an evening.
3) Keeping it clean
Now more than ever, it’s important to keep those bugs at bay and the kitchen is an essential space to keep sleek and clean.
As worktops make up a large proportion of your kitchen space, it’s important to get it right. Non-porous designs create a hygienic surface and we’d advise Wren’s Xena Quartz which is not only bang on trend, but it’s extremely dense and compact so it inhibits the growth of bacteria or its transfer on to foods and objects.
Sleek, handleless kitchen designs which offer a sense of minimalism are easier to clean such as Wren’s stunning Infinity Plus Milano range. Without compromising on style, these clean faced beauties make housework effortless… there’s no need to clean around grooves and handles, as with one clean swoop you’re done!
Integrated appliances such as induction hobs and hidden extractors not only create a sleek look but are also much easier to clean as the flush design means you can wipe them down as easy as your worktop.
Don’t forget to create a dedicated area in your kitchen or utility to store your cleaning essentials.
4) Hot water on demand
As the chilly mornings and dark evenings bring a sense of urgency for warming brews, upgrading to a boiling hot water tap will be a life changer!
Not only are they more efficient in terms of energy (let’s face it we all need to save a little during Christmas!), but they free up worktop space removing the need for a kettle and are perfect for saving precious time for those with busy lifestyles. Leading brands such as Quooker and Insinkerator offer a stylish yet practical range which are child-safe too.
5) The new moody blue
Classic blue was the colour of the year for 2020 and is still a very popular kitchen option, however we’re loving the new blue, it’s deeper and darker and more of a focus on deep teal colours.
Strong blues create a sense of grandeur and calm in any space, and this colour palette is especially suitable for kitchen spaces as it offers a crisp and clean look.
Similar to green, blue works beautifully with a strong contrast of marbled quartz worktops and brass hardware such as taps and handles.
The bolder hues are perfect for classic kitchens, but we’re starting to see interesting mixes of blues with greys and concretes in industrial settings. Grey units are the perfect backdrop for deep blue walls or splashbacks, and for the ultimate look, add a rustic brick feature wall such as Wren’s TekBrick.
Finishing touches such as luxe velour or velvet furnishings will add that extra warmth in your space.