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Kitchen trends for 2021

Cooking up a storm: the biggest kitchen style trends

Eager to find out the latest kitchen trends for 2021? Look no further. This year it’s all about show off shelving, metallic accents, and soothing colours. We’ve got the low down on which design trends and kitchen styles the public have been scouring the internet for. Marble is due a comeback, and we wave goodbye to chrome accessories as we welcome copper back into our kitchen. Read on to find out the latest kitchen design ideas set to make an impact in 2021.

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All the sage

Inspired by nature, sage green kitchens are timeless and effortlessly chic. With earthy grey undertones, this calming hue will bring tranquillity to your home. At B&Q we’re always one step ahead of the latest trends – which is why our Alpinia kitchen is now available in a matt green finish.

Not quite ready for green cabinetry? Use furniture paint to highlight a particular feature in your kitchen, such as the legs of your dining table or chairs. This neutral shade pairs well with a mixture of styles and colours. Thanks to its versatility, we predict sage green to be a popular choice for seasons to come. Whether it’s cabinetry, accessories, or paint – sage is here to stay. You can even carry the craze into your garden with our new multi-surface garden paint.

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B&Q recommends - Hot water on tap

Kettles are so last year. With our boiling hot water taps you can pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea in a matter of seconds.

Not only will you save heaps of time, but you’ll be also doing the environment a favour too. We rarely fill our kettles with the exact amount of water we use. Spare water sits idle overnight, and then gets poured away to make way for fresh water the next day. It’s okay – we’re all guilty of it. With a boiling water tap you’ll only ever use the water you need. And since there’s no need for a kettle – you’ll free up valuable worktop space. Something we could all do with more of!

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Marble moments

Words we associate with marble: deluxe, sophisticated, and expensive. At B&Q you needn’t worry about the E word. Make your kitchen feel luxurious with products that don’t cost the earth. With marble effect sticky back plastic, you can transform the look of your kitchen surfaces in an afternoon. It’s surprisingly easy to apply, plus it’s water and heat resistant (up to 75 degrees). Read our article, how to apply stick back plastic for a step-by-step guide as well as some clever tips and tricks.

Want to give your walls and floors a swanky makeover? Our marble effect floor and wall tiles are stain-resistant, easy to fit and certainly look the part. Recreate a high class look in your kitchen.

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The rise of “Japandi”

Japanese design meets Scandinavian aesthetic in this rising home décor trend. Sleek lines, neutral colour palettes and calming-set ups will be on everyone’s radar in 2021. Also known as “Japanordic” or “Scandenese” – minimalist design and simplicity is at the very core of this new trend. It’s about reducing clutter and using only what you need.

Think natural materials, tasteful plants, and soft, ambient lighting. Combine our matt stone effect Garcinia kitchen with a wooden worktop for an elegant look. Bring some tranquillity to your space with greenery - we adore our Ficus ginseng bonsai. And don't forget to incorporate some natural materials, like bamboo and wicker. Our GoodHome magnetic Pecel bamboo shelf will help you to keep clutter off the worktops. You heard it here first – “Japandi” will have a massive influence on kitchens in 2021.

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Crazy for copper

With the increasing demand for dark kitchens, we’re predicting a rise in the popularity of copper accessories in 2021 across lighting, taps and handles. Copper stands out beautifully against a dark background, creating a classy and sophisticated look in your kitchen.

From shelving brackets and mosaic splashbacks to pendant lights and sticky back plastic – we’re here to fulfil all your copper cravings. Our Pocyon light shade looks super stylish hung above a dining table or breakfast bar. Copper effect kitchen taps are an easy way of giving your kitchen a contemporary edge and off-setting stormy shades.

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B&Q loves – The curated kitchen

Kitchens are the new living rooms. Recently we’ve seen a rise in online searches for “kitchen rugs” and “kitchen shelf ideas”. This year we’ll be curating our shelves in the same way we’d meticulously design a gallery wall. From coloured glassware to handmade clay plates – use eye-catching accessories and utensils to make your kitchen the coolest room in the house.

Choose bright and colourful crockery, add cushions to bar stools and place some candles on your kitchen island for a laid-back vibe. From potted plants to framed art, display your most prized possessions on open shelves or behind glass cabinet doors. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, let’s make it a comfortable place to unwind with the family.

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PIY: Paint it yourself

Search queries for “kitchen cupboard paint” have doubled in the past year. And we’re hardly surprised! Painting your kitchen cupboard doors are an easy and cost-effective way of upgrading your kitchen without much effort. Lucky for you, no matter the style of your kitchen – you’ll find a colour and finish that you’ll love at B&Q.

We’ve seen a myriad of colours storming the style charts. Darker shades such as olive green and midnight blue, as well as neutral tones like caramel and walnut. The Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 is Brave Ground – a warm and earthy tone that will look gorgeous in any kitchen. Another trend on our radar is two-tone kitchens – top cupboards painted in one colour, and bottom cupboards in another. We love the bold yet understated combination of black and white. Whether you want a bright, high gloss finish or prefer a moody matte look – we’ve got something to suit you.

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Hungry for more? If you need some help planning a kitchen renovation project, have a read of 4 steps to planning your kitchen. Short on space? Our small kitchen ideas can help you out.