As a new term at school begins and the weather turns chilly, it’s the perfect time to start planning a new kitchen. Now that the season of barbecues and alfresco eating is pretty much over, we turn our attention to cosy evenings in, weekends spent baking with the family and giving our homes a warm, inviting feeling. With this in mind, this month we take a look at autumnal looks for kitchens. Whether your space needs a whole new redesign or you simply want a quick update, take a look at the latest in cabinetry, flooring, paint colours, tiles and appliances to give your kitchen a fresh new style for autumn/winter 2021.
Sage green is one of the most popular colours for cabinetry in 2021 and this is set to continue as we head into autumn/winter. It’s a great palette for making us feel grounded and comforted and helps bring a sense of the outside, in. It’s perfect for when the weather turns and we’re not able to head outdoors as much. This Finca kitchen from Schüller at InHouse is a lovely fresh take on this colour trend, connecting us to the natural world around us. It can be given a contemporary or classic touch depending on how you style it up. Consider taking the green tones into an adjoining dining room with a darker forest green on the walls.
Grey in all its many tones is still on-trend. This is a style that is showing no signs of slowing up. It’s a great palette for all rooms but especially kitchens. This is because it can easily be accessorised with pops of bold colour for a different style or complemented with other neutral shades for a seamless feel.
Eclectic kitchens are also a wonderful way of enhancing what you already have. Forget matching down to the last detail. Instead, think about individual freestanding units, larders, tables, dressers and islands that can be combined to create more of a lived-in look. This homely space belongs to the creative director of kitchen company deVOL. It’s the epitome of easy, understated style. The mix of Classic English cupboards and vintage furniture found at local antiques fairs is teamed with a marble sink and worksurfaces, faded squishy sofa and large wooden farmhouse table ideal for sitting round with a cuppa and slice of cake.
For wall tiles, one of the latest trends is for a new take on the ubiquitous white brick tile. Ca’ Pietra’s Pottery porcelain collection is suitable for walls and floors and also comes in square formats too. In five colours including Natural Cotton, the tiles have an artisan handcrafted feel with strong shading and tonal variations perfect for classic kitchens.
For a quick kitchen update this autumn, Dulux has launched a Simply Refresh range. This makes it quicker and easier to achieve that newly decorated look as it’s a premium one-coat paint. There are modern neutral tones as well as richer shades for a feature wall. My personal favourites are Chic Shadow and Polished Pebble.
When it comes to kitchen flooring, there are so many beautiful designs to choose from. While natural stone and wood look stunning, they can come with drawbacks. Solid timber isn’t usually recommended for kitchens, as it will contract and expand in humid conditions. Whereas stone can be cold underfoot unless you install underfloor heating. This is why I’m a big fan of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). Moduleo’s LayRed has a dirt-resistant protective layer, is easy to clean and durable.
Whatever style you are going to embrace for autumn, don’t forget that Rangemaster has the perfect appliance to suit. There are classic and contemporary range cookers, sleek built-in ovens, refrigeration, wine cabinets, dishwashers, 60cm cookers, sinks, taps, hoods, splashbacks and kettles and toasters, too!