Kitchen ideas and trends

You're thinking of a total kitchen revamp or a slight update, so where do you start? The choice is huge, from splashbacks to worktops, tiles, paint colours, cupboards, shelves and all that's best in storage. You'll find all your kitchen inspiration here, including cookers, fridges, the latest in kitchen technology and all to fit your space and budget.
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How to buy a kitchen during a supply crisis
Where have all the Rangemaster ovens gone? Rising costs and longer waiting times can make planning your kitchen hell. The key is to prioritise and compromise. Read our tips for the best way to cope with the global supply crisis.
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Kitchen tech: smart oven by Siemens
Welcome to the future of your kitchen. Remote control appliances are de rigueur in top-end home kitchens; you can shout orders to open, close or half-open your Siemens iQ700 HS858KXB6 built-in oven (with steam function) via a virtual assistant such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
a stove top with some food on it and milk in the bowl next to it
Kitchen tech: temperature controlled hob from Miele
Precise temperature controls guarantee perfect results for even the most scatterbrained home chef. Miele’s KM 7999 is a 94cm-wide induction hob has a super-clever TempControl function that monitors and controls temperature while frying, to make sure there is no way oil can overheat, and zero chance of food burning. It has pre-set temperatures for meat, fish and eggs, for Michelin-level meals at home.
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Kitchen tech: built-in smart speakers and wireless charging worktops
The latest release from the Italian kitchen brand Scavolini is the Dandy Plus range, which includes an Alexa smart speaker built into the furniture, as well as wireless charging in the worktops.
a black pot sitting on top of a stove
Kitchen tech: temperature controlled hob from Miele
Precise temperature controls guarantee perfect results for even the most scatterbrained home chef. Miele’s KM 7999 is a 94cm-wide induction hob has a super-clever TempControl function that monitors and controls temperature while frying, to make sure there is no way oil can overheat, and zero chance of food burning. It has pre-set temperatures for meat, fish and eggs, for Michelin-level meals at home.
a frying pan on top of a stove with steam rising from it
Kitchen tech: clear glass extractor from Siemens
Siemens launched its glassdraftAir last month, a wi-fi-enabled downdraft extractor made from clear glass with vents that create a curtain to guide steam and cooking odours into an extraction area. Unlike clunky cooker hoods of yore, the design keeps sightlines clear while in use and is described as so quiet that “it won’t interrupt conversation”. Prices start at £2,349 for an 80cm-wide model; it drops back down into the worktop when not in use.
a stove top with a pot on the burner in front of a large window
Kitchen tech: hob with integrated extractor
Gaggenau’s newest hob, the Vario 400 series flex induction cooktop, also includes an integrated extractor (POA). “Full surface induction is becoming more accessible,” says Jack Trench, the founder of the eponymous bespoke kitchen-maker.
an open dishwasher with water in it
Kitchen tech: app controlled dishwasher from Siemens
The latest washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers from Siemens can be programmed via the Home Connect app, which recommends an optimal wash or drying program.
an empty room with neon lights on the wall and floor, in front of a black background
Kitchen tech: downdraft extractor made from clear glass from Siemens
Siemens launched its glassdraftAir last month, a wi-fi-enabled downdraft extractor made from clear glass with vents that create a curtain to guide steam and cooking odours into an extraction area. Unlike clunky cooker hoods of yore, the design keeps sightlines clear while in use and is described as so quiet that “it won’t interrupt conversation”. Prices start at £2,349 for an 80cm-wide model; it drops back down into the worktop when not in use.
a kitchen with wooden cabinets and marble counter tops, along with an area rug on the floor
Kitchen trends for 2021: fluting and ribbing
Annie Ebenston, lead designer, Blakes London, says: “Both fluting and ribbing are a hugely popular trend at the moment. We’re using lots of fluting in our designs, predominantly in timbers to add warmth and texture to mixed material schemes.” Latest launch from Superfront, makers of cupboard fronts to customise Ikea kitchens, is the Wood Collection x Japandi design. Undecorated apart from the horizontal bars of the drawer handles and pulls that extend across the units to create a ribbed effect.
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Kitchen trends for 2021: fluting and ribbing
If colour is calming down, in the latest kitchen designs, texture is taking up the slack, in the form of fluting, rippling and ribbing, on reeded glass doors and timber cupboard fronts. Latest launch from Superfront, makers of cupboard fronts to customise Ikea kitchens, is the Wood Collection x Japandi design. Undecorated apart from the horizontal bars of the drawer handles and pulls that extend across the units to create a ribbed effect.
a white table and chairs in a small room next to a kitchen with an island
Kitchen trends for 2021: banquettes
A couch or armchair used to be the pinnacle of kitchen comfort but now even more upholstery, such as this pretty blush upholstered seating by John Lewis of Hungerford, is finding a home in the cooking zone. The lounge-ification of the kitchen continues with a trend for banquettes — combining the cushioned comfort of a sofa with the space efficiency of fitted furniture. Herringbone’s clients are increasingly requesting bespoke banquettes with storage underneath lift-up seats.
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Kitchen trends for 2021: eco tweakment
Nature has become increasingly important to our health and wellbeing, with sustainability high on our list of priorities. The most eco-friendly course is to refurbish and reuse existing cabinets. Anna Drakes of the interior design and architectural consultancy Space A (spacea.co.uk) says: “Where people are more conscious of sustainability, they think twice about throwing out things that are in good condition and instead opt for hacks."
a kitchen with gray cabinets and shelves filled with white plates, bowls and oranges
Kitchen trends for 2021: utility luxe
Sculleries, such as this opulent marble-clad example by Artichoke kitchen designers, scooted to the top of kitchen wish lists when supermarket runs became weekly exercises in stockpiling and storage. Any ancillary space set aside for a particular function, preferably behind closed doors, is in demand. Open-plan living is still popular but with the whole family being at home during lockdowns we came to appreciate the need for separate spaces.
a kitchen with lots of counter space and shelves filled with various items on top of them
Kitchen trends for 2021: utility luxe
Pantries, such as this opulent marble-clad example by Artichoke kitchen designers, scooted to the top of kitchen wish lists when supermarket runs became weekly exercises in stockpiling and storage. Any ancillary space set aside for a particular function, preferably behind closed doors, is in demand. Open-plan living is still popular but with the whole family being at home during lockdowns we came to appreciate the need for separate spaces.