Kitchen Design Trends for 2011

By Max Spenser-Morris

It’s a strange but compelling time for contemporary kitchen design. The hunger for a new style direction is consuming any new material or format that pokes its head out of the ground. The old carthorse of white minimalist kitchens with high-gloss contemporary cabinetry and handleless doors is still thriving and will continue to do so for many years to come. However, curves and malleable materials are becoming more present from higher end designer kitchen companies. Corian, Hi-Macs and other acrylic solid surfaces are making a strong case as they are the only kitchen materials hard wearing enough to mould into exotic, ergonomics shapes.


At the latest European showcase, showstoppers included curved kitchen islands that combined the majority of required appliances with organic shaped breakfast bars incorporated into curved cabinetry to form ergonomic shapes wrapping around the user. They certainly look the part but would probably not be right for the majority of kitchen spaces. Designs like these are really to be used in very large spaces. As a result, these designs aesthetics can be cued from and incorporated in more normal kitchen designs. The only way to achieve this aesthetic is in a more tailored manner by having bespoke cabinetry designed and made just for your space. However, the island is also returning to a use of a singular dining area with a separate area for food preparation.

Chunky worktops are out – slim and sleek is in. This is using glass & metal fabrication as well as solid laminates which are still strong enough to maintain rigidity rather than flex or be brittle like wood or stone. They have been floated off the kitchen cabinetry by creating an inset sub-worktop that allows for opening the top of a handleless design. These thin section worktops also incorporate the built-in cooking areas. There is still a lot to be said for keeping a kitchen with handles and they can provide a very successful sculptural appearance that compliments the rest of the kitchen if chosen correctly. These are now more commonly being used with huge drawers that contain all the pots, pans, utensils & crockery.

Despite all the unfussy designs, there is the other end of the scale for those who like more decorative finishes. Pictures or even textiles in areas such as splashbacks are more readily available or even splashes of colour in appliances.

All of these can be incorporated easily if having a bespoke kitchen design. So, either way, there is a lot of room for personal expression in the most used room in the house.

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