New year, new kitchen
Well, 2021 is finally underway and as the UK rides out the latest lockdown, now is the perfect time to start planning that brand new kitchen with all the trimmings. To help get you started, here are some of the wonderful new kitchen collections, appliances and furniture coming your way…
LochAnna Kitchens launches new brochure
The latest lookbook showcases 325 options across 19 different door styles including innovative solutions for the kitchen and four new collections – Tavole, Faversham, Elswick and Brompton. The thinking is to create a multifunctional space for the whole family, designed to complement our new way of living and working at home. I love the Tavole in Snow Cloud and Fresh Ginger shown above with its Italian-made wood veneer door, distinctive planked finish and inset handle, which comes in four colour choices. I’m also a fan of Faversham in this palette of Bright White, Soft Black and Lavender – not a combination I would have thought of but it works wonderfully. Check out its Lifestyle Larder too, which was shown at KBB Birmingham last year. Developed to reflect how you actually use your kitchen, there are four styles in five cabinet finishes with the option to mix and match internal shelf and divider colours with the outer cabinet colour for a personal touch.
Britannia and Stoves range cookers in 2021’s colours
Following on from the Pantone Colour of the Year announcement (Illuminating and Ultimate Gray if you missed it) along with Dulux Colour of the Year, Brave Ground, range cooker manufacturers Britannia and Stoves are offering their robust, high quality flagship appliances in this year’s shades for an on-trend statement centrepiece to your kitchen. Britannia’s Delphi model is actually available in any colour you want thanks to its Colourange service and you can take your pick from single, twin or XG ovens and 90cm, 100cm, 110cm and 120cm sizes with gas and induction tops.
Stoves meanwhile is celebrating its centenary and is for the first time launching an appliance in the Dulux Colour of the Year. It’s available across its Richmond Deluxe range cookers with a choice of 90cm, 100cm and 110cm sizes and gas, induction, dual fuel or gas-through-glass fuel types.
Homebase unveils Country Living and House Beautiful kitchen ranges
Homebase has teamed up with two Hearst UK magazines to create an exclusive range of kitchen designs. There are two Country Living and four House Beautiful kitchens, all of which are made in Yorkshire while the Country Living collection is hand painted for a more unique finish. Country Living ranges are inspired by the ever-popular Shaker look but with subtle contemporary touches such as adding copper coloured handles to darker units. The House Beautiful collections are modern, sleek, on-trend and incorporate a range of smart tech, clever storage and soft-close cupboards. My favourites are the Whitstable and Islington shown below.
Habitat embraces apartment living for SS21
There’s plenty to get excited about with Habitat’s new collections for spring/summer. Apartment Living looks to the brand’s mid-century roots for inspiration, defined by clean lines, graphic ornaments and highly functional design. With a focus on small space living solutions, the furniture takes on a utilitarian edge with metal and wood finishes. A saturated colour palette of burnt orange, mustard and teal blue unites the range, seen within the geometric prints that run across tableware and textiles. “This season we are bringing together hues of burnt orange and teal in a statement look inspired by mid-century design,” confirms Andrew Tanner, Home Design Manager. “Bringing a fresh approach to a mustard and orange palette, teal allows you to layer your home with contrasting accent pieces. Mustard continues to play an important role in our homes and the teal works to highlight this, whilst refreshing the look for the new season.”
Trend Interiors reveals new kitchen colourways
Trend Interiors, which is part of Mereway Kitchens, has announced its gorgeous new colour palette for 2021, which is perfect for creating a two-toned contrasting look with metallic accents or colour pop accessories. There are soft muted hues as well as bolder, deeper tones, all offering a cool, contemporary aesthetic that complements both classic and modern homes. Some of my favourites include the Shaker Bevelled Woodgrain and Handleless designs in Indigo Blue. Trend Interiors have also introduced a soft matt finish, which is robust and easy to keep clean with a super-low sheen.
Rangemaster launches new granite sinks
SCHOCK by Rangemaster is a new collection of granite sinks, which come in a variety of 14 designs as well as 14 colours. Handmade, the selection of bowl configurations and sizes are easy to clean, heat and impact resistant, food safe and made with ProHygienic 21, a patented material with antibacterial properties. They also feature UV protection to prevent the colour fading over time. The CRISTADUR® collection features a silky smooth finish in six premium designs while the CRISTALITE® collection’s stone-like finish comes in eight inset and undermount designs with nine contemporary colours including four metallic shades.
Ripples creates new home, bath and body brand
While you plan and prepare for that new kitchen, fill your home with the stunning scents and aromas from Ripples’ new home, bath and body range, called KIND. This exciting new venture includes diffusers, candles, soaps and shampoo bars made with vegan-friendly, naturally sourced ingredients. I adore the Wild Fig and Olive diffuser; it really does enhance your interior and satisfies all the senses.