The team at Colchester-based bespoke kitchen company Davonport have identified the top 6 requests that homeowners are currently asking for most in their kitchen renovations, and look set to dominate in 2024.
1. Oversized handles
One of the most noticeable and practical trends is the use of oversized handles on kitchen cabinets and drawers. Oversized handles not only add a bold and modern aesthetic to the kitchen but also offer a convenient grip for opening and closing cabinet doors. These substantial handles come in various materials, from sleek metals to warm, textured woods, providing homeowners with endless possibilities to make a statement in their kitchen design.
2. Back kitchens
The concept of back kitchens is becoming more prevalent in modern UK homes. These secondary kitchens, often located behind the main kitchen, are a functional extension of the primary cooking space. They provide a discreet area for prep work, storage, and smaller appliances, keeping the main kitchen uncluttered and organised. This trend not only enhances the kitchen's efficiency but also fosters a minimalist and clean design. It is also perfect for those who love to party, and the kitchen is the social hub of the home. People can mingle without getting in the way of the cooking or prep areas.
3. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets
Maximising storage and creating a sleek, uncluttered appearance, floor-to-ceiling cabinets are a must in 2024. This trend allows designers to make the most of vertical space, offering storage for everything from kitchen essentials to small appliances. These cabinets can be customised to blend seamlessly with a kitchen's overall design, creating a clean and unbroken aesthetic. One of the most striking features of floor-to-ceiling cabinets is the sense of continuity they bring to a kitchen. The uninterrupted vertical lines create a clean, streamlined look that's both modern and visually pleasing. Without the interruption of a gap between upper and lower cabinets, the space appears more cohesive and less cluttered.
4. Seating galore
As multigenerational family homes are becoming the norm, we’re seeing new trends emerge when it comes to how we configure seating within the kitchen. While the go-to for many years has been informal breakfast-style seating at a kitchen island, along with a dining table if space allows, there is a new trend on the block. We’re seeing more banquette seating as part of a kitchen island configuration. This style of seating provides a more comfortable socialising area than bar stools and means people can be converse easier with the chef. For 2024, it is all about curved banquette seating, rather than the harsher lines we’ve been used to in previous years.
5. Slab splashbacks
Slab splashbacks are making a big statement in 2024 kitchen design. These seamless, continuous splashbacks create a sleek and modern look. Whether it's a marble slab or a more budget-friendly porcelain/quartz alternative, the use of a single material for both countertop and splashback add an elegant and timeless touch to the kitchen. Our pick would be Calacatta viola marble or viola marble for your slab splashback as the they have intricate swathes of veins in either black, deep purple or brown, which make them more interesting than a plain alternative.
6. Pot fillers
Pot fillers have rapidly gained popularity, especially in large, luxury kitchens. These convenient fixtures are designed to fill pots and pans directly on the hob, eliminating the need to carry heavy pans from the sink. In 2024, pot fillers are making a splash in UK kitchens, combining functionality and style. They come in various finishes and styles, ensuring they seamlessly integrate into your kitchen design.