Just like our culinary palette, our taste in kitchen design is constantly evolving. Every year there are new must-have tools, appliances, and finishes. Even the layout of the ‘dream kitchen’ changes regularly, as certain features fall in and out of style.

This is particularly true when it comes to kitchen colour schemes. Pulling inspiration from everything from fashion to industrial design, the latest ‘hot colour’ seems to change with the season. This can make creating a beautiful, on-trend kitchen quite tricky.

Thankfully, the experts here at Zesta have got you covered. Our designers love staying up to date on the latest styles and are always happy to share their insights. Here are their tips for the hot kitchen colours for 2021. 

Embracing the beauty of nature

One of the biggest trends our designers are seeing is a shift to a more natural colour scheme.

Some experts believe this a reaction to the ever-increasing influence of technology. Others feel it’s a response to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19. Whatever the driver, we expect the 2021 colour palette to be much more muted.

 There are two main versions of this colour scheme that our designers expect to see:

  •   Earthy colour palettes featuring a lot of soft browns and greys: This scheme will evoke the feeling of aged timber, stone, and baked earth. It will be distinctly neutral while still providing a sense of warmth and comfort.
  •   Cooler colour palettes featuring muted blues and greens: This scheme will reflect the tones of nature – particularly water and plant life. It will create a sense of brightness and vibrancy, while still instilling a feeling of calm.

Taking the lead from designers

Each year, Pantone Colour Institute picks its ‘Colour of the Year’. Usually, these colours reflect major global trends, notable social issues, or discussions being had in the various design industries.

For 2021, Pantone has named two Colours of the Year – Ultimate Grey and Illuminating (a vibrant shade of yellow). These colours are said to represent resilience and positivity and are a direct response to the challenges faced in 2020.

pantone colour trends 2021

Individually, we expect both of these colours to feature in many kitchen designs this year. Ultimate Grey evokes a sense of metal and stone and fits perfectly with the aforementioned earthy colour scheme. Similarly, Illuminating also has a natural vibe, reflecting the brightness and vibrancy of sunlight.

However, it’s the concept of combining these colours that is most significant. Seen as both a complementary and contrasting pair of colours, they provide a template for a balanced, but visually striking, design.

Incorporating the 2021 kitchen design trends

Trends are usually based on popular tastes. They reflect the ongoing evolution of style and represent what is considered beautiful at that time. As such, on-trend colours will naturally start appearing in many materials.

However, how you work a colour into your design is just as important as the colour itself. Developing your entire design around a singular colour could cause your kitchen to date quickly. As such, an experienced hand is usually required to feature the colour, without overusing it. 

If you love one of this year’s hot colours but need help incorporating it into your design, give Zesta Kitchens a call. Our friendly team stays across all the latest trends and are experts at working them into any style. They can also help you get the balance just right, creating a space that will look great for years to come.

If you’re thinking about undergoing a full kitchen renovation, Zesta can help. Contact our friendly team to discuss your ideas and book your free design consultation.