From paint colour to fashion to interior design, it’s that time of year when everyone shares their opinion on what will ‘trend’ in the new year. As kitchen design experts we study the trends in interior design and specifically kitchen design. We often run alongside trends, being aware of them, but not always taking them too seriously. However, this year there are a few predicted ‘trends’ we believe will stick and become part of classic design.
Biophilic kitchen design
Biophilic kitchen design will be even bigger in 2023 in the home in general. As human beings we have an affinity with nature and the term, ‘wanting to bring the outside in’ is about more than aesthetics. At Holt’s Kitchen Design Experts (Holts KDE), we have always incorporated nature into our designs. Using natural and sustainable materials in the manufacture of our kitchens is important to us. E.g. timbers, beautiful stones, fabulous mixed metals.
You don’t have to change your whole kitchen to introduce nature. Bringing natural materials in through accessories is easy and inexpensive. There are lots of pretty baskets on the market, use them for organization inside cabinets or out on show for storage. Natural woven baskets are a great way of connecting to nature and bringing warmth to your space. Organic shapes and textures, colours and, of course, bringing in foliage and flowers. We even have specifically designed areas to grow your herbs and plants.
Once again nature is playing a huge role. The most obvious is the ‘continuing trend’ of blue and green or earth and sky colours. These have been around for a long time and are not going anywhere soon. Creams and dare I say the word, ‘Magnolia’ are back. Of course, anyone under a certain age will not remember Magnolia the first time around which was so popular it became a victim of its own success. Eventually, it was unceremoniously abandoned to oblivion. However, there is a reason it is back – it happens to be a gorgeous colour that goes with everything - especially when used along-side the, also trending, earthy colours in interior design right now.
What is biophilic design?
Biophilic design is all about improving connections to nature with light and natural elements such as plants and other living organisms. This has benefits to human health, both phycological and physical. Biophilic design comes from the word "biophilia", which was brought to us by Erich Fromm. He was a German social psychologist with a passionate love of life and of all that is alive. He fled the Nazi regime and settled in the USA in the 1940s. Fromm was one of the founders of The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in New York City. Biophilic design is argued by many to have a wealth of benefits for the occupants of buildings and works at scale up to urban levels across the world.
Said Erich Fromm;
I believe that the man choosing progress can find a new unity through the development of all his human forces, which are produced in three orientations. These can be presented separately or together: biophilia, love for humanity and nature, and independence and freedom.
The Happy Kitchen Company
This is not only about ensuring your brand new kitchen journey with us is a happy one. As part of our overall mission, we take care to integrate our client’s overall wellbeing into our designs. Wellness is becoming more and more important in the lives of everyone and now clients want this to be reflected in the home. As the kitchen is the heart of the home it makes sense to design happy kitchens. This involves various aspects. The client’s lifestyle and how they use their kitchen and home, of course. Also considering ergonomics, lighting, air quality, natural daylight, materials used and much more, before we even start to create an aesthetically stunning room.
Creating your dream kitchen is going to cost a tidy sum. No matter which company you choose to help you. Unless you have a limitless budget…we tend to advise that you stick to timeless and neutral styles. Whatever is trending at the time can be brought in through accessories and changed up when that particular trend is on the wane. However the ‘Timeless trends’ mentioned above are the ones we believe will always be trendy and only improve as we gain more knowledge about improving our lives through design.