We're calling it: the 'emotional support' kitchen is 2024's biggest design trend

1. Create Coziness With The Same Color On Walls And Cabinetry

Choosing a dark kitchen color might seem counter-intuitive but it is cocooning and atmospheric, perfect for kitchens you mainly use in the evening, and especially for dinner parties, though we would advise that you need to ensure kitchen lighting is well planned for it not to feel gloomy. Think warm bulbs and shades.

2. Conjure Glamor And Warmth With Antique Brass

Antiqued and warm metallics aren't just glamorous looking; they also add a touch of welcoming warmth to a kitchen. This is a must if you are choosing a dark or cool color for your kitchen units, walls or flooring. 'The signature antique brass metal wrap island is real brass sheet material which is folded and welded to the shape of a door. The patination is created by a light acidic formula being hand applied to create an individual hand-crafted finish. Once this effect has been created on the surface it is sealed with a clear lacquer,' says Sam.

3. Add Cool Elegance With Natural Stone

Kitchen countertop ideas are a dominant feature, so they have to be alluringly beautiful. And there's no doubt that the textures, patinas and colors within natural materials make us feel more enriched than anything man made ever could.

4. Soften Hard Lines With Curves In The Kitchen

Curves make a space feel more welcoming, plus they are practical because they free up the space that hard corners take up. Curves also soften a space visually, which is a must in a room that's dominated by hard and often shiny surfaces that are the opposite of comforting.

5. Bring In Eye-Pleasing Texture With Parquet Flooring

Natural materials, such as wood, always makes a room feel warmer. They cry out to be touched, and again soften those hard, shiny materials so prevalent in kitchen design.

6. Opt For A Closed Plan Layout

Kitchen layout ideas have flexed fundamentally. 'Open plan kitchens had their moment, however in recent times homeowners have had a change of heart,' says Sam. 'The desire for a kitchen separate from the living space is becoming more and more popular. Those who are a keen cooks wish to try new recipes in peace, and parents that work from home want a quiet space away from the communal family area to catch up on emails.

What Is Emotional Design?

Think about how a beautifully designed room makes you feel: Happy? Inspired? Moved? This is an example of 'emotional design', in other words, design that is created to evoke a response. This needn't be complicated when applied to your own home: just consider what colors, textures and shapes you find pleasing and include them in your rooms, though know that some elements that humans love are universal. For example: darker, warmer colors make us feel cossetted and safe; natural textures are more pleasing to us than man-made; and soft curves are more alluring than hard lines.

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