We're at that point of the calendar where designers and trend authorities share their predictions for the year ahead, and no space starts a conversation quite like the kitchen.
Among the kitchen trends set to shape how we decorate in 2024 are tall and wooden cabinets – and wooden finishes in general – both of which are epitomized in Demi Moore's Idaho home. And, especially when combined, it's easy to understand their appeal.
In her kitchen, Demi is photographed in front of wood cabinets that appear to stretch to the ceiling. This natural (and practical) aesthetic is something that, designers say, we are going to see in the most stylish of kitchens in the coming seasons.
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According to Molly Chandler, a designer at Willis & Stone, the expected rise in interest in wooden kitchens likely comes from our desire to incorporate organic hues and textures in our space. And this will continue far beyond our kitchen cabinets.
'The colors and textures of nature are likely to continue to play a big role in kitchen design for 2024,' Molly explains.
'A return to wood finishes brings a warmth to the kitchen, making it appear much more like a homely living space rather than a room based purely on the function of food preparation. From oak islands and flooring to textured natural rattan furniture and lighting, finding ways to bring the outside in remains very much on trend.'
Molly is a designer at Willis & Stone, a firm based in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Founded by a family looking to furnish their home with high-quality solid wood furniture, the company manufactures bespoke, solid wood items that are set to stand the test of time.
Materials aside, the height of Demi Moore's cabinets is also set to inspire how we think about kitchen storage in 2024 – not least because they are as practical as they are good-looking.
'With such a plethora of items to store in modern kitchens, it makes sense to make use of every available inch of space,' Molly comments.
'By having cabinets that run all the way up to the ceiling, you can make use of space which may otherwise be simply wasted, or more-often-than-not becomes a home for less-used items which then collect dust while giving the whole kitchen a cluttered, untidy appearance.'
These design trends will inevitably impress in every sized kitchen, but as Davonport's kitchen expert, Richard Davonport, explains, vertical cabinets are particularly beneficial in narrow, small kitchens.
'Vertical storage, pull-out pantries, and clever corner cabinets can dramatically increase your storage capacity,' he adds. 'Also, using drawer dividers and internal cabinet organizers helps maintain order, and it means you can easily find what you are looking for without having to route around and pull everything out.'
It's time we, too, get ahead of the curve, no matter what sized space we're working with.
We're also using this as a reminder to pick up Demi's memoir, available via Amazon below.
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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