Wren Kitchens head designer Darren Watts shows us how to update our interior design with these winter trends

By Tempus | 11 Jan 2021 | Design

Is it time to upgrade to a boiling water tap? Or to opt for a more pandemic-friendly kitchen design?

* Photo credit: Wren Kitchens
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With winter upon us, it’s no surprise we tend to retreat indoors and create a safe and cosy haven. The kitchen is the hub of the home, so it’s important that it doesn’t get left out during your hibernation transformation. With the cold snap setting in, Wren Kitchens head designer Darren Watts gives us his winter kitchen trends for 2021, rounding up the latest flourishes and design features to warm up your kitchen space. Click through our gallery for a helping of culinary inspiration, from adding vibrant colours and textures to stripping it all back for a cleaner feel.

Grey as a texture

Grey is an iconic and timeless kitchen colour; however, we have taken a shine to a new dynamic, textured shade. This hue comes in the form of grey woods, stones, steels, concretes and aged metals. It offers a more energetic, vigorous finish to your kitchen space, rather than a flat, monotone look. Embracing the wonders of the natural world, Wren’s Elements colour collection offers a moody range of greys to suit industrial or glam style kitchen designs. Grains and textures such as washed concrete, metallic slate and smoked oak offer this on trend look, especially when paired with stainless steel units from Wren’s Infinity Plus Autograph collection. A mix of colours can bring this design to life such as rose reds, greens, blues, oaks and rich woods. Don’t forget you can accessorise with concrete coloured crockery or grey textured furnishings such as rugs or curtains to keep the cold at bay.

Standout feature units

During festivities, we always need that extra space to serve up warming tipples or platters of food, and Wren has the answer; a bespoke feature dresser that can act as an extra station when you need more storage. Designed with plate racks and a choice of deep cupboards or glass shelving, it not only serves as a practical home for your endless array of utensils but also creates a decorative focal point in your kitchen. On trend at present are metal framed units featuring textured glass coloured in a contrasting shade in order to make it stand out from other units. Furthermore, lights in the cabinetry create a cosy atmosphere making it perfect for when you wake up in the mornings and can’t bear the bright lights.

Keeping it clean

Now more than ever it's important to keep bugs at bay in the kitchen, and as worktops make up a large proportion of your kitchen space, it’s important to have clean, microbe-free surfaces when cooking or hosting guests. To that end, dense, non-porous designs such as Wren’s Xena Quartz are particularly efficient at inhibiting the growth of bacteria and blocking its transfer to foods and other objects. What's more; such designs are right on trend. Also flavour of the month are sleek, handleless kitchen designs as they are considerably easier to clean than more traditional set-ups with stylistic embellishments. Wren’s Infinity Plus Milano range is the perfect solution for those looking for smoother, more hygienic surfaces without compromising on aesthetic prowess. Here, there’s no need to clean around grooves and handles.

Hot water on demand

As the chilly mornings and dark evenings bring a sense of urgency to heating water for a brew, upgrading to a boiling hot water tap will be a guaranteed life changer. Not only are these more energy-efficient than boiling a kettle every time you crave a hot drink, but they also free up worktop space. Leading brands such as Quooker and Insinkerator offer a stylish yet practical range which are child-safe too.

The new moody blue

Classic blue was the colour of the year for 2020 and is still a very popular kitchen option. However, at Wren we’re loving the new blue - deeper, darker and with a heavier tinge of teal. Strong blues create a sense of old-school grandeur and calm in any space, and this colour palette is especially suitable for kitchen spaces as it offers a crisp and clean look. Similar to green, blue works beautifully with a strong contrast of marbled quartz worktops and brass hardware such as taps and handles. The bolder hues are perfect for classic kitchens, but we’re starting to see interesting mixes of blues with greys and concretes in industrial settings. Grey units are the perfect backdrop for deep blue walls or splashbacks, and for the ultimate look, add a rustic brick feature wall such as Wren’s TekBrick. Finishing touches such as luxe velour or velvet furnishings will add that extra warmth in your kitchen.


Visit WrenKitchens.com for more design inspiration and tips on how to spruce up your cooking space.