How to Design Your Kitchen – 5 Best Autumn/Winter Trends and Ruth Lavender, design expert at Benchmarx Kitchens, bring a guide to five top kitchen design trends for this autumn and winter. Discover more.

Earth Tones in Trendy Kitchen

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This autumn we’re embracing a Nature-inspired color palette. This trend is all about taking it back to the roots by incorporating tones that reflect the natural world, offering a sense of serenity. The beauty of Earth-inspired hues is that they can be very diverse, fitting the role of a neutral base color without being one-dimensional. This scheme also provides an opportunity to experiment with textures and materials to add interest.”

The palette can be both warm and cool, depending on personal preference. It includes traditional warm colors like terracotta but also spans across the color wheel to include more muted tones like sage green, taupe, and stone grey.”

“Due to the neutral nature of this scheme, it can be worked into a variety of designs, from modern and minimalist to traditional and rustic, making this trend a versatile choice that creates a timeless appeal.”

“These natural tones can be welcomed into the space through your choice of earthy cabinetry, wall colors, and accessories. Wicker and rattan furniture, wood surfaces and floors, and greenery are great ways to build up the scheme.”

Dark Colors

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“As the days get shorter and the evenings get darker, it’s natural for us to want to be surrounded by deeper tones in the home to create a feeling of coziness. Introducing these hues into your kitchen design can bring warmth and sophistication, whilst maintaining an atmosphere that is easy to live with all year round. You can introduce these elements in a subtle or bold way, depending on your own personal preference and how much impact you’d like to make.”

Dark blues, greens, and greys have become staple colors to create an interior scheme that embodies the ‘moody’ trend and it’s easy to see why. These hues maintain a level of softness that draws you in, working brilliantly with greys, whites, pinks, and more to create countless looks and finishes.”

Black and storm grey are also colors that are gaining momentum in kitchen design, as well as warming options like copperleaf which brings a cozy yet sophisticated finish.”

With a solid base color in place across the cabinetry, experiment and mix textures, metallics, and stone through worksurfaces, flooring, and accessories, to create something that really reflects your style. Alternatively, you could choose two complementing cabinet door colors, such as midnight blue and French white, to add softness to the deeper tones and brighten the space whilst still enjoying those moody, darker shades.”


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Incorporating texture has been a tactic long-used in interiors to elevate a space and make it appear more considered. This autumn, there’ll be a greater focus on this trend in the kitchen, whether it’s through accessories, furniture, tiling, work surfaces, or cabinets. Texture can make a tremendous difference to the look and feel of a kitchen, adding visual interest and tactile appeal. In a space as hands-on as the kitchen, it’s a design feature that deserves attention, as it can transform the room.”

“An incredibly versatile ingredient, texture forms a key part of your interior palette. For those who favor a more pared-back color scheme, incorporating tactile materials adds interest and depth. In color-rich kitchens, the texture can be used to zone the kitchen.”

Mixing materials is a brilliant way to add variety. Combining textures such as exposed brick, natural wood, and stone adds surface variation. It’s also possible to add interest through your choice of cabinet finish. Options include stone, wood, metal, and gloss effects – all of which can provide a different feeling to the space.”

Stone and exposed brick can be used to create an industrial feel, whereas wood grains create a more traditional look. Gloss cabinets are perfect for modern designs and reflect natural light beautifully.”


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“As we’re spending more time at home, there’s a greater focus on creating a space that makes us feel relaxed and at ease. Green kitchens are perfect for creating a ‘less is more’ approach that draws on the influence from nature, bringing a sense of calm into the home.

“Greens work particularly well due to their association with nature and wellness – helping to bring the outdoors in. Olive green pairs well with deeper forest greens and natural greenery, such as leafy house plants. Nourishing and balancing, this shade is incredibly versatile, possesses a trans-seasonal quality, and is just so easy to live with.”

Forest green is another popular choice in the kitchen, whether it’s incorporated through cabinetry, splashbacks, paint, or accessories. Its popularity is down to its timeless, calming, and serene qualities. Pairing perfectly with light neutrals, other green hues, and even dark greys and black for a bolder scheme, it’s a color that’s here to stay.”

Sage green is also a go-to due to its ability to complement a whole host of colors, from delicate white to statement-making black. It also pairs perfectly with neutrals and other greens and greys, making it a great option for those looking to introduce color in a subtle way. Thanks to its versatility, it can be styled to embody everything from a traditional farmhouse kitchen to a stunningly contemporary, luxe space.”

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Color Pops in the Kitchen

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“During the autumn months, we want our home to act as a retreat that brings us joy and lifts our mood. A colorful kitchen is always a bright idea but is even more impactful when the days are short and the nights are long.”

“You can be as subtle or as bold as you like when it comes to injecting color into your space. Whether you go all-out with vibrant cabinetry or elevate your scheme with a splash of color, a space can easily be transformed into a standout room. From neon to pastel, creating a kaleidoscope kitchen can transform your culinary space.”

Matt denim is a great cabinet color for those looking to add a pop, as it brings a sense of tranquillity with its oceanic tone. By combining this hue with white marble work surfaces, light wood flooring, and neutral walls, you can really let the cabinets do the talking. Whether you choose to style it up with further accents of color or stick to a blue palette alone, the cabinets will act as the backdrop to your ideal kitchen.”

“For those who like to keep things darker, I’d recommend colonial blue. The beauty of this shade is that it can be paired with both light and dark accents to create entirely different looks. Choosing light-veined marble work surfaces and splashbacks, along with silver finishes and dark oak furniture, results in a design that encompasses both modern and traditional. If you prefer a more contemporary finish, I’d recommend adding overstated bar handles, under-cupboard Sensio lighting, and mustard-yellow accessories.”

Blush pink is a color that many are drawn to. Feminine and fun, the possibilities are endless with this soft pink. For those wanting a hint of this hue without it feeling overpowering, it can be used on just an island, or lower cabinetry, with a more neutral color to balance things out. Alternatively, embrace this shade with open arms and use it across the entire kitchen, pairing it with a statement splashback and white work surfaces – or darker handles and accessories to create a more balanced look.” Ruth Lavender, design expert at Benchmarx Kitchens

Enjoy designing your autumn/winter kitchen. 🙂

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By Danica Maričić

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