Kitchen trend 2021: dark wood

In today’s post I’ll talk about kitchens and what seems to be a new trend.

Three years ago there was the boom of black kitchens and then that of pink kitchens and other colors. These trends remain but we are also witnessing the return of wood, in particular dark wood.

This type of kitchen trend is part of what is called the Japandi style, a term that derives from the fusion of two words: Japan and Scandinavia. I will do a specific post about the Japandi style as it seems to be one of the big trends of the moment. As you can guess from the name, in this style we find the minimal lines and the prevalence of natural materials of Scandinavian design but with darker and deeper colors typical of the Japanese design.

How then to use dark wood for the kitchen without creating a “mountain house effect” but rather creating a kitchen in perfect Japandi style?

First of all, the lines must be super minimal: the kitchen doors must be plain and without decorations and have no knobs or handles.

No also to color: dark wood will only be combined with neutral tones such as white, beige, gray or black.

As for the kitchen top and back splash, natural materials such as stone, marble or resins will be preferred, in order to create a smooth and continuous surface.

As for the furniture, green light for a mix of Nordic furniture, vintage furniture, handcrafted and rustic pieces, wood and neutral colors.

Let be inspired by these images I have selected for you!

Reform – Nordiskako


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  1. Wow! These are stunning designs. Very different to what I would usually be drawn to but they have really opened my eyes to different kitchen designs. Thank you

  2. My first thought was that this style is not for me, but the more I looked through the photos, the idea of a dark brown kitchen grew on me. However, I immediately loved that black chair in the first photo : )

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