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GBBO Inspires 2018 Kitchen Design Trends

Trends for kitchens in Chelsea in 2018 may well have something familiar about them, as it has been revealed Great British Bake Off is inspiring kitchen redesign in the UK.

The desire to have the conveniences of the famous marquee-housed kitchens of the much-loved baking show can be backed up with hard data, I News reports.

The newspaper revealed that in 2017, 40 per cent of households updating their kitchen were installing pantry cabinets, with nearly one in ten opting for a luxurious walk-in pantry.

But what does that have to do with GBBO specifically? Well in June, July and August there was very little interest online in ‘pantry’-related searches, but when GBBO was in full swing on the television in September, there was a surge in searches for ‘pantry’.

The new kitchen also cherry-picks from the old and the new.

The report revealed that old fashioned kitchen fixtures such as an AGA are being given a modern twist, with householders choosing statement colourful pieces, juxtaposing these revamped traditional kitchen staples with scrubbed wood surfaces and other timeless and robust materials.

And colour is playing a bigger role in the modern kitchen. Houzz’s survey of more than 3,100 British households found that while the majority are still playing it safe with colour, there is a growing trend towards being adventurous with kitchen decoration, with forest green being tipped as a front-runner for 2018.

Finally, the big trend for the kitchen space in the future is broken-plan, as opposed to open-plan.

Broken plan keeps the living and kitchen areas open, but creates cosy spaces within them using half-walls, split levels and internal windows.