Posted 12th Nov 2019

Kitchen Report 2019 finds lack of storage space a leading issue in British kitchens

12th November 2019 - 08:00am
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Formica Group, the surfacing manufacturer, has revealed the findings from its Kitchen Report 2019. The report, which aimed to gain insight into kitchen design, analyse the role of the kitchen modern lives and predict what his crucial space could look in the future, saw the Formica Group commission a UK-wide survey of 2,000 people, and question how they use “heart of the home.”
The report produced a number of key findings, including:

  • UK kitchens are too small; a quarter of us don’t have enough space to prepare food and a third are lacking storage space
  • Only 2% of people prefer a colourful kitchen; most popular is a modern, contemporary kitchen (34%) followed by a traditional/Shaker (30%). High gloss is firmly out of favour with only 3% preferring that look
  • Millennials prefer closed kitchens (44%) to open plan living (38%)
  • When updating their kitchen, 65% choose professionals to install it, and only one in ten DIY

The results also showed that, although lack of space was considered a serious issue, people are adapting their small kitchens to function better, whilst still placing value on aesthetic appeal.


When it comes to owners’ favourite features in their existing kitchens, 17% of those who answered, mentioned either their worktop, breakfast bar or central island. The latter two are popular due to the extra storage and dining space offered.
When identifying the origin of kitchen design inspiration, 36% of respondents said their inspiration came from “no particular place”, 36% said retailers, 23% said magazines and newspapers, 15% said digital media and 12% said social media.

Commenting on the latest trends, Nina Bailey, UK Design Manager, Formica Group said: “People know their kitchen will be there for about ten years and so they want a classic look. Modern neutrals are very popular so there’s a lot of whites, blacks, warm greys with a canny use of accent colours. The most popular aesthetic is for simple, stunning kitchens.”


Bailey continued: “I’ve seen a lot more playful interplay between different surface thicknesses for example kitchen islands having a dramatically thick worktop while other worktops elsewhere in the kitchen being the standard 12mm.”


She added: “As kitchens become much more multifunctional people are beginning to have art and antiques on display. I’ve seen a lot of really beautiful pieces of art propped up on shelves and worktops, and purely decorative items not related to cooking and eating being on show. The kitchen has always been considered the hub of the home, now it’s becoming where we display our beautiful items too.”


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