Home Styling: Feels like home

More homeowners are exploring the possibilities of texture in the kitchen, in search of a more inviting and cosy ambience for the ‘heart’ of your build. Molly Chandler from Willis & Stone offers guidance on how to achieve a homely feel

The ‘warm textural’ kitchen trend is rapidly gaining popularity, as homeowners look to inject a personal, welcoming feel into their homes. Warm textures radiate a sense of comfort and cosiness, transforming what can sometimes be a stark, clinical space into a welcoming hub of the home. The use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and warm-toned metals creates an inviting atmosphere, encouraging people to gather and spend quality time together in this central space.

In touch with nature

Wooden cabinets, stone countertops, and tactile finishes all help to connect the kitchen with the organic world, creating a sense of harmony and balance. This connection to nature not only enhances the appearance of the kitchen, but has also been proven to promote general well-being, reduce stress, and improve mental health.

Timeless appeal

The timelessness of this kitchen trend lies in its ability to seamlessly blend with various design styles. Whether it’s a rustic farmhouse, a contemporary urban space, or a traditional country home, the warmth of natural elements enhances a wide range of interior aesthetics. This versatility ensures that the kitchen remains stylish and relevant, adapting to changing design preferences over the years.

Additionally, the neutral and earthy colour palette contributes to the overall elegance of the kitchen. As found in nature, these classic colours can be easily paired with other design elements, allowing homeowners to personalise their space while maintaining a sophisticated look.

How to apply the look

Embarking on a self-build or renovation journey offers a unique opportunity to infuse your kitchen with the enduring charm of this design style. As well as choosing natural materials, layer them carefully to add depth and visual interest to your space. Such materials also contribute to the durability and longevity of your kitchen and the combination possibilities for cabinetry, worktops, and flooring are endless, offering huge scope for interior design.

For example, use hand-painted wooden cabinets combined with a smooth natural Quartzite worktop, splashback, and limestone floor for an elegant organic feel. Wood flooring and chunky wooden worktops can also be used to great effect in ‘textural’ kitchens and there are many other options available for splashbacks too; simple metro tiles, textured ceramic tiles or even tiles made from recycled materials can all be used to create an inviting space. Infuse personality into your chosen design by selecting unique handles, taps, and other hardware as these small details can contribute significantly to the overall warmth and character of your kitchen. Elements such as brass door handles and drawer pulls complement the warm tones of a hand-painted kitchen beautifully.


When planning your space, think about the natural light and how you can maximise this. Where possible, strategically position your kitchen units to make the most of available sunlight. For your main light sources consider incorporating fixtures with warm-toned bulbs as this will enhance the inviting ambience. Statement pendants hung over an impressive island can be used to great effect along with warm under unit lighting and strip lights to illuminate features such as decorative shelves or alcoves for example. For the fixtures themselves, warm metals, glass, or even ceramic pendant lights work well in warm textural kitchens and there are many different sizes and shapes available to choose from.

The colour palette

Warm muted tones can be applied to walls, cabinetry, and even furniture pieces to create a harmonious and sophisticated space. Subtle accent colours can also be incorporated using artwork, decorative accessories, and soft furnishings. Consider combining the old with the new; a few vintage pieces combined with modern-day kitchen accessories made from natural or recycled materials can create a harmonious, unique space.

Further enhance the allure of this kitchen style with feature walls, elevating your space to new dimensions. Explore exposed brick, textured wallpaper, or even innovative paint techniques to infuse depth into your design. Consider installing open shelving to showcase glassware or decorative items, imparting not only visual intrigue but also creating a lived-in, layered atmosphere.

Complete the look

The warm textural kitchen trend is about creating a comfortable, elegant space that will stand the test of time. Select furniture and soft furnishings with care, opting for pieces with warm finishes and inviting fabrics. For island seating, barstools are a popular choice and are available in a wide variety of designs and materials. To finish your space, consider window treatments such as blinds crafted from natural fibres like cotton or linen, along with proportional area rugs to soften the space while providing homely comfort and texture.

Molly Chandler is a designer at Willis & Stone