Be inspired by these four design trends, whether a kitchen renovation is on the cards, or you’re simply looking for stylish updates
1. French country heritage
Painted cabinetry allows you to completely customise your palette as the options are far less restrictive than melamine, formica or stained timber when it comes to colour. To enhance the aesthetic of a heritage home, choose mismatched hardware for a truly authentic touch. And there’s no going past a ceramic butler sink and brass wall-mounted lights to help tie the whole design back to that old-time style.
Achieve the ultimate in pantry organisation by storing baking ingredients, spices, nuts and seeds in glass jars. Find a refillery in your area and make it a habit. You’ll not only save on waste but you’ll keep your pantry staples air-tight, too.
2. Monochrome minimalist
A restrained, monochromatic colour palette adds a contemporary feel to new builds or modern renovations. To keep the space from feeling flat, focus on texture by looking for surfaces such as wood with a visible grain, utilising soft furnishings, and using flooring with natural imperfections, such as concrete. Lighting will be key in a room that celebrates dark tones, so consider installing both dimmable down lights in the ceiling and pendant lights as a design feature.
Make the most of natural light to bring brightness to the room. A skylight is the perfect addition if your ceiling and roof allow for it.
3. Mid-Century modern
Let textures of glass, stone, wood, metal and marble collide in a mid-century modern style kitchen. While incredibly sleek and sophisticated in its aesthetic, this design movement also places the focus on practicality and usability – essential elements in any functional cooking space. Additions such as pot filler taps and darker, easy-to-clean tiling look the part while playing a crucial role in ensuring you have a space that works efficiently. Splash out on quality stone and cabinetry to be certain they’ll stand the test of time as well as those inevitable hard knocks.
Using the same stone on both splashback and benchtop is an elegant and modern alternative to tiles or glass. It also ensures you have cohesion across the entire space.
4. Statement maker
The kitchen is one of the most practical spaces in your home, but since it’s also probably the one you use the most – and likely the centre point for gathering – it makes sense to inject it with some personality. Choose an eyecatching piece of art, add a metallic touch with tiling, handles or tapware, or keep a space aside on your benchtop for fresh flowers that can be updated to suit your mood or a special entertaining occasion.
It’s all about the details in a luxury space, so don’t forget the little things such as making sure your basket waste and tapware are made from the same materials.