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Top Kitchen Trends

Naomi Nimmo

Kitchens have become the central hub of the family home. It is where we spend family time together, as well as entertaining friends, so we are seeing larger kitchens to maximise bench space and storage.

The trend for open plan is still strong, as we want to feel connected to our family and guests, as cooking and entertaining go hand in hand.  Clever storage and plenty of bench space are key, to allow plenty of room for preparation and to keep things out of sight and clutter free.

If space allows, a butler’s pantry is the perfect solution. Depending on the size, it is a great space where appliances can be kept out, additional food prep, as well as room for a second sink, fridge and additional storage which can be closed off from the rest of the kitchen.

Another luxury if space allows, is to create a separate bench or wall space to utilise as a ‘bar’. This area often houses a coffee machine above the bench, and a wine fridge below, with storage for wine glasses, platters and all things entertaining.  Feature splashback and lighting can be designed to create a home ‘bar’ feel.

Appliances need to be well considered, with the option of multiple ovens and convection cooktops being popular choices.  Smaller appliances are designed to be tucked away and concealed into small appliances, nooks’ or cupboards.

Stone Benchtops have come along way in the form of composite stone made to replicate Natural stone.  This trend has become popular with families looking to create the look, but without the headaches and maintenance, and of course the price tag.

Utility cupboards or spaces, are also factored into design, often concealed behind cabinetry doors.  For busy people on the go, it provides an organised workstation where the laptop can be accessed easily, technology can be charged, busy school calendars can be kept, homework filed and so on.  

‘Hamptons Coastal Style’ Kitchens are making a resurgence, with features such as shaker and v-groove panelling are being used, but  often with a more contemporary feel,  with extra large drawers, handleless  detail, and using block colours to add contrast.  Drawers are being utilised a lot more then cupboards, to allow easier access. Even the pantry is now designed with internal drawers which makes it far easier spot what you are looking for.

White cabinetry is still a favourite, and we are seeing it combined with shades of grey to create contrast and interest.  Natural materials are also being used to compliment white so we are seeing varying shades timber veneer, such as American Oak more frequently, to add texture and warmth.

Overhead pendant lighting is the perfect solution to giving your space its own personality.  This is where you can really add the ‘Wow’ factor, using materials such as glass, copper, brass, and wood.  As this is an accessory that can easily be changed, it is a great opportunity to introduce something that creates a real statement.  

Tapware and sinks are no longer restricted to chrome, with a trend towards black and also brass accents to give the ‘luxe’ look.

Splashbacks are trending towards tiled finishes, and anything goes.  Subway tiles are being used in a variety of patterns and colours, from traditional brick pattern, to herringbone which is very much on trend at the moment.   With all the wonderful and amazing tiles on the market, this is the chance to create that real ‘wow’ feature.   If the external wall faces a pretty outlook, installing a window as a splashback is a great alternative.
Naomi Nimmo is an interior designer & stylist, specialising in residential projects.  Her team work together with their own builders and joiners to project manage renovations, including kitchens and also larger scale renovations. Visit or phone 0416 149678.

If you'd like to find out how to get your perfect kitchen, check out the following local North Shore and Northern Beaches businesses.

Northern Beaches

Seabreeze Kitchens, Brookvale - 

All Style Bathrooms and Kitchens, Brookvale - 

North Shore

Designer Space Kitchens and Bathrooms, St Ives -


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