Contemporary Kitchen Design Trends that Last
One of the biggest traps we see homeowners fall into is the incorporation of too many current kitchen design trends.
It’s easy to get swept up in the trending aesthetics you find on Pinterest, on renovation shows or in magazines, but taking too much direction from these trends often leads to a kitchen that can feel dated or impersonal a few years down the track. And when you’re investing your time and money into creating a new kitchen, you want to ensure the end result is one you’ll love to cook and entertain in the long term.
If you have plans to sell in the not-too-distant future, a dated kitchen or one that’s too trendy may deter potential buyers.
The good news is that there are recent design trends that still look just as good now as when they were peaking in popularity – so let us help you distinguish the kitchen design trends that will never go out of style.
When it comes to picking out a material for your benchtop or splashback, it’s hard to go wrong in choosing a marble or stone option.
Whether natural or engineered, marble and stone come in a variety of colours, styles, grains and veining, so this material pairs well with a variety of design styles. Light and bright, dark and moody, industrial or country-style – it can all be achieved with these versatile benchtops.
Laminates, coloured splashbacks and tiling patterns such as mosaic have appeared in kitchen design trends over the last two decades, but well-cared-for marble has proven itself to be a timeless choice.
Timber cabinetry is a similarly versatile and enduring choice, again providing homeowners with a varied palette and multiple-grain options. It’s less likely to show wear and tear over the years and can be sanded and restained as your aesthetic preferences change.
While matte black tapware is certainly having a design moment, metallic finishes will never go out of style.
A recurring theme across the options we’ve incorporated into this blog, metallic tapware and door hardware offers a deceptively diverse palette to choose from – silvers, chromes, golds, rose tones and coppers all create a different mood in the kitchen.
You can also choose between polished and brushed finishes, which again can change the character of the space.
Usually easy to clean and resistant to scratches, a good polish can make your metallic finishes look brand new again – even many years after they were first installed.
Lastly, metallic finishes are often considered the ‘default’ option in a kitchen and so will appeal to the greatest cross-section of buyers down the track, should you choose to put your house on the market.
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Whether it’s shades of grey, a dark and striking kitchen, or an all-white space, monochromatic palettes have always been a stylish staple of kitchen design.
While white cabinetry and benches may have been difficult to keep clean in the past, advancements in surface technology can help to deter fingerprints and discolouration over time.
A dark space may not immediately come to mind when you think of a kitchen, but this palette also offers timeless appeal. You can swap out statement lighting, such as pendants over the island bench, as often as you like in line with seasonal trends.
This is a cost-effective way to keep your kitchen feeling current without needing to commit to a large and costly renovation every time trends change.
There’s a reason this door profile has been popular for hundreds of years! Shaker-style cupboards can both evoke a traditional design style or become a central design feature in a more sleek and contemporary kitchen.
Most commonly associated with the Hamptons aesthetic, Shaker cabinets add some old-school lux character to your space. A more interesting choice than a flat cabinet, Shaker cupboards also look great in just about any colour – from an all-white kitchen to jewel tones and everything in between.
If you’re planning a renovation, consider how you can incorporate kitchen design trends in a way that will look good for years to come. Opting for timeless pillar elements such as materials, colour palette, and layout means you can update smaller elements like your lighting and door hardware to reflect changes in trends over time.