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Contemporary Kitchen Design Trends that Last

One of the biggest considerations to make when renovating a kitchen is whether it will stand the test of time. 

The last thing you want is to invest time and money into a major kitchen renovation, only to find that the space feels dated just a couple of years down the track. This is a trap that many homeowners fall into, especially those who rely on a lot of current trend references in their design. And 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. 

Having helped to plan many new kitchen designs in Sydney, we always consider how the kitchen will look in five or 10 years down the track. There are certain design trends that have emerged in recent years that still look just as good now as when they were peaking in popularity. 

Here are our favourite kitchen design trends that will never go out of style. 


Natural materials 

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. 

While laminates, coloured splashbacks and intricate tile patterns have fallen in and out of favour, well-cared-for marble has proven itself to be a timeless choice. 

With many different colours and styles to choose from, we love marble’s design versatility. Whether you want a light and bright kitchen or something more striking, there’s a marble option to suit all kitchen designs in Sydney

Granite and Dolomite are similarly reliable choices for your kitchen surfaces. Adding character to your kitchen, any of these options would make for a sophisticated addition to your home. 


Metallic finishes 

While matte black tapware has certainly been having a design moment, metallic finishes will never go out of style. 

Metallics offer 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. 

No matter which option you choose, you can rest knowing that your metallic finishes will look good for years to come. 


Monochrome palette 

Whether it’s shades of grey, a dark and striking kitchen, or an all-white space, monochromatic palettes have always been a stylish choice for kitchen designs in Sydney

While white cabinetry and benches may have been difficult to keep clean in the past, new surfaces can help to deter fingerprints and discolouration over time. 

Dark kitchens aren’t as common, but also offer lots of timeless appeal. Swapping out statement lighting in line with seasonal trends makes for a striking and sophisticated kitchen that never goes out of style. 

Opt for a darker woodgrain finish for your cabinetry, paired with a charcoal tile or similar timber flooring. Using a veined marble can prevent the space from feeling closed-in, while tying the whole space together. 


Shaker-style cabinets 

There’s a reason this door profile has been popular for hundreds of years! Shaker-style cupboards look great in a variety of different design styles, whether you like a more traditional kitchen or just want a design feature in your contemporary space. 

Most commonly associated with the Hamptons style, Shaker cabinets add some of that 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. 

Thinking about updating your kitchen soon? Incorporating timeless design trends will ensure you enjoy your new space for many years, with easy updates to things like your lighting and door hardware still allowing you plenty of freedom to experiment with what’s popular. 


We’ve helped to create countless kitchen designs in Sydney, and would love to help you plan your project. If you’ve already got your new kitchen wishlist in mind, book a consultation with us here

Need more inspiration? Download our eBook, full of design trends to inspire your renovation.

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