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Top Design & Joinery Trends for 2021

Looking for inspiration for your upcoming kitchen build or renovation? It can be hard to know where to start! 

Trends are always a great starting point when thinking about how your new kitchen may take shape. And although some trends will likely be out of fashion before the end of the year, we’ve rounded up the best of emerging design and kitchen joinery ideas that we think will have a lasting impact in your kitchen. 


Indoor/outdoor flow 

While perhaps not a new concept, the number of homeowners opting to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces is definitely on the rise. 

With a shift towards spending more time at home in the last year, we’ve reconsidered how we use our living spaces – and in 2021, more of us will bring the much-loved open plan design concept to our kitchens and alfresco areas. 

Perfect for entertainers, a well-designed kitchen will flow into your outdoor area with elements like bi-fold doors, servery windows and island benches allowing you to move freely between the two. 


Earthy tones 

While we’ve called 2021 the year of the sage green kitchen, warm hues like rust and terracotta will be giving green some strong competition for your kitchen cupboards.  

Taking inspiration from quintessential ‘Australiana’ colours, the warmth of these tones is a welcome contrast from the dominance of stark white in recent years. 

Pairing perfectly with natural textures like rattan or wicker, earth tones can also help to soften LED lighting. This can seem cold without any warmth in your palette to offset its cool undertones – your kitchen design consultant can help to strike the right balance in your space.


Irregular shapes 

Whether it’s embracing curves in your kitchen joinery or skipping the clean lines of floorboards in favour of non-linear paving, 2021 brings the opposite of minimalist kitchen design. 

Think arched doorways, curved benchtops and irregular dining tables which help to bring softness and comfort to your space. 

Irregular kitchen cupboards that take inspiration from nature are also having a resurgence – the pebble silhouette brings a more organic feel to your kitchen, breaking up the uniformity of straight lines. Get the look with unique decors like vases, lamps, artwork and servingware. 


Natural textures 

It’s no secret that wicker is having a serious design moment in 2021. While the wicker that comes to mind may seem like it belongs in the 70s, when paired with crisp white walls and the lush greenery of indoor plants, it becomes instantly modern. 

This trend goes beyond just decor, though. We’re seeing more and more natural elements like concrete and stone take their place in kitchen design, whether that be through rendered interior walls for a rustic feel; or stone paving that carries out to your entertaining area. 

Exposed timber is also having a comeback, as every kitchen design consultant will remember as one of the early millennium’s biggest interior trends. Recycled beams are a great option to soften a modern kitchen, giving a farmhouse touch and bringing that warmth we associate with the heart of the home. 


1970s interior style

If you hadn’t already guessed from our mentions of terracotta tones and wicker decor, the 70s are bursting back onto the interior design scene this year. 

The spirit of 1970s interiors is not too distant from the Hampton kitchen style, it is based around playfulness – from bright colours to indoor plants and graphic patterned prints, embrace design elements that allow your kitchen to have personality. 

Keep a balance of modernity by picking a few accent pieces – like a feature wall or statement pendant light – rather than cluttering your space with too many competing ideas. 

Looking for more inspiration? Find the best of kitchen design trends in our eBook, from joinery and layout options to colour palettes and materials. Download your copy here.

Or visit our kitchen showroom in Sydney, Central Coast or Newcastle.

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