9 Trend-Setting Kitchens to Inspire
These cutting-edge kitchens showcase the latest in design.
1. Concrete Plans
Kitchen design: Jason Gibney Design Workshop
The look: Subtly striking, this space showcases the simple beauty of concrete and solid birch. The splashback is made from a pure form of glass so it doesn’t change the colour of the birch behind it. Keep the look clean with handleless cabinetry and stainless-steel taps and hardware.
Try it if: You live near the beach – these materials have a visual connection to a coastal landscape. The layout also suits outdoor living with the stacking glass doors and easy-to-clean concrete flooring.
How to get it right: Streamline cabinets to the ceiling and avoid the dust that lands on top. A timber benchtop needs TLC – oil it yearly.
2. Modern Classic
Kitchen design: We Are Triibe
The look: Simple, classic and streamlined, this kitchen has a place for everything in the joinery. This keeps the space tidy, showcasing the beautiful American oak cabinetry and flooring. A raked ceiling with decorative rafters creates height for statement lights.
Try it if: You believe in a less-is-more aesthetic with one or two statement features, such as these large black pendants and chairs.
How to get it right: Use the whitest white on the walls and cabinetry and stick to natural materials. Balance hard lines with curvy details.
3. Utility Room
Kitchen design: Serrat-Tort Architects and Marta Castellano
The look: The utilitarian layout of this Scandi-style kitchen is a winning combo of form and function. An extended bench creates a casual eating or working area. There’s an array of places to hang and store kitchen wares, and the white floors, ceilings, cabinetry and floors keep it bright.
Try it if: You like to cook. With open shelving and the bench space to rival any commercial kitchen, this is just the spot to get your Nigella on!
How to get it right: Embrace imperfections – chipped paint is all part of the story. Go 50/50 with open and closed storage – don’t display everything, just interesting ceramics and glassware.
4. Timber Tones
Kitchen design: Irons McDuff Architecture
The look: Modern yet relaxed, this robust kitchen has been designed for the hustle and bustle of daily life. The island bench is on castors for flexibility and the open shelving means everything is in easy reach. Salvaged and locally sourced timber flooring, joinery and window frames give the space warmth and character. It’s a look that lasts a lifetime.
Try it if: You appreciate the beauty in natural materials.
How to get it right: When you have lots of open shelving make sure you have concealed storage as well – to hide any mess!
5. Pipe Dream
Kitchen design: KLD and made by Sola Kitchens
The look: Mint-green units and a white palette are streamlined and functional, while the central focus is on the custom-made copper pipe structure. Pot plants, lighting and pans hang from it – effective storage.
Try it if: You love mixing modern with vintage. There are several layers of tone, texture and pattern, which complement each other. The floor tiles are pared back by the muted palette, yet the copper warms things up.
How to get it right: Look for storage opportunities in every nook and cranny. This kitchen has ceiling-height cabinetry and a specially designed tiled shelf above the sink – you need a ladder, though!
6. Blonde Highlights
Kitchen design: figr
Blonde timber is still a big kitchen trend this year, but designers are dressing it up and playing with multiple finishes, such as stone, marble, timber veneer and metallic. Here, the bronze mirror splashback and cylindrical rangehood create a luxe contrast set against the black bulkhead, and the curves of the round wall light soften the sharp angles. Inbuilt bench seats are a great use of space, as is the Smeg oven and cooktop. Marbled benchtops extend up the sides of the cabinetry, protecting the timber and creating interesting reflections in the bronze mirrored splashback.
Try it if: You’re a sucker for the finer details. The reflective finishes and black bulkhead transform a neutral kitchen. Splashbacks might not seem like the most important element, but they often become the hero.
How to get it right: Think ergonomics. If you want a table instead of an island, make sure you have enough surfaces. Are you happy to chop vegies at the table, or would you prefer the height of an island?
7. Fine Lines
The simple palette is understated and refined. Shadow lines frame the cabinetry and island, highlighting the design and mirroring the steel-framed door and windows. If black and white feels too clinical, opt for timber shelving and flooring to add warmth. Stone benchtops and ceramic splashback tiles soften the steel.
Try it if: You like a multifunctional space that stands the test of time. The simple design blends in with the rest of the home or outdoor space.
How to get it right: Go for stainless-steel handles or none at all – keep the finishes simple so the shadow lines remain the standout feature.
8. Stony Heart
Kitchen design: Nina Maya Interiors
This kitchen is the perfect combination of white-washed oak cupboards and stunning stone features, keeping it light and fresh. The cooktop area has been cladded and framed in stone, making it the main focal point, mirrored by a square island bench.
Try it if: You like clean lines and light-filled spaces. Maximilists need not apply – this is a study in lo-fi sophistication.
How to get it right: Make stone your hero material. This style works well if you have lots of natural light, if you don’t, consider skylights.
9. On Reflection
They’ve enjoyed their time in the spotlight, but now white kitchens are being updated with unexpected finishes. Here, the island bench features reflective sealed copper sheeting that changes colour with the light. The warm copper also brings out the rust-coloured vein detail in the marble.
Try it if: You’re looking for a cool take on classic glam.
How to get it right: Show restraint. A strategic hit of colour or metallic finish on a splashback, island or bank of cabinetry has impact. Balance with marble or composite stone benchtops and white cabinetry.