Good cooking and good looking! Take a look at the latest trends and designer ideas below to inspire your own kitchen renovation.
1. The power of simplicity
Designed as the focal point of a Melbourne home, this kitchen by interior designer Mardi Doherty demonstrates the magic of simplicity.
Against a restrained palette of materials and finishes, attention is directed to the island bench, designed as a table with legs of solid spotted gum and a benchtop of porcelain from Artedomus. To avoid an all-white effect, Mardi added grey glazed-ceramic tiles on a 45-degree angle as a 7m-long splashback. “They add softness and a sense of fun,” she says.
The inclusion of a colourful pendant within the neutral palette helps switch the space into entertainer mode.
2. Black beauty
Dulux’s Black Caviar is an apt name for the cabinetry colour in this sophisticated Sydney kitchen.
“The brief was to create a luxurious scheme and, because it opens onto the dining/living room, it had to have a furniture-like feel,” says architect Tom Ferguson of TFAD, who teamed the dark joinery with a spectacular Pietra Grey marble splashback.
The magic of this layout lies in the way Tom has streamlined the design by placing a 3.7m-long bench and overhead cabinets in uninterrupted lines along this wall, with full-height elements (fridge and pantry) grouped together on the opposite wall.
3. Green is Gold
A 3m-long glass splashback is the hero in the Melbourne layout above, designed by Freedom Kitchens.
“It’s a great alternative to tiles if you have a view to a garden or other outlook,” says company spokesperson Felicity Page. “A window splashback gives you abundant natural light and an ever-changing view as the weather changes or your plants grow.”
Here, it’s also a perfect foil for a monochromatic scheme, further softened by the concrete pendant lights in sweet pastel tones.
4. Industrial Edge
With its polished-concrete floor, recycled-brick splashback, exposed-metal ducting, 4.2m-high ceiling and concrete island, the kitchen at right has serious industrial cred.
The aesthetic was inspired by the semi-industrial locale of the home in suburban Newcastle, NSW, says owner and builder Guy Bunder.
“Our vision was minimalist in design but complex in texture and materials,” he says. “We focused on raw materials and maintained a minimal colour palette, with touches of timber to create warmth.”
5. Easy entertainer
The owner of this Melbourne kitchen, a consummate entertainer, wanted an elegant design that would be guest-ready at all times.
Interior designer Charles Prior of Baxter Creative cleverly concealed a butler’s pantry behind timber panelling, allowing messier workings to stay behind closed doors. This places the materials front and centre.
The island is Calacatta marble, mitred and book-matched so it appears as a monumental block. The joinery is American walnut veneer and the benchtop and splashback are matt stainless steel.
6. Pretty + Practical
Modern kitchen design is about the meeting of functionality and beauty. The design below, by Adele Bates for The Grove development in Melbourne, fulfils that balancing act.
The 2.1m-long island is both workbench and gathering place, hanging shelves provide functional storage/display space without closing off the adjacent living area, and the smoked-mirror splashback helps bounce light around the room while adding depth to the palette of white, grey, timber and stone.