Country style has left the farmhouse and gone luxe to create a look that exudes warmth without feeling clunky. The key here is maintaining functionality with waste-sorting systems, clever storage solutions, soft-close mechanisms on cabinets and deep sinks that are fully integrated into bench tops. Tactile materials such as timber veneers, laminates and stone maintain a homely feel but add much-needed durability to kitchens that aren’t just for show.
Expert advice: “The trend in kitchen design offers the freedom of creating a personal, comfortable and stylish kitchen,” says Milvia Hannah, owner of German Kitchens. “Soft, light lacquers for cabinetry combined with textured timber elements give a cosy feel, creating warm, contemporary interiors.”
Expert advice: “Key trends include sleek white designs contrasting with rough natural elements, and the mixing of metallics and super luxe sparkles,” says Nicky Duggan, director of Decorative Surface brands company – Evolution of Surfaces. “Your bench top will be the most used surface in your kitchen as well as the most viewed, so take time to understand the options and make the appropriate choice.”
Writer: Louise Horne
Photography: Paul McCredie, Anson Smart/BauerSyndication.com.au