Is your kitchen looking tired and dated but you don’t know where to start? Tackling a renovation can be overwhelming and our guide will show you the latest trends and features of a kitchen to consider before you take on your renovation.
Smooth lines and big open workspaces that would make Marie Kondo happy. Open shelving was popular in 2020, but people are finding this can make a kitchen look cluttered and messy. Keeping your appliances and crockery neatly hidden behind cupboard doors is visually appealing, especially if you live in an apartment and have limited space.
Take minimalism a step further with integrated appliances, neatly hidden behind panels that match your cabinet doors. Dishwasher and fridges are manufactured to be easily concealed in your kitchen.
Microwave, coffee machine, kettle and toaster can be also be conveniently concealed behind closed doors in vented cabinets or other hidden storage solutions. Use of vertical lift hinges from a reputable kitchen company add a modern edge and functionality.
Some people are taking this concept one step further by concealing the entire kitchen in such a way that it can have a dual purpose as dining room and kitchen. Although, I prefer the warmth and familiarity of an open kitchen that is the meeting point for family and friends, for the purists a truly hidden kitchen is a unique and interesting idea.
2. Timber Features
Timber adds depth and interest to your kitchen renovation, making the space feel warm and organic. From recycled timber benchtops to timber look cupboard doors, the wood grain effect can be used in a variety of ways.
For many people a single timber feature adds to the story of the room. For example, a timber benchtop extension or timber beading under the island bench can be very effective in turning an otherwise plain kitchen into a style icon.
While others prefer a more extensive use or timber throughout their kitchen design, you need to be careful not to overdo it and leave the kitchen looking heavy and overdone.
The beauty of timber is that it comes in a wide range of colours and you will find a timber to match your style – from limewash, greywash or Nordic oak in your coastal or Hamptons kitchen to rich mahogany or walnut in a country kitchen.
Timber flooring is also popular, and your design should incorporate contrasting the floor colour with the cabinetry to avoid the room does looking too flat of monotone.
If quality timber is out of your budget today’s technology means that even a basic melamine kitchen cabinet can be made to look like authentic timber. Vinyl plank and hybrid flooring are also excellent alternatives to natural timber for the budget conscious kitchen renovator.
3. Kitchen Colour 2022
Although white remains the classic colour choice for kitchens, there is a definite movement away from the all-white sterile look of the past. Dark blue and even black kitchens are the colour choice for the brave, while more calm and neutral tones are setting the benchmark for 2022.
Our standout colour of 2022 will be sage green – green with a natural grey hue for a sense of tranquillity and invocation of nature. We also love light blue and duck-egg blue. These colours are complimented perfectly by soft pinks and shades of grey. These colours will blend especially well with your featured timber.
If you want a splash of depth and warmth look for tones of ochre or persimmon red.
Creating a mood board is a fantastic way to see how your colour choices will match. Include your benchtop, flooring and tapware to your mood board for full effect. Using contrasting cabinet colours adds more detail and depth.
For example, darker colours on the bottom and lighter on top, or white on the bottom with timber effect on the top. Either scenario will add sophistication and personality to your kitchen.
While design and function are important, many homeowners are recognising the importance of choosing environmentally friendly options in their kitchen renovations.
Retaining existing cabinets and only replacing only cupboard doors is not only good for the budget, but also reduces waste going to landfill. Products like bamboo and cork are also eco-friendly options, as is melamine chipboard that uses recycled timber.
Benchtop resurfacing is another way to protect the environment. By laying a thin sheet of engineered stone over the existing benchtop you are using less of the planets natural resources and avoiding old benches heading to landfill.
Benchtop resurfacing uses advanced technology that has been tested to provide superior resistance to heat, scratch, stain and impact compared to many traditional benchtops. Quick and easy to install this is a smart choice for your kitchen Caringbah makeover.
Choice of energy and water efficient appliances with planet saving technology are also worth the investment. Sourcing products locally or searching your local online marketplace for reclaimed materials is also a great way to create a sustainable kitchen with unique style.
5. Spacious Living
We understand that not everyone has the luxury of a large living area, but spatial planning is essential to your kitchen design. In the past the functionality of the kitchen for cooking and preparing meals was paramount, but today the kitchen is recognised as the social hub of the household. You may want to consider:
- Creating your island as deep and long as possible with built in sink and/or cooktop to enable you to interact more with your gathered family or friends.
- Add decorative or functional recesses for integrated living. For example, floating shelves with hanging plants or a place to display décor or cookbooks.
- As working from home is increasingly popular you may want to incorporate a designated desk zone for work or study.
- Use a butler’s pantry for storage and to hide dirty dishes after a dinner party. This is the ideal location for your dishwasher and, if possible, include a second sink.
- Add a servery window to your outdoor alfresco area for convenience and fluidity.
6. To Handle or Not To Handle
Handless shaker doors will remain popular for the seamless and elegant looking kitchen that looks tidy and uncluttered. However, there are some stunning handle designs available that may make this decision difficult.
The home renovator is moving away from silver and opting for matt black or brushed metal in gold, rose gold and copper tones.
Statement pendant lights remain a highlight of your kitchen design. These provide the wow factor and should not be underestimated as the statement piece for your kitchen.
From bold glass and metal to organic rattan designs, your choice of lighting should reflect the personality and style of your home. Be sure to hang them at the right height and have them installed by a professional electrician.
LED strip lighting is also an economical and functional addition under your upper cabinets and even within your pantry and deep cupboards.