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6 Kitchen design ideas to draw inspiration from this year

BY Cook & Bathe

Whether you are building brand new or renovating an existing space, a functional and inviting kitchen should always be high on your priority list. Finding the right balance by keeping up with the latest trends and ensuring practicality can sometimes be a difficult task, but our below list of kitchens to draw inspiration from will help you get started.

Smart kitchens with smart appliances

Smart technology continues to become more prominent throughout the home, and the kitchen is no exception, with appliances becoming more advanced, changing the way we cook and shop for our food. Smart fridges with touch screens can now give you a live look inside your fridge, saving energy and time compared to opening the fridge door and searching for your food. The traditional shopping method of making a trip to the grocery store is also rapidly changing, as certain technology-savvy fridges can be programmed to automatically reorder your favourite items whenever required.

Smart kitchens with smart appliances
Communal dining kitchens

Regardless of whether you live in a small apartment or a large family home, the kitchen area continues to become a more common dining and gathering area, often replacing the traditional dining room option. Kitchen benches now serve as a food preparation area, dining room table and workspace, becoming the focal point of the home. Not only does this save space, it provides an important communal environment and can help build a great atmosphere.

Communal dining kitchens

Colourful Palettes

From bright and bursting to dark and elegant, a little bit of colour can add a lot of personality to your kitchen. Charcoal, blue and black are all currently popular, featuring prominently on kitchen benches, cupboards and splashbacks. Major kitchen appliance brands are also jumping on board the colour trend, offering a variety of tones for new fridges, ovens and microwaves.

Colourful Palettes

White and Neutral kitchens

While colours add a lot of personality to your space, white and neutral kitchens can be just as effective, providing a light, natural feel with class. Marble splashbacks and countertops continue to be popular with their luxurious appearance, while shiny white cupboards can give the kitchen a clean and spacious look. Adding a subtle hint of colour (eg: mini green plants or accessories) to a predominantly white kitchen can give your space the perfect finish.

White and Neutral kitchensTiled Splashbacks

Tiled splashbacks are back in a big way, both in white and colour. Subway tiles have continued their resurgence in the kitchen, in a variety of shapes and sizes. While a white tiled splashback is a popular and safe option for adding detail to the kitchen, moody dark colours add contrast and help attract attention to your space.

Tiled Splashbacks

Timber Kitchens

Whether it be the floorboards, benches or cupboards, timber can give your kitchen a natural and welcoming feel, and blends in perfectly to heavily floor boarded homes. A timeless feature and extremely durable, timber can add both character and class, and is a flawless fit for white or colourful spaces.

Timber Kitchens

Whether you are planning a kitchen renovation or just considering minor changes, the expert team at Cook & Bathe are happy to help. With showrooms in Flemington and Fawkner specialising in new kitchens and kitchen supplies in Melbourne, Cook & Bathe can offer you a personal solution and bring your kitchen designs to life.