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What s hot in the kitchen
Island benches are proving popular. Picture: Dulux

From appliances to fittings, Brooke Evans-Butler takes a look at what’s hot in kitchen design.

Island Benches
John Care, from Dale Alcock Display Homes, said large island benches (3m x 0.9m) were proving popular due to their practicality and functionality. “They are great for prep areas, a place for kids to sit down and do their homework or sit with a laptop and surf the net, and of course, ideal to put food on when entertaining friends, ” he said.

Lighting
Retreat Design’s Steve Johnson said sensor lighting was being used more in the kitchen. “Sensor lighting allows different areas of the kitchen to be lit as they are in use, the idea being that when doors are opened a light comes on, whether in a drawer or a cupboard, ” he said.

Cabinetry
“The latest trend in kitchen cabinet configuration is a definite preference for drawers in favour of doors, ” said kitchen designer Derek Thorogood, of Veejay’s.

Colours
Ikea interior designer Chantelle Penny said turquoise was the colour of the moment for kitchens.

Benchtops
“We are designing more kitchens with full stone benchtops that merge up into backsplashes, ” Select Solutions’ Tim Roberts said. “This allows for a seamless and grout-less finish that provides a stunning look and is easy to maintain and clean.”

Sinks
Mr Roberts said more clients were opting for smaller sinks. “(They) are looking at the new ranges that include accessories that can be inserted into the sink to cleverly convert a full-size bowl into a drainer or chopping board, ” he said.

Clever Extras
Lift mechanisms allow you to use appliances and then when you’re finished, move them out of sight with a simple of touch of a button. “With space being at a premium in the kitchen these days, these provide a great solution to moving items like the microwave and portable appliances off the kitchen benchtop and out of sight, ” said Sean Vadala, from Hafele Australia.

Appliances
Mr Vadala said the latest trends in ovens were touch controls and LCD displays. “Many ovens now feature pre-programmed intelligence, where there is a simple setting for many different meals that will control the temperature and timing for you, ” he said.

Design
Glenda Roff, kitchen designer at KTC Design, said consumers were becoming more conscious of sustainability in kitchen renovations, from reusing appliances that were still in good working order to allowing space for separating rubbish for recycling.

Sculleries
“An increasingly popular addition to kitchens, the scullery forms a ‘behind closed doors’ space for your appliances and storage needs, keeping them easily accessible, but tucked away out of sight, ” said Lincoln Trager, managing director of The Maker Designer Kitchens.

Tapware
Mr Johnson said there was a huge trend for statement tapware that provided a kitchen centrepiece. “KVC’s Eve kitchen mixer is a beautiful example of what is available with today’s kitchen taps, ” he said. “It has a curved elegant outline and features LED lighting that illuminates the water when running.”