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Top kitchen trends


No longer just a functional space, the kitchen is one of the most occupied rooms where cups of tea and aspiring Master Chef contestants are made.

“The kitchen is the heart of the home” may be the mother of all clichés but it’s true nonetheless.

Frank Laria, design director at the Mint Kitchen Group, and Graeme Metcalf, industrial designer at Dan Kitchens Australia, share their favourite kitchen trends for 2018.

In 2018 we’ll be seeing a lot of navy blue, brushed metallic, marble surfaces and greenery in kitchen design. Picture: Sean Fennessy/Dulux

5 hot kitchen ideas to watch 

1. High-quality vinyl flooring

Although solid timber floorboards will continue to be a popular, Frank says high-quality vinyl options will make their mark this year.

“Vinyl options are great for more economical flooring. It’s laid in planks and scattered lengthways to give the impression of real timber at a fraction of the cost. It’s also soft underfoot and quick to lay,” he says.

It’s 2018 and vinyl floors have come a long way in appearance and quality. Picture: Dan Kitchens

2. Marble splashbacks

Not ready to embark on a total makeover? Opting for an attention-seeking splashback is one budget-friendly kitchen idea that will transform your space in a major way.

Marble creates an instant luxurious backdrop for your kitchenware. Picture: Dan Kitchens

“For anyone looking to inject something more luxurious in their kitchens – besides changing the bench-top material – should consider adding a grey mirror, darker than a standard mirror, or a marble splashback to create impact,” says Graeme.

Marble splashbacks are trending in 2018 – and we bet for many years to come. Picture: Mint Kitchen Group

3. Ultra-compact surfaces

“We’re definitely seeing a rise in the use of porcelain-type products and sintered surfaces (Dekton) used in both bench tops and splashbacks,” says Frank.

Dekton is a modern surface material that is commonly used in benches. Picture: Dan Kitchens

“Although reconstituted stone, like Essastone and Caesarstone, is still highly sought after, these newer products are becoming popular because of their bullet-proof properties – they’re heat, stain and scratch-resistant so they’re able to be used in many different applications and even in alfresco areas,” he says.

Dekton is heat, stain and scratch proof. Picture: May Photography/Mint Kitchen Group

4. Thin and thick benchtops

Although popular in Europe for the last few years, combinations of thin and thick benchtops are a new kitchen trend that’s just starting to take off in Australia.

Watch out for combinations of thin and thick benchtops. Picture: Sarah Wood Photography/Mint Kitchen Group

“Thin benchtops, 20mm thick or thinner depending on the material, are installed in a floating or shadow-line fashion with a gap between the doors or drawers,” says Graeme.

“A thicker benchtop tends to be used on the island in combination with a thin benchtop. It’s a very modern and sharp aesthetic and allows for a lot of expression in kitchen design.”

Thin benchtops are installed in a floating or shadow-line fashion. Picture: Dan Kitchens

5. Blue and black colour palette

Natural-looking kitchens (think grainy-satin textures, warm lighting and plenty of greenery) are on the rise, but blues and blacks will also have their moment this year.

There’s no denying that black kitchens have truly arrived. Picture: May Photography/Mint Kitchen Group

A dark blue kitchen with gold or brass fittings, or black with stainless-steel appliances paired with rich-toned timber floors, are top choices for those who dare.

Navy blue should almost be viewed as a neutral colour in kitchen design in 2018. Picture: May Photography/Mint Kitchen Group

“It’s a very striking look when done well, but can also be overpowering for some,” says Graeme.

“Black looks best when paired with warm-toned woods, light-coloured walls, brushed metals and plenty of light,” he says.

Just like getting bangs, however, maintaining a black kitchen is hard work – it shows dust and marks so before going all in, consider your OCD, the extra cleaning time and opt for dark-matt laminates which won’t show fingerprints.

“This style will be around for a few years yet, but I suspect the visual impact and maintenance may tire with people over time,” says Frank.

Balance black with natural-toned timber, light walls and natural light. Picture: Dan Kitchens

This article was originally published as Top kitchen trends for 2018 by and is written by Vanessa Mulquiney.

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