Today’s New Kitchens Are Inviting, Elegant, and Dark

People spend more on the kitchen than any other room in their house. Not that the kitchen is really a separate room any more, but usually an extension of the living area or family room.

It is a space that is used not only for cooking and entertaining, but also for doing homework, home office work, socializing and many other day-to-day activities. Therefore, it is an area of the home that needs to be as inviting and as functional as possible.

Since investing in a new kitchen comes at a significant cost – it is typically the most expensive area of the house – being aware of latest kitchen design trends will help you to make the right choices to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome and don’t make expensive mistakes.

Color trends

We are starting to see darker, moodier color palettes for the kitchen in dark charcoal grey to black palettes. There has been an increase in black feature kitchens, combined with black appliances, pendant lights and feature tiles or dark stone splash backs.

Alternatively, for those who aren’t fond of dark colors, shades of grey can be incorporated with concrete floors, as a feature paint color or as concrete counters. While grey is a slightly more daring departure from the previously standard white and less adventurous than black, it is a neutral color that can easily be layered with other products and styles.


New designs are seeing a lot more layering of color and texture, with finishes that create visually interesting but practical spaces. Think geometric and three-dimensional backslash tiles, concrete or mat engineered quartz stone bench tops and dark mat cabinetry, teamed with warm metallic sinks and faucet in brass, copper, rose-gold or nickel.

These sleek finishes are balanced with natural organic looking elements such as timber cabinets or detailing, or wide timber plank flooring, or timber look tiles. Wood (real or engineered), stone, concrete and warm metal finishes feature strongly.

The glossy kitchens we have seen for several decades will be replaced with the more natural look of mat finishes, particularly for counters and joinery. The mat look is currently a very strong trend in design. It is soft to touch and less reflective and will likely be here to stay for some time, as dark colors and black lend themselves well to the use of mat finishes, since they do not show finger marking like a gloss finish.

The look of marble remains popular in the form of low-maintenance and innovative engineered stone, with many versions in both light and dark colors with varying degrees and patterns of contrast veining.

Adding metallic and timber accents is another way to create visual appeal and a valuable point of difference. Materials in these shades can be applied to cabinetry, paneling and toe kicks, as well as doors and tapware.

Popular high contrast styles combine a two-tone, monochromatic color combination of timeless black, grey or navy with white (usually in the counters), punctuated with elements of timber and/or brass for warmth. This creates a look of refinement and elegance, with an air of natural simplicity and earthy luxury.

Kitchen Cabinets

Wall cabinets in a contrasting colors or finishes to the base cabinetry are a winning combination that we will continue to see going forward.

Open shelving to display interesting objects injects personality into a kitchen and when used in a contrasting finish to the cabinetry, helps to break up the space and creates an interesting mix of finishes.

Navy cabinetry with timber and brass accents is likely to become the next top look.

Kitchen sinks and faucets

We will start to see more black and white sinks or the more luxurious option of metallic sinks. These will be combined with matching or complementary metallic taps in finishes such as matte black, brass, copper, gun metal and satin nickel.

Kitchen hardware

The most popular finishes for cabinet handles are mat black, satin nickel, pewter and antique brass. The commonality between all these finishes is that they are mat, not high gloss finishes, and so do not show finger marks like the polished chrome we have seen in the past.

The key trend to note is that the all-white kitchen is now a thing of the past, with new kitchens embracing an inviting, elegant, sophisticated and warm aesthetic to align with today’s lifestyle.


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