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6 kitchen design trends you need in your home right now

Warm materials, open design & flexible living, these six kitchen trends take inspiration from the best in the business.

Last updated: 1 February 2024

Kitchens, more than ever, are the most important room in the house. Their design has become central to the way our houses function – not just as places to cook and prepare food, but as places in which we spend time. Not surprisingly, their design has changed a little as well. Here are six of the latest kitchen design trends you need to know.

1. The social kitchen

Open-plan is de rigeur. These days, few New Zealand kitchens are built without an island – but the social kitchen takes it one step further, embedding the kitchen at the heart of the home.

2. Flexible design

Chef Ben Bayly’s kitchen is designed in such a way that the central island can be moved – or removed entirely – as the need arises. Not everyone needs to go that far, but the point is that flexible spaces can do double function and easily change – your island bench might turn from prep area to dining table, say. Flexibility is important, particularly in small spaces.

3. Real materials

There has been a marked, and welcome, return to real materials in recent years: timber, stone and metal that age beautifully. They’re classic, good looking and hard-wearing.

4. Black

Along with timber, stone and metal, there’s a distinct trend to black, across appliances, bench tops and cabinetry. A bonus? New developments in finishes reduce the impact of fingerprints and marks.

5. Open storage

Bayly designed his kitchen so that it would have no drawers or cupboards. This style is common in a commercial kitchen, where reaching in and getting what you need is imperative. The kitchen in this Wellington home features a wall of perforated steel on which to hang frequently used utensils.

6. Hidden handles

The trend to discreet handles shows no sign of abating. It might be a slim-line handle delicately tucked at the top of the drawer or a bespoke timber pull integrated into the cabinetry: or it could be fully automatic, opening at the touch of your hand. Whatever it is, it won’t show off.

This article was originally published on homemagazine.nz


Clare Chapman
Clare Chapman
Editor in Chief, HOME - homemagazine.nz

Clare has spent the last 16 years working across Australasia as a journalist, editor and writer. Her work has appeared in books and publications around the world. Clare has led editorial teams for numerous architecture and design publications. In 2020, she was appointed Editor in Chief of HOME magazine, before taking the helm as publisher in 2023.