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Must-have features for a modern kitchen

Kitchens are the centre of the home

We used to talk about homes in terms of rooms but now we talk about spaces. We’ve embraced the idea of open-plan living and central to it all is the kitchen.

The kitchen is no longer just a place to prepare food, it’s the social hub, the spot to chat over coffee, the party starter, the homework supervision centre and the heart of the home. Today, homes are judged by their kitchen – they set the tone for the rest of the living and dining spaces, so they need to be both functional and decorative.

On the practical side, space is the key, both storage and surface space. Benchtops cluttered with appliances and canisters are a thing of the past – everything is being hidden behind purpose-built storage compartments.

The current trend is to incorporate a butler’s pantry – hiding everything away in a convenient walk-in space has become very popular over the last few years. Some butler’s pantries even include a second sink, fridge, built-in appliances and the essential coffee machine.

Grandview Mt Barker
The Grandview at Mt Barker features a butler's pantry

Another evolution of the kitchen is the use of surface space. We’re inspired by reality cooking shows and we’re using a lot more space to prepare (and eat) food. Large island benches with breakfast bars are becoming features and statement pieces of today’s kitchens.

Custom kitchen design
One of our customer's kitchens

Kitchens are being transformed into ‘wow factors’. From benchtops and cabinetry to splashbacks, appliances and feature lighting – designs, colours and textures are carefully considered to create style and interest.

Currently, timber finishes mixed with contrasting joinery are popular, as are subway tiles and mirrored or glass splashbacks. Pendant lighting above the island bench is often used to create a statement amongst neutral decor.

Built-in appliances need to do the job, but they also have to look the part. Wide cooktops and dual ovens look impressive and are becoming more popular. Rangehoods can also be eye-catching, while fridges and dishwashers are available in more colours and finishes than white and stainless steel.

Parkland Seaford Heights
A mirrored splashback can add the perception of space to your kitchen. Pictured: Parkland at Seaford Heights.

Visit a display village and talk to one of our consultants about building the perfect kitchen for your lifestyle.