Over the years, kitchen designs have continuously evolved, from minimalist to statement colours, bold patterns and a daring mixture of materials. Many go for the modern vibe with a touch of functionality through the layout design and choice of appliances.

Let’s take a look at some of the 2018 kitchen design trends to inspire your new home.


Colour Schemes

Pictured: Canterbury by Nostra homes. On display at Thornhill Park.

Colours often reflect our personality. This year, colour schemes for kitchens have something for everyone. Those who want to spice up their cooking domain with cheerful hues can take inspiration from bold, vibrant colour schemes. Including pops of vivid colour can catch the eye and lift the mood.

Pastels appeal to those in favour of delicate palettes, rather than intensely coloured paints. Pastels show individuality without the dramatic contrast brought by darker hues. Soft and soothing shades of pastel colours complement subtle grey palettes and timber finishes.

Blue is easy on the eyes – cool, calm and relaxing. It’s perfect while you’re cooking in front of the stove. Shades of blue in kitchen have become extremely popular, with room to accommodate your preference.  Whether you’re going for a vintage, modern or classic design, blue is a colour of nature, and is well-balanced by natural materials like wood and stone.



Pictured: Springwood by Carlisle Homes. On display at Thornhill Park.

Kitchen island benches have been dominating functional kitchen trends for years. Most islands are set up with breakfast bar seating, but they can also work as storage areas by adding drawers and cabinets. You can even put wheels on your kitchen islands, giving you the ability  to relocate according to your needs, making for a more flexible and adaptable kitchen design.

Also consider banquette seating. Once a staple in the 1980s, its a perfect feature for a busy family kitchen.



Pictured: Lapis by Granvue Homes. On display at Thornhill Park.

While 2017 saw the popularity of handle-less kitchens, 2018 is bringing the handles back. Modern cupboards are accented by ornate gold and copper handles.

Open shelving is also an emerging trend, where functionality and decorative statement combine. Farmhouse-style stone sinks are becoming more popular, as well as concrete features in industrial-style kitchens.

Patterned tiles are great to make a statement; adding a splash of personality to underrated kitchen floors. A retro-inspired kitchen in all white, on the other hand, gives a relaxing, uncluttered vibe.

With all of these choices, you won’t be short on inspiration for your new kitchen. Visit our display village today to see some inspiring kitchen designs from Melbourne’s leading home builders.

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