Incorporating these design trends will make your kitchen the hub of your home.

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you go to find comfort, create culinary concoctions, and to chat and connect with others in your family. So it stands to reason that much emphasis is placed upon the design, the layout and the styling of the
space, and what is on trend is constantly evolving and changing, season to season, year to year.

In 2015, what’s popular with interior designers ranges from warm metallic accents and
monochromatic colour palettes to the use of bold wallpaper and tribal tones. Here’s our round-up of the top trends in kitchen design this year.

No-secrets shelving

Shelving is a necessary aspect of many rooms, but especially in the kitchen where so many
small items are stored. So instead of hiding it all away behind closed doors, why not embrace the need for storage and show it off using beautiful, open, airy shelving units? Stacks of plates, symmetrical rows of glasses and mugs and artfully placed tins and tubs can make a kitchen look like something out of a celebrity home.

An easy way to make sure it looks classy rather than cluttered is to ensure everything
is in similar tones and you streamline the numbers. Will you ever need 23 plates? Or those
42 mismatched glasses? Very unlikely. So clear them out and choose a small, stylish range of
everything you need.

“Open shelves are such a lovely way to break up a bank of cupboards,” says Claire Stevens, a
Brisbane-based interior designer, “whether it be below bench or as overhead cupboards. We
spend money on beautiful cook books, ceramics and glassware and it is such a shame to hide it
away where you cannot enjoy them. It is often nice to break up the textures by adding timber or
a colour.”

Monochrome

It’s classic, it’s timeless and it’s always on trend. Is it cheating, then, to include
monochrome tones as a new direction in kitchen design? Not when you see the ways that
this colour palette is being incorporated and integrated into the modern kitchen. The finishes on the wood used in kitchens are beginning to utilise various textures, from a satiny gloss through to a ribbed, bark-like effect.

“We like to view building a kitchen using predominantly white or black as starting with a
blank canvas,” says Phillipa Jones from Builder’s Discount Warehouse, a Brisbane-based building supplies retailer that offers a range of products at competitive prices. “Then our customers go on to add colour through splashbacks or make it more industrial by choosing edgy fittings.”

Although stainless steel will always be a firm favourite with designers, there is a surge of
monochromatic appliances in everything from refrigerators to ovens.

Warm metallic accents

Warm metallic accents instead of cold stainless steel or silver. Choosing brass or
copper-coloured fixtures is a modern style choice and adds a softness and unexpected
beauty to your kitchen.

Claire Stevens agrees. “There is nothing like a feature tap in a brass or black to make your kitchen have that ‘wow’ factor,” she says. “Make sure when adding metallic touches such as
tapware to tie it back into the kitchen again, by either using the same material on some feature lights or small pieces of furniture or objects.”

Open floor plan

People are embracing space and not wanting to feel restricted or restrained. But there are a few things to consider if you are a fan of this layout. Because there are no obvious
delineations between areas, you will want to be consistent in your styling and décor for any
rooms that connect to the kitchen (i.e. living room, dining room or back deck). An easy
way to do this is to use the same accent colour or finishes and think about incorporating
similar styling elements (e.g. plants, artworks, furniture).

Claire Stevens adds: “The way we live our lives at home has become much more communal in the last 10 years. Everyone leads busy lives so one place where the entire family can come together is the kitchen. Open kitchens can be the hub of the home where one can cook,
have a glass of wine, kids can do their homework and it can be a study nook for a computer or iPad to sit. With that many people in the kitchen at once, an open kitchen is much more practical and usable for our modern living.”

Statement Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a major trend across design in 2015 so it’s no surprise that it features heavily in the kitchen, too. The reason? It is such a simple and fast way to add interest and character to your cooking zone without changing anything structurally
(and it’s far easier to add wallpaper than tiles).

The visual impact of wallpaper is instant and you can choose a colour or print to suit any
theme or design direction you can imagine. Add bold colours for a dramatic edge or select softer, more muted tones for a subtle change. You can choose to cover a large space like an entire wall, or smaller areas like an alcove, a splashback, or to cover your cupboard doors. Perhaps you’re even brave enough to put it above your heads, as ceiling wallpaper is starting to be used more and more.

So how does your kitchen measure up? Are you ready to make some changes? Send pics
of your kitchen transformations to editor@bmag.com.au!