Cantilevered concrete bench featured in this stunning hinterland kitchen.
Cantilevered concrete bench featured in this stunning hinterland kitchen. Picasa

Kitchen decor: The heart of any home

What do most people want from a kitchen these days? It's something we are aware of when judging the Master Builders Sunshine Coast awards.

When it comes to property, most rooms depend on the furniture and fittings you put in them.

Yet for kitchens and bathrooms it's a matter of what you see is what you get.

These areas can be game-changers when it comes to buying and selling a property further down the road.

This year judging the awards we noticed that it is about functionality, space and looks. Butlers pantries are very popular, island benches facing the lounge to definitely be a part of the living area.

Butlers pantries are becoming more serviceable and linking to other parts of the home, not just an off-shoot of the kitchen.

Walk through to laundry, a study or phone nook, handy to the garage but not directly opening to it.

We are seeing laundries near the kitchen but not part of it like in many European countries.

Storage is a big issue in most kitchens with drawers often preferred and pantries with accessible open shelving that means you can find things even after a "boys look''.

Black tapware, sinks and surfaces are making their mark. Striking in its look but often with a matt finish.

Reconstituted stone is pretty much standard for benchtops but concrete tops are also in many high-end homes with engineered cantilevers being fashionable. Industrial/recycled elements are still being used, such as a raw timber look for cabinetry and built-in window seats.

So there is the beauty of timber as well as the rawness of polished concrete.

Splashes of red, orange are being used against the darker colours of the natural textures of timber, stone/concrete/glass. Again, windows are popular as splashbacks to bring in natural light.

LED downlights and strips are being used, under benches and under overheads as well as in bulkheads.

The industrial look continues with variations on the Edison light globe look which brings a greater sense of intimacy.

More effort has been put into fixtures and finishes rather than the size of home. People want to enjoy their surrounds rather than unwanted space … a light, airy look but clever use of dark colours at times in furniture and finishes.


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