I haven't finished my drawings yet for the kitchen, so I've got no finished plans to post, but I thought I'd talk about kitchen trends, and what is influencing the design of my kitchen.

There are pretty much two design styles in Australia at the moment with kitchens. Either ultra modern, or quite Hamptons/ English/ Old school style (speaking of, did anyone see K from "the blog a house built"'s stunning kitchen in its infancy, which she posted about here?).

The ultra modern white kitchen has been in for quite a long time, but I can see that there is a shift starting to happen, and I think that the shiny white kitchen will remain popular, but that there will also be other colours/ other styles and finishes happening as well. Certainly there is overseas, but it doesn't seem to have filtered through to Australia yet. I think that mostly the colours will be in neutrals (greys, very soft blue greys etc), but there are a few brave kitchens out there.....

Bright yellow

green tile and cupboard pulls
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This one is brave...


feature wall

grey cabinets for the less adventurous (like me)


Texture is important in interiors- so high gloss finishes will be making way for more honed, textural, imperfect finishes and mixing things up is also good.

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Open shelving, or lack of upper cabinets is also making an appearance - the fully built in look is making way for a more "furniture" look, with either low cabinetry or full walls of cabinetry.





Backsplashes that are more textured - subway tile is pretty ubiquitous now, but tiling in a chevron design, or imperfect wavy tiles will become more popular.


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So the feel that I'm trying to create in my kitchen, is that of simplicity, and a modern style without it being clinical. The front (old) part of our house I have done in quite a traditional style, but the back extension, while complementary to the Victorian architecture, will have a more streamlined look to it. A little like a cross between these two:



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Did any of the kitchens take your fancy? I'm sure there's going to be a big vote of "no" for the coloured ones...... I think that the problem we all face is that it's a big financial investment, and we worry that we will be sick of it/ it will date/ it will be a mistake/ if we resell the house it won't appeal to others and we end up playing it safe (and boring). I can't say that what I'm designing is radically different, but with some textural contrast, emphasis on the house's Architecture, and not designing too big a kitchen (with too much storage) it will be (hopefully) functional and beautiful.

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  1. I simply couldn't post a comment on your Christmas post, your level of advanced planning and organisation put the fear of God into me! I need to get cracking. Great gift suggestions. Kitchens though, I'm happy to work with! Will you have a butlers pantry or one big room? I really like the look of the VTinteriors kitchen with the open shelving and subway tiles but I know the dust would KILL me. I like a big island to keep everyone on the otherside while I'm cooking. I would have liked it to be a big old table in my previous home but the storage in the built in island was too good to pass up. What type of stove are you having?

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    1. Hi JMac. I really, really wanted a butler's pantry, but couldn't fit it into the plans (without major compromise), so I'm not having one. It's going to be one big room, and I'm tossing up with the island whether it has seating or not/ upstand to hide the dirty plates when you're at the dining table or not. Still undecided. Stove is underbench and either a Neff or Siemens 60cm x2. The Neff has removable rack things so you get extra width inside like a wide oven. Ovens can blow your budget so easily - the Wolf ones, which have just been released on the Australian market, are $32,000 and up!! I actually started a post last night about why I was doing certain things in the kitchen, but it started to bore me, so I changed tack. xx

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  2. I love the coloured ones! I may be in the minority but I find those minimalist/neutral toned kitchens so sterile and boring. That pink one is gorgeous!

    Jasmin

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    1. I hope you get to put in a colourful kitchen one day Jasmin! I loved the pink one - it was well done, and I can imagine it being a really fun place to be in. We have become a world of tasteful and safe neutrals, haven't we? Can make for a lot less personality in the home unfortunately. xx

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    2. Dear Jasmin and Heidi

      I'm with you on loving colour. My favourite of these is the yellow. It sings. And is full of light and personality - also love the black and white wallpaper with it.

      I'm not sure how useful it is to be on trend unless you want to sell your house within the next year or so. Kitchen designs change so much over the years that anything really trendy now will look so dated in five-ten years. Also, why be like everyone else in Australia? I love the way US and European kitchens in the glossies are so much more varied than their counterparts here.

      In designing my own kitchen I was very much influenced by Monet's kitchen at Giverny. Not an attempt at a straight copy, but certainly picking up some of the influences, including the tiles in the splashback which are almost exact copies of Monet's. Cabinetry is more like furniture, made from jarrah (our original floorboards throughout the house are jarrah), benches are corian (love corian it's so tactile and feels wonderful, comes in so many colours and is so easy to clean) - same colour as the background of the tiles. Art work rather than Japanese is aboriginal. China we've had forever, it's Spode blue and white Italian, it works with the tiles. The more decorative glassware in glass fronted cabinets is deep blue, some from Murano. There is a large skylight above the main bench which makes it very light - but can be shaded by operating the remote. Very different from current kitchens and probably people who prefer minimalism would hate it. I'm still happy with it, but if starting again now might do something completely different. Look forward to seeing your kitchen when it's finished Heidi. I'm sure it will be beautiful. I love what you've already done with the outside of your house and landscaping. Best wishes, Pamela

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    3. I think you're right Pamela, there is a lot of focus on resale, and it does lead to a bland kitchen in a lot of instances. Interestingly when we went to sell our last house, the agent thought it was going to appeal to a broad market, as in our area it was very fashionable to have a very, very minimalist kitchen/ house/ renovation, which apparently alienated a lot of buyers. I don't think I'll ever be called a minimalist! Your kitchen sounds so lovely and full of personality Pamela. xx

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  3. Love the kitchen with the purple walls, chandelier and marble island yet I don't think I'd be brave enough! Love your design aesthetic and think it works really well in an older house....we have the original jarrah floors, chandelier and all the tizzy plasterwork going on on the ceiling yet have juxtaposed it with a concrete bench top, plain cabinetry and hidden all of the appliances except for the double cooker. It's nearly eight years old and I don't think I'd do anything different...which is good as I seem to spend most of my life in the kitchen! Rx

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    1. oooh, sounds amazing Romy - I need more visuals on your blog please! I always remember my mum's kitchen growing up. It was done in 1983, but it was plain white cupboards, brushed stainless d-pull handles, pale beech benchtops and white subway tile splashback which contrasted with the Victorian architecture in a kind of Scandinavian way. People used to comment on the "new" kitchen in the late 90's. It was a good juxtaposition and ahead of its time I think. And I spend most of my life in the kitchen too, which is quite depressingly unpleasant at present! xx

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  4. To my own surprise, I really like the second to last kitchen. Perhaps it's the big windows, but it seems light and bright without sacrificing personality, and while it is rather heritage, it certainly isn't twee. Also love the idea of a coloured kitchen - currently enamoured with the concept of coloured ones from the 1930s as inspiration. xx

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    1. Yes, that's my favourite too, although it could be because it has the steel windows, which are pretty similar to the ones we'll be having. I'm not going to have overhead cupboards too so that the windows and space are emphasised, although I will be losing quite a bit of potential storage by doing that. xx

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  5. such a big decision, lots of inspiration

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    1. there is a lot of inspiration - probably too much. I have over 150 pins on my kitchen board on Pinterest!! xx

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  6. That marble splashback is killing me!!!! LOOOOOOVE it!!!

    Look forward to seeing your kitchen plans.

    B

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    1. i'm looking forward to seeing them finished too B. It's very tedious!! xx

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  7. I rather love the kitchen with white marble/timber and large lampshade over the bench... it's simply beautiful and although I am a traditionalist living in a very modern Australia, I can see beautiful depth and texture in this one. I am a Hampton's style kitchen fan and will probably go with trad white/glass/stainless and then bring colour and texture into the room with soft furnishings and porcelain! I love a kitchen to feel warm and comforting, and for the first time, I am considering installing eye-level ovens... says a bit about my age doesnt it!!?. xx

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    1. I think that kitchen is referencing the traditional to some extent with the use of materials. It's a house in Melbourne (Middle Park), so it would likely have Victorian or Edwardian Architecture behind it. I thought it was quite beautiful. Your next kitchen sounds a bit like the one I did for my Parent's house - it's quite traditional (white painted panelling) with glass fronted upper cabinets to display porcelain. I actually wanted a wall oven for the reason you're mentioning, but unfortunately I can't fit it on the wall space available because of the pantry/ fridge requirements. Sigh. You never get everything! xx

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  8. Wow - cant wait to see the plans for your kitchen Heidi!
    So many great ideas. I say play it safe with the colours, and add your personality into the cabinetry and textured backsplash. That way, the heritage and beautiful detail in your home still shines.
    K xx

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    1. I think it's probably easier to be brave with colour if it's a separate room from the rest of your living area (as a lot of those pictured are). Part of a large open plan space, and it becomes a bit tricker. I'm likely going to go with grey cabinets, so they will be fairly neutral... xx

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  9. I absolutely love these posts about your extension plans. While turning an unpleasant shade of green (I'm only human and jealousy is a compliment!) I love hearing how a professional works through their design ideas and then drawings. Facinating - and educational. We'll be doing it eventually and I'll wish I had your qualifications and expertise! In the meantime I'll read your plans and imagine myself magically transported out of our rather tired rental!

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    1. I absolutely loathed renting Ann, so I know a little about your current frustration! It's just as difficult designing for myself, as for a client. Worse in some ways - I can only blame myself when I don't manage to fit my wishlist into the design. Also, I do also have my husband to contend with. For some reason he thinks he can have an input into the design. In fact, he likes to think that he's the designer sometimes. The cheek!

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  10. And I love the steel windows. LOVE.

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    1. so do I - I think they'll make the extension. I just got the first quote back, and they're what I thought they'd be, so it looks like they're staying. Hooray!

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  11. Thanks for the kitchen mention, given your stunning taste it means more than you could know. Unsurprisingly I love the Hamptonésc number with the yellow wallpaper. Check out the Peppermint Bliss Blogspot (Pete and Baileys'place), I think you'd love her style.

    I'm very confident however that you could pull any of these babies off.

    Hope you are all getting better. Kx (The Blog a House Built)

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    1. Thanks K, I'm finding a lot of new blogs through blogging, which is interesting b/c I've been reading blogs for so long and thought I'd come across them all.... will have to check out the one you've mentioned. No one has vomited for at least 12 hours, so I'm hopeful that we're in the clear - fingers crossed! xx

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    2. Hi, good post this is very precise. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I'm impressed and totally love this blog for sharing excellent ideas and good sample photos of kitchen design. Any way talking about kitchen I want to have pantry doors for every kitchen coz it adds the betterment of the entire structure of the kitchen part.

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  13. Thanks for the info! Found a great site online providing free quotes for kitchen services like kitchen designs from kitchen experts or contractors. I am planning to get quotes from there.

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  14. I love white kitchens. We have all white cabinets and molding, and it is a pain to clean, but it looks wonderful.
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  15. I quite liked the cupboards in the pink kitchen, although you are right in saying the wall design is a really brave choice! I do like the black and white tree design in the first kitchen, it is well done. I think colour looks fantastic in kitchens, and it doesn't have to be bold or bright, simple black benchtops look really smart and give the kitchen a touch of personality.

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