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KITCHEN de­sign trends are set to take ren­o­va­tors’ imag­i­na­tions by storm in 2016 and could help add value to homes come sale time.

Head of Kitchen Con­nec­tion’s de­sign team David Walker urged ren­o­va­tors to con­sider qual­ity fin­ishes, in­no­va­tive stor­age so­lu­tions, tac­tile sur­faces, zone plan­ning, task light­ing and min­i­mal­ism.

“The big­gest trend we’re see­ing at the mo­ment is in­no­va­tive stor­age so­lu­tions,” he said.

“There is a real push to­wards min­i­mal­ism and stream­lined de­signs, so re­mov­ing all the clut­ter from the kitchen and only keep­ing the essentials that you use day to day.”

In terms of style Mr Walker said Euro­pean de­sign heav­ily in­flu­ences the Aus­tralian mar­ket and ren­o­va­tors should look to blend vis­ual aes­thet­ics with practicality for the per­fect kitchen.

“Aus­tralia fol­lows the Euro­pean mar­ket re­gard­ing kitchen de­sign and at the mo­ment we are about two to three years be­hind,” he said.

“The trend for the last cou­ple of years has been stone, with an is­land unit but ev­ery­thing is turn­ing min­i­mal­is­tic now.”

Mr Walker said to achieve the kitchen of your dreams, ren­o­va­tors should spend be­tween 3 to 7 per cent of their home’s value on the kitchen.

He warned against DIY jobs, and cheap ren­o­va­tions.

“The kitchen is the cen­tral part of the home, and we find it’s of­ten the first place prospec­tive buy­ers look when pur­chas­ing a new home,” he said.

“We have also found that peo­ple who try ren­o­vat­ing their kitchen on the cheap or do­ing it them­selves end up re­plac­ing their kitchen in five years’ time be­cause it’s not what they wanted.”

HOT TREND: Clut­tered and out­dated kitchens (above) can be trans­formed into stream­lined de­signs with in­no­va­tive stor­age (left).

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