APARTMENT CAR SOLUTION A GAME CHANGER,
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HOT TREND: Cluttered and outdated kitchens (above) can be transformed into streamlined designs with innovative storage (left).