Kitchen trends to suit ev­ery taste and ex­pert tips to make it hap­pen.

Whether you want to cre­ate a bold, dark culinary space or a com­fort­ing coun­try feel, we have the low­down on the lat­est kitchen trends.

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White

A fresh, white look al­lows ap­pli­ances, like this sleek Fisher & Paykel oven, to shine, and pro­vide a blank can­vas for you to in­tro­duce pops of colour or tex­ture with ac­ces­sories, flow­ers or green­ery. The trick to cre­at­ing a suc­cess­ful white kitchen is to keep it sim­ple, oth­er­wise you risk ru­in­ing the visual seren­ity of the clean pal­ette. Cre­ate con­trast with darker floor­ing, as Mel­bourne-based de­sign com­pany Hecker Guthrie did in this this kitchen.

Tiles

Tiles can do more for your kitchen than just about any other de­sign treat­ment. They cre­ate tex­ture, de­sign, colour and, im­por­tantly, a fo­cal point. Strong colours, pat­terns or large tiles make a bold state­ment, while smaller tiles and muted colours can en­hance tim­ber cab­i­netry and give a mod­ern, clean feel. Coloured grout can also add a sub­tle sense of drama, so choose a con­trast­ing hue to your tiles to draw at­ten­tion to the pat­tern and lay­out de­sign.

Gran­ite

Be­cause ev­ery piece is dif­fer­ent, gran­ite gives a look that is truly unique. “It’s im­por­tant to view a slab and pick your piece,” says Auck­land-based kitchen de­signer Hay­ley Dry­land of Au­gust & Co. She chose the gran­ite in this kitchen to get the black and rust colours to match the pal­ette in the rest of the home. “Gran­ite is a very hard-wear­ing ma­te­rial that can be pol­ished, honed for a matt look, or leathered, which gives a very tex­tured, tac­tile re­sult.”

Rus­tic

For a warm and wel­com­ing vibe, it’s hard to go past the coun­try look. The com­fort and charm of a farmhouse kitchen means you’re likely to find your fam­ily or friends sit­ting around your din­ing ta­ble. The key is to be or­ganic – nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and time­less ac­ces­sories are a must. The rus­tic feel means you don’t have to be min­i­mal­ist ei­ther – coun­ter­tops can be laden with fruit bowls, can­is­ters, cook­books, pots, china and other trea­sures.

Black

Moody, dra­matic, sexy, bold and strik­ing… black kitchens can be all of these and more. “Darker colours typ­i­cally do re­quire a bit more care and main­te­nance but a tex­tured fin­ish can help dis­guise fin­ger­prints and other marks,” says Kyla Hunt of Pukekohe’s Car­lielle Kitchens. “Whether you opt for glossy or matt black, con­trast­ing the dark cab­i­netry and bench­tops with other ma­te­ri­als, such as nat­u­ral tim­ber, will cre­ate a strong ar­chi­tec­tural feel.”

Stain­less

There’s a rea­son stain­less steel is used in the kitchens of most of the top restau­rants around the world – it’s pretty much in­de­struc­tible. “It’s in­cred­i­bly ro­bust and re­silient,” says

Pat de Pont, the project ar­chi­tect of this award-win­ning Kiwi kitchen. “It’s quite a time­less ma­te­rial that gains char­ac­ter with age and won’t read­ily be­come dated.” Stain­less steel also re­flects light, help­ing to cre­ate an il­lu­sion of a big­ger, brighter space.

Vase, $130, from Mr Big­gleswor­thy. Denby tea cup and saucer, $44, from Raines Home­wares.

Tap, $POA, from Foreno.

Bosch.

Oven, $4,499,

by

Hexagon tile, from Tile Space. Shaws sink, $1,985, from

Heritage Hard­ware.

Grinder, $119, by

CrushGrind.

Oven, $POA, by Fisher & Paykel.

Tap, $584,

from Water­ware.

Tiles, from Mid­dle

Earth Tiles.

Grinder, $89, by

CrushGrind.

Hario ket­tle, $185, from C4 Cof­fee.

Chan­de­lier, $1,320, by French Coun­try

Col­lec­tions.

Per­rin & Rowe tap, $POA, from

In Res­i­dence.

Denby casse­role dish, $198, from Raines Home­wares.

Toaster, $180, by DeLonghi.

Cowhide, $900, from Mil­dred & Co.

Bar stool, $129, by Free­dom Fur­ni­ture.

Tap, $399, by

Meir.

Con­crete, by

Peter Fell.

Smeg fridge, $5,999, from Kitchen Things.

Fry­ing pan, $129,

by Ne­oflam.

Ket­tle, $249, by Kitchen

Aid.

Lee Broom light, $915, from ECC.

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