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    What's hot in kitchens this year

    Published on 10 May 2019, Friday, 12:24 PM

    Making renovations on your kitchen can transform your home and give it a new lease on life. Whether it's a minor paint job or a complete re-fit, alterations in this part of the home are sure to be noticed. Before you get started on your big project this summer, take a look at what's hot in the kitchen world this year.

    New counters

    People will continue to shift away from tile and Formica countertops this year, according to a survey by home renovations website Houzz. Instead, homeowners and interior designers will opt for granite or quartz counters, which are known for being strong, sturdy, scratch and heat resistant and hard-wearing.

    Clean colour schemes

    If DIY painting is on your renovation agenda, you may want to keep things neutral in the kitchen. The trend report shows an increased desire for light, clean kitchens decorated in neutral colours like white, cream, beige and grey.

    Stainless steel appliances are still popular, and can work especially well when paired with a crisp white and charcoal colour scheme. If you're wanting a more streamlined effect, however, you could hide appliances like dishwashers and fridges inside cleverly designed drawers and cupboards.

    Tile backsplashes are still hot, and this is one place where you can feel free to experiment with colour in your kitchen. You can easily construct this this yourself - all it takes is the right tools, a bit of planning and patience. Turquoise or navy tiles look great against a neutral palette, or you could opt for a more classic slate colour.

    Islands and open-plan designs

    If you have the option of gutting the kitchen or starting from scratch, consider an island-style counter that sits in the heart of the kitchen. This allows hosts to prepare meals while entertaining guests, instead of turning their backs to them. It can also maximise space in the kitchen as it can act as a breakfast bar and informal dining table.

    When planning the layout of your home, don't put your kitchen in one room down the end of the house. Most people these days recognise it's the most important room in the home, and  incorporate the kitchen into other living areas such as the dining room and family room. This means cooks and drink-pourers don't have to miss out on mingling with guests or chatting with their families while they prepare their wares.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.