One of the keys to creating a contemporary look kitchen is simplicity. Pick basic elements and contemporary colours for your cabinetry (such as black, greys, timber accents and whites) and keep lines and spaces clean by avoiding unnecessary clutter. Keep in mind that contemporary does not necessarily mean austere, and an overall simple colour palette is a wonderful opportunity to choose fun and bold additions to make things ‘pop’, such as splashbacks, lighting or even everyday kitchen accessories.


Industrial look kitchens usually feature finishes such as polished concrete floors, stainless steel benchtops, chunky wooden shelves and ceiling suspended industrial shelving units.

These kinds of kitchens are usually in large open plan spaces or converted warehouses, where they match the scale of the space.

Often in new build homes kitchens will end up being be a mix of contemporary and industrial elements.

Mid-Century Modern

To create a Mid-Century modern feel to a kitchen you are looking for small accents of Mid-century placed throughout a modern design.  It starts with modern cabinetry base with clean lines, then the ‘mid century’ look comes through finishes such as wood veneer or tiles, handles and original or replica Mid-century accessories.


An eclectic kitchen is about taking all the things you love from any era, mixing colours, patterns and textures, and pulling them together to create harmonious balance. Designing this type of kitchen is not for the faint-hearted, but is so rewarding when completed because you have created something truly unique.

Usually it will feature a decorative or routed cabinet doors, as this adds to the character and sets the tone for the kitchen. In an eclectic kitchen you can have your favourite things on show. No need to hide pots and pans in cupboards; rather hang them off the wall!

Modern French Provincial or Hamptons

For a French Provincial or Hamptons kitchen, you want to strike a balance between traditional and modern. These kitchens feature tasteful finishes such as dark wooden floors, shaker style or tongue and groove cabinets and decorative cornices on top of cabinets. With this style of kitchen large stone topped islands are common as the kitchen becomes the heart of the home.  A good way to bring this feel into your modern home is to choose decorative or routed doors with traditional base colours such as white or cream. Combined with classic handles which will give an elegant touch and to top it off a modern finish such as a Quartz benchtop.
Our client wanted a very minimal kitchen with only Black and White elements. We used Matt Black Laminex Acrylic cabinetry offset with Gloss White Acrylic on the Island bench.

The Dark Side

There are lots of great reasons to choose darker colours in your palette and throw out the ‘rule’ that dark colours always make a room ‘cold’ or ‘cavelike’. On the contrary, modern colour trends of blacks, blues and greys can bring warmth, personality and sophistication to your kitchen while also giving you the opportunity to get creative with colour accents.

If you are using dark colours, ensure you have plenty of natural light, from large windows and skylights, to ensure the darker colours don’t suck too much light from the room. Offset darker cabinetry with vibrant moments of colour in the form of accessories, stools or even artwork.


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