Kitchens have moved from the periphery to the centre of our homes and lives…

Today’s kitchens are stylish spaces of seamless luxe cabinetry that integrate a widening range of high-tech appliances and intelligent storage solutions. Our kitchens are now so important that many of us want two of them – one to gather at and consume food, and a second, hidden kitchen for the actual preparation and cooking, with its own walk-in pantry

In cabinetry there’s a continuing trend for minimal, sleek bespoke cabinetry without exposed handles but with easy to clean surfaces

Homebuyers look for the highest quality of cabinet finishes and stone benchtops in their main kitchen where they entertain family and friends, with designer lighting over a substantial island bench to emphasise the quality.

Statement sinks and taps in black, white and brass and stainless steel finishes are an important part of a kitchen’s look and there’s general trend to lower sheen finishes which are more forgiving of marks and scratches. Instead of cupboards, self-closing drawers are being used under benches to store everything from pots to glasses and dinnerware. On trend home cooks prefer multiple ovens for various cooking types such as the popular steam oven and convection microwave oven, as well as general multi-function ovens.

Easy access to ovens is important so they are built in at eye level with minimalist controls and flat glass facings. Then there are coffee makers, glass-fronted beverage chillers, high performance rangehoods and wine fridges.

Many of the new appliances have smart technology and can be controlled via mobile apps. Intelligent design of storage is enhancing its functionality and ease of use. The German Hafele brand is the market leader in smart storage with a range that includes pull-down shelves, ‘magic’ corner units, pull-out pantry storage, bottle storage, drawer inserts, multiple pull-out rubbish bins for recycling and rubbish and much, much more.

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