3 inspiring kitchen trends we’re loving right now

Will you admire or adopt these sweet and simple upgrades?
Image: kaboodle kitchen

The kitchen is undoubtedly the backbone of every home, where families share meals and friends gather for coffee. As such, the communal zone is a sacred space for many homeowners.

Research shows that kitchens are the space Australians are most likely to upgrade. And every year, there’s a wave of affordable new trends to help you get inspired. 

This year, we’re looking at the sweet and simple trends that don’t require a full-scale renovation. From lighting upgrades to new hardware, these are the top kitchen trends and easy DIY projects we’re loving right now.

A row of kaboodle Cali handles demand attention against clean, white cabinets. Image: kaboodle kitchen

1. Statement kitchen handles

Say goodbye to plain knobs and pulls, and hello to statement cabinet hardware. Hammered, brushed and matte textured finishes add visual weight to kitchen panels and bring a splash of colour to white cabinetry.

Find handles to match your cabinets for a sleek, cohesive look. Kaboodle’s straight-edged, geometric Cali handle creates interest in the kitchen, and is available in both a dynamic matt black shade and contemporary brushed nickel. An easy DIY project, these affordable, quality handles can be bought straight off the shelf at Bunnings Warehouse.

You don’t need to overhaul a white kitchen to create a warm ambience — just add textiles like an ornate rug. Image: kaboodle kitchen

2. Warm and rich textiles

This year, there is a clear shift toward kitchens that evoke a sense of comfort and warmth. One of the most powerful ways to achieve a cosy kitchen ambience is with textiles — from fabric upholstery to tablecloths and placemats (we love the limited edition collections of luxurious fabrics by Fred Home).

Now’s the time to indulge in beautiful, sustainably made pieces. Decorate cool kitchen tiles with a characterful, hand-woven runner rug. Swap ragged tea towels for textured, soft cotton towels. If you have floating shelves, style wooden ornaments amongst cookbooks and treasured ceramics.     

Baby blue pendant lights draw the eye upward in this serene kitchen. Photography: Ess. Creative | Stylist: Samantha Torrisi

3. Ornate Lighting

Picture a trio of pendant lights swinging above a long kitchen island. Not only do they illuminate the benchtop — providing essential light by which you can prepare food, unwind with a magazine, or share a drink with friends — they also impact the overall style of your kitchen.

This year, we have our eyes on ornate lighting that brings personality to a space. Think woven and beaded lampshades, intricate patterns, and sculptural designs. Pendants are one of the easiest lighting upgrades you can make in your kitchen, so don’t be afraid to go bold and experiment with new styles. 

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