Kitchen Layout Ideas

Four design styles to inspire your new kitchen

Inspired by House Rules

Whether you’re creating a brand new kitchen from scratch, renovating on a budget – or to accommodate your growing family – these design styles are packed with ideas bound to inspire a smokin’ new kitchen.

And the best bit? They take all your lifestyle needs and style cues into account. From entertainers and families with little ones (they need to keep an eagle eye on!) to on-the-go teens, property ‘flippers’ , families on a budget, and trendsetters, contemporaries and classics.

Café Cool

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House Rules fans will remember the Café Cool kitchen. A ‘contemporary luxury’ look was achieved using crisp white cabinetry (white is great for creating the illusion of space), while sleek stainless steel appliances teamed with matt black pendulum lights, metal-look bar stools and contrasting island bench cabinetry created the perfect city chic cafe feel. Add urban industrial features to show you really mean business, with sleek brickwork splashbacks, tapware and drawer handles, exposed rangehood and blonde timber floorboards that extend into other rooms.

Suits: Busy families! This teen-friendly kitchen really does make a house a home, placing the ‘social kitchen’ centre stage. Barstool seating encourages family members to pull up for a bite, debrief, cake mixing lesson or even homework session.

Tip: Mix in modern timber-look cabinetry to extend the theme through to the laundry or outdoor spaces.

Soho Loft

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Oozing with architectural details, statement pieces and designer touches, the Soho Loft is as functional and practical as it is stylish. Urban industrial elements like distinct exposed brick splashbacks covered in glass or edgy black and white splashbacks that double as feature walls provide the perfect backdrop to heavy metal features – bold brass and copper pendulum lighting, galvanised steel, raw timber bar stools and contemporary stainless steel cookers and wall ovens with modern reflective black glass are all there to be seen and used! Not afraid to break the rules, Soho Loft shows how mixing up your cabinetry finishes can create depth, interest and style within small spaces. Try crisp white cupboards and doors with a raw blonde timber-look island bench for the perfect complementary contrast.

Suits: Families who like their appliances and utilities to look as good as they perform. Unlike a minimalist’s kitchen, this family is happy to have their chopping board, toaster or microwave visible on the benchtop, because every piece works with the styling! Easy access, practical lifestyle needs and design work hand-in-hand. Think sleek freestanding cookers that look as good as the tasty family meals it creates alongside built-in wall microwave and griller for busy families on the go. Easy grip steel bar handles on cupboards and drawers and mixer taps add the finishing touches.

Modern Family Kitchen

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The perfect mix, the Modern Family Kitchen optimises space, is practical and functional and packages everything up into a super sleek modern design. Clever storage solutions from butler’s pantries to pull-out drawers, turnstile corner cupboards and hidden bins (behind cupboard doors!) keep clutter and chaos out of sight, leaving more bench space to entertain, bake cakes with your littlies or even sort your admin – yes, you can even have a built-in study nook! Contrasting colours – think blacks and clean whites, blonde timber floors with satin finish grey cabinetry or marble-look benchtops with mosaic splashbacks – create a wow style statement.

Suits: Busy or growing families and those who work better when they’re organised! With ample clever storage solutions, the modern family kitchen provides all the function and the flexibility to add your personal touches through finishes. Will you go for black matt cupboards with integrated ‘push-to-open-doors’ or statement doors and drawer handles?

Renovators tip! You don’t have to spend a pretty penny to get a pretty awesome kitchen design. There are plenty of affordable classic, on-trend and contemporary finishes and styles made right here in Australia. Kinsman cabinetry is designed and manufactured locally in Australia, comes with a free design appointment at your home, includes a 7 year warranty on cabinetry and offers fresh new kitchen designs, global trends and classic ideas backed by a trusted heritage in manufacturing joinery.

Classic Kitchen

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Who needs kitchen kitsch when you can have classic chic? Timeless. Fresh. Functional. Simple. Stylish. The Classic Kitchen ticks all the long-life no-fuss boxes. Integrated appliances such as dishwashers, fridges, pantry and even hidden laundries can be concealed by simple glossy white cabinetry that keeps clutter and benchtop appliances out of sight. Less is more! Think freestanding all-in-one cookers that make microwaves redundant. Utility draws to keep saucepans, knife blocks and utensils organised and cupboards with simple aluminium handles. Durable – and beautiful – marble benchtops continue the theme with uninterrupted waterfall edges.  

Suits: No fuss family living. This family invests in good quality finishes that will see the kids from nappies to Naplan and beyond. Personalise your classic kitchen with finishes, benchtops, door profiles and handles that express your style.

Tip: Work within your budget. Kinsman Kitchens ranges include Designer plus Xpress range. Designer is a comprehensive selection of stylish and on-trend cabinetry and benchtops. Xpress is a selection of affordable flat pack kitchens, delivered to your door 10 days after final payment. Both ranges include popular and on trend products for cabinetry, door profiles, handles and benchtops.

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