The 2016 Kitchen


As 2015 comes to a close it has been a busy year for Adentro with involvement in commercial office fit-outs and an upsurge of multi-residential projects.  For us this has meant the design of many kitchens both in the format of a staff café or informal meeting place as well as the design of kitchens for luxury apartments.

A kitchen is much more than somewhere to prepare and eat food.  A kitchen is often the heart and soul of the home or office - somewhere to gather and to foster conversation - it should welcome and relax.  So what are the trends happening in kitchen design?  Let’s take a look at our top 8 predictions for 2016.

1.  Texture

The addition of texture to a minimalist, white kitchen adds depth and interest.  Texture can give any kitchen a warmth regardless of its colour or style.

Incorporating a textured tile, a product with natural grain or pattern; or opting for concrete, stone or timber flooring all add texture to a scheme.  Selecting timber or industrial-style furniture can add another layer of tactile appeal to your scheme and help complete a richly textured look.


2.  Neutrals and Subdued Shades

Bold, saturated colours and black have been very popular in 2015 and our research indicates that soothing, versatile neutrals will aslo dominate in 2016.   The introduction of white appliances is one factor that will ensure that classic crisp white remains in the spotlight next year.

We anticipate that grey will still be popular in it’s warmer shades, creating an beautiful palette of muted taupes.


3.  Geometric Motifs

We expect to see more geometric patterns in kitchens in 2016. Geometric shapes add an interesting dimension to a space and can be adapted to suit both contemporary and traditional spaces.  Look out for things like hexagonal-shaped wall and floor tiles; rectangular tiles arranged in a herringbone or other pattern, and also square tiles with geometric textured patterns.


4.  Precious Metals & Metallics

Warm metals and metallics such as brass and copper will be a strong feature in 2016.  These can add a sophisticated warmth to a space.

If you aren’t convinced about changing the colour of chrome tap ware, add shine with a feature copper pendant light, or a metallic coloured glass splash back.


5.  Vintage Nostalgia

We believe that kitchen designs that are a harmonious blend of cool, contemporary style and vintage flair will be a key look that defines 2016. Ultra-sleek kitchens make a strong design statement but don’t offer a whole lot of heart or a cosy, welcoming vibe like a vintage inspired space.

A retro-style chair or veneer can add charm and a nostalgic air to a contemporary cooking zone.  They also help soften the clean lines of stainless steel appliances often found in a kitchen.


6.  Porcelain Surfaces

Porcelain surfaces, otherwise known as sintered compact surfaces are relatively new to Australia as a surfacing material in the kitchen. Porcelain surfaces are made of a high-density, low-porosity ceramic.

 Porcelain shares many of the qualities of re-constituted stone but is more durable when it comes heat, flame, stain and scratch resistance. Porcelain surfaces are also manufactured in a variety of thicknesses (from 3mm thick). As a result, it can be used from bench tops to vertical surfaces such as drawers.

With new technology and products such as porcelain, kitchen detailing will become more refined.   Bench tops will move toward a thin, fine detail, allowing the grain or pattern of the products themselves to tell the story.


7.  Engineered materials that (almost) rival the real thing

If you don’t have the budget for luxe natural materials like a marble bench top or solid timber cabinetry, don’t be too disheartened. Engineered materials are better and more realistic than ever before.

In the past, manufactured materials looked fake and had no variety in appearance.  Now producers of engineered stone, board and tiles are releasing products that have more variety in appearance and when paired with superior durability, ease of maintenance, size and cost effectiveness, it is little wonder that reproductions are becoming popular with designers and clients alike.

Marble is very dramatic and popular at the moment with natural and replica products being incorporated into benchtops, walls and splash backs.


8.  Incorporate Nature

With the hectic pace of life, natural environments are a direct reflection of a society that wants to take a step back and slow down. The more high-tech we become, the more we want to surround ourselves with textures and objects that connect us with nature.

Timber is certainly the hero in this natural movement and walnut and blonde oaks are woods that are trending in suppliers palettes.

Other materials such as concrete, natural stone, bamboo, river rock, oxidised metals and natural fibres like rattan, linen and jute are other great options that can infuse a kitchen with nature, while adding extra visual and tactile interest to your scheme.


Take nature a step further by incorporating plants into your environment which will boost the indoor air quality and the ambiance of the space.  Refer to our blog post Reduce Stress With Indoor Plants.

Do you need to update and refresh your break-out areas?  Do you need a team of experts to create beautifully detailed, cost effective joinery on your development?  Call us, we’d love to help.