5 Designers Reveal What’s Trending in Kitchen Design for 2021

Five respected designers from across Australia share their insights into kitchen design 2021.

John Hall

About John:  Kitchen design is in John’s DNA. He’s the third generation to run Nobby Kitchens, following his father, Peter, and Grandfather, Stanley, who started the company 80 years ago. 

“I love kitchens and how they transform a family’s enjoyment of cooking and preparing meals. They’re a great space in which to live.”
– John Hall

What do you see in kitchen design this year?

“White kitchens are always popular, but now we’re seeing splashes of timber and dark colours. Neutral colours and earthy tones of greens, winter sky and dark moods are making an appearance.”

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo, Nobby Kitchens
Caesarstone® Calacatta Nuvo™
Design by Nobby Kitchens

“Our top design requests are for a large kitchen island with a 20mm Caesarstone Calacatta benchtop, again looking for an earthy appeal.”

Caesarstone White Attica, Nobby Kitchens
Caesarstone® White Attica™
Design by Nobby Kitchens

“I’m excited about the colour and finishes that appliances are adding to the kitchen. Gunmetal, rose gold and copper are recent inclusions for sinks and taps, making such a visual statement in kitchens.”

“It’s wonderful to see the development in the outdoor space with UV stable stone benchtops. We now get the functionality outside around the alfresco areas as well.” 

Adele Bates

About Adele:  Adele founded the Adele Bates Studio in 2012. Adele’s Studio takes a holistic and collaborative approach to design to achieve well-considered and designed spaces.

What do you see in kitchen design this year?

“We’re seeing a tailored design approach to kitchens, more specifically focused on the client’s personal needs and how they utilise the space.”

Caesarstone Organic White Adele Bates Studio
Caesarstone® Organic White™
Design by Adele Bates Studio

“Interest in tactile materiality, movement and texture is definitely a ‘visual trend’ that is still prevalent.”

Caesarstone Sleek Concrete Adele Bates Studio
Caesarstone® Sleek Concrete™
Design by Adele Bates Studio

“We’re excited to use the Caesarstone Outdoor range this year; it gives us the opportunity to blend the design between the interior and exterior spaces.”

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Sheree Bounassif

About Sheree: Kitchen design is a lifelong love and interest for Sheree. Her father, Emanuel, established Kitchens by Emanuel in 2000. Following his retirement in 2012, Sheree took the reins, using her interior design training and trade expertise to continue building the company.

“Taking a project from design through to manufacture and installation and having the freedom to build joinery in any style to satisfy a client’s taste is what led me to become an award-winning kitchen designer and manufacturer”
– Sheree Bounassif

Caesarstone Empira White, Kitchens By Emanuel
Benchtop & Splashback: Caesarstone® Empira White™
Design by Kitchens By Emanuel

What do you see in kitchen design this year?

“It’s all about the decorative panelling at the moment. Fluted, rounded or square, these patterns bring style & elegance to modern kitchens.”

Caesarstone Empira White, Kitchens By Emanuel
Benchtop & Splashback: Caesarstone® Empira White™
Design by Kitchens By Emanuel

“I’m excited about curves and textured matte finishes; these modern details bring interest to kitchen spaces.

I’m looking forward to working with Topus Concrete™ this year. It works exceptionally well with modern kitchen designs. Its neutral blush undertone makes it workable with different design styles and shades of white.”

Caesarstone Topus Concrete
Caesarstone® Topus Concrete™

“Another colour I am hoping to design with this year is one of Caesarstone’s newer colours, Vivid White™. It’s contemporary and pure. It’s sure to brighten any space whilst being super easy to maintain.”

Caesarstone Vivid White
Caesarstone® Vivid White™

Georgia Ezra

About Georgia: Georgia is an Interior Architect and the owner and founder of Studio Ezra and Tiles of Ezra.

Creating an interior that changes the way people feel on an experiential level brings Georgia joy.

“Walking into a space that has been born in your mind and then constructed is a feeling that never grows old.”
– Georgia Ezra

What do you see in kitchen design this year?

“What I’m seeing is designers and homeowners’, wanting to take more risk and create a bespoke and individual space that is unique to them.”

Caesarstone Topus Concrete, Tiles of Ezra
Kitchen Benchtops: Caesarstone® Topus Concrete™
Design By Georgia Ezra

“I currently love Topus Concrete™ because it’s a soft, warm tone that’s reminiscent of the earth. It goes beautifully with so many other finishes that surround it.”

Caesarstone Topus Concrete, Tiles of Ezra
Laundry Benchtop & Splashback: Caesarstone® Topus Concrete™
Design By Georgia Ezra

Kat Moore

About Kat:  Kat is the Interior Design Manager at Boutique Homes Victoria – a company committed to building better homes for living.

What do you see in kitchen design this year?

“Curves! Soft curves and arches dominate the world of interiors with a shift towards inviting, homely environments without harsh edges and corners.

Designers are becoming savvier about how we bring curves into our homes and spaces. It’s more timeless than a lot of other short-lived trends. Plus. It’s a more social configuration for entertaining guests in your home! Big Fan!”

Caesarstone Statuario Maximus, Boutique Homes Victoria
Benchtop & Island: Caesarstone® Statuario Maximus™
Design By Boutique Homes

“We’re getting more adventurous with our finishes and colours. Homeowners want individuality and something a little more interesting. We have seen a surge in client requests for the sleek and moody aesthetic.”

Caesarstone Frozen Terra, Boutique Homes Victoria
Benchtop & Island: Caesarstone® Frozen Terra™
Design By Boutique Homes

“Black ply is promoting a designer look; its warm timber grain softens the harshness. Pairing black with white-veined stone is a timeless look that commands attention and presence.”

Caesarstone Jet Black, Boutique Homes Victoria
Laundry Benchtop: Caesarstone® Jet Black™
Design By Boutique Homes

“Black appliances, tapware and hardware, are rising in popularity. It’s not unusual for clients to pair black cabinetry with a black stone benchtop and splashback. Use as much or as little as you like. Black is a versatile colour that goes with everything! Black is always on-trend!”

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