One area in every home becomes the gathering place, no matter how many people live there. So that you can create a space that is attractive, welcoming and friendly, as well as providing all the functionality you need, we’ve gathered insights and advice on what’s trending with help and advice from seven of Australia’s leading kitchen designers.

Update worktops and doors – some builders merchants, local kitchen manufacturers and specialist companies can supply new kitchen unit doors, drawer fronts and worktops, enabling you to refresh your kitchen at a fraction of the price of an entirely new one.

The slate-gray tiles mesh unbelievably well with the buttery yellow and cream tiles spaced just so. The added focal point of light stain on select cabinetry and the front of the modern kitchen island lend just enough finishing to complete the space.kitchen design ideas

In a space-starved kitchen, it’s tempting to go the all-white route, but this kitchen opts for a layered mix of materials, including reclaimed South Carolina barnwood (the cabinets and shelves), galvanized metal (the countertops), soapstone (the sink), and even unlacquered brass (the hardware).

Some of the best kitchen design ideas are actually the simplest: Include a well designed kitchen island with open shelving, bar height seating, well placed outlets for kitchen appliances, prep sinks and garbage disposal to get the most out of a kitchen with an island layout.kitchen design ideaskitchen design ideas