We naturally gravitate to the kitchen, where meals are created, and conversations and memories are made. Once simply a place to prepare food, the kitchen is now the hub of the home, whether small or large.
As our kitchens prepare to star again this festive season we're shining the spotlight on the latest trends on York Street – sophisticated, contemporary, coastal, minimalistic – whatever your taste in kitchen design, you will find it here.
Elements: Glamorous, modern aesthetic, high-end, curated furniture and accessories.
Adenbrook Homes' modern and luxurious Penn E kitchen design blends rich golden tones with stunning dark grey and black accompanied by full bodied espresso features, with stylish glass splashback and additional shelving in the walk-through pantry.
Sorensen and Caldon Builders' light-filled Manhattan design features custom kitchen joinery with 12mm ultra-compact Dekton benchtops, Matte Black Laminex kitchen cabinetry and smoked mirror glass splashbacks. The gallery style shelving creates space to display your favourite homewares or accessories.
McDonald Jones Homes' Miami display home monochrome palette continues throughout the striking kitchen where 40mm Black Tempal Ceasarstone benchtops and Absolute Matte Black Laminex kitchen cabinetry create a sophisticated vibe.
Despite the moody palette, this zone remains light and bright, courtesy of the window splashback, task lighting and LED strip lighting in the butler's pantry.
Elements: Sleek, hidden details emphasise an edited aesthetic, highlight timbers, greys, beiges and shades of white.
Pycon Homes and Constructions' Waratah kitchen design features a striking Polytec 'Steccawood' kitchen island in Tasmanian oak, paired with Quantum Quartz white swirl benchtops and stylish kit kat splashback tiles, plus a twist on traditional cabinetry handles with a fun leather option.
Vaughan Homes' Camellia display kitchen takes pride of place in the heart of this cosy home suited to coastal and country environments, with compact storage, butler's pantry, skylights and task lighting. Warm timber accents break up the neutral colour palette.
Coral Homes' Lisbon 31 MKII stylish kitchen zone is high on function and simplicity and low on fuss, with stainless steel appliances, stone bench tops and a handy pantry for extra storage.
Elements: Cool, pale neutrals impart a feeling of relaxation. Natural light and views to the outdoors make the environment feel breezy and peaceful.
Stroud Homes' Elwood display open plan kitchen is perfect for hosting social gatherings. With modern appliances, Caesarstone waterfall benchtop and a soft organic green-blue colour palette in Laminex Spinifex Natural. The functional butler's pantry overlooks the resort-style pool area so you never feel like you're far from the action.
G.J. Gardner Homes' classic Samsara kitchen design is all about functionality, space and storage. Featuring a crisp coastal-inspired palette, and large island bench with 40mm Essastone benchtop and additional storage behind the bar stools. Genius.
Perry Homes' colour choices injects character and personality into the family-friendly Malibu design. The olive-toned cabinetry and rattan pendants have a relaxed vintage feel, while the appliances, stone benchtops and black tapware provide contrast. The kitchen flows seamlessly to the open living zone, and alfresco area.
Inside Better Homes and Developments' Oakley design, on trend shaker profile cabinetry sits perfectly alongside the modern Fisher and Paykel dual ovens and built-in coffee machine. Designed for the host who loves to entertain, the home's cabinetry conceals the whitegoods, while the pot drawers and walk-in pantry provide vital storage.
Elements: Environmentally sustainable design, the philosophy of designing physical objects the built environment and services to comply with the principals of ecological sustainability.
Hotondo Homes' consciously constructed Icelyn design has serious eco-credentials which extend to every room in the house, including the centrally-located kitchen.
Polished concrete flooring, clever timber cabinetry (which conceals clutter), skylights and the Laminex benchtop made from cotton denim fibres collected from cloth production mills, ensures this design stands out for all the right reasons.
Elements: Clean lines, open floor plan, lots of light, simple and uncluttered, monochromatic palette.
Rob Tate Homes' Sanremo is home to not one but two kitchens! Minimalistic in design, with a classic colour combination of black, white and timber, the light-filled spaces include stone benchtops, open shelving, modern appliances and smart matte black tapware.
Hibbard Homes' Nova kitchen design makes the most of every inch of space with ample storage, stone bench tops, walk-in pantry, 900mm gas cook top, modern appliances, and a crisp white and natural palette.