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As the Mornington Peninsula’s expert on retreat-style extensions and renovations, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the latest kitchen trends over the last 12 months. This year, we’ve seen a transition away from the stark lines of industrial and minimalist aesthetics, to the more relaxed, with an emphasis on rustic and homely spaces. Here are just four trends that we expect to continue well into 2021. 

The kitchen as a retreat 

With so many of us staying at home for the majority of 2020, there has been a shift to creating kitchens that feel like a retreat – almost like creating your favourite holiday destination in the comfort of your own home. Common design elements include bookshelves for storage and indoor plants, built-in banquette or nook seating and the smooth integration of practical elements such as compost bins and recycling. 

An emphasis on eco-credentials is also a key feature of retreat kitchens, with recycled or sustainable materials, intelligent window and ventilation design, and energy-efficient appliances. 

Country styling

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As we spend more time at home, kitchens are moving away from minimalist designs and back towards the classic country aesthetic. The clean yet comfortable style places a huge emphasis on natural textures and materials, exposed beams, butler sinks, character-filled bricks, wood panelling and oversized furnishings in cosy textures and tones. In some country kitchens, the Aga cooker takes pride of place as the main appliance.

However, country homes aren’t completely rustic – modern touches can come in the form of industrial-style pendant lighting, a clean colour palette, copper or brass accents and colourful accessories.

The return of timber

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In 2020, we have seen timber make a comeback in kitchens, especially in lighter tones. One of the benefits of timber is in its uniqueness – as a naturally occurring material, each piece is completely different, ensuring your kitchen will never have an exact replica. Timber also brings a natural element into any kitchen, creating an instant sense of relaxation. 

Best of all, it’s incredibly versatile – it can take on a luxury quality when used in contrast against marble benchtops or splashbacks or create a rustic aesthetic when paired with concrete textures. 

Going green

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Sustainability continues to be a huge focus for homeowners and builders alike – so much so that we expect it to be a compulsory part of kitchen design in the near future. The sustainable kitchens of today feature either recycled or low-impact materials, smart storage solutions (including spaces for separate bins), eco-friendly flooring (such as cork or linoleum), multiple avenues for natural light, numerous ventilation opportunities, energy- and water-efficient appliances, and LED lighting. 

More widely, initiatives like solar panels, rainwater tanks and other sustainable measures can be installed to ensure the entire home’s footprint is as low as possible. 


Thinking about renovating or extending your home? Get in touch with the team at Relish Homes today – we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about creating your dream home.