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The Latest Kitchen Trends For Your Home

Are you renovating your kitchen? Achieve optimal functionality without compromising on superior style with our top tips.

Natural Selection

The brief for the cooking zone pictured above was to design a multipurpose space that maximised the views of a courtyard and would enable the sociable homeowners to host guests with ease. Needing to also be both family-friendly yet aesthetically pleasing, a number of specific durable materials were chosen, such as the stainless-steel benchtops for the hob and bar area. The flush window splashback was carefully planned to showcase the luscious green outlook, and easy-access louvres were added to allow for cross ventilation from the adjoining outdoor area. Oak set in a herringbone pattern brings character to the large Corian island (in Rain Cloud), while the opposite solid block-end is a chic contrast to both the timber features and concrete accents. The clean lines of the Sage cabinetry in Acrygloss White add a sleek finishing touch. evolutionofsurfaces.com

Colour Release

Corian has evolved the standard kitchen benchtop and splashback into a creative work of art by continually offering new shapes, effects, colours and finishes to lift the design bar. Made from a blend of natural materials and acrylic polymer, its products are durable, non-porous and stain-resistant. Plus, one of the main advantages of Corian is the ability to create one entire continuous surface with seamless undermounting methods, which eliminates areas that trap dirt and water, to minimise cleaning and maintenance. Adding to its extensive colour selection are three new Corian hues: Neutral Concrete, White Onyx and Weathered Concrete. Available at Evolution of Surfaces, 0800 267 426, corian.co.nz.

Shine Bright

The inviting room below was designed by Annika Rowson and built to withstand everything family life could throw at it. The warm yet sturdy Corian benchtops in Cirrus White were chosen to complement the timber features, and is an elegant addition to the rawness of the polished concrete floors. All of these finishes add a soft and gentle texture that blend well with the subway tiles, which feature across the entire back wall of this open-plan room. The island’s waterfall end gracefully anchors the bench and the integrated Corian “Duo 023” sink adds a seamless and attractive touch to the functional zone. Bathed in natural light, courtesy of carefully placed skylights, combined with a striking ceiling pitch, this kitchen firmly holds ground as the hub of this busy home. evolutionofsurfaces.co.nz

Resort Life

Fashion designer Caroline Sills has spent a long time renovating her Waiheke Island property into the light and bright dream home it now is. An open plan with views out to Owhanake Bay, combined with the layering of fresh whites, an abundance of glass and a hint of metal creates the ultimate in relaxed living. Carpets, books, tables and chairs collected on global adventures personalise the spacious, sun-drenched rooms, while leafy green indoor plants add a touch of colour.

Take a peek inside Caroline’s stunning home in the gallery below.

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