If 2020 (and perhaps even the start of 2021) taught us anything, it's that the kitchen isn't only used for cooking and eating, but also working from home, socialising with your housemates and even homeschooling.
As this year gets underway, we're starting to feel more reasons to rejoice and think about the changes we want to make to our homes.
And just like any new year, new trends and designs shape the way we style our homes.
Kitchen expert and general manager of sales and marketing at Laminex, Sacha Leagh-Murray takes a look at some of the biggest kitchen trends for 2021, with suggestions from the company's range to help get you started.
Most loved for its natural look and feel, timber finishes have been used in homes for centuries and are now making a comeback across some of Australia's most stylish spaces.
Timber brings warmth and texture to a home, however natural timber isn't ideal for kitchens where surfaces are subjected to constant cleaning, splashing with water, and extreme wear and tear.
Laminex Woodgrains are an ideal alternative to natural timber, as they encapsulate the raw beauty of real timber with added durability and functionality.
Alternatively, if you love the look of painted timber, which is a huge trend for 2021, check out Laminex's PureGrain range, a finish that combines the detailed woodgrain texture of painted timber with the durability, convenience and cost-effectiveness of decorated board.
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Incorporating a colour palette of muted tones creates an atmosphere of relaxation ideal for busy kitchens. Textured oak timbers, warmer neutral shades and muted blues are already beginning to dominate kitchen spaces in 2021.
Laminex Surf and Seasoned Oak can be paired harmoniously to create the idea of a continuous colour scheme, giving the illusion of a larger space which can do wonders for a small working kitchen.
The subtle beauty of muted tones across your cabinetry and benchtops can be beautifully paired with fixtures and hardware in brass and other contrasting metals to bring the whole look together.
Interiors are adopting more of an organic finish with matte interior surfaces. At the forefront of this movement is Laminex AbsoluteMatte, an intriguingly tactical surface that is fingerprint, heat and scratch resistant.
The range is available in a range of colours that reflect this season's trends, making colour selection a breeze.
Thanks to InvisiTouch, a world-leading surface technology, the velvety smooth laminate features fingerprint resistance and durability properties, for stain and scratch resistance, making it ideal for busy spaces.
There is no denying that marble carries a timeless appeal, yet one that comes with a hefty price tag.
If you love the look of a marble bench top but are looking for a more hardwearing and durable material, try Essastone's Unique Calacatta - a classical Italian style marble with a refined ivory base, paired with subtle yet ample veining.
Essastone captures the authentic look and feel of marble but is much more cost-effective and durable.
Featuring subtle, bold aggregates and industrial style concretes, the range offers endless design possibilities.