The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Guide to Kitchen Design Trends 2018

Identifying new trends these days can seem progressively challenging to pin point.

One can only look to the experts to gain more accurate insights into what new release products, materials and finishes, colour palettes and styles appear to be gaining momentum in popularity.

Interior Style Trends 2018

Today’s interiors tend not to follow any one particular style or trend. (Thank goodness)! Styles are evolving into what can only be described as ‘organised eclecticism.’ This involves taking components of varying looks to create something individual and almost a little quirky with slightly unexpected combinations and a strong attention to detail.

These looks don’t happen by chance though. The inspiring interiors you see among blogs, social media platforms and glossy magazines are the result of carefully considered selections by some of the best in the business.

This imagery filters through to all the homemakers and budding renovators who are now much more design savvy. This new breed is creative and demand high standards in their own homes.


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Kitchen Design Trends 2018

With the influence of so many amazing designs for the kitchen, 2018 is going to...


Guide to Kitchen Design Trends 2018

Identifying new trends these days can seem progressively challenging to pin point.

One can only look to the experts to gain more accurate insights into what new release products, materials and finishes, colour palettes and styles appear to be gaining momentum in popularity.

Interior Style Trends 2018

Today’s interiors tend not to follow any one particular style or trend. (Thank goodness)! Styles are evolving into what can only be described as ‘organised eclecticism.’ This involves taking components of varying looks to create something individual and almost a little quirky with slightly unexpected combinations and a strong attention to detail.

These looks don’t happen by chance though. The inspiring interiors you see among blogs, social media platforms and glossy magazines are the result of carefully considered selections by some of the best in the business.

This imagery filters through to all the homemakers and budding renovators who are now much more design savvy. This new breed is creative and demand high standards in their own homes.


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Kitchen Design Trends 2018

With the influence of so many amazing designs for the kitchen, 2018 is going to see a wave of eclectic styles being specified but executed in a refined and well-thought out way. Functionality will take precedence above all else, however, the kitchen will be beautiful in it’s own unique way. With that being said, there is definitely some stronger kitchen design elements that will be carrying over to many new kitchen fit out projects this year.

House of Home chatted to three industry experts to get their predictions on what will be the key characteristics of kitchen design throughout 2018. We would like to thank Frank Iaria of Mint Kitchen Group, Russell Henderson, Senior Designer at smarterBATHROOMS+ and Royston Wilson, President of the KBDi for sharing their thoughts on this topic.

Our Q&A covers the following insights, click on them to jump ahead at any time.

  • Key kitchen trends and the transformation of kitchens in 2018
  • New must-have kitchen products for 2018
  • Most popular kitchen materials & finishes in 2018
  • New and preferred colour palettes for kitchens in 2018

What are the key trends in Kitchen design for 2018 and how will we see kitchens transform in 2018?

Say Good-Bye to Minimalism

Minimalism is out, eclectic is in. Kitchens are evolving to become extensions of the rest of the home, with a character and personality of their own. Where everything in a minimal kitchen is hidden and often quite stark, the eclectic kitchen allows for creativity and a bit of quirkiness.

It’s ok to display decor items such as hand made ceramics, plants, kitchenware and recipe books. As long as these elements are styled carefully and look balanced (not just haphazardly placed).


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“The kitchen will become more about the mixing and matching of elements; a little bit of artisian industrial meets mineral eclectic. People are becoming a lot more adventurous with their selections and aren’t afraid to experiment”. Royston Wilson | KBDi


More Storage & Creating the Illusion of Space

Customers desire more storage in the kitchen and a better utilisation of space, says Frank of Mint Kitchens. To maximise storage space, the following design tricks can be implemented:

  • By stacking or layering of overhead cabinets at different depths to make better use the ceiling height

  • Reduced kicker heights to make cabinet carcasses bigger and maximise under bench storage. For example, instead of a 150mm high kicker, a 120mm kicker can be used and the extra 30mm is put into storage space. This can make a big difference in small kitchens.

  • Incorporating a walk-in Butler style pantry if space permits. This is a great area to store microwaves, toasters, kettles, a hot/chilled tap etc. This frees up space in main kitchen area and less clutter will make the main space appear more open and larger.

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What new must-have products will see become available or more sought after?

Integrated Appliances & Concealed Small Appliances

Although the new look is eclectic, it’s still one that’s highly practical, functional and organised with a home for everything.

As integrated appliances become more and more accessible (with many options now available in the market), creating a streamline hidden look within a kitchen is achievable for most budgets.

"Having appliances tucked away behind closed doors allows the kitchen to have a designer edge that looks more like a custom piece of furniture and much less like a working kitchen.” Russel Henderson | smarter BATHROOMS+


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Induction Cooktops

"Induction cooktops are growing in popularity due their ease of use, clean, no-fuss design and ease of maintenance." Says Royston of KBDi.

Intergrated Gas Hobs

Pitt Cooking integrated gas hobs are newly introduced into Australia. They are hand made in Holland and designed to integrate directly into a stone benchtop creating a distinctive and cutting edge designer look.

There’s no need for a hot plate as each hob is separate. This means you can actually fit all of your pots, woks or pans! Mint Kitchen Group Moonee Ponds will be the first kitchen showroom in Melbourne to have one on display.


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Fully Integrated Pantry Units

“Blum’s space tower pantry unit is such a great pantry option. It’s full of internal drawers customised to suit a client’s individual kitchen needs and gives you clear visibility of all the items. This is a must have in any kitchen.” Says Russel.


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Integrated Rangehoods

"Showy feature rangehoods that used to be a design statement are no longer a popular choice as they are hard to clean." Advises Royston from KBDi.

Intergrated rangehoods look seamless and allow for more beautiful elements (such as the island bench, above counter lighting or a big stand-alone double oven) to become the focal point instead.


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Statement Ovens

“Unlike the rest of the kitchen appliances, one that is becoming less and less integrated is the oven. More freestanding ovens are being chosen to act as a main grand feature for the kitchen” explains Royston.

Thin Profile Bench Tops

Whilst the standard for some time now has been to have a 40mm thick stone benchtop, we are now seeing products that are as thin as 12mm being used. Often these benchtops will be complimented by a shadow line detail to the cabinetry. This lies just below the top to help emphasize its sleek, thin profile.


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Oversized Benchtops

“In complete contrast, much thicker benchtops are becoming quite popular too. The thickness can be anywhere between 50-80mm and is used to create a feature of the surface material, such as a beautiful granite or marble.”

“In a kitchen setting both thicknesses can be used to compliment each other. For example, the Island could be made the feature with 60mm stone and the surrounding benchtops could be 20mm stone.” Frank advises.

Matte Tapware & Sinks

“Taps with a quartz matte finish such as brushed graphite, black or grey stone are all new alternative finishes that look stunning.” Says Frank.

Oversized Cabinetry Knobs

In the kitchen, handles are a great way to add character and they can be easily changed over time. Large round timber knobs for kitchen cabinetry are popping up everywhere. We are seeing them being used a lot, not just in the kitchen but for interior doors also. These knobs are being specified to either match colour of the cabinetry or in a striking contrasting colour.

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Profile Cabinetry Doors

“We are expecting to see a bit more depth included into the kitchen cabinetry with the inclusion of profile doors. More subtle profiles such as vertical panelling or shallow shaker are going to be big.” Says Russell.


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What materials & finishes are expected to be most popular?

Tiled Splashbacks & Tiled Island Upstands

"Replacing the colour-backed glass, large format tiled splashbacks are surging in popularity. There are some exquisite feature tiles available now. They can be paired with a dark grout and a great way to introduce texture and colour to an otherwise fairly neutral space." Frank advises.

Tiled bench upstands with a striking feature tile are taking precedence over a patterned splashback.

Tip: When a feature tile is used for the upstand be sure to keep the splashback plain so that they don’t compete or make the space appear to busy.


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Tactile Natural Stone

“Natural stone is making a big comeback. Homemakers enjoy the process of going out to view select the stone and become more involved in the design selection process. What’s different is that tactile, textured stone over a polished finish is becoming the preferred choice." Says Royston


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Engineered Quartz Stone

“It’s important to note that engineered quartz stone will also remain a popular benchtop material as they offer a very large array of colours and different textures which include polished and the matt or more rugged surfaces which are becoming more sought after.” Says Frank

Benefits of Engineered Quartz

"Quartz is very durable, easy to clean. Plainer colours can be dressed up with beautiful custom cabinetry. Whilst the colours do vary in price, this type of stone is generally affordable for most people undertaking a kitchen renovation." Frank advises.


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Timber Laminates

A larger variety of timber laminates have become increasingly more realistic and similar in their look and feel to a natural veneer. Given that they are a more cost-effective option it’s expected to be a popular choice.


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Matte Finishes

"Matte finishes (as opposed to high gloss) for doors and benchtops are increasing in popularity. These matt textures help to make the space feel more natural, organic and bring a warmth to the kitchen. For example, the Laminex Absolute Series has a beautiful range." Frank advises.


What will be the new and preferred colour palettes for kitchens in 2018?

“All white kitchens are out. A warmer colour palette with more earthy tones and greys will filter through with mid-tone timbers such as walnut teak or spotted gum.” “People will be experimenting with striking light and dark contrasts and becoming more adventurous all round.” Royston Wilson | KBDi


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“A somewhat Nordic look with timber finishes, and soft greys is a style that shows no signs of disappearing and will really come to the forefront throughout 2018. Subtle hints of colour can be added with this palette for those who want to be a little more adventurous.” Russell Henderson | smarter BATHROOMS +


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“A combo of white, black and textured woodgrains will continue to be the main elements within a room. Different tones of white are also seen through soft greys, through to darker greys.” Frank Iaria | Mint Kitchen Group


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We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our Kitchen product ranges.

A big thank you to Frank Iaria of Mint Kitchen Group (mintkitchengroup.com.au), Russell Henderson, Senior Designer at smarterBATHROOMS+ (smarterbathrooms.com.au) and Royston Wilson, President of the KBDi (Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute, kbdi.org.au) for sharing their expertise on Kitchen Design Trends.


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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."