Schweigen ambassador and award-winning kitchen designer, Mal Corboy, has provided some key insights into his top kitchen design predictions for 2018.

From smart appliances to strong patterns, Mal has outlined the key design trends that are set to take Australian households by storm this year.


Innovation continues to rise

Australian kitchens are evolving, thanks to the emergence of intelligent and innovative appliances. Over the years, there has been a rapid rise of the smart kitchen. Appliances are becoming quieter, more precise and controllable from handheld devices. Homeowners are choosing appliances based on innovation and convenience, making it easier to prepare meals and truly establish the kitchen as the heart of the home. One of Australia’s leading kitchen appliance brands and pioneers in silent rangehoods, Schweigen, makes it easier for families to have fantastic conversations in the kitchen. Many of my clients love Schweigen silent rangehoods. Not only are they silent, powerful and efficient, but also sleek and stylish to suit any Australian home.

Strong patterns and textured marbles

Strong patterns, textured marbles and granites are emerging into the market. Tip: Add back lighting to create an extra dimension to the design.

Take advantage of the Pantone Colour of the Year

The Pantone Colour of the Year, 2018 Ultra Violet, will be a great option for many Australian kitchens. It’s fantastic for the darker moody side of the palette.

Matte appliances are still making waves

We are seeing a lot of new products coming through with very matte finishes in dark tones. Many of them are now fingerprint resistant. Launched in 2017, Schweigen IN. offers a premium range of appliances from silent rangehoods to cooktops and ovens with some models available in the on-trend matte black finish.

Commercial cooking methods are being more widely used

Commercial cooking methods will be more widely used in the residential kitchen. For example, the sous vide machines – we’re already seeing this in some appliances. The industrial style kitchen will have some subtle changes to make it more refined.

Personalisation is key

As a designer, we are talking to our clients a lot more about how they use all their appliances to meet their home life and cultural needs. When it comes to the kitchen, it’s going to be all about personalisation. The kitchen has become the heart of many Australian homes and has become more multi-functional. Take this into consideration when renovating or designing your kitchen. Also remember to consider your client’s lifestyle and the type of cooking and food they like, as this has a big impact on the design of their kitchen.