2022 & 2023

Design trends are shifting to adapt to a post-COVID life but what does this actually mean?

In short, there’s been an increase in people moving away from the city to regional areas, and many are now working from home permanently.  This has been caused by a desire to get back to nature, to reduce stress levels and encourage a positive mindset. 

So how does this affect interior design?

We’re seeing a strong shift away from the ‘Showhome’ style abode in favour of a less-manufactured aesthetic.  This simpler, back-to-nature movement is definitely being reflected in interior design choices.

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1. Calming Interiors

We’re seeing a balanced mix of colours, materials and textures that reflect nature and provide a calming aesthetic. 


The cool colours on the colour wheel are a good tool to get you started.  Blues, Greens and Sandy Tones are especially popular.



Ocean blues are being used as a strong feature kitchen colour.  In 2023 we’ll be seeing the comeback of Royal Blue (which never really went away) and lighter Baby Blues.



Mint and Sage Greens are a popular choice for a calming colour palette.



We’re starting to see a move away from whites towards the more earthy colours of sand and the desert.

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2. Mixed Materials & Textures


In the kitchen, we’re seeing an increased use of timber, especially in 2-tone kitchens.

Timber brings more interest to the all-white kitchen and is now being combined with neutral shades of cream and off-whites as well.

The combination of timber doors and marble benchtops and splashbacks look fabulous but if you’re afraid to fully commit to timber, it can be used sparingly to accent just the bar back panel or open shelves for example.

Mixed Materials

The combination of old and new elements within the kitchen create a more lived-in vibe.

Timber neutral kitchen


Muted finishes in tapware and handles such as pewter, copper and brushed brass create a toned-down effect that’s closer to nature.

Kitchen Mixed Metals Bronze Pendant Lights


Matt and Satin kitchen cupboard doors are a more popular choice than Gloss as they offer a warmer, less-polished look.   

Polytec’s Melamine Smooth Range has all the calming contemporary colours mentioned above i.e. greens, blues and neutrals.

Matt black is a bold and sophisticated choice if you’re game.  Many are opting for handleless doors to create a simpler, more streamlined finish.  Matt black is available across our entire door range to suit any budget.    

Matt Black Kitchen Cabinets

3. Bold Patterns


Decorative marble benchtops and splashbacks are making a statement.  They combine well with timber kitchen doors for the ultimate nature-palette. 

Our engineered stone marble range goes straight over the top of existing splashback tiles so no messy tile removal to worry about!

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Gloss finish tiles in neutral tones or the brighter coloured shades of blue, green, brown and sand.

Geometric shaped tiles make a statement and complement the  simpler lines found in the rest of the kitchen such as flat panel doors and a uniform-coloured benchtop.

Marble splashbacks display beautifully as they enhance the aesthetic of the kitchen and are noticed as soon as you enter the room.  We’re definitely seeing this striking trend in 2022 / 2023 and of course, the bolder the pattern, the better!

Green Tile Splashback 2022
green gloss splashback
Neutral Gloss Splashback
Marble splashback

4. Family-Friendly Designs


This handy addition with seating has become a staple in most kitchens today.  Not only do they add interest to the kitchen’s aesthetic; they provide additional storage and are the perfect spot to hang some feature pendant lights.  Most importantly, they’ve changed how we use kitchens today.  We’ve evolved from the days of the kitchen being akin to the servants’ quarters – out of sight, out of mind – to a communal area where friends and family can gather and socialise.  Much more functional and family-friendly.

Kitchen island blue kitchen


Pet adoption and ownership have increased over the last 2 years and home owners are now seeking improved home and kitchen designs to accommodate their furry family member.  We’ve seen an increase in demand for our famous Pet-Feeding Station which can easily be added to a kitchen makeover or new kitchen.  

No more unsightly doggy bowls to worry about and all your pet’s accessories can be neatly stored in the cupboard above. Talk about organised! Here is Blackberry in a Cronulla home. 

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