Kitchens and Bathrooms 2010 – What’s hot and what’s not

by Chris Lang on December 15, 2010

Beautiful Kitchen “Australians Spend Record Dollars on Kitchens and Bathrooms” was the headline of the latest report by HIA (Housing Industry Association). The K&B industry is booming, apparently – an unimaginable amount of $6.9 billion was spent on new and renovated kitchens in 2009/10. The new and renovated bathrooms follow the kitchens closely with $4.2 billion. I simply can’t wrap my head around such numbers.

So what is all this money being spent on? What should you put on your kitchen/bathroom wish list?

Join me for a peek into what’s hot and what’s not in the kitchens and bathrooms world.


IN : Engineered stone benchtops were most popular …

Engineered stone benchtop

… followed by granite benchtops.

Granite benchtop

OUT: Stainless steel, concrete and timber benchtops are losing their popularity.

Timber benchtop


IN: Polyurethane or colour painted doors, along with low pressure laminate doors were the most popular

Polyurethane kitchen doors

and there was another door type that also increased in popularity – glass doors and vacuum formed doors.

Vacuum formed kitchen doors

OUT: roller shutter doors, timber and timber veneer doors are not as popular these days.

timber veneer kitchen doors


IN: Glass and engineered stone spashbacks were popular in 2010.

Glass splashbacks

OUT: Granite, tiled spashbacks, Perspex coloured and acrylic splashbacks are not as popular as they used to be.

tiled spashbacks


IN: hot kitchens have LCD / Plasma TV’s, two-door fridges with icemakers, wine coolers and freestanding stoves.

Free standing stove

Tap ware

IN: Lever tap ware, multiple sinks and taps in bathrooms, premium tap ware.

Lever Tap Ware

OUT: Budget tap ware is not cool any more 🙂 But then again, has it ever been?


IN: Under-mount sinks, double-bowl sinks ….

Under Mount Double Bowl Sink

… and square-form sinks.

Square form sink

OUT: Round bowl sinks and single bowl sinks.


Soft closing draws and deep and wide drawers for pots and plates are hot, along with concealed garbage bins.

Wide kitchen drawers for pots and plates

Acknowledgments: A special thanks goes to the HIA for the report and to Dicken from for the beautiful photos used in this article.

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above ground pools December 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

It’s a good blog. I am planning to build a new house and was looking for some good information regarding my kitchen’s development. I have got many important information from here and really looking forward to get built my kitchen like in the above pic.


lose 10 pounds quickly December 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

Hi Chris,

This is a very detailed post. I’m going to save this link for future reference when I get my kitchen redone. Also, great pictures by the way!



Rick September 28, 2011 at 4:54 am

Were building a new house next month and I have lots of plans for my kitchen but my ideas was mixed up, this post just gave me a clear idea on what to do. Thanks!


Kris May 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I love your comparison of the ins and outs of kitchen design, and of course the photos.

Kitchens have been revolutionized over the last few years, and they have transformed beautifully I must say!


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