Top Five Kitchen Trends for 2020

Our taste in kitchen design has changed significantly over the last few decades. From the pastels and linoleum of the 1950’s to the resurgence of gas cooking and rise of benchtop appliances through the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, to the open plans and reworking of the ‘work triangle’ that marked the turn of the century, our kitchens have evolved from practical to statement showpieces. With a new decade now upon us, it’s the perfect time to look ahead at what’s next for the ‘heart of the home’. We’ve surveyed the latest styles from across the globe, reviewed upcoming releases from the world’s leading manufacturers, and come up with this shortlist of the top trends to look out for in 2020. Trend #1: It’s all about the tech Over the last few years, luxury fixtures and fittings have become the norm, with homeowners willing to spend more to get the [...]

Top Five Kitchen Trends for 20202020-02-21T11:48:48+11:00

A Close Look at Modern Kitchen Styles

There’s nothing like coming home to a beautiful space, and this is particularly true when it comes to your kitchen. Given that this room is often referred to as the heart of the home, a modern kitchen that reflects the tastes and lifestyle of a family plays an integral role in its comfort and functionality. There are a lot of exciting trends that are shaking up the kitchen landscape. Below are the six kitchen styles that are on our radar for 2020.   1. Matte Black Kitchen Cabinetry A dazzling white kitchen will always be a classic. More modern kitchen designers, however, are choosing to either incorporate black cabinetry among the lighter cabinets or shelves, or they are choosing to use black entirely. Sultry and dramatic, a black kitchen makes everything. From your tiling to glossy cabinetry, black kitchens pair exceptionally well with concrete benchtops and gunmetal or pewter hardware. [...]

A Close Look at Modern Kitchen Styles2020-01-23T13:10:10+11:00

Kitchen Colour Trends for 2020

Modern kitchens will always experiment  with a lot of different colours. But some colours are proving to be standouts for 2020. Let Zesta Kitchens serve as a source of inspiration by sharing five of the latest and greatest colour trends we’re anticipating for new and renovated kitchens this year.   White There is no question that the white kitchen has stood the test of time. While nearly one hundred years ago white was the only colour offered by kitchen manufacturers, today it continues to be a leading colour choice for even the most modern of kitchens. White offers a natural glow. It gives off positive vibes of happiness and purity. White makes any kitchen feel larger. It’s brightness will make even small kitchens feel spacious. White serves as a great design tool. Any colour, texture, or material can be paired with a white kitchen. If you’re thinking of selling your [...]

Kitchen Colour Trends for 20202020-01-23T13:11:59+11:00

Mount Martha Kitchen, Laundry and living reno

This Mount Martha home underwent a whole-house renovation.  Central to the renovation was new Kitchen, Laundry and living room which Zesta Kitchens designed and supplied. As can be seen in the before photo above, the parquetry flooring that was once very popular now looks dated when viewed in conjunction with Kitchen.  In addition, the flow and functionality of the kitchen space needed improvement. Central to the brief was for the style to be more consistent with the rest of the spaces within the home. Our lovely clients first visited the Richmond Showroom where they decided to work with Designer Mary to create their vision. Being such a large project it was important to ensure the design worked for the family when using it over the holidays. As a holiday home, the flow within the kitchen space needed to be improved and it was important that a large island bench for [...]

Mount Martha Kitchen, Laundry and living reno2020-02-11T11:50:04+11:00

Fairfield Renovation – Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry and Laundry

This was such a special Renovation where we transformed the back part of this lovely home in Fairfield, Melbourne. This “before photo” clearly displays a kitchen living area dating back to the 70’s. Dark timber cabinetry with brown toning flooring, that was once so fashionable. makes the kitchen feel drab. Our favourite part of this older style kitchen was the sidewall cabinet where the dinner plates fitted into slots for easy reach and also acts as a display cabinet. Once so fashionable but now seen as a dust collector! The clients first approached Zesta Kitchens some six months prior to their renovation. They were at a loss where to begin such a mammoth renovation and were seeking answers to their questions. Their initial discussions with our Richmond Designer, Mary was focussed on the future needs of this family. In this project, working with a builder the couple knew they could [...]

Fairfield Renovation – Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry and Laundry2019-12-11T12:43:16+11:00

Corner Dilemma: How to make your Kitchen Corner Cabinets Easier to Access

Corner cabinets in the kitchen are notoriously troublesome. Not only are they awkwardly positioned, but they also tend to be too narrow, too dark, and too deep to access easily. Fortunately, your kitchen corner cabinet doesn’t have to be a problem. With just a few of the simple yet creative solutions below, you’ll be able to give your corner cabinets a more meaningful purpose in a room that is always in need of more space.   Install a Diagonal Pantry    An easy solution this far too common problem is to install one or more diagonal cabinets. While you will be losing a bit of space by positioning a cabinet this way, everything you need will be within arm’s reach rather than you needing to teeter on tip-toe (or grab a step ladder) to see and snag kitchen items.   Combine Forces   Circular Lazy Susans have been the ideal [...]

Corner Dilemma: How to make your Kitchen Corner Cabinets Easier to Access2019-11-20T15:42:21+11:00


This small kitchen renovation was a charity renovation for Project Seven in conjunction with Norsuhome. This family were in desperate need of updated spaces to cope with their growing demands. The family have been fostering children for Berry Street for many years. Almost overnight this family went from five to seven and space was a problem, not to mention the old kitchen and dining area! The kitchen from the 1920’s was dark, small and lacked functionality. Enter Zesta Kitchens to transform the space into a bright, modern yet fully functional space for this family of seven. Following discussions with NorsuHome the white Hampton kitchen was chosen to open up the space and the soft palette of Blanco Cararra Neolith benchtops was the perfect match for the kitchen space. The dark brickwork was plastered almost immediately creating a brighter space. The addition of the free-standing island bench created additional seating [...]


Kitchen Design Tips to Get More Bench Space

One of the chief complaints about the kitchen is a lack of bench space. Regardless of whether the kitchen is confined to cramped quarters or features a spacious layout, adequate bench space is always hard to come by. Fortunately, there are many strategies and solutions to this all-too-common problem. We’ll share a few of our favourite kitchen design tips so that you can gain and reclaim some much-appreciated bench space in your home.   Incorporate a Kitchen Island   If you have space, a kitchen island is a perfect way to add some much-needed bench space to your kitchen. Kitchen islands come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they can be created using the same materials as you use throughout the rest of your kitchen. They are incredibly functional as they aren’t only great for food preparation. Add a couple of bar stools, and you have yourself a [...]

Kitchen Design Tips to Get More Bench Space2019-11-13T15:11:55+11:00

Laminate Kitchen Cabinets vs Two Pack Kitchens

Modern day homeowners are fortunate to have so many options when designing their brand new kitchen. Unfortunately, that same level of choice can make building a dream kitchen an absolute nightmare. One question that enters the mind of many is what finish you should choose for your cabinetry. Should you go the classic laminate route? Or should you opt for a two pack cabinetry finish? Regardless of either, is matte or gloss the way to go? What you decide depends on your taste, your budget, and a few other factors. Below we’ll detail what each type of finish is as well as their benefits and drawbacks.   What Is Laminate Cabinetry? Laminate cabinetry first hit the scene back in the 1950s. Economical and stylish, this layered paper finish is resin forced with additional thermosetting resins, making it durable and long-lasting. We know what you may be thinking – laminate is [...]

Laminate Kitchen Cabinets vs Two Pack Kitchens2019-10-11T17:49:33+11:00

How to Save Money by Doing Both Your Kitchen and Laundry Renovation at the Same Time

Any home renovation is a major undertaking. The thought of having strangers in your home for days on end can be unnerving, never mind the thought of mess, flying dust, and disruption. But as anyone who has undergone a successful home renovation will tell you, the end results are well worth the sacrifices made. This couldn’t be more true than having a renovation crew in your home while renovating multiple areas of your home – like the kitchen and laundry area. We know what you’re thinking: our house will be unliveable with two renovation projects happening within the same timeline! We promise you that it is possible and it will actually save you money for a number of obvious reasons:   1. The Renovation Crew Is Already On-Site Every time you bring a renovation crew out for a new project, you can expect to spend hundreds if not thousands of [...]

How to Save Money by Doing Both Your Kitchen and Laundry Renovation at the Same Time2019-10-11T17:48:37+11:00