Modern Kitchen Renovations

Give your kitchen a modern makeover with crisp, clean lines and fresh, functional features. Read on to learn the latest in modern kitchen ideas and source inspiration for your renovation.

Give your kitchen a modern makeover with crisp, clean lines and fresh, functional features. Read on to learn the latest in modern kitchen ideas and source inspiration for your renovation.

What makes a modern kitchen?

Imagine a clutterless kitchen with smooth surfaces, sleek appliances, and beautiful light fixtures. Contrary to popular belief, modern kitchens are not cold and sterile; rather there are countless kitchen design ideas that inject personality into the heart of your home. Check out some of the latest modern kitchen design ideas:

Neutral colour palette

Play with earth tones and natural textures to create a warm, inviting kitchen. Wood, marble, granite, and metallic finishes are popular choices.

Flat panel cabinetry

Curate your clean kitchen aesthetic with the implementation of flat panel cabinets. These are especially great for a small modern kitchen because of their sleek and tidy appearance.

All about lighting

Add your creative touch in the form of light fixtures. Glass or sculptural light fixtures add style and personality to your kitchen.

Underlit cabinetry

Modern Kitchen Ideas

Turn to our recent Refresh projects in Australia for modern kitchen inspiration:

Kitchen renovation in Burwood

  • Neutral colour palette
  • New timber flooring
  • Open plan design

Kitchen renovation in Beaumaris

  • Marble accents
  • Waterfall countertop edge
  • Flat panel cabinetry
  • Artful glass light fixtures

Kitchen renovation in City Beach

  • Modern kitchen island with waterfall edge
  • Stone benchtops
  • Art deco light fixtures

Kitchen renovation in Heathmont

  • Functional L-shaped layout
  • Modern pull out pantry and shelving systems    
  • Innovative LED lighting under cabinets
sleek black kitchen

What to consider in your modern kitchen renovation

Before you get started on your renovations, you’ll want to consider the following:

Layout and size

Interested in improving your kitchen’s floor plan? There are many kitchen concepts to choose from, like modern U-shaped kitchens, island kitchens, galley kitchens, or the industrious Shaker-style kitchen. Whatever the kitchen you’re working with, its floor plan may need to be streamlined. Think about your kitchen’s current size and shape. If there are sticking points you’d like to rectify, your Renovation Consultant will help you map out the best configuration for your new kitchen.


From takeout meals to five course holiday dinners and everything in between, you’ll want to make sure your kitchen has all the fixtures needed for you (and other cooks in the household) to make the best possible use of this space.BudgetLessen the stress of the renovation process by deciding your budget at the outset. Your Renovation Consultant will then be able to suggest materials, fixtures, and other elements to help you achieve your goals within that budget.

How much does a modern kitchen renovation cost?

The final cost of your modern kitchen renovation will depend on several factors, particularly the size and scope of the project, material and labour costs, and your choice of appliances. In Australia, you can expect to spend between $20,000 - $80,000+* on your kitchen renovation.

*Costs are shown as an indicative guide of what previous projects have cost. The price of renovating a home is increasing each year as material and labour costs rise. For an estimate / quote on your specific project, please consult your local Refresh Renovations® specialist to find out more about our planning, design and build process.

walk-in pantry

Renovate your kitchen with the Refresh 5-step process

When you choose to ‘Refresh’ your kitchen, you can be assured that our team will guide you through the project from beginning to end with full and clear communication at every stage.It’s our priority that your modern kitchen remodel be as stress-free as possible, which is why we have developed our tried and true 5-step process with homeowners in mind.You’ll work with the same dedicated Renovation Consultant from the start of your project through to completion. This person will be your point of contact to give advice, provide a trusted network of contractors and suppliers, and manage the team of skilful tradespeople working on your kitchen.

Building consent requirements differ across Australia, depending on your region and the scope of your project. Your Renovation Consultant will make sure all appropriate documentation for your kitchen remodel is obtained.Access your intuitive client portal at any time to receive project updates. Once the building phase is complete and your kitchen is ready, your Renovation Consultant will organise the remaining paperwork to ensure that your new kitchen is code-compliant.  All that’s left for you to do next is enjoy your brand new kitchen!


What features make up a modern Hamptons style kitchen?

These coastal-inspired kitchens are bright, fresh, and inviting. Hamptons style kitchens feature neutral colours and contrasting textures. For instance, white walls and cabinets pair well with dark timber flooring. Shaker cabinets, backsplash tiles, and modern tapware blend the traditional and contemporary features that make up a Hamptons style kitchen.

Which trends are the latest in kitchen design?

In 2023, we’re embracing the future with smart kitchens. This means technology makes functionality smooth and seamless with touchless faucets, voice-activated refrigerators, and more. Another trend is dark colours in the kitchen. White has always been a top choice, but now darker colours are having their moment. Lastly, custom-built storage solutions keep your modern kitchen free of clutter, no matter your kitchen’s size.

Which kitchen layout is the most functional?

Modern U-shaped kitchens, L-shaped kitchens, and island kitchens offer seamless flow for prepping and cooking. If you’re short on space, galley kitchens and single wall kitchens can still prove functional if spaced intuitively.Let’s talk about your dream kitchen!

Marble splashbacl

Get in touch with our team at Refresh to kickstart your kitchen renovation!

Our local Renovation Consultants offer a free, no-obligation consultation to hear your ideas and offer inspiration. They look forward to hearing from you!

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