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The Test Of Time

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The Test Of Time

When you’re in your ‘forever home’, it’s only natural to want to decorate in a manner that suits your tastes. If, however, you’re planning on selling, or simply don’t feel like redecorating again down the track, it pays to opt for design features that won’t date, explains Lara Bailey.

It’s easy to spot a kitchen that was constructed in the 70s: while the paisley curtains may be long gone, it’s likely the lime green cabinetry, formica benches and patterned avocado-hued linoleum flooring remain. Ditto kitchens built in the 90s, with equally questionable flooring and plenty of passé timber tones. As these examples have shown us, when you design a kitchen entirely based on trends at the time, you risk locking your space into a date-specific aesthetic that you may fall out of love with in just a few years’ time.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are certain design elements – from layout to colour scheme and material selection – that can help you create a kitchen that won’t appear dated in the near future.

To help you navigate the design maze, we’ve enlisted the help of Mark Tonkin, managing director of Rosemount Kitchens, to talk us through a project that has been designed to age gracefully.


If you’ve been in a home and asked your hosts when their kitchen was installed (because you assumed it was new) and they said it was built circa 2004, it’s likely due to the ageless design elements in the space.

One way to achieve timelessness is to model a space on an iconic design that has endured unchanged for a considerable period of time. In the case of the featured kitchen, Rosemount Kitchens elected a Hamptons theme.

“This kitchen looks out to the stunning views of Port Melbourne, with the ocean, boats and ships [in the foreground], so the Hamptons style was a huge influence when [the clients] wanted to renovate,” explains Mark Tonkin.

“The Hamptons style exudes refinement and sophistication, and this kitchen is a beautiful example of this, and is [truly] timeless.”

In addition to aesthetic considerations, functionality goes a long way to providing an ageless ambience. Having a kitchen that is versatile enough to be both an efficient work space and suitable for hosting guests is a must, as the kitchen’s role as the heart of the home continues to grow in importance.

“This kitchen was designed to look elegant, as well as have space for entertaining with family and friends around the large island bench,” explains Tonkin.

“[It had to] not only look beautiful but be functional and practical, with as many drawers as possible for maximum storage and ease of use. It also has a Hafele one2five bin in an integrated cupboard in the island. This is practical and pleasing to the eye.

“When [creating] a new kitchen, the design is ... very important [in helping] the kitchen to stand the test of time. Using quality products and fittings, like Blum and Kesseböhmer, which both have lifetime warranties, means the kitchen will work as well in ten years’ time as it does on day one.”


As a hub of exceptionally stylish architecture and décor, the Hamptons has inspired countless home designs the world over. It is the immediately recognisable style and largely unchanged colour palette and material selection that holds appeal for homeowners from New York to inner-city Melbourne and everywhere in between – and means it’s one aesthetic that won’t be going out of style any time soon.

“The classic white subway tiles [in this project] finish off the Hamptons look and although [these tiles] have been making a large comeback the past two years, they have been around for many years and don’t ever seem to date – in particular the white tiles, which were chosen for this project.”

Another factor in this kitchen – and many timeless projects – is the colour palette. Keeping to relatively neutral colours is a great way to ensure your kitchen will pass the time test. This project features two-pack Dulux ‘Lexicon’, Caesarstone ‘Snow’ on the benchtop and Bianco Carrara on the island benchtop, creating a light and bright, yet understated, visual effect.

“The kitchen has two-pack satin, which [provides] a timeless finish,” explains Tonkin. “It doesn’t go in and out of fashion, as something like a high- gloss [finish] can.”

While it’s impossible to tell when a Hamptons- inspired kitchen was constructed (thus achieving a timeless effect), the design still has scope for personalisation, meaning you can use the essential architectural and colour principles and still put your personal stamp on your kitchen.

“Adding ... glass overhead cabinets means you can display new and old items in the kitchen, which allows the space to show history, culture and memories for your family and friends to chat about while sitting around the island bench,” says Tonkin.

With the right design, materials and products, there’s no reason why your kitchen, like this one, won’t be enjoyed as much in ten years as it is right now.

Image courtesy of Rosemount Kitchens


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