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Top 21 Kitchen Renovation Trends for Auckland (2024)

Imagine a kitchen that sparks culinary creativity and embodies the heart of your Auckland home. Kitchen renovations are an investment that enhances functionality, elevates aesthetics, and adds value to your property. This comprehensive guide explores the latest kitchen trends, design ideas, and practical considerations for a successful Auckland kitchen renovation in 2024.

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Top 21 Kitchen Renovation Trends for Auckland in 2024

1. Embrace Eco-Conscious Design: 

Sustainability reigns supreme in Kitchen renovations in Auckland.  Consider eco-friendly materials like sustainably harvested wood with certifications like FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), recycled tiles, and low-VOC paints. Look for energy-star appliances and water-saving fixtures to minimize your environmental impact and utility bills.

Benefits: Reduce your environmental impact, improve indoor air quality, and potentially qualify for government rebates on energy-efficient appliances.

Implementation Tips:

  • Source cabinets made from sustainably harvested wood with certifications like FSC.
  • Opt for recycled glass countertops or bamboo flooring for an eco-friendly touch.
  • Install low-flow faucets and water-saving features in your dishwasher and washing machine.
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2. Mix and Match Materials: 

Move beyond uniformity. Blend wood, metal, and marble for visual intrigue and personalized style.

Benefits: Adds visual interest, allows for personalization, and caters to a variety of design styles.

Implementation Tips:

  • Play with textures by combining smooth marble countertops with warm wood cabinetry and sleek stainless steel appliances.
  • Consider incorporating metallic accents on hardware or pendant lighting to complement other materials.
  • Explore mixed-metal finishes for a touch of industrial chic.

A recent project by Little Giant Interiors in Parnell showcased a masterful blend of materials. Exposed brick walls provided a rustic backdrop, while sleek, white cabinetry offered a modern counterpoint. Copper pendant lights added a warm glow, exemplifying the successful execution of the mix-and-match trend.

This kitchen that we renovated in Northshore showcaseshow different textures, materials and colours can be combined together for a beautiful design.
This kitchen features a light blue glass splashback, with a marble finish stone benchtop, matte black acrylic panels for cupboards and textures veneer fronts for top cabinets.

3. Smart Kitchen Technology: 

 Integrate voice-activated controls, self-cleaning ovens, and smart refrigerators that manage inventory and create grocery lists for a seamless cooking experience.

Benefits: Simplify tasks, save time, and enhance convenience in the kitchen.


  • Research compatibility between different smart appliances and platforms.
  • Factor in the cost of smart technology when budgeting for your renovation.


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4. Biophilic Design: 

Introduce the serenity of nature with natural light, earthy tones, and potted plants to foster a calming and invigorating atmosphere in your Auckland kitchen.

Benefits: Promotes feelings of wellbeing, reduces stress, and enhances connection with nature.

Implementation Tips:

  • Maximize natural light with skylights, strategically placed windows, and light-reflective surfaces.
  • Incorporate earthy tones like green, brown, and beige into your color palette.
  • Add potted plants and herbs for a touch of life and natural fragrance.


5. Maximize Storage and Functionality:

Kitchens are hubs of activity. Ensure ample storage with well-designed cabinets, pull-out drawers, and hidden compartments to optimize space and maintain a clutter-free environment.

Benefits: Improves organization, creates a more efficient workspace, and enhances visual appeal.

Implementation Tips:

  • Invest in space-saving solutions like corner cabinets, pull-out shelves, and built-in organizers.
  • Utilize vertical space with tall cabinets and wall-mounted shelves.
  • Consider incorporating hidden storage options like appliance garages and pull-out drawers within the base cabinets.
Pull out kitchen cabinet in a kitchen renovation in auckland
Condiment pull out drawer
Pull out bin in a Kitchen renovation in Auckland
Pull out hidden bins
Pull out pantry in a kitchen renovation in Aucland
Pull out pantry in form of shelves

6. Open Floor Plans:

Foster a sense of spaciousness and connection between the kitchen, dining area, and living room. This trend is perfect for:

  • Modern Living: Open floor plans cater to modern lifestyles where the kitchen is the heart of the home and social interaction is key.
  • Families: Open layouts allow parents to keep an eye on children playing in the living room while preparing meals in the kitchen.
  • Entertaining: Open floor plans create a seamless flow for hosting gatherings, allowing guests to mingle freely between the kitchen, dining room, and living area.


  • Creates a more spacious and airy feel, especially in smaller homes.
  • Enhances communication and interaction between family members or guests.
  • Provides better sightlines, allowing for supervision of children or easy conversation while preparing meals.


  • Open floor plans may require more powerful ventilation to remove cooking odors from the living area.
  • Carefully consider furniture placement to define separate zones within the open space.
  • Ensure good lighting design to create a cohesive atmosphere throughout the open area.
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7. Kitchen Islands:

A multi-functional island serves as a food prep station, breakfast bar, or casual dining area, maximizing functionality and creating a social hub in the kitchen.


  • Increases usable workspace for food preparation and cooking tasks.
  • Provides additional storage space for pots, pans, appliances, and other kitchen essentials.
  • Creates a social hub for casual dining, conversation, or entertaining guests.

Implementation Tips:

  • Consider the size and layout of your kitchen to determine the appropriate island size and shape.
  • Choose an island height that allows for both comfortable food preparation and casual dining.
  • Incorporate seating on one or two sides of the island, depending on the available space and desired functionality.
  • Design your island with built-in storage solutions like drawers, shelves, or even a wine rack.


Kitchen island in this kitchen design
If you have the space then you could add a kitchen island during your kitchen renovation process. A Kitchen island opens up endless possibilities. It can be used for food preparation, the bottom cabinets provide extra storage and can double as a eating area.

8. Statement Backsplashes: 

Elevate your kitchen with textured tiles, mosaic patterns, or sleek marble for a touch of personality and visual interest.


  • Protects your walls from splashes and stains during food preparation.
  • Adds a decorative element to your kitchen and complements your overall design style.
  • Offers a creative canvas to express your personality with bold colors, unique patterns, or textured materials.

Implementation Tips:

  • Select a backsplash material that complements your countertops and cabinetry finish.
  • For a timeless look, consider classic subway tiles in white or neutral colors.
  • Create a statement with bold and colorful mosaic patterns or patterned tiles.
  • Embrace a luxurious aesthetic with a marble backsplash that matches your countertops for a cohesive flow.
splashback in this kitchen design
This feature has a creative panel of tiles with a LED lighting on top to give this kitchen a sense of depth. (Picture courtesy of Superior Renovations' showroom - our client)

9. Bold Pendant Lighting: 

Create a focal point and enhance task lighting with statement pendants over your island or sink area, adding a touch of style and improving functionality.


  • Provides focused task lighting for food preparation and cleaning activities.
  • Acts as a decorative element that enhances the overall aesthetics of your kitchen.
  • Offers a variety of styles to complement different design themes, from industrial pendants to modern chandeliers.

Implementation Tips:

  • Choose pendant lights that are proportional to the size of your island or sink area.
  • Consider the height of the pendants to ensure they provide adequate task lighting without obstructing movement.
  • Select pendant styles that complement your overall kitchen design and metal finishes.
  • Experiment with clusters of multiple pendants for a dramatic and modern look.
Pendant Lighting in Kitchen design
Pendant lighting can make all the difference in a kitchen design.

10. Integrated Appliances: 

Achieve a streamlined look with appliances that seamlessly blend into your cabinetry, creating a sleek and modern aesthetic.


  • Creates a clean and minimalist aesthetic by minimizing the visual clutter of appliances.
  • Enhances the overall design flow by integrating appliances as part of the cabinetry.
  • Offers a more luxurious feel by showcasing high-end, built-in appliances.

Implementation Tips:

  • Consider the size and layout of your kitchen to determine the best placement for integrated appliances.
  • Choose appliances with a panel-ready design that allows for custom cabinet fronts to match your existing cabinetry.
  • Ensure proper ventilation for integrated appliances, especially ovens and cooktops.
  • Factor in the cost of high-end, built-in appliances when budgeting for your renovation.

Our Designer’s Tip: While integrated appliances offer a sleek aesthetic, they may be more expensive and require professional installation. Consider your priorities and budget when deciding if this trend is right for you.

Hidden dishwasher in this kitchen renovation
Hidden dishwasher within the cabinetry gives this kitchen a seamless feel. Picture courtsey Superior Renovations who is a client of Little Giant Interiors.

11. Pantries:

A well-designed pantry keeps your kitchen clutter-free and organized, providing dedicated storage for food items, appliances, and small kitchenware.


  • Improved organization and accessibility of food and kitchen essentials.
  • Reduced visual clutter in the main kitchen area.
  • Increased efficiency when preparing meals.

Implementation Tips:

  • Consider the size and layout of your kitchen when allocating space for a pantry.
  • Maximize storage potential with floor-to-ceiling cabinets, adjustable shelving, and pull-out drawers.
  • Designate specific zones for different categories like dry goods, canned food, and small appliances.
  • Incorporate pantry lighting for better visibility and a more user-friendly space.

Our Consultant’s Tip: Consider installing a custom pantry door that complements your overall kitchen design. This can elevate the pantry from a purely functional space to a stylish element.

12. Walk-in Pantries:

For ultimate storage solutions, explore incorporating a walk-in pantry, ideal for larger kitchens or those who love to stock up on groceries.


  • Offers significantly more storage space compared to a traditional pantry.
  • Provides a dedicated workspace for food preparation or appliance storage.
  • Creates a designated area for bulk items and infrequently used kitchen equipment.

Implementation Tips:

  • Assess your available space to ensure a walk-in pantry doesn’t compromise the flow of your kitchen.
  • Strategically position shelves, drawers, and organizers to maximize storage capacity.
  • Consider installing a countertop or work surface within the pantry for additional functionality.
  • Ensure proper ventilation, especially if storing fresh produce or using the pantry for food preparation.
A walk in pantry or Butler's pantry is a great way to store big appliances or crockery that is not used daily. This removes clutter from your main kitchen.

13. Hidden Storage:

Utilise hidden storage solutions like appliance garages, pull-out drawers, and built-in shelving to optimize space and maintain a clutter-free environment.


  • Creates a clean and streamlined aesthetic by minimizing visible appliances and clutter.
  • Improves functionality by keeping frequently used items readily accessible.
  • Maximizes space utilization, especially in smaller kitchens.

Implementation Tips:

  • Consider appliance garages that hide away toasters, mixers, and other countertop appliances.
  • Utilize pull-out drawers for storing utensils, cutlery, spices, and baking supplies.
  • Designate specific base cabinets for built-in shelves or pull-out pantry units.

Our Tip: When planning hidden storage solutions, ensure they are easy to access and use. Awkward pull-out drawers or deep, hard-to-reach cabinets can defeat the purpose of organization.

14. Statement Sinks: 

From farmhouse sinks to sleek undermount options, a well-chosen sink can become a focal point in your kitchen.


  • Enhances the overall aesthetic and style of your kitchen.
  • Offers functionality beyond basic cleaning tasks.
  • Certain sink styles, like farmhouse sinks, can add a touch of vintage charm.

Implementation Tips:

  • Consider the size and depth of the sink based on your cooking habits and pot/pan collection.
  • Choose a sink material that complements your countertops and overall kitchen theme.
  • Stainless steel offers durability and a modern look, while fireclay sinks provide a farmhouse aesthetic.
  • Undermount sinks create a seamless look, while farmhouse sinks add a touch of rustic charm.
Butler's sink in this kitchen design
Butler's sink

15. Pops of Colour:

Don’t be afraid to inject personality with pops of color through painted cabinetry accents, a vibrant backsplash, or artwork.


  • Creates a unique and personalized kitchen space.
  • Enhances mood and visual interest.
  • Can be used strategically to define different zones within the kitchen.

Implementation Tips:

  • Start with a neutral color palette for the base cabinets and countertops.
  • Introduce pops of color through accent cabinets, a patterned backsplash, or brightly colored artwork.
  • Consider bold jewel tones like emerald green or burgundy red for a luxurious touch.
  • Play with lighter colors like pale blue or yellow to create a cheerful and airy atmosphere.

Our Tip: When using color, remember balance is key. Too much colour can overwhelm the space, so use pops strategically for maximum impact.


Kitchen renovation ideas
This kitchen design showcases that simple things like a red hob can add a lot of depth in design. This 'pop' of colour tranforms the kitchen into a stylish and beautiful kitchen.

16. Custom Cabinetry:

Move beyond off-the-shelf solutions and create a kitchen that reflects your unique style and needs with custom cabinetry.


  • Perfect Fit: Custom cabinets ensure optimal utilization of space, especially in kitchens with awkward layouts or nooks.
  • Design Flexibility: Tailor cabinet configurations, storage solutions, and finishes to perfectly match your vision and functional requirements.
  • Material Freedom: Choose from a wider variety of materials and finishes beyond what’s available in pre-made cabinets.

Implementation Tips:

  • Collaborate with a reputable Auckland kitchen renovation company like Little Giant Interiors to translate your vision into a functional and stylish design.
  • Consider incorporating custom features like built-in spice racks, pull-out shelves, or hidden appliance garages for enhanced functionality.
  • Explore unique cabinet finishes like textured wood grains, high-gloss laminates, or two-tone color combinations to personalize your kitchen.

Our Tip: While custom cabinetry offers greater design freedom, it typically comes at a higher cost compared to pre-made options. However, the investment is worthwhile for creating a kitchen that perfectly reflects your style and enhances your daily life.

17. Bespoke Countertops:

Elevate your kitchen with one-of-a-kind countertops crafted from natural stone, engineered quartz, or even unique materials like concrete.


  • Unmatched Beauty: Bespoke countertops offer a level of artistry and detail not achievable with mass-produced options.
  • Statement Piece Potential: Create a focal point in your kitchen with a one-of-a-kind countertop featuring unique patterns, veining, or custom inlays.
  • Perfect Match: Ensure a seamless aesthetic match between your countertops, backsplash, and cabinetry with custom fabrication.

Implementation Tips:

  • Research different countertop materials like granite, marble, quartz, or even concrete to find the perfect match for your style and budget.
  • Consult with a qualified Auckland stonemason to discuss design possibilities and ensure proper installation of your bespoke countertops.
  • Consider incorporating design elements like waterfall edges, integrated sinks, or custom cutouts for a truly unique look.

Our Tip: Bespoke countertops require a higher level of craftsmanship and may have longer lead times. However, the end result is a truly personalized and stunning kitchen centerpiece.

18. Biophilic Design Principles: 

Foster a sense of calm and connection with nature through biophilic design principles.


  • Reduced Stress: Studies show exposure to natural elements can lower stress levels and promote relaxation.
  • Improved Wellbeing: Biophilic design can enhance mood, boost creativity, and contribute to a healthier living environment.
  • Connection with Nature: Bring the outdoors in and create a more serene atmosphere in your kitchen.

Implementation Tips:

  • Maximize natural light with skylights, strategically placed windows, and light-reflective surfaces.
  • Incorporate natural materials like wood, stone, and bamboo into your cabinetry, countertops, or flooring.
  • Introduce greenery with potted plants, herbs, or a vertical garden for a touch of life and natural fragrance.

Our Tip: Even small touches of biophilic design can make a big difference. Consider natural stone backsplashes, botanical prints on the walls, or strategically placed plants to enhance the biophilic feel of your kitchen.

Kitchen renovation, kitchen design for the kitchen renovation
This design was created for one of our clients keeping in mind the biophilic principles.

19. Wellness Features:

Integrate features that promote healthy habits and a well-being focused kitchen environment.


  • Encourages Healthy Cooking: Features like built-in steamers, filtered water dispensers, or designated prep areas can inspire healthy meal preparation.
  • Improves Functionality: Smart storage solutions for healthy ingredients or dedicated recycling bins promote eco-conscious habits.
  • Creates a Relaxing Atmosphere: Consider features like calming lighting or a designated tea and coffee station to create a sanctuary within your kitchen.

Implementation Tips:

  • Incorporate pull-out shelves or under-counter storage for easy access to healthy staples like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Consider adding a filtered water dispenser to your faucet to reduce plastic bottle use and encourage water consumption.
  • Explore built-in features like a steam oven or warming drawer to promote healthy cooking methods and convenient meal prep.

Our Tip: When creating a well-being focused kitchen, consider your personal lifestyle and what features would most encourage healthy habits in your daily routine.

20.Smart Appliances and Technology Integration: The Kitchen of the Future

Smart appliances and technology integration are revolutionizing the kitchen, transforming it from a purely functional space into a hub of convenience, efficiency, and even entertainment. Here’s a deeper dive into this exciting trend:


  • Effortless Convenience: Control appliances remotely via smartphone apps, preheat the oven on your way home, or adjust the refrigerator temperature while you’re out.
  • Enhanced Functionality: Smart appliances can guide you through recipes, suggest meal pairings, or even order groceries based on your inventory levels.
  • Improved Efficiency: Smart features like automatic shut-off or leak detection can save energy and prevent potential disasters.
  • Voice Control Options: Utilize voice assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to control appliances hands-free while multitasking in the kitchen.
  • Entertainment Integration: Built-in screens on refrigerators or smart speakers can display recipes, play music, or even stream shows while you cook.

Examples of Smart Appliances:

  • Ovens & Ranges: Connect to your phone to preheat, monitor cooking progress, or even receive alerts when your dish is finished.
  • Refrigerators: Monitor contents remotely, set expiration reminders, or create grocery lists based on what you’re running low on.
  • Dishwashers & Washing Machines: Schedule cycles to run during off-peak hours, receive notifications when your laundry is finished, or troubleshoot minor issues remotely.

Beyond Appliances:

  • Smart Lighting: Adjust lighting for different tasks or moods, control them with voice commands, or integrate them with your smart home system for automated routines.
  • Smart Speakers: Stream music, get recipe guidance, or control other smart devices in your kitchen with voice commands.
  • Smart Displays: Watch cooking tutorials, display recipes, or control smart appliances with a touch screen interface.

Implementation Tips:

  • Consider Your Needs: Identify the features and functionalities that would be most beneficial in your daily routine.
  • Focus on Compatibility: Ensure your chosen appliances and technology work seamlessly with a common smart home platform.
  • Start Small: You don’t have to replace everything at once. Begin with a key appliance or smart device and gradually add more as your budget and needs allow.
  • Security Considerations: Research the security features of smart appliances to ensure your privacy and protect your home network.

Our Tip: Smart technology can significantly enhance your kitchen experience. However, prioritize features that genuinely improve your lifestyle and ensure they integrate seamlessly with your existing setup.

21. Sustainable Material Choices: 

Prioritise eco-friendly and sustainable materials throughout your kitchen renovation to minimize environmental impact and create a healthy indoor environment.


  • Environmental Responsibility: Reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future by choosing responsibly sourced and recycled materials.
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality: Opt for materials with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions to ensure a healthier and more comfortable kitchen environment.
  • Durability and Longevity: Many sustainable materials, like bamboo or engineered wood, can offer exceptional durability and lifespan, reducing the need for replacements.

Examples of Sustainable Kitchen Materials:

  • Cabinetry: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, bamboo, recycled plastic composites, or even reclaimed wood for a unique touch.
  • Countertops: Recycled glass countertops, sustainably sourced quartz with recycled content, or even cork for a warm and natural aesthetic.
  • Flooring: Cork, bamboo, recycled content linoleum or sustainable vinyl flooring options.
  • Backsplash: Recycled glass tiles, reclaimed brick, or even stainless steel for a sleek and easy-to-clean option.

Implementation Tips:

  • Research the environmental impact of different materials and look for certifications like FSC or GreenGuard to identify sustainable choices.
  • Explore local options for reclaimed wood or recycled materials to minimize transportation emissions.
  • Consider the lifespan and maintenance requirements of sustainable materials to ensure they align with your lifestyle.

Our  Tip: While sustainable materials may have a slightly higher upfront cost, the environmental benefits and potential durability can be significant investments in the long run.

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