The Block Kitchens

 21 Sep 2023

The Block Kitchens – inspiration and trends

When it comes to big reveals on The Block, Kitchen Week is one of the highlights. If you’re looking for a quick masterclass on trends, styles and layouts, The Block kitchens provide a rich collection of clever and creative options.

The Block Kitchen big winners

2022’s Omar and Oz’s palette of moody greys and charcoal was a bold choice for a country style home, but one the judges loved. Highly polished glass and steel surfaces brought light to the muted panelling and concrete floors, with multifunctional black tapware matching black sinks.
In contrast was Tom and Sarah-Jane’s sumptuous country-style kitchen. Glossy white textured subway-style tiles rose to the ceiling, white panelling throughout, accented by a huge rose gold fridge and gunmetal blue stove and rangehood with rose gold trims. Interestingly, the couple chose a gold tap for their tapware, adding richness and depth to their colour scheme, and got bonus points for the pot filler tap above the stove top.

Butler’s pantries

In homes as luxurious as those on The Block, butler’s pantries are a common feature. Second sinks mean a lot of the preparation and cleaning up can take place behind the scenes, leaving the main kitchen free for entertaining. Services such as dishwashers can be hidden out of sight, and bulk-bought items can be stored for easy, but not visible, access.

Tapware trends

Unsurprisingly, Matte Black tapware is a popular choice among The Block contestants. Practical, stylish and contemporary, Matte Black is Zip’s best-selling finish. From Tanya and Vito’s art deco-inspired kitchen with pale pink cabinetry, terrazzo bench and black accents in 2021, all the way back to Dean and Shay, winners from 2015, black tapware has been a mainstay of The Block kitchens, and for good reason. Endlessly versatile, Matte Black matches all kitchen styles, and is easy to maintain.
Brushed warm metallics in Gold, Rose Gold and Brass are also current popular choices, bringing multifunctional elegance to a range of kitchen styles. Andy and Deb chose Gold taps for their winning kitchen in 2019, matched with white panelling, marble bench and splashback and Gold drawer pulls and handles.

Thinking tapware

Even if you’re not undertaking a renovation as ambitious as those on The Block, considering your tapware needs is not to be overlooked. Zip’s beautiful range of HydroTaps are not only stylish, but they also offer a range of filtered water options to make life easier in your kitchen. Choose from instant boiling, chilled, sparkling water at the press of a button, to eliminate single use bottled water and make entertaining a breeze. Plus, with all your water needs met straight from the tap, you no longer need a kettle cluttering up your benchtop. Zip HydroCare’s simple, stress-free maintenance plans allow you to schedule regular cleanse and inspections, to keep your Zip HydroTap in premium working order, so you can enjoy instant pure tasting, filtered water, straight from your tap. Use our easy Product Selector tool to help you find the perfect HydroTap for your kitchen project.

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