TDF's Guide To Kitchen Cabinetry, Handles + Benchtops For Every Style

The Design Files’ Design Directory is your go-to place to browse and shop curated products for your home, and it just got better with the addition of three new categories… cabinetry, handles, and benchtops!

There’s dozens of products to explore from new retailers, offering endless inspiration for your next home refresh, renovation, or build.

Today we’re sharing some of our fave kitchen inspiration, paired with products straight from the directory. Whether your style is fun and playful, classic and traditional, or something in between, you’ll find a curated range of surfaces and hardware to help you pull together your dream design!

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The incredible pink kitchen of WOWOWA’s Monique Woodward and family, as seen here. Lo & Co Kintore Pull Bronze handlesLaminex Moroccan Clay appliance nook with pocket doors. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Editorial styling – Annie Portelli

YSG’s kitchen design for Laminex featuring Laminex Burnt Ochre, Moroccan Clay, Danish Walnut, and Milkwood in natural. Artedomus Vixel N.47 tiled kicker. Photography – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Natalie James. Art direction – Ortolan

Kitchen design by Studio Doherty for Laminex featuring Laminex Paper Bark in AbsoluteMatte, Olivine, and Kashmir Granite on back bench; Artedomus Diamant Mosaic tiles on splashback. Laminex Smoked Birchply in Chalk, Otway in AbsoluteMatte, and Moroccan Clay on island bench. Laminex Smoked Birchply in Chalk on rangehood. Artedomus Litos Tobacco floor tiles. Photography – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Natalie James. Art direction – Ortolan

Kennedy Nolan’s kitchen design for Laminex featuring Laminex French Navy 8541. Photography – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Natalie James. Art direction – Ortolan

Designing a fun and playful kitchen provides the opportunity to experiment with bold colour, whimsical shape, and deliberately clashing finishes.

Start with cabinetry in a bold colour, and either a laminate or stone benchtop in a similar hue, then consider a contrasting tiled splash back, and textured paint surfaces.

There’s no excuse for boring hardware with this style, which lends itself to wiggly, wavy, arching, angular or curvaceous cabinetry handles.

Even if you’re not renovating, just replacing the handles in your kitchen is a quick and relatively affordable way to change up your home. Lo & Co make incredible eye-catching sculptural handles that can help transform your kitchen in one weekend!

Kitchen design by Kate Lawrence Interiors featuring Lo & Co Linear Pull Bronze handles. Photography – The Palm Co. Image supplied by Lo & Co

Kitchen design by CJH Studio for Laminex featuring Laminex Aged Ash, chalk finish (cabinetry and benchtop); Laminex Milkwood (splashback and drawer) Laminex Danish Walnut, chalk finish (plinth). Photography – James Geer. Styling – Bek Sheppard 


Kitchen design by Studio Quarters featuring Artedomus Artetech Ombra Blanco porcelain panels. Image supplied by Artedomus.

A timeless and tactile kitchen is designed to stand the test of time, starting with natural coloured surfaces that won’t date, and hardworking materials.

Laminex’s extensive range of woodgrain laminates provide the appearance of genuine timber — without the maintenance requirements — and can be used on your kitchen cabinetry, fixed panels and even the island bench.

Achieve a uniform and minimal look with furniture and flooring in a similar timber finish, plus sleek  cabinetry handles with leather detailing by MadeMeasure.

Kitchen design by POCO Designs featuring Lo & Co Kintore Appliance Pulls. Photography – Anson Smart. Image supplied by Lo & Co.

The home of John Wares and Peter Papadopoulos. Photography – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Make the kitchen the centrepiece of your home with a luxe scheme that oozes glamour and sophistication.

This look is all about richly detailed natural stones, metallic finishes, and deep colours applied across an island bench, splashback, and cabinetry.

Artedomus’ range of natural stone and porcelain panels features distinctive vein structures and one-of-a-kind textures to achieve this luxurious style.

Art deco-inspired handles and pulls in bronze and solid brass add grandeur and a regal feel.

Photography – Alisha Gore. Editorial styling – Tess Thyregod

The home of Josh and Anastasia Elias. Photography – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

The home of David Flack and Jason Olive. Kitchen design by Flack Studio featuring Artedomus Calacatta Viola stone. Photography – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

A classic and traditional kitchen features country-style cabinetry with recessed panelling, neutral benchtops, subtly textured walls, and visible hardware.

Burnished gold handles from Spiggy offer an antique look, creating a ‘lived in’ appearance that brings a feeling of old world charm to the kitchen.

Lean into this style with feminine furniture, whimsical lighting and art, and coloured stone. The aim is to create a cosy, warm, and inviting atmosphere that encourages guests to gather.

Explore all the new cabinetry, handles and benchtops in our Design Directory now!

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