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We often say this, however it doesn’t make it any less genuine. It is true both metaphorically – family members spend a lot of time in the kitchen with many memories made here – and literally – a kitchen is more often than not located at the centre of a home’s design.
So what does it take to build a dream kitchen? Our 7 simple steps can help you determine your favourite style, the ideal layout and the key components you need to consider when it comes to kitchen design.
What is your style?
Choosing a style or theme for your kitchen is the first step towards creating your dream kitchen. A cohesive look is important not just for the kitchen, but for the rest of the home too, especially if you have an open-plan design. Whether it be modern, elegant, country or something a little bit different, make sure you have a style in mind or you could end up with a chaotic mess. Check out some kitchen inspiration here.
Build your foundation
The anchor of the kitchen lies in the cabinetry which takes up a good portion. You’ll want to consider just how much storage space you will need, and whether you intend to hide away appliances like your toaster (clutter is a killer for good interior design!). Natural wood, a painted finish, gloss or matte, cabinet choices are endless. Think carefully about the style choice you select and how the cabinets will complement it.
Work in the benchtops
Benchtops are the next big ticket item in the kitchen. Highly visible, there is a huge range of choice available these days from natural stone to laminate for a cheaper – yet just as lovely – option. The question you need to consider when choosing a colour is whether you want your eyes drawn to the cabinetry or the benchtop first. Choose a similar colour for a seamless look or something different for a bolder and more eye-catching approach. Ensure you have plenty of bench space to cook and prepare your meals too!
The feature splashback
After the benchtop it is time to choose your splashback. Contemporary homes tend to use a glass splashback. Paint is applied to the back of the glass, leaving the colour well protected and the surface smooth, shiny and easy to clean. You could also consider a window to enhance natural lighting. For a more traditional style, tiles remain popular. No longer are you stuck with plain square tiles either, with more and more shapes available every day. Tiles can be made to imitate natural materials like wood, concrete and marble, meaning it is easier than ever to create a look you love. Read more about splashback options here.
Prominence for your must-have items
Make a list of the most important items or appliances for your dream kitchen, and prioritise them. Whether it is a dishwasher, an extra space for a large fridge or a butler’s pantry with a sink, now is your chance to include them all!
Consider the kitchen work triangle
Closely related to your must-have items is the kitchen work triangle. The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to create the ideal functional layout for your dream kitchen. The main tasks completed in the kitchen are using your stove, sink and fridge, creating a kitchen ‘triangle’. Having these three features close (but not too close) to one another creates the ideal cooking environment. Think carefully about how you use your kitchen and what the ideal layout could be to maximise time and space.
Proportion and scale
Open-plan living is a beautiful thing, however it also means the line becomes blurred between kitchen, living and dining spaces. Properly scaled furniture creates more defined spaces and helps a room ‘feel right’. Ensure your benchtop is at an appropriate height, and your bar chairs need to fit comfortably under it. Your dining chairs need to sit approximately 25-30cm lower than the table. The table itself should be large enough to seat your family, but still have enough space around it to pull each chair all the way out.
What do you think of our list? Is there something we missed when creating a dream kitchen? Let us know in the comments!
With so many different styles out there, it can be hard choosing one that works for you and fits in well with the rest of the house.
With this in mind, we have picked out a few of our favourite looks to help inspire you to create your very own beautiful bathroom!
ADD A FEATURE TILE: Bright, light and airy, choose an array of neutral whites and greys to make your bathroom glow. Small pot plants can also be used to help keep the space looking fresh and clean. Finish it off with a stunning feature tile that draws the eye, and you will have yourself one beautiful bathroom!
THE MODERN LOOK: A traditional white bathroom is no longer your only option; instead, opt for floor to ceiling tiles in adarker shade for a real contemporary look. A clear half-shower door and waterfall shower head adds a touch of luxury, as does the built-in shelf. We love this modern design!
DESIGN IS IMPORTANT: These days many ensuites and bathrooms do not have a separate space or room for your toilet. If this is important to you, consider a design where this is an option, or like this bathroom, have the basin in plain sight while the shower and toilet are hidden around the corner! Remember, functionality should always be a priority in your home, or you may find yourself resenting it!
DÉCOR MATTERS: Instead of a traditional mirror, why not choose something a little bit different? This round mirror is unique and helps lift a relatively plain looking bathroom. It also adds a softness to the space. Don’t neglect your tapware or fixtures either, they can make a surprising difference to the overall feel of the room.
READ MORE: TAPWARE TO PERSONALISE YOUR BATHROOM SPACE
A FREE-STANDING TUB: More and more popular these days, the free-standing bath is a great feature that creates a luxurious and opulent look in your bathroom. Set it up against a lovely tiled feature wall, and your beautiful bathroom will look even more incredible!
BE BRAVE: Don’t settle, be adventurous! If you want to create a bathroom that is uniquely yours, give anything and everything a go! Try adding some interesting feature tiles, change your towels to something bright that pops or include a crazy piece of décor you have always loved. Interior design is all about trying new things, so don’t be afraid to attempt something the world may not have seen yet!
What kind of bathroom do you like? Let us know in the comments!
In a previous post we spoke with Haymes Paint on how to achieve the perfect shade of white for your walls. The same principles apply here. Whites can be either warm or cool, depending on the undertones.
Warm whites have brown, yellow or red undertones and will do as the name suggests and ‘warm’ a room.
Cool whites have grey, blue or green undertones and offer a crisp, modern look. Decide which effect you would like and start searching for your interior furniture in the appropriate shades.
For the smooth and crisp effect of a cool white, pair it with sleek metals, plenty of mirrors and metallic décor. The danger around cool whites is they can appear dull, lifeless and sterile, so use your décor to counter this.
Use plenty of texture for a warm white room. Lace, wool or marble look amazing and romantic, and old furnishings can be distressed with white paint for a vintage theme. If your room is lacking warmth, layering is an effective solution. Ensure your window treatments, pillows, bedding, throws and any other décor work together harmoniously to create a multi-textured room.
Creating some contrast in your room is important to ensure the room does not look washed-out. Along with your furnishings, you will need to consider the natural textures of your wooden floors, carpets, stone benches and even appliances. These features can look rich and break up the starkness of a white room, so make sure you choose a white that will effortlessly match.
The advantage of a white on white interior is that you can showcase your personal taste without having to go all-out on a room. Consider displaying your favourite piece of art on a white wall, and all eyes will be drawn instantly to it. Just a splash of colour that reflects your personality will look fantastic without ruining the clean whites of your home.
Make it a worthwhile and attractive feature though, it will be noticed!
For more tips on interior decorating, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.