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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!
Splashback options come in a variety of colours and shapes and can be made from an array of different materials.
Below are some of our favourite splashback options you can try in your own home!
Sleek and silky glass
Glass is one of the most popular choices when it comes to a splashback. Paint is applied to the back of the glass, leaving the colour well protected and the surface smooth and shiny. With no grouting required, the glass is easily wiped clean of kitchen grease. With so many colour choices on offer, you will be able to find the perfect match for your kitchen!
Tempting tile options
Tiles can be a more budget-friendly option than glass. 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. While often cheaper, tiles do have the drawback of grout, which can become difficult to clean.
Let there be light!
If your kitchen looks out to your garden, why not make the most of it and install a window instead of a splashback? A window will allow plenty of natural light to enter your home, and a installing a plant box directly underneath will add a touch of plant-life without having to worry about caring for an indoor plant.
Mirror mirror, on the wall…
A mirrored splashback will add depth to your kitchen. Like a glass splashback, it will be relatively easy to clean and will make your kitchen appear bigger.
Which look is your favourite? Or do you have another option? Let us know in the comments below!
Remodelling your kitchen can be a fun and inspiring project, but there are also many difficulties associated with it.
It can be tough to step back and look at the space as a whole and cohesive environment. We are so used to tackling individual aspects of interior design (lampshades, wallpaper, flooring, etc.) that it is often difficult to see things from a wider perspective.
This is why it is important to be creative and think outside of the box when planning a kitchen renovation. Don’t be afraid to get crafty with your ideas, you could end up designing something truly special!
Try some of these simple tricks to reinvent your kitchen:
Swap cabinets for shelves
You don’t have to go for conventional overhead cabinets. For a modern and hip kitchen, try swapping out overhead cupboards for open shelves. Then, add bowls, plants, ornaments, and anything else you fancy.
While the traditional cabinets may give a more ‘clean’ look, open shelves can provide a place to showcase your silverware or decor. This not only creates an illusion of more space, but also gives you an opportunity to make your kitchen more visually interesting.
Choose some fancy doorknobs
If you are trying to create a clean and cohesive look, it is best to invest in new doorknobs and handles that match.
If you are hoping for something a little quirkier, be bold and browse local flea markets and online marketplaces for unusual fixtures. You would be surprised at what you can find at a few quirkier marketplaces or antique shops. A unique doorknob can become something that draws the eye and even works as a great conversation starter!
Energise your ceiling
Often forgotten, the ceiling forms an important part of any room. Inject texture and colour into your kitchen ceiling, with coloured ceiling tiles. Easy to install and very affordable, they can add a real wow factor to your kitchen.
Exploring more colourful options can lead to surprisingly livelier look for your kitchen. You could even try lowering the ceiling above the kitchen for added effect!
Make a big splash
For a high impact, but surprisingly cost effective tip, invest in classic white subway tiles with a bevelled edge for your splashback. Splashbacks give kitchens a real sense of urban drama and style. This is the perfect solution for those who look for something stylish but don’t have a limitless budget. Plus, they are really easy to clean!
Keep counters looking sharp
You can enjoy the aesthetic and the texture of stone worktops without the heavy price tag. You just have to swap out the costly material for a cheaper imitation like travertine silver laminate. Visitors will never be able to tell the difference and you’ll save yourself some serious cash.
An added benefit is you can change the countertop if the old one wears down or if you want a new style without it costing you too much.
Choose soft glide hinges
To eliminate the horrid banging sound that accompanies every foray into the kitchen cupboards, enhance the value of your kitchen renovation with clever soft close hinges and glides. These little devices fit on to the sides of cupboards and drawers and muffle noise.
While it may seem like a small touch, this dramatic reduction of noise in your kitchen can really turn out to be a winner.
Add extra storage space
You can never have too much storage, so make every inch count by affixing practical door mounted shelving in your new kitchen. These nifty mounts can hold anything from spices to cleaning products, tea towels or frying pans.
The next time you find yourself thinking where to store all your new kitchen utensils, you’ll thank yourself for thinking ahead and planning the extra storage space.
Create custom features
The best kitchen makeovers are the ones that show off the personality of their owner. Add some fun and character with inexpensive custom details like building a floor to ceiling wine rack next to the fridge or in your pantry.
If you’re really feeling adventurous and want to turn your kitchen into the gravitational centre of your house, think big and install a kitchen island. While this is sometimes a complex project that may require professional concrete cutting, a kitchen island is an indispensable part of any professional’s kitchen and it can return the work and investment tenfold when it completely transforms how you prepare food, hang out in the kitchen, or even dine.
Author Bio: This article is written and submitted by Matthew Funnell, who works with Supercut (WA) Concrete Cutting and Drilling , a privately owned concrete cutting and core drilling company serving Western Australia for 20 years.