Designing the kitchen of your dreams? Here are some foolproof tips for creating a functional space that also looks great.
Keep it smooth
Streamlined surfaces are key to achieving a sleek, uncluttered look. Think floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, square-set edges and minimalist appliances.
Make a splash
In order to maximise resale value it’s best to keep your overall colour scheme fairly neutral, but you can add a pop of colour or texture by incorporating a unique splashback. Opt for a tiled, patterned or mirrored version to make your kitchen stand out.
Make a plan
The correct layout is crucial for a functional space. No matter what size your kitchen is, always place your fridge, sink and oven in a close triangle (less than three metres apart) and ensure you have adequate preparation and bench space.
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When it comes to kitchens you can never have enough cupboards and drawers. Design your kitchen storage so that everything has a place – otherwise your appliances will simply clutter up your bench. Soft-close doors are a great way to hide extra storage within a sleek design.
For a truly versatile kitchen space you can’t go past an island bench, which centres the design and provides additional work and storage space. You can choose to build your sink or cooktop into the island, or invest in a breakfast bar and some high stools so it doubles as a dining table.
Let there be light
Kitchens need a blend of practical and ambient lighting. Opt for halogens or downlights in your working spaces, and add visual interest with a striking pendant over the island bench or dining table.