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    Top Kitchen Design Mistakes

    DO: Have one element that is fun or creative

    DON’T: Be boring.

    In order to stand out from the crowd, the best kitchens always have some kind of soul that makes the kitchen warm, inviting and personal. Every time we take on a job we see it as a chance to make something new and creative and truly unique that brings out positive emotions in each individual customer.

     

    DO: Know enough is enough.

    DON’T: Overdo it.

    Often kitchens can be over designed; excessive use of materials and colours, too many fancy doors and lift up doors, too many attempts at being modern and contemporary. The age old saying of less is more is very applicable in any form of design, a concept does not have to be overly complex to be successful.

     

    DO: Make a small kitchen work for you.

    DON’T: assume that bigger is always better.

    Spaciousness is often overrated in terms of interior design; we often get customers wanting to downsize their kitchens as large distances between key points in the kitchen can get tiring and frustrating to use on a day to day basic. A well designed kitchen with lots of thought about practicality and long lasting, good quality materials can make a small space work perfectly for you.

     

    DO: Leave some space to breathe

    DON’T: Don’t go overboard with cabinets and fill the whole room with cabinets

    The placement of every drawer and cabinet should be done on a ‘need to be’ basis in which you careful think beforehand what you’re going to place and where. Too often customers just want to fill a room with cabinets; a lot of these cabinets go unused and the circulation of the kitchen is completely ruined, it also requires a lot of unnecessary movement to get ingredients or components that should be placed next to each other.

     

    DO: Invest in aesthetic cabinets that will last a lifetime.

    DON’T: buy things for cheap and regret it in a few years.

    A kitchen is the core to the home; it’s something that you use frequently, constantly opening and closing doors and drawers, these panels and doors take a lot of wear and tear.

    it’s something that is crucial to every party and something that you want to show off and continue to show off at parties for years to come. Consumers are often tempted to purchase flat pack predesigned kitchens from hardware or furniture stores, these are usually made overseas without the quality and standard of the Australian market, and when it breaks prematurely it will be something that you’ll regret.

     

    DO: Have counter top around wall ovens and microwaves.

    DON’T: Put these appliances alone.

    Make sure there is adequate space around ovens or microwaves that serve as a landing zone next to these appliances. The last thing you want to do is put on your oven mitts and have to hold the 200 degree turkey 10 steps across the kitchen to place on a countertop and possibly give yourself second degree burns in the process.

     

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    10 Tips for Kitchen Design

    1. Extend it! Tired of having to fill up pots and then having to lug them to the stove top; this process can really take a toll on your back after a few trips. You can install a swing out tap for your sink also called a pot-filler. Even installing a simple extension hose will allow you to fill your pot from the stove without the hassle of carrying it back and forth.
    1. be classy, be efficient and be safe: install a magnetic metal strip to the splashback, this allows you to keep the knives out of reach of children for their own safety, depending on how you decorate the strip it can give the kitchen a more classy and transitional look which is very popular at the moment.
    2. Make waste easy to manage: trending at the moment are inbuilt bins fixed and mounted on the inside of cabinets and pantries. You can get an assortment installed to separated the general waste from the recycling and glass; this will save you the nightmare of having to separate it later and make it much more convenient.
    3. Thinking Shorter: put any snacks that the kids will need on a varied height bench; this way they wont have to come to you every time to get access to those precious snacks.
    4. Multipurpose kitchen: put up a message board of some kitchen near the phone, often cooking dinner or a preparing for a party is a long process. Any phone calls or messages or even a grocery list needs somewhere to go to be able to be seen clearly. As such install an whiteboard or a black board around the side of the cabinets or fridge.Have a spare drawer for drawing or writing tools nearby.
    1. plan ahead with the electronics: with something like a stylish glass splashback for it to look stylish it has to be put in in one piece. Plan where you will put the electronics and what equipment you need to use so you have power outlets wherever you need them.
    1. Cut cleaning time.Careful design decisions make cleaning easier. Wire shelves don’t catch spills and leaking boxes will cause stains and crusty messes compared to glass waterproof shelving. undermount sinks don’t have a embossed rim to worry about which catches crumbs and spills. In terms of cabinet finishes; matte finishes don’t reveal stains like a glossy finish does.
    2. Change it up.Avoid boring and monotonous repetition of cabinets and pantries by varying the door style with some embossing or glass. Extra details could be wine storage or frosted glass or varying glass door designs to add some flavour.
    3. Use light colours in a small kitchen.Dark colour schemes makes a space visually appear smaller than it already is. By using soft or neutral colours, we can make the kitchen look more inviting and spacious.
    4. Find a focal point.Decorative tiles, fancy shiny floor boards, Italian designer appliances, glossy cabinets and busy speckly countertop patterns give the eyes too much to look at all at the same time. Pick one key focal point in the kitchen and allow the other areas to complement it.
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