KITCHEN RENOVATING …..…..
HINT: Kitchens are no longer a separate entity from the rest of the your home. Consider the design of the connecting rooms so it becomes part of one harmonious space.
- Use the same material for the kick-boards as your cabinetry for a seamless effect
- Consider technology: iPod docks and TVs are part of many new kitchens.
- When the ceiling is meant to appear the same colour as the wall, the paint should be tinted to 50% the strength of the wall paint
- Never underestimate the power of colour. It can soothe, comfort, energise or excite. You can create an emotional element to any room. Whether you decide to be bold and bright, or accent a neutral space with vibrant accessories, colour has a huge impact.
- Maybe advisable to choose neutral cabinets and bench-tops and use paint and accessories to add colour, as they’re easier to change as fashion does.
- Ergonomic modern kitchen design suggests that the fridge, stove and sink are placed in a triangle within three to six metres.
- Glossy and light-coloured finishes aid in areas with minimal exposure to natural sunlight as they reflect light within the space.
- The use of drawers instead of cupboards gives a streamlined look and better functionality. Less bending down to find things at the back of your cupboards.
- Money saving in the long run. Research efficient lighting such as LED lights, energy and water saving appliances.
- Wallpaper’s are making a comeback – try introducing it in adjoined eating areas though, rather than places with high humidity, like splash-backs.
- Your Budget! Think about where you need to spend and where you need to save. For example, professional installation may cost a little more, but in the long run it will save you from the errors of poor workmanship. Also, if you have your heart set on a more expensive bench-top option, choosing doors such as melamine provide a good cost-saving alternative to other options such as 2-pack paint or timber.