We’ve sought the design advice from the experts at Freedom Kitchens, on how to achieve your dream kitchen. Here’s their top 4 top tips.
All images are of Freedom Kitchens installed on The Block, 2016
1 CONSIDER YOUR STYLE
One of the most important questions to consider when designing your kitchen is: what does your home and lifestyle need from this space? The traditional kitchen style continues to be very popular in 2017 – as it doesn’t date and can be easily updated with accessories, such as handles. For a true traditional style, think white routed cabinetry, detailed handles and glass or subway tiled splashbacks paired with luxe benchtops from Caesarstone’s stunning marble effect tops or timber-look laminates. If you want to push the design envelope, consider matte black cabinetry for a dramatic and modern effect.
2 PLAY WITH COLOUR
Colour is back in a big way. You can use it in a variety of ways – from a pop of colour in a bank of cabinetry or splashback – through to layering different shades of one colour across various surfaces. Colour trends that were prominent at last year’s EuroCucina kitchen fair in Milan were shades of blue (navy is a great alternative to black and pairs beautifully with gold accents), green, teal and pastel.
Balance a splash of colour with Caesarstone marble or concrete-inspired benchtops, coupled with white-toned cabinetry and integrated appliances. This creates a thoughtful and modern take on colour in the kitchen.
3 IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Renowned interior designer and judge on The Block, Darren Palmer, describes handles in the kitchen as ‘jewellery’. The humble handle has the power to inject instant glamour, interest and complete the kitchen style you wish to achieve. Be sure to select timber handles to complement a Scandi look, while ornate or chrome cup handles enhance the Hamptons style. Or, if the modern kitchen is more to your fancy, use handleless and touch-catch cabinetry to complete the look.
Another trend that featured heavily in the stunning kitchens on The Block last year, was display enclaves and breakfast tables incorporated into benchtops. Breakfast bars designed into or extended from an island bench, are a winning feature for any entertainer or family kitchen. Display enclaves within an island bench allow you to showcase your personal style and display décor.
4 STORAGE IS KING
Smart storage solutions can transform how you use your kitchen space. Adjustable drawer dividers for cutlery and kitchen utensils, mean that these essential items can be easily stored and found. Furthermore, spice drawers, knife holders, towel rails and base units built into drawers or cupboards allow you to optimise your kitchen space.
Make every corner of your kitchen work hard for you – from small accessories, such as corner carousels to transform those pesky corner cupboards, all the way to pantries. Space permitting, a walk-in or butler’s pantry concealed from the main kitchen will also provide extra storage space – helping to hide mess when entertaining. If space is tight, opt for a pull-out pantry with adjustable shelving to store all your necessities – or customise your own by adding drawers inside the cupboards.
By integrating your appliances and accessories, you’ll enhance your kitchen design in 2017. It’s these hidden gems within the design that transform your space from ordinary to extraordinary.
Begin your kitchen journey, with Freedom Kitchens’ image gallery – or download their new autumn catalogue by clicking here. Book a free in-home design appointment with Freedom Kitchens today: www.freedomkitchens.com.au