Kitchen / June 9, 2018 / Emile Georgette.
We’ve already discussed the popularity of neutral colours for cabinetry and benchtops but there is also a trend towards adding a point of difference through statement features in the kitchen. This could be through bold colours or interesting patterns in the splashbacks or the use of colourful vases or floral arrangements. Mirrored splashbacks are another popular feature which has the added advantage of adding the feeling of space.
Remember that the tiniest of kitchen clutter will now be perceived from the dining/living room in your new open-plan space. You may be including a new island in your layout, but is it enough. A tall pull-out unit is another popular method for storage, as it makes efficient use of horizontal space and is easily accessible. Or how about a larder/pantry with plenty of space for groceries, tableware and condiments? Additional drawers can also be inserted, easily hidden behind a single cupboard door for a more streamlined look.
With a potential layout in mind, turning attention to the more decorative and aesthetically pleasing elements of a kitchen make perfect sense. In order to really capture the right finished look, it's essential to spend as much time as possible looking at already completed kitchen projects, for inspiration. Online scrapbooking sites are a great way to not only look at plenty of projects, but also save particular images as reference material to show a kitchen planner or carpenter.
With needs accounted for, the more specialist kitchen installations can be mapped out and chief amongst them is the plumbing. In any kitchen renovation project, the position of the sink and electrical appliances needs to be given serious thought, as there is a rule of thumb that states how far apart they should all be. In terms of plumbing, it is always a nice idea to locate a sink in front of a window, where at all possible, as that allows for a pleasant view while carrying out chores and means that external drains can be easily accessed as well. Of course, if a kitchen island design is going to include the main sink, plumbing will be a little more of an obstacle, but any professional will be able to navigate the project simply.
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