Practical Design Tips for an Australian Home Kitchen06 March 2020
The kitchen is the centrepiece of every Australian home. Formerly known as an area for cooking and food preparation, kitchen designs nowadays incorporate the overall lifestyle of homeowners in the interiors. Below are some practical design tips for an Australian home kitchen.
Concealed Appliances and Sleek Wood Panelling
Homeowners want their kitchen to be open enough and stylish enough to be a hub or focal point in their home, ideal not just for cooking but also for entertaining. It should blend seamlessly with the rest of the home and be an inviting enough so that family and guests naturally congregate. To add style, think of hiding appliances using sleek wood panelling. It’s modern, looks beautiful, and it won’t take away any of the functionality for everyday use. Deep drawers, sliding and pocket doors & perfectly sized cupboards can all be used to cleverly tuck away a food processor or a coffee machine for example.
Wood has been making a comeback – think stunning and durable Australian hardwoods – or perhaps a beautifully coloured veneer. You could also opt for a brilliant white or a pared-back minimalist Scandinavian design to maximise lightness.
Open Shelving or Bench to Ceiling Splashbacks
Rather than the traditional upper cabinets, some clients have been opting for easy-to-reach open shelves or even feature splashbacks that run bench to ceiling. Open shelving allows for objects and home wares that reflect your own personal style – and unlike appliances, personal objects can always be re-arranged to provide a fresh look. One of the added benefits of ditching the upper cabinets is that it can make a smaller kitchen seem larger by reducing some of the bulk. Of course, it does mean that some storage space is lost, but we can show you some clever options including on-wall storage.
Clutter-Free Worktops and High Storage Solutions
Having clutter-free worktops continues to be an interior design trend. It helps to open up your kitchen and provide a more attractive and welcoming working and living space. The good news is that the options for cabinetry continue to develop. There are so many options for compartments and shelving for everything you could possibly want in your kitchen. Of course having clear worktops will once again make your kitchen seem larger. As an added bonus having the extra space will also make food preparation seem less challenging and more inviting; who knows but hopefully you’ll find yourself preparing more of those creative dishes with the wow factor.
Merging of Kitchen and Other Living Spaces
As mentioned earlier your kitchen is no longer just for cooking; it’s also a place for entertaining, relaxing, and even for work. It really is becoming more of a living space as it becomes increasingly connected and integrated with the rest of your home. Kitchen appliances, sinks, ovens and additional counters can all be hidden away and then effortlessly revealed when the kitchen is being used to cook in. Clever and attractive designs will translate to your kitchen being used more as a relaxing and social space.
Give your kitchen a practical ambiance with Masterpiece Cabinetry. In addition to kitchens in new homes, we also conduct kitchen makeovers in Melbourne, turning the dull chipped and hideously unfashionable into the sleek, functional and enviable.