Home Beautiful - - DESIGN FILE -

The ideal new kitchen will be healthy for the en­vi­ron­ment and for your fam­ily, low in tox­ins and us­ing wood cer­ti­fied by the For­est Ste­ward­ship Coun­cil (FSC). Timber might not be your cho­sen fin­ish, but there’s plenty of wood be­neath the sur­face – in fact, as kitchen de­signer and FSC am­bas­sador

Druce Davey of Greener points out, “[Kitchen cabi­netry] is likely the largest con­cen­tra­tion of wood prod­uct in your home af­ter your fram­ing and floor­ing.” Ma­te­ri­als such as com­pressed boards and paint fin­ishes can be filled with toxic nas­ties, so do your re­search – look at the E rat­ings of the MDF used (E0 or Su­per E0 is best) and re­quest low-emis­sion fin­ishes. Also bear in mind a kitchen that will stand the test of time is the best choice for both the en­vi­ron­ment and your hip pocket.

“Solid timber kitchens re­ally do live for­ever,” says Carmel Wylie of GIA Bath­rooms & Kitchens. “You can re­fin­ish and even paint or stain them a dif­fer­ent colour if your pal­ette needs a change.”

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