Create dream reno
THERE is not a right or wrong way to undertake a kitchen renovation, according to interior designer and The Block judge Darren Palmer.
“The most important thing is to understand what your home and family need from your kitchen, and then create something that looks like it has always belonged,’’ Palmer, who has teamed up with Freedom Kitchens to help homeowners sort out their kitchen needs, says.
Palmer says people often feel confused about where to start when it comes to renovations.
“When working out what you want out of your kitchen, the best thing to do is look through as many different styles, types and details as you can,’’ he says.
Palmer’s suggestions include:
■ If you’re looking at a supercrisp, contemporary style, things to consider are nice, streamlined doors with integrated handles. A big island bench is a winner, but whether the kitchen is Ushaped or galley, make sure it has plenty of bench space; ■ Perhaps your heart yearns for a more classic style. The devil is in the detail with ornate styles like the Hamptons/country look, so pay attention to small things like door handles; ■ What about a true chef’s kitchen? One that’s not only eye-catching but really functional with everything you’d need to prepare meals for a big crowd. That means a hardworking cooker and extraction system so that you can keep your kitchen free of smoke and steam. You’ll need great prep space and a bigger fridge with more pantry space;
■ Something a little rustic? An industrial-edged kitchen may be the style for you. Hardworking surfaces, like Caesarstone’s new range of concrete-look benchtops, are right at home in this no-fuss design.
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