TAPS UN­DER PRES­SURE

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The kitchen re­veals are al­ways a high­light of The Block se­ries on Chan­nel 9.

The com­bi­na­tion of fash­ion-for­ward ma­te­ri­als used and the state-of-the-art ap­pli­ances go a long way to­wards creat­ing stand­out kitchens that wow both the judges and au­di­ences.

But a vi­brant colour on the cab­i­netry or splash­back isn’t for ev­ery­one.

Elder­ton Homes de­sign man­ager Greg Hendy says se­lect­ing a neu­tral pal­ette for a kitchen is a much saf­safer bet.

“Don’t se­lect the bright pat­terned splash­back tiles that you love right now be­cause in five years’ time you will be sick of them,” he says.

“Add pper­son­al­ity and colour to the space with the de­codecor in the room which is eas­ier and less costly to change. hey may be all about func­tion, but “One of our best “PendPen­dant lights over your is­land bench or the taps can also be a way to turn up the sellers is a brushed barstools are a lot eas­ier to change later on.” style fac­tor in your kitchen. chrome and black tap Liam ssays when it comes to colour pref­er­ences, Tap­ware com­pany Oliv­eri’s mar­ket­ing with a pull-out, dual grey is cu­cur­rently pre­dom­i­nant. and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Cather­ine spray func­tion,” “It usused to be a white kitchen, but now they’ll Brown says peo­ple are tak­ing more care Cather­ine says. add gre­grey for the bench­tops or doors.” with their tap­ware se­lec­tion. “The spout can pull out GregGre says many peo­ple opt to up­grade their

“Your kitchen tap is of­ten the first thing to about a me­tre and kitchenkitch ap­pli­ances when their kitchen to catch your eye when you walk in to a us­ing the spray cab­i­netrycabi is be­ing de­signed. kitchen as it stands tall above your bench but­tons you can “TThey might up­grade to a large 90cm oven top,” she says. “We are find­ing more change from a and get other larger ap­pli­ances,” he says. peo­ple are con­sid­er­ing how their tap will regular pres­sure “A large num­ber of our clients also look for match their sink. For ex­am­ple, choos­ing spray to a but­ler’sbutle pantry fa­cil­i­ties with a sink, rather round cor­ner sinks with a round goose with dual spray func­tions,” Cather­ine says. finer shower than just a pantry. That adds cost but it also

adf neck tap or a square look tap for a square “Colour is a big trend at the mo­ment, spray, which adds value and a lot of prac­ti­cal­ity and cor­ner sink,to com­ple­ment each other. with more matte black and even white taps is great for func­tion­al­ity — it means you can do most

“They are also con­sid­er­ing how this will re­cently in­tro­duced into our range. rins­ing sal­ads.” of the prep there.” match the other ap­pli­ances in their “Pin han­dles have also be­come more But if you’re after a safe choice that Un­sur­pris­ingly, a stream­lined look kitchen, such as their oven and cook­top.” pop­u­lar as a sleek, stylish and func­tional won’t date too quickly, a clas­sic goose con­tin­uescon­tin to ap­peal to many peo­ple.

There are some dis­tinct trends method of eas­ily turn­ing on and chang­ing neck tap re­mains a good op­tion, plus “PeopPeo­ple are also opt­ing for in­te­grated emerg­ing as well. the tem­per­a­ture of the tap.” most pots, pans and vases will fit range­hoods,range­hoo which pro­vide a more seam­less look,

“Peo­ple love taps with ex­tra Taps with pull-out func­tion­al­ity are also com­fort­ably un­der the spout. and fin­gefin­ger-pull draw­ers and cup­boards, rather than func­tion­al­ity, such as pull out taps and taps prov­ing pop­u­lar. han­dles,” Greg says.

TLiam says whether or not to have the sink on an is­land bench is of­ten an is­sue.

“I do a lot of kitchens where I have the cook­top and sink on the back wall so you can have a clean is­land,” he says. “But oth­ers pre­fer the sink on the is­land, es­pe­cially if they want to be able to look across the liv­ing space out into the back­yard or the pool, just from the point of view of su­per­vis­ing chil­dren.

“If they’re not wor­ried about that, it’s bet­ter to have the sink on the back wall be­cause sink ar­eas tend to col­lect dirty dishes.” Liam says if he de­signs a sink area, he puts dou­ble bin draw­ers on one side and a dish­washer on the other side, so there’s a proper area to clean up in.

“With cook­ing ar­eas I like to have a mini pantry nearby which is some­where that you put day-to-day items like olive oils, herbs and spices, chop­ping boards.”

Fur­ther thought is given to where uten­sil draw­ers and cut­lery draw­ers go, along with tea tow­els, ver­ti­cal stor­age, the dish­washer and light­ing, in­clud­ing task light­ing.

And then, Liam says, he con­sid­ers what’s go­ing to have a big im­pact, or wow fac­tor.

“I like mak­ing the is­land the cen­tre­piece of the room,” he says. “The is­lands should al­ways be slightly dif­fer­ent to what’s happening be­hind them.

“I’ll make them ei­ther sculp­tural or con­trast­ing, or make them look like fur­ni­ture.”

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