How to create the perfect kitchen
Whether you are buying or renting your new home, put some thought into any cosmetic changes that can be made before you move in. (Actually carrying out these changes might depend on how close your new place is to your IT’S the central point of most homes — the spot where you meet in the mornings, gather for a cuppa with the neighbours, and try out some destined-to-fail concoctions.
It’s also one of the most expensive rooms to make over, so it’s important to plan wisely to avoid costly mistakes.
We called up the experts to ask them one question: “What is your top tip for designing the perfect kitchen?”
Here’s what they had to say…
1. Choose coloured cabinets “Don’t be afraid to go for bold colour on your kitchen cabinets — mid- to deep greys, blue tones and even shades of peppermint or sage green make great alternatives. If your walls are white, don’t go for white cupboards too; it’s a missed opportunity to inject a little more personality into your space. Of course, a dark hue is also a lot more forgiving where sticky fingers are concerned!
“I recommend asking your cabinetmaker to have cabinet doors coated with a satin two-pack painted finish in your favourite shade (they’ll be able to match any colour).
This is a very hardy paint finish, ensuring a sleek look which is robust and super easy to wipe clean.” — Lucy Feagins, editor of The Design Files.
2. THINK EFFICIENTLY “Make sure you have the ‘triangle of efficiency’ in place. Your journey from the countertop workspace, to the stove, and to the sink should not be too big or have obstacles in the way.” – Alia Dalal, health and wellness chef.
3. Clear the bench current one.)
Painting will be easier without furniture in the room. Schedule a carpet cleaning at the new place and send rugs out for cleaning a couple of weeks before you move.
If you’re considering refinishing hardwood floors, you need to do it before you move. And remember, you are going to need some kind of window treatments in bedrooms and bathrooms, so get started early if you need to have the windows measured and blinds or curtains professionally installed.
Even if you’re going to do very temporary window coverings to begin with, know how many and what size you’ll need, especially in private spaces. And last but not least, thoroughly clean your new home before the move. Once everything is in, it is much more difficult to do a comprehensive cleaning.
Plan the space To save time on moving day and to give yourself some peace of mind, plot where you are going to put everything in your new place. If “If items can be put away or stored out of sight, the kitchen will be a much better place to work. Go through all the things you have in your cupboards and then work out where they would best be placed in the new kitchen.
Put oils and spices near the cooktop, baking trays near the oven, platters and chopping boards near the workspace, and access to dinnerware and cutlery away from the work zone so others can assist in setting the table or dishing up.” — Jennifer French, interior decorator and colour consultant.
4. Build around light “One simple trick to make your kitchen appear bigger is to make the most of the natural light available. Build your shelves and appliances around the windows and your kitchen will instantly be more inviting. If your window is in an awkward space, combine wall cabinets in different heights, widths and depths to create an interesting, dynamic storage solution in an otherwise restricted space.” — Tim Prevade, commercial activities and visitation & vitality leader at IKEA Australia.
5. Style with appliances Coloured appliances are an ideal way to make a strong design statement, adding contrast, interest and style to the kitchen. Red appliances in particular suit white or rich, dark colour schemes, or try the European trend of choosing sleek black over stainless steel appliances.
6. Consider the space “When planning a kitchen, it’s important to give careful consideration to how the space possible, take measurements, especially of key walls or spaces where big pieces, such as a sectional or media cabinet, could be placed. You probably will have to improvise a little on moving day, but you don’t want to be debating furniture placement while the movers are being paid by the hour.
Think about the essentials A couple of days before the movers arrive, buy the essentials: paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, garbage bags and cans, and soap. Take them to your new home. Pack a couple of suitcases or boxes with clean sheets, blankets and pillows for each bed, bath towels and toiletries. That way you won’t be scrambling to find your toothbrush and bedding at the end of your exhausting move day.
Organise the kitchen Prioritise getting your kitchen unpacked and organised. From my experience, very few people — especially not families with young children — can function without a working kitch- will be used. Some questions need to be answered, like ‘Do you want people in the kitchen with you while you are cooking?’ and ‘Do you want people sitting on the other side of the bar talking to you while you cook?’ How a kitchen should function is a personal mat-