Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean

En­hance the heart of your home

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THE new year is a great time to think about spruc­ing up your house, given many of us are on hol­i­day and have a bit of time for some ren­o­vat­ing and re­dec­o­rat­ing.

A good place to start is the kitchen.

It is the heart of the home and it is im­por­tant that the space is invit­ing, in­spir­ing and above all, func­tional.

You do not need to un­der­take a full kitchen ren­o­va­tion, which can be ex­pen­sive and time con­sum­ing.

It is amaz­ing what a few small changes can do for the over­all feel and func­tion­al­ity of this space.

Laminex gen­eral man­ager of mar­ket­ing Sacha Leagh-Mur­ray shared a few ideas that could have your kitchen look­ing great in no time.

1. Cab­i­net doors

Up­dat­ing your cab­i­netry doors is a great way to give your kitchen a new look without blow­ing the bud­get and it’s sur­pris­ingly easy, too.

For ex­am­ple, the com­pre­hen­sive range of Laminex decors means you can cus­tomise your space any way you like, from con­tem­po­rary or classic styles to brighter and lighter colours. Look for some­thing that re­tains its looks with min­i­mal clean­ing and main­te­nance, and can with­stand high hu­mid­ity and heat.

2. In­ter­nal cab­i­netry

A fea­ture that is of­ten over­looked is the no­tion of coloured in­te­rior cab­i­nets

– that is, the in­side lin­ing of the join­ery crafted in a shade that ei­ther com­ple­ments or con­trasts the outer doors.

This look is not only aes­thet­i­cally strik­ing but pur­posely func­tional.

Jux­ta­pos­ing a neu­tral fin­ish on outer cab­i­netry with a pop of colour on the in­side not only creates stun­ning de­sign but en­ables your crock­ery to stand out and be­come more eas­ily vis­i­ble.

3. Bench­top

A ro­bust kitchen bench­top can last the test of time, how­ever they can be­gin to look a lit­tle tired and dated af­ter years of dic­ing and slic­ing.

Up­dat­ing the sur­face can help to cre­ate a strik­ing new look and feel for the heart of the home.

Look for some­thing that is at­trac­tive and has a high de­gree of dura­bil­ity be­fit­ting such a high-traf­fic, func­tional zone.

Wood­grains con­tinue to be a big in­te­ri­ors trend for 2020 and they don’t seem to be go­ing any­where any­time soon.

4. Co­he­sive colour pal­ette

A con­tin­u­ous colour scheme can give the il­lu­sion of a larger room, which can do won­ders for a small work­ing kitchen.

5. Fix­tures

Never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of some beau­ti­ful fix­tures to truly bring your kitchen to life.

Switch­ing out your pow­er­point cov­ers, light switches, cab­i­net han­dles, and tap­ware for a more so­phis­ti­cated op­tion can el­e­vate your kitchen and cre­ate a more luxe feel.

Take in­spi­ra­tion from the colours and tex­tures of your new kitchen and se­lect fix­tures that com­ple­ment your colour pal­ette.

Shades like matte black pair well with a steel fin­ish, while an all-white kitchen looks great with dark-toned hard­ware.

Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to mix met­als.

Con­trast­ing fin­ishes can liven up a room and in­ject some much-needed per­son­al­ity into a space.

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