Author: Kelli Ponting

What Does Your Kitchen Say About You?

The kitchen is the heart of most modern homes. It’s the engine room of every party, cook-off and lazy Sunday. It’s not just where the food and wine is — the kitchen is the central hub that runs a family. It’s usually the single most important room in a house and it says a lot about who you are.

That’s why it’s got to match your style, not just in the way it looks, but in how it feels when you use it. Well now you can now find your perfect fit. Using kitchen style expertise from bespoke furniture makers Martin Moore, discover the style that suits you from the options below:

Classic

Traditional and elegant, reserved and tasteful, but never dull. You’re all about great food, made with love, using the tried-and-tested approach.

Classic kitchens are like classic cars: they never go out of style. Unlike a classic car, however, the quirks of random mechanical breakdowns don’t need to be shrugged off as ‘part of the experience’. A kitchen has to work all the time, every time.

So, today’s classic kitchen design is a marriage of wood panelling, heritage colours and reliable modern appliances, which work in perfect harmony with your methodical kitchen style. You’re efficient and tidy as you go — not a messy cook.

An Aga in a classic colour rounds off your baker’s paradise: the icing on the cake, if you will. Yours is a kitchen that Mary Berry herself would be proud to bake her best in.

Architectural

Focused, intense and ready to create, you’re a calculated chef with visions of the perfect dinner party hosted in a space your guests will want to talk about.

The emphasis is on usable design, with everything clearly ordered and within arm’s reach. That said, your kitchen style by no means calls for a hard, utilitarian workspace — you just know exactly what you want and how you’re going to use it.

An architectural kitchen style approaches minimalism, whilst delivering maximum usability and beauty, letting the materials and design speak for themselves. Natural finishes, dual-fuel appliances and open space give you a sleek and refined result: just like you.

Modern

Energised, experimental and on the cutting edge of trend, a modern kitchen is everything that’s hot right now. You’re not one to dwell in the past, but you certainly learn from it.

This is your laboratory. You’re not a cook; you’re a scientist. Your kitchen is a playground of experimentation and breaking new ground, one that takes beauty tips from a time gone by and brings it into the 21st century.

Powered by gas burners, as any good lab is, your kitchen races into the future with multiple ovens (for those complex, Michelin-starred dishes), exotic materials and smart appliances under your command.

This kitchen is your universe, and your creations are as exciting as you are, with the same unpredictable charm.

Country

For someone as relaxed and laid back as you are, mod cons like Wi-Fi-connected fridges and voice-activated microwaves are just more hassle than they’re worth. That’s not to say you’re stuck in the good old days; you’ve just got one thing on your mind — magical, glorious food.

The kitchen is your ultimate comfort zone. It’s got to be cosy, welcoming and full of all the yummiest treats you can imagine. Lots of cupboard and pantry space means you’re always stocked up on those nights where venturing to the shops is simply out of the question.

You’re armed with a fresh pot of tea and an assortment of biscuits the second a guest arrives, ready to sit around the kitchen table and have a few laughs, whilst never being too far from a refill or a snack.

Home sweet home is your mantra, and yours is the sweetest home there is.

Minimalist

Clean-cut, measured and clear of excess, you deal in absolutes — and your kitchen is the perfect reflection of that.

No trinkets, no unnecessary extras: just the essentials. It’s a polarising kind of place, but this is not a heartless, dead room. The soul of the kitchen is ignited every time you enter with a new idea, recipe or party plan. What might seem bleak to some is your blank canvas, and your palette is in hand, ready to paint (with food, that is).

Utilitarian it may be, but that’s how you get results. Precision-engineered spaces are where you make your mark. Sure, it’s not to everyone’s taste — you’re just ahead of the curve.

Which one of these kitchen styles says ‘you’?

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4 Elements of a Modern Family Kitchen

With the homeowners’ third baby on the way, Toronto designer Sam Sacks had six months to update an ’80s kitchen. In addition to increasing the square-footage and bringing it into the modern era, they needed lots of storage, plus room for hosting laid-back dinner parties. “The owners are both creatives, and they were willing to have some fun with the design,” says Sam.

To create more breathing room, the kitchen was relocated from the back of the house to the centre, where the dining room had been. Sam then added plenty of clean-lined white oak cabinetry — including two spacious pantries — a guest-and kid-friendly breakfast bar, and stunning chevron flooring to nod to the Victorian home’s elegant bones. Eye-catching light fixtures and pops of colour in the seating, artwork and accessories put a creative spin on this contemporary kitchen. Take a virtual tour of the space below, and discover how to create a similar look in your own space.

Welcoming Breakfast Bar

A generous bar and upholstered stools set the stage for casual dinners and mingling. “The owners wanted to chat with each other, and their guests, during meal prep,” says Sam. Honed Calacatta marble on the counters and backsplash has a luxe quality and marries well with the warm cabinetry, which was designed by Sam and fabricated by Rettie Restoration.

Striking Fixtures

Modern sconces and artful pendants elevate the space. The luxe, fibreglass light fixtures over the island were a worthwhile splurge.

White Oak Floors

White oak chevron flooring brings historical charm to the kitchen. “It screams ‘Parisian flat,’” says Sam.

Casual Dining Area

A light wood table from Design Within Reach makes room for the whole family, while art and sculptural lights add personality. Architectural components like the graphic black windows and open sight lines are among Sam’s favourite features. “We had very long discussions about where the person sipping wine and talking to the chef would most comfortably lounge,” says Sam.

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7 Bold and Beautiful Kitchen Colour Ideas

Looking for some kitchen colour ideas? It’s a well known fact that colour can change our moods, so why not apply this to one of the most used rooms in the house? Combine that with the rise in popularity of coloured kitchens and you have a winning and stylish look. Get some inspiration with these kitchen colour schemes below.

1. Teal

Intense and moody, this bold shade is not for the faint hearted. Teal sits between blue and green and so it naturally encompasses both attributes. The benefits of each colour are peace, balance and tranquility, and it’s an ideal colour to unwind with at the end of a busy day. It’s a great choice for a kitchen, especially if you have a large space and it also looks great with brass accessories and marble.

“Use blue shades in the home against striking whites and glossy surfaces to instantly create an interior scheme reminiscent of Greek, Spanish or Balearic Islands,” says Jason de Kauwe, marketing communications manager. “Or, for a more contemporary take on the theme, use these shades of blue as statement colours to create unique accents in large or small spaces.”

2. Grey

Grey is a fabulous neutral colour for kitchen units and one that will stand the test of time. It’s a colour that gives balance, yet it’s classed as an ‘emotional’ colour and one that is about compromise – as it’s neither black nor white. It’s dependable and practical. However, with Millennial Pink and soft grey still being key colours, why not combine them? These two shades are tonally the same so they work beautifully together to create a calming scheme.

“Using soft feminine hues in the rooms of the house that are the busiest and most hectic can calm the mood and, quite literally, take the heat out of the kitchen! Especially ideal in open plan kitchens, gentler tones can help blend the utilitarian look of your functional kitchen into the homely ambiance of the rest of your home,” explains David Mottershead, managing director at Little Greene.

3. Violet

A noble colour that gives the impression of wealth and extravagance. It’s known for it’s royal connections and is a ‘power’ colour. Sitting between the calmness of blue and the energy of red, it’s also associated with mystery and creativity. Here, it’s teamed with fresh white, and that allows the violet to take centre stage. Accessorise with pale wood tones and neutrals.

4. Navy

Safe and serene, classic and orderly, navy is a great colour to anchor a room. It’s elegant and has a peacefulness about it, yet is quite an underused colour in interiors. Here, it looks fresh and modern with white and the rattan lights and chairs add a rustic, more earthy element, that gives a new dimension to the overall scheme.

5. Russett

Warming tones and earthy elements create a sense of wellbeing and cosiness. Russett is darker than orange, and has a softer, more muted look. It’s a grounding colour that’s calming and versatile and looks fabulous with mid-toned wood, blush pinks and whites to create balance.

“Colour is increasingly being seen in the kitchen, to inject personality and character, particularly in large, open-plan spaces,” says Steve Tough, commercial sales director at Masterclass Kitchens. “Much of the reason for this is because such spaces can usually accommodate the use of bold, bright colours, where perhaps they run the risk of being too overpowering in smaller rooms.”

6. Apple Green

Green is renowned as being a calming colour, it represents renewal, harmony, growth and balance, making it perfect for a new start. Linked to nature, it has spring-like qualities and, as shown here, looks great with dark toned wood worktops.

7. Sunshine Yellow

What’s not to like about yellow? It’s full of joy and energy, lifts the mood and signifies communication and enlightenment. Full of hope and energy, it would be a lovely room to have breakfast in as it’s such a happy colour. Use it with white, blush pink and marble style flooring.

“We are expecting big things for statement colours in contemporary kitchens,” predicts Joanne Emery, marketing manager at Burbidge. “Although pastel shades remain popular, customers are getting bolder and are increasingly experimenting with standout shades, across the full colour spectrum, that will keep their kitchen on trend all year round.”

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8 Genius Kitchen Islands That Steal the Show

If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen, a large island bench is a must. In a contemporary Australian kitchen it becomes the heart and soul of the home – serving as a prep area, drinks station or lean-and-chat space.

Getting the island right in your kitchen will make or break the space. Here are eight homes with showstopping kitchen islands that elevate everything else to new heights, without compromising on functionality.

Top tips for a perfect kitchen island layout:

1. Keep seating localised in one area, so everyone can have access to the island.

2. Set up plates and cutlery at one end when entertaining and food at the other for an instant self-serve buffet, perfect for feeding a crowd.

3. Incorporate storage into the island to service both sides – draws on the kitchen side and open shelving where it faces the living room to display objects and keep cookbooks within easy reach.

Generous size and stature with a marble waterfall finish offset by nimble bentwood stools

Black cabinetry anchors this kitchen colour scheme and makes this island a standout feature

The perfect way to group adjoining spaces is to have the island serve both sides

The subtle detailing of VJ board is an unexpected treat

Moody concrete makes a statement in this contemporary kitchen and allows the splashback to shine

Shaker-style cabinetry goes modern in monochrome

Simple, elegant and matching overhead cabinets, this marble-topped island cleverly conceals a heater panel

Stunning timber panels beneath a slimline marble benchtop echoes classic stools and adjacent dining chairs.

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Glass Splashbacks

Partnering a glass splashback with your stone benchtop not only looks fantastic but adds texture and reflection to your space giving a feeling of depth to your kitchen, particularly if you choose mirror.

We supply toughened glass splashbacks to fit and size. We can also have them painted which means we can match to any custom colour.

Measurements are taken at the same time as the benchtop and installation of both saves time and money.

Mirror comes in three colours: clear, bronze and grey.

Clear Mirror Splashback Pantry

Bronze Mirror Splashback

Custom Colour Splashback 2

Custom Colour Splashback 3

Custom Colour Splashback

Grey Mirror

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How To Declutter Your Kitchen Cupboards

Out with the old, tidy the new!

If you’re on a mission to declutter and maintain a fresh, efficient, streamlined kitchen, your cupboards and pantry are a great place to start. 

As one of the busiest rooms in the house, the kitchen suffers from a great deal of food and tableware collecting in cupboards to make it cluttered and less efficient in running the household every day. Take stock of what’s hampering your processes – remove what’s not needed and store what is in a manner that makes it easy to put your hands on every day.

1. Take stock 

Working from one cupboard to another one at a time, take stock of what’s in there. Pull everything out for inspection.

2. Clean the surfaces

Grim builds up over time in corners and on shelves from food, sauces, dust and daily use. Whilst you have everything out of the cupboard wipe down the shelves and other surfaces with a damp cloth, freshly scented with essential oil – try eucalyptus or peppermint.

3. Cull the contents

Anything that hasn’t been used in 12 months should be removed and stored elsewhere or discarded.

4. Stack neatly

Stack and store remaining items neatly so they are visible as soon as you open the cupboard and are within easy reach. Consider adding extra shelves or wire baskets for more efficient storage of smaller items.

5. Consider open shelving

‘Out of sight, out of mind’. Consider open shelving in some areas to minimise lost objects at the back of deep, dark cupboards and maximise the functionality of items used every day. Open shelves do need a regular wipe down however when the contents are on show you may be more likely to keep things clean and tidy.

6. Invest in good quality storage

Pantry wizards swear by making an investment for the long term in storage containers of high quality that stack beautifully and look good. There’s nothing more rewarding than row-upon-row of matching canisters. Use buckets and baskets for larger items.

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7 Popular Benchtop Surfaces

It’s one of the most hard-working surfaces in your home. Here’s a help to choose your material wisely and get the best kitchen benchtop material for your needs.No longer shut away behind closed doors, modern kitchens in Australia are not only where meals are made but also where much of the action happens – from homework to household admin and from family meals to entertaining. All of which means the kitchen benchtop materials used need to be both practical and good-looking, whether you are an enthusiastic gourmand, a short-order family cook, or a takeaway connoisseur. And nothing gets a bigger workout than your benchtop. Here’s our pick of the tough but terrific materials that will give you kitchen counter bliss.

1. Natural Stone Benchtops

The beauty of stone is as a natural material, each slab is unique. Marble is popular with enthusiastic cooks as it’s perfect for rolling out pastry, but it’s easily stained by things such as red wine, vinegar, coffee, spices (we’re looking at you, turmeric!) and even water. Granite benchtops are much less porous, making them more stain- and scratch-resistant, and they come in a wide, and very beautiful, selection of colours. The finish for either marble benchtops or stone benchtops can be gloss (polished) or honed (matt) and it’s best to visit the warehouse and choose the slab you want so you know exactly what you’re getting.

2. Timber Benchtops

Timber benchtops are formed from one solid length or pieces that have been laminated together (butcher’s block style). The surface of wooden/timber benchtops needs to be finished before using and, if oiled, will absorb spills. Bamboo benchtops are on the rise in the timber market. The big advantage is every couple of years you can have it re-finished to remove any marks, and the benchtop will be as good as new.

3. Stainless Steel Benchtops

Stainless steel is very hard-wearing and hygienic, which is why it’s used in restaurant kitchens. Splashbacks and sinks can be completely integrated, so there’s no cracks for nasties to loiter in, and going for high-grade, thicker stainless steel benches mean they can be re-polished every five to 10 years, giving you the look of a brand new benchtop.

4. Engineered Stone Benchtops

Engineered stone is made from mostly crushed quartz held together with resin, and is available in a variety of colours and finishes. It is also sold by the slab, which does limit its length to 3000mm. Joins are becoming finer, but if you are installing a longer bench or island, you will need to consider where the join falls.

Brett Patterson recommends pairing engineered stone with low-profile, flush mount sinks so cut edges aren’t chipped and damaged by pots and pans.

5. Polished Concrete Benchtops

Concrete benchtops are formed and poured on site, and considering their weight, you may require additional sub-floor structural work for support. However, they have a wonderfully raw finish (that’s now being imitated by other materials) and can even have heating built into them. Concrete benchtops also need to be sealed before using and finishes can vary from very rough to more refined, plus they can be coloured by tinting the mix.

6. Porcelain Benchtops

Made of powdered clay and coloured pigments and bonded together at very high temperatures, porcelain can be created with different textures, from glossy to matt, and can also be printed with finishes that resemble stone, timber, concrete and rusted metal. It is extremely dense and non-porous, plus it’s very resistant to heat, which means it’s great to use around cooktops. Another advantage is it can be used outdoors, so your alfresco kitchen can have the same look as indoors. Porcelain is made in larger slabs than engineered stone and in much thinner profiles, tapping into the current trend away from slab-like benchtops. However, it’s extremely heavy and you will need to work with your joiner to ensure cabinetry can take the weight.

7. Laminate Benchtops

Laminates are budget-friendly and offer a seemingly endless range of colours and finishes, including marble and stone-look that are almost as good as the real thing. The major brand has also recently added an on-trend matt finish to its massive range. 

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Kitchen Inspiration: 5 Steps to a Timeless, Modern Space

Modern white kitchens emphasise form and finish, with streamlined design that suits virtually any setting.

Here are the essential elements to cover off when planning your kitchen design – from layout to finishes and everything in between.

1. Choose Your Cabinetry

With no door details, it’s all about finish. Glossy polyurethane gives a high-tech feel, while matt has a more relaxed vibe. White is the key colour – timeless, easy on the eye and the perfect base for pops of colour or interesting finishes. Paired with exposed brick, steel or concrete, the look becomes urban and industrial; teamed with black elements, we’re talking striking monochrome; while mixing in timber, either in larger quantities such as on the floor or in accessories like bar stools, adds warmth. Handles are one of the first things to date, so opt for handle-free, push to open functionality, or go minimal, as in the simple bar handles in the kitchen above. 

2. Select A Splashback

Almost everything works – marble, decorative or directional tiles, pressed metal or colour-backed glass, which gives you the option to introduce colour, either in a subtle hue, or in a chromatic burst in a primary shade. For a touch of glamour, try mirror. “If you have two mirrored walls facing each other, you can get the ‘infinity effect’, an optical illusion of never-ending reflections,” says Romy Dankner of Homeroom Studio. Metals are becoming more popular; stainless steel gives a ‘professional kitchen’ vibe, while burnished metals such as copper introduce a hit of glamour.

3. Pick Your Benchtop

Virtually anything goes in modern kitchens, including timber, cement, stainless steel and reconstituted stone. For a join-free finish, try Corian, which can also be formed seamlessly into a sink. A current trend is to use your benchtop to ‘zone’ areas, such as on an island; for example, have stone or reconstituted stone as the ‘working area’ and introduce a length of timber as a dining spot. Mixing your materials can also be a budget saver, if you plump for a statement finish such as stone on the front bench or island, and opt for cheaper laminate or stainless steel on the rear bench.

4. Have The Right Base

Solid timber works beautifully with white and if looked after, will last and last; ensure you choose a tough coating in a matt finish so that wear – inevitable in a high-traffic zone – shows less. Polished concrete comes in masses of hues and textured finishes, depending on the aggregate content, and is as tough as old boots. “Some ideas for a modern space include white-washed herringbone timber and geometric concrete tiles,” says Nadia Hursky. If your room has high ceilings, consider a dark finish on the floor, suggests Romy Dankner. “The deep colour offsets light decor beautifully.”

5. Find The Right Furniture And Accessories

A simple backdrop gives you carte blanche to introduce all sorts of items to offset quiet finishes such as plain white, but for a classic look keep it simple. Here, the timber fascia, stools and light fittings give this kitchen truly standout looks – the woven seats add texture and the subtle touches of colour in the glassware are soft and inviting.

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3 Crucial Things to Remember When Getting a New Kitchen

Embarking on a new kitchen project? Bear in mind these important factors when it comes to planning, design and project management to ensure you’re happy with the final result.

If the design of your new kitchen isn’t carefully considered from the outset, then it is highly likely you will be dissatisfied with the end result.

But following these three principles right at the start of your project will help you create the perfect kitchen for your home.

1. Be Clear About Your Requirements

Think about the style of kitchen you want – be it more traditional or contemporary or even a hybrid of each. Take into account the style of the rest of your property so that the new kitchen complements the existing aesthetic.

Also think about how you will use your kitchen.

  • How much storage do you need?
  • What appliances are essential to your daily life?
  • Do you need to include dining or entertaining space in your design?

Considering all of these factors at the beginning will not only help you come up with the perfect design, but will also make sure everything on your wishlist can be incorporated into your design.

Take advantage of the opportunity to make changes to your kitchen design while it is still on the drawing board, as once work has begun onsite, any changes you make could delay your project or add unexpected costs, both of which will make it tricky to bring your project in on your desired budget.

2. Explore Your Options

There are many different elements that will factor into your kitchen design – furniture, worktops, appliances, lighting, flooring, sinks, taps and handles (and much more). For each of these elements, there will be numerous variations that you can choose from, so make sure you research available items to make sure you are finding the right products for your space.

It can be overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to consult a kitchen design professional to help find the options that best suit your needs and your budget. Opting for the highest quality products you can afford is well worth the investment to ensure they fulfil their function for years to come.

3. Consider Installation and Project Management from the Start

Whether you are completing overhauling an existing space or extending your home for additional space, it is likely that some building work will need to be undertaken before your new kitchen can be fitted. Having a clear picture of what needs to be done from the start of the project will allow you to schedule the project and the trades involved, and keep all building work on track thus preventing any costly delays.

Follow these three principles right from the start of your kitchen project, it will not only ensure you get the kitchen of your dreams, but also that the process runs as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

You can achieve your dream kitchen now through the help of Dream Doors Kitchens.

5 Things That Make Your Kitchen Messy

It can get you down if every time you walk into your kitchen it looks untidy and full of clutter. However things may not be as bad as you think. Here are a few simple practices you can put in place to ensure your kitchen always looks tidy.

1. Letting dishes pile up in the sink

This looks unsightly and makes the dishes, pots and pans harder to clean later, as food will dry and harden. Soak pots and pans immediately and always pack the dishwasher, clean up and wipe down surfaces after a meal.

2. Using your fridge as a bulletin board

A simple, tidy art gallery can look lovely if you keep items rotating regularly, however, when papers pile up with artworks, invitations and shopping lists, it just looks messy (and doesn’t help your home organisation either!).

3. A place for everything

Make a designated space for your appliances that you use every day. Clean and return the item there each time you use it. Other appliances used less often should be stored away in a drawer, cupboard or pantry.

4. Untidy shelves

If you have open shelving, organise like with like items and stack neatly on your shelves. Only display items that are used regularly. Display pretty jugs, bowls or vases in small vignettes to complement your daily-use pieces.

5. Using your kitchen as a multi-purpose space

Designate separate areas for activities other than the preparation and eating of food. School books, sewing projects, kids’ craft and bill-paying need their own spaces and storage.

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