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Modern Kitchen Essentials

Designing and planning a new kitchen can be daunting for a lot of people. There are a lot of choices to make which can have a big impact on the final result. From the materials of the cabinetry to adding Island benches and servery windows and lighting, read on as I look at some the keys to getting it right first time.

Kitchen renovations come in all shapes and sizes. It really depends on your budget and space as to what can be achieved. Laminate has come a long way since the 1960’s browns and greens and can be good choice for budget conscious renovations. There is a great range of colours including woodgrain to choose from with many high quality finishes available.

Modern timber veneers are nice choice for kitchen cabinetry when a natural looking timber finish is needed. Timber veneer are thin slices of wood laminated together and sealed using clear coat. The price of veneer can vary dramatically depending on the type of timber you choose, but it is generally more expensive than laminate. Veneer provides all the warmth of natural timber in a more cost effective and environmentally sustainable way. When choosing the colour and type of timber, be sure to think about how it will interact with any other timber around the kitchen, such as door hardware and windows. If you are looking to update doors and windows at the same time as the kitchen renovation, give Brio a look as they make a nice range of high quality sliding doors and bifold windows in a range of timber finishes.

Solid is these days rarely used in kitchens for its cost and environmental impact. However the beauty of solid natural timber can still be incorporated into a kitchen buy using feature pieces of furniture such as solid timber dining table, recycled timber bench top, timber shelving or timber bar stools. A great look with solid timber is to pare it with dark colours. Gone are the days when dark colours where seen as creating a “cave” or cold environment and infact the opposite is true when used in nice natural light filled room.