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STYLE

Decide on the overall style of kitchen you want. This could be anything from ultra-modern to a Hamptons beach-style kitchen. Whatever you choose, take into account the style of the house.

Putting a super modern kitchen into a period home, or a country style kitchen into a city apartment is not a good idea. However, remember that you can create an in-between style; for instance, a modern twist on a heritage-style design. Mood board your ideas to see how you can mix and match styles that have been proven to be a winner. Pinterest and Instagram are a great visual source.

Colours and materials

CABINETRY

Options include two pac, vinyl wrap, laminate or timber. Make sure your choices are suited to your circumstances, for example, if you’ve got small children or you’re planning on renting out the property, you might be best off with vinyl wrap or laminate. Some people shy away from vinyl wrap, but these days they’re a pretty good option and come in a range of styles and profiles.

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HANDLES

Again, carefully consider the style of the home and kitchen. You could choose pull handles, knobs, chrome, satin chrome, gloss, matte, coloured, white, black, nickel – the list goes on. There are a multitude of styles, colours, shapes and finishes available. There are even handles that are so discreet it looks like you don’t have handles. Or you can opt for no handles and push catches for a sleek and modern look, once again if you have kids though this might not be the best option.

SPLASHBACKS

The main choices here are tiles or glass. Tiles are extremely practical and come in a broad range of styles, sizes and colours. If your cabinet doors are plain, using a smaller sized tile for your splashback can introduce some texture to your kitchen. If you’ve got a bit more going on in the kitchen and cabinetry, you could opt for a simpler splashback to balance it out.

Glass, mirrored and stone splash backs are also a great option. If you are investing in quality stone with character on your benchtops, a classic and seamless look that almost never fails is to carry that to the splash back also.

BENCHTOPS

Stone is a good option here and there are numerous styles available. You could go for a moderately priced white with flecks style to a plainer, but more expensive option, with a vein running through it. Don’t restrict yourself to a white benchtop though, other neutrals can work well.

I advise against using laminate unless it’s an investment property or it’s a lower value build or renovation.

Wooden benchtops are another possibility, but this may not be practical in the long run. If you like the warmth of a timber look, you can always add it through some feature shelving or other accents like featured behind the bench where your stools live.

LIGHTING

You can do a very general lighting plan, but keep in mind the overall look you’re trying to achieve. Putting two large or three smaller pendant lights over an island bench can really add a bit of pizazz, so don’t underestimate what lighting can do to set off the kitchen.