Congratulations! You’re planning a new kitchen or renovating your existing kitchen. The first thing to do (after deciding on your overall budget), is to ask yourself questions. What is important to you in your kitchen? Are you planning to sell your home in a few years, or is this your forever home? Are you an entertainer who loves hosting gatherings with family and friends, or are you more of a microwave meal cook? Once you’ve narrowed down what your priorities are for your kitchen, it will be easier to decide what to invest in and what to save on. Here, we look at where to save and where to splurge:
This is your forever home
Splurge: If this is your forever home it’s worth investing in features and appliances that speak to your taste and preferences. Bigger ticket items like a beautiful oven can become the hero piece in your kitchen, and if you’re drawn to nature’s tones, a luxury oven like the Falcon cooker may be the key feature that anchors your space in both form and function. The Falcon oven ranges are available in 16 colours including soothing Mineral Green, peaceful Stone Blue, and versatile Charcoal Black – so consider all the options available to you and follow what makes your heart sing.
Save: Resist making impulse decisions to grab small, budget appliances like that novelty waffle maker or fondue fountain that may not stand the test of time. Consider if you’re going to use the appliance in a year’s time, or if it’s just going to end up at the back of your pantry taking up valuable storage space.
You want to elevate your kitchen
Splurge: If you’re an entertainer who enjoys throwing dinner parties and chatting with your family and friends while you cook up a storm, a kitchen island may be one of the key splurge items for you. Adding an island to your kitchen area will provide a central, built-in location for loved ones to gather, will give you additional preparation surface space, and it provides you with the option to add under-counter storage on both sides. If you opt for a custom-built island, you can also choose to have your cooking range incorporated within it, so when you’re cooking, instead of facing the wall while you’re sautéing or simmering, you can face the centre of the room – and your guests, making entertaining while you cook even easier.
Save: Reconsider buying items like dishracks and freestanding paper towel holders that will add clutter to benchtops.
You want a classic kitchen
Splurge: If what matters to you is a kitchen that won’t date, consider taking a look at your cabinet options, as your choice of joinery is integral to setting the overall tone of your space.
To create timeless appeal, consider splurging on inset cabinet doors and drawers. Inset doors sit flush within the cabinet frame and will give your kitchen cabinetry the look and feel of bespoke furniture. The fashion for using inset doors and drawers dates back to British and European kitchens of the past, so this, seamless look won’t date and will look just as stylish in years to come as it does today.
Save: Pass on plasticware and anything that seems very ‘on trend now’.
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