A warm and inviting kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place for entertaining, sharing food and spending time with family and friends, so it makes sense to create a functional yet gorgeous space. The key elements to focus on are the floorplan, style and kitchen appliances – the smarter your appliances the smoother cooking, entertaining and even cleaning will become. Here’s what you need to know:
When designing your kitchen, consider how you want to use the space; will it be an entertainers’ paradise, or a family-friendly zone, or both? Do you have space for an open-plan kitchen or will it be its own room? These factors will determine the layout. An island bench is perfect for serving guests and enjoying family meals, while a butler’s pantry is the ultimate indulgence in kitchen design.
Before jumping into any decorating project, think about how you want the area to look and how it ties in with neighbouring areas. Simple things like colour, cabinetry, handles, materials and natural light all play a part in achieving the look you’re after. For example, for a modern look opt for stainless steel and matt black finishes and a marble or stone benchtop. If you’re after a Hamptons vibe, soft blues and clean whites, subway tiles and shaker-style cabinetry fit the bill. For a vintage look go for antique timber and hand painted pieces.
Choose appliances that work for you and make life just that little bit easier. Dreaming of an oven with a clean-assist function? We’ve found just the one: Schweigen IN.’s Pyrolytic Oven will heat the oven to 490 and incinerate cooking residues that can be effortlessly swept up without having to scour. It even comes with a touchscreen and a soft open and close door. It has 37 pre-set programs, 11 heating functions and an auto start and stop function. The matte black finish is ideal for contemporary kitchens and will add a touch of elegance to your zone.