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A Photography Award winner from Sydney, NSWSimplicity wins the day in this stunning balanced shot.
Where colour isn’t desirable, light neutral tones are being replaced by rich dark finishes: black is very much back.Natural materials including stone, timber, steel and leather are also being used in joinery and furniture pieces.7 Stylish Ways to Make Black Kitchen Cabinets Work
It’s probably fair to say that our moral formation is not complete until we’ve learnt how to get along with people who aren’t our chosen friends, who may be quite unlike us in ethnicity, religion, musical tastes, child-rearing practices or recreational pursuits, but who nevertheless share our locality.Not everyone sees being a neighbour as involving that kind of social contract. Some people prefer to live as recluses; some will do everything possible to avoid contact – even eye contact – with their neighbours; some totally reject the idea that, by choosing to live in a particular dwelling, they have any moral or social obligations to the other people who live in that street or apartment block or locality. After all, they may say, I didn’t choose to have these people as my neighbours in the way I choose my friends, so why do I owe them anything? My ‘community’ is my work colleagues, or my friendship circle, or the people I play footy with, or my network of school or university friends, or my Rotary or Probus club, or my church, or the local branch of my political party.
Kitchen costsThe average spend on a kitchen renovation is $19,300. Large kitchens over 10 square metres cost an average of $22,600 to renovate, while small kitchens less than 10 square metres in size cost an average of $14,600.Around 20 per cent of renovating homeowners spent over $35,000 on their renovations, with those aged 55 and over being the most willing (or perhaps most able) to splurge.
2. Don’t be fooled by fancy finishesSometimes the more expensive and glamorous options aren’t the best ones. When it comes to performance and upkeep, luxurious materials such as solid timber and marble are often second best to many of the newer, high-tech materials on the market – and these cost considerably less.Timber veneer is a great alternative to solid timber. The latest styles will give you a naturally textured finish, plus they are lightweight and easy to install. Birch plywood is another appealing option for kitchen cabinetry. It has a soft texture and can be stained in different colours. If you love the look of marble, but not the upkeep and price, consider a lookalike product such as engineered stone. Or consider solid surfaces such as Corian and Fenix, which are waterproof and can be moulded into different shapes for a seamless look.
3. Location: Sydney, NSWWhy we love it: Marble is so well employed in this splashback, especially as it acts as a contrast to the black joinery surrounding it. Again, it is an easy way to add a layer of sophistication to almost any scheme.