Chambers StScandinavian Kitchen, Melbourne
by Derek Swalwell
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6. Location: Melbourne, VictoriaWhy we love it: The repetition of white marble-clad volumes emphasises the luxury of this relatively small kitchen area. A great example of using this material to raise the stature of a space.
9. Island timeIf you are one of the lucky ones who have the rare luxury of extra floor space in your kitchen, but the problem of not having enough room on your bench, a kitchen island could be just the ticket. These beauties come in every shape and size imaginable, and increase both your bench space and your storage. Pair your kitchen island with some bar stools to enjoy a comfortable place to perch, or use it to delineate your kitchen from your living areas.Browse more kitchen islands
Line up your queries nowHave questions ready to ask at your first meeting, preferably written down so you can tick them off as you go. A positive designer-client relationship is maintained through effective communication, so start this practice right from the beginning. Kitchen jargon decoded
Design feesKitchen design fees are not so much a hidden cost, but rather a cost that you should always factor into your renovation budget; especially since kitchens are so important to our day-to-day lives. Kitchens are very personal spaces and what works for you may not work so well for somebody else. An experienced kitchen designer will be able to share some practical tips on the basic functionality of a kitchen, and incorporate those necessary fundamentals with your personal preferences to create a kitchen that is both stunning and practical.
1. Dream: Natural stoneOne of the more expensive materials out there, natural stone (such as marble, granite, slate, etc.) is a material choice that generally oozes opulence and elegance, much like the bubbles in sparkling water!Natural stone can be sourced from all corners of the globe and because of this, a type of marble quarried in Italy will be completely different to one quarried in Spain, even though it has the same name. Even batches in the same quarry can vary, so unless you’re happy to leave the final look to chance, ensure that you are asking for a sample of the current batch stock before you say yes to the product.6 questions to ask yourself before designing your kitchen island
1. Black, White and GreyThe contrast of black and white has been a much loved colour combination both in fashion and interiors for many, many years. Although the contrast of black and white is strong, it’s still a very easy scheme to live with. Because there is no real colour as such, a black and white scheme can be brightened with various coloured accessories that can easily be changed as you tire of them. When we think black and white, we think black tie – smart and sophisticated, and most definitely not out of date. To create maximum impact with this colour scheme, look for the brightest, most crisp white and the purest black. Then soften the harsh contrast of black and white by introducing some grey tones. Black is a strong tone that creates big impact, so if you have a small space, use it sparingly. Consider a glossy finish for your black surfaces; this will help to bounce light around the room and make the black feel less heavy.Browse more contemporary kitchens
Surprise, surprise! One of the realities of an extension or renovation project is that there are likely to be a few surprises along the way, and unfortunately these generally aren’t nice ones. Unlike a new home where there is little scope for surprises to catch you out, a renovation may have any number of surprises that do not reveal themselves until work has commenced. Upgrading electrical work, structural modifications and waterproofing issues are common problems. There are two common ways that surprises lead to additional cost. Firstly, the builder may add a contingency into their quote to allow for some of these surprises. Secondly, the surprises might be treated as variations to the contract price as they arise; meaning that the additional work and cost may also incur a builder’s margin of up to 20 per cent on top of the cost of the additional work. In some instances, both of these situations will eventuate, where, even after making some allowance in the quote, the actual cost of dealing with unknowns is over and above what has been allowed for and quoted.
This huge dome pendant provides ample soft lighting for this prep-space-meets-seating-area. It suits this home’s minimalist, modern decor perfectly, creating a simple focal point by contrasting the countertops’ sharp edges.
Make use of natural stoneMarble offers a visual texture with its veins of darker colours running through it. Pared with dark timbers and glossy reflective surfaces, marble is perfect in a contemporary, classical, traditional or industrial setting. Marble can create a textural illusion and doesn’t have to be felt to be sensed.TIP: Make your textures work together by repeating them in the one space.
Benchtop heightLow benchtops are a common cause of back pain so it’s best to plan a bench height that is most pleasant for the main cook in the kitchen. Bench heights of 900 millimetres to 950 millimetres are the most common. Need to fine-tune the measurements of your kitchen plan? Find a specialised kitchen designer near you on Houzz to make it happen