Whether you have a big or small space to renovate its very easy to get it wrong by trying to do too much. It’s as much about creating a feeling of space as actually having it. So here are a few tips for bathroom and kitchen renovations that we’ve discovered in our many years of working in homes just like yours.
- Consider alcoves – not only do they can make a great feature but they can also give more depth to the room.
- Vanity – rather than putting in the biggest unit that will fit, knock it back a size – bigger isn’t always better! You can also consider installing a custom unit – you can have all drawers or even offset the bowl to one side for a more continuous bench space.
- Shower screen – go with semi frameless for less metal and also consider putting the door on a slight angle – it doesn’t have to be 45°.
- Feature tiles – rather than running a horizontal strip, doing a vertical strip makes the room feel more spacious.
- Sliding door – the type of door you install won’t change the actual size of the room, but putting a cavity sliding door, rather than a swinging door, does give the illusion of more space.
- Fittings – less is more, only include what you actually need.
- Greedy – don’t be! Allow for space between things and space for you.
- Fridge space – is valuable real estate. Don’t make a space for the monster fridge someone, someday might want to put in. There are a lot of fridges that fit into a 750mm space.
- Pantry – rather than making the pantry bigger, make it smarter. Internal drawers are a great idea and if you’re really stuck for space, look at incorporating the microwave into the pantry (hello bench space!)
- Appliances and sinks – Do you really need a 600mm dishwasher or would a 450mm do? Do you really need a double bowl sink? Depending on the situation you can also consider a 2 heat cooktop. Don’t forget to look at integrated appliances for a sleeker, more spacious look.
- Overhead cupboards – It’s easy to end up with no useable bench space in a small kitchen. Consider either having shorter overhead cupboards or none at all to steal back some valuable bench space and create an open feeling of space.
- Cooktop – having benchtop spaces on either side of the cooktop is a design must have. If you don’t have much room, and don’t fancy a unusable 200mm cupboard, a pull out spice rack/oil holder is super practical and gives you that bit of extra bench.
- Keep it simple – panels, fillers, hinges and drawer runners are all stealing space from your kitchen so keep it simple to maximise usable volume.
3. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH COUNTERTOPS
The choice of material for your countertop can make a significant difference to the overall aesthetic impact of your kitchen. There is a wide range of kitchen countertop materials available when designing the surface area of your dreams including granite, laminate, stainless steel, caesarstone, wood and glass – all of which give a completely different look, feel and texture. While granite countertops are very popular and are available in a variety of colours – marble is also catching the attention of many a kitchen renovator for not only its visual beauty, but also because it is heat resistant and is very easy to clean. With no two slabs of marble exactly the same you are guaranteed a unique, standout countertop. Marble has endless potential to mix and match with other elements of your kitchen and is commonly teamed with white cabinetry and light wood flooring to create a modern, yet timeless interior
4. LOOK TO TERRACOTTA TILES FOR FLOORING
A Mediterranean flavour is not just popular in food, it’s also making a comeback through terracotta tiling. As more homeowners consider warmer tones in the kitchen, terracotta tiled floors are the perfect addition to bring charm and character into a space. While you may be thinking of the high shining terracotta tiling of the 80s that looks quite dated, the reintroduction of this texture in the kitchen is anything but uninviting. When a matt finish is applied, terracotta floor tiling can give your kitchen a great calm which is exactly what homeowners are looking for in the digital age.
5. GO ALL OUT WITH SPLASHBACK
If you think that your options are limited when it comes to materials to use for a splashback then think again. The right splashback will complement the entire design of your kitchen and can tie together all the other elements for an eye-catching look.
If you have a particularly well-groomed garden then a glass window splashback may be the right choice for you. Not only does this option make your kitchen feel more spacious, the glass window splashback can give extra lighting, cutting down the need for artificial light (and in the process driving down electricity costs).
Splashbacks are also a great option to introduce some artistic expression in your kitchen. Through different tiling layouts or even mosaics, your kitchen splashback can be focal feature that most expresses your signature style in the space.