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Colours and Patterns: Tips to Bring Your Old Kitchen Back to Life

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Colours and Patterns: Tips to Bring Your Old Kitchen Back to Life

Nothing dates a kitchen quicker than old colours and patterns splashed across the kitchen tiles. Old looking cabinetry and outdated countertops can make your kitchen look like it is caught in the past. That doesn’t mean you need an entire kitchen renovation though. With some simple changes to the colours and patterns in the kitchen, you can bring it all up to date and make it look fresh and new.

One of the areas that typically needs attention to change the feel and age of it, is the kitchen tiles. Does your floor still scream of the 1970’s? Changing out the old patterns for newer ones can change the entire feel of the room.

How do you pick to ensure that in 5 years you are not needing to redo it all over again to bring it up to date?

  • kitchen tilesLook for neutral tones. Nothing dates something faster than utilising bright and current colours or high energy
    patterns. Neutral colours are something that is time tested and doesn’t go out of style in the same way that era specific ones will. This goes for everything from the cabinet doors to the kitchen tiles.
  • Consider the size of your space. If it is a smaller space you need lighter, like a splash back, select brighter colours and tones. Dark
    colours can make a small space seem even smaller. If on the other hand, you have a very wide open kitchen, going with darker tones can give your kitchen a smaller more intimate feel.
  • Understand how your kitchen is utilised. Some materials are better for high traffic areas than others, and this is important with things like your flooring. It might be great to have that tile that comes in your picture-perfect colours, but not if the material it is made of cannot hold up to the traffic demands of your home. This is where you need to remember that it’s not just about the colours and patterns, but also about the functionality of the space as well.
  • Know your colour wheel. Utilising the colour wheel can help you ensure that the tones and shades in the room help it and don’t hinder it. You have two options here, although the latter one can date your kitchen quickly. By looking at the colour wheel, choose similar tones. They will compliment each other well and ensure a nice palette though out the kitchen. The second option is to utilise contrasting colours. That is colours that are directly across from one another on the colour wheel. This will give you highly contrasting colours, but can also date the kitchen. Although an extreme example, this is like having blue walls with an orange countertop… not your best choice of colours to keep your kitchen current.

No matter the colours and patterns you are looking for, or even if you are undecided, let our team at Wonderful Kitchens help you out. We can help you determine which colours will work best for your kitchen tiles, counters and beyond.  Stop by one of our convenient Sydney locations today.

Out with the Old and in With the New

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Out with the Old and in With the New

What to do When Your Old Kitchen Has Seen its Last Day?modern kitchen design

Every item in a home has an expiry date. Not in the way food expires of course, but a day that will come when it needs to be renovated, renewed or just torn down and started again from scratch. Kitchens are no different, and as one of the most used rooms in a house it can get to its last days a whole lot quicker than other rooms in a home. It will reach a point where it has no choice but to be renovated, and what better time than that to go with a brand new modern kitchen design.

Renovating your kitchen can entail a lot. You can tear the entire space down to the drywall and start again. It can even involve removing walls and creating a more open modern design. Or on the other side of the spectrum, it can be as simple as refinishing surfaces and giving it the appearance of a brand-new space.

How do you decide which is better?

If your cupboards are falling off the walls, the floor tiles are chipped and cracked, and your counter just can’t take one more day it may be in your best interest to start with a fresh modern kitchen design. Most of us though, reach the point of knowing that we need to start updating a space long before it reaches the point of no return. If you happen to decide soon enough, before it becomes irreparable, you can save yourself substantially on the make-over.

Which brings us to another key element of deciding what to do when your kitchen has seen it’s last days. Budget. Not everyone can pull back the space to the studs and start completely fresh. With more substantial renovations comes more substantial costs. This means that you must have the money in the bank before you consider this route, or have another means of finance. Often banks will let you draw back on your pre-existing loan and access funds for things such as renovations and home improvements. Budget alone can be the deciding factor for most people on what can and cannot be done.

What’s neccesary and what’s not?

If you have the money, by all means, create your dream kitchen. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly alternative, decide what elements need to be changed or refinished now and start there. Little by little you can get the space overhauled by starting with the items that need updating the most.

Budget friendlier ways to breathe life back into the space can be as simple as changing counters and flooring or updating the tiles in the space. You can refinish the cabinets or change out the fronts altogether. Little things can change the space and give you more time in one of the most used rooms of your home.

When you decide the time is right to create a new kitchen, or are looking to go with a modern kitchen design, let Wonderful Kitchens be your team. We can help you assess what areas need to be fixed first, or what items can wait just a little bit longer. Of course, if you are wanting to go with the complete overhaul route, we can help you do that too. What are you waiting for? Visit us today.

 

Renovating Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on Renovating Without Breaking the Bank

Kitchen renovation costs can add up quickly. That doesn’t mean that the renovations cannot be done without breaking the bank, and there are many ways to save money while having it still look like you have a brand-new kitchen. Figuring out what needs to be done, and how to do it on a budget doesn’t have to be difficult. Keeping in mind the following tips will ensure that you get your brand-new kitchen and still have money in the bank.

  • You can change your cabinets for a minimal cost. Things like utilising the floor models at the store can cut costs quite a bit. Can’t find discounted or floor models you like? You can always update the cabinets without starting from scratch. Just changing the doors can change the overall look and save a significant amount of money-
    especially if the cabinets are still in a relatively good condition. Still beyond your budget? A new coat of paint or refinishing can make a huge impression. Still looking for something more budget friendly, just changing the hardware on the doors can update the looks.
  • Change up your appliances. Going from older style appliances to more modern stainless steel can give your Kitchen renovation costskitchen an updated look without a huge price tag. Need something more budget friendly? Eliminate clutter- create a minimalist look by decluttering and hiding appliances away in cupboards. This can give you the updated look for almost no cost at all. And it means you can keep your existing appliances.
  • Fresh paint on the walls, splash back and even the floor can cut down on kitchen renovation costs. While it’s not a true renovation in the sense of the word, it can give the appearance of it with minimal cost.
  • Pick one or two key elements to change. Just changing your kitchen tiles can be enough of a boost if done right. Changing the splash back or the flooring can give the room a more updated appearance. Another large element you can change is the countertops. Going with a different colour palette, or material can make a big impact on a small budget.
  • Another major item you can alter without a huge cash requirement is the lighting. Changing up the lighting and how the kitchen is lit can alter the appearance altogether. Placing brighter lights, or changing the fixtures can impact the feel of the entire space. Choosing lighting elements to illuminate specific areas, or even adding under-cabinet lights can change the mood of the space in a budget friendly manner.

Kitchen renovation costs don’t have to break the bank. You can always do it in pieces if that is more fitting of your budget and abilities. A few items at a time, and before long you will have a brand-new kitchen that you love and that gives the appearance of costing much more than it did.

When you are ready to get started with your kitchen renovations, or are looking for ideas on how to update your kitchen on a budget, visit our friendly staff at Wonderful Kitchens and see what we can do to make your kitchen dreams a reality.

Renovating A Kitchen- And Wondering Where To Begin?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on Renovating A Kitchen- And Wondering Where To Begin?

Kitchen renovations can seem daunting and overwhelming. There are many different aspects to the kitchen and plenty of ways to change things, whether it is a basic change or a more extreme change like completely gutting it and starting new. Where then do you begin? What is the best approach to starting your renovation?

Here are some things to consider when thinking about beginning a renovation

·      Decide what it is you are looking to renovate.

There are many different things that complete the kitchen, and many ways to change it up. You can look for simple changes such as painting the walls, or changing out the kitchen lights, to much more dramatic ones such as over-hauling the whole kitchen. Are you looking to renovate just the appliances? This alone can change the look and feel of the kitchen all by itself.

·      Set your budget – Plan your room

Perhaps you can quite decide where to begin, then maybe the best way to begin is in deciding how much time or cost you are seeking to put into the kitchen renovation. Our kitchen is often the heart of the home so it makes sense as a place to renovate and it can also be a great way to add value to your property (if you are looking at selling or thinking about it as a possibility down the road); therefore, knowing how much you can and are willing to invest into the renovation can give you a better idea of where to begin and what renovations you can afford to complete in your home.

·      Renovation or Restoration?

With that said, if you are seeking something smaller scale, you can change out the fixtures on the cabinets, or even the cabinet doors themselves. Little changes can make a big difference in the feel of the kitchen. On a small scale, you can also consider just repainting the cabinet doors to refresh and give them a new life. It really is up to you as to what you are looking to accomplish as to where to begin and what steps you will need to undertake.

kitchen renovationLarger scale renovations can mean completely changing the layout of the cabinets, switching out the countertop for something new and modern. Creating new or improved kitchen islands. Installing a new style or type of kitchen flooring. The list goes on.

In all honesty, the best place to begin is often just in the planning stages or talking walking through different kitchen showcases to see what it is that you are really looking to get out of the renovation, as well as an idea of the money that is potentially involved in the renovation and the types of materials you are hoping to include.

Are you wanting to change it all, or just some things? Knowing ahead of time will save you time, money and big frustrations down the road. If you are still struggling with where to begin your kitchen renovation, or have your ideas already in mind, Wonderful Kitchens would love to help you create your dream. With 2 different locations in Sydney, drop by one today and let our staff help get your kitchen renovation started. Visit our website www.wonderfulkitchens.com.au for more information.

 

How Lighting Enhances a Kitchen’s Appeal

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on How Lighting Enhances a Kitchen’s Appeal

award winning kitchen designLighting can take your kitchen from drab to an award-winning kitchen design when done correctly. Nothing is worse in a kitchen than sub-par lighting or dark areas that are difficult to work in. That said, proper lighting can be the perfect complement to a kitchen renovation.

Where do you start in making sure the lighting is just what your kitchen needs? What lighting should you use? Here are some quick tips to get you started in thinking about your new kitchen design.

  • Under cabinet lights can make seeing what you are doing on the countertop easier. Overhead lights are great, but smaller area-specific lighting such as this can enhance your kitchen, as well as make working in it easier. Even simple LED light strips can make a big difference.
  • Recessed lights can help brighten up any kitchen. They spread light more evenly, creating a well-lit kitchen that any chef would love to cook in. Given they are inside the ceiling cavity it also means cleaner lines and no lights hanging down or creating potential head hazards in the kitchen.
  • Space-specific lighting can also be a key component in enhancing your kitchen’s appeal. Having countertop lights, or in-cabinet lights can make a big impact in the functionality of the space. Nothing is harder than trying to see into a dark cabinet or pantry to find the one item you are seeking.
  • Accent lights can make a big impact. Utilize them to display and enhance artwork, special dishes in a glass enclosed cabinet or any other item you think needs that extra dramatic lighting.
  • Award-winning kitchen design combine’s simplicity and ingenuity when it comes to lighting. Having lights at a multitude of levels can create a simple but also effective look as well as being incredibly practical. This simply means having lighting at all the prior mention places. Together it creates a unified, well-lit look that is modern and appealing.
  • Different colours and tones of lights can create different feelings and can be utilized in the kitchen. You can opt for bright, daylight lights to help create more light in a kitchen that has darker cabinets and areas. You can utilize warmer colour lighting to create a more intimate, comfortable setting if that is more the feel you are seeking.
  • award winning kitchen designHaving lights, and fixtures that work with the other elements of the kitchen can change the overall feeling as well. If you are looking for elegance and fine dining, you might want to go with a chandelier type fixture as the main lighting in the space, or if you are looking for a cleaner, more sterile style kitchen you might want to utilise metal fixtures. It all depends on the feel and look you are seeking for your kitchen. Lights can play to the feeling or create a mood all their own.

When you are ready to make a change in your kitchen and create your own award-winning kitchen design our team of experts at Wonderful Kitchens would love to assist you. With over 30 years of experience and winners of Best of Houzz 2017 Design, you wont be disappointed.

Stop by one of our two locations today to get started on creating a more appealing kitchen. You are also welcome to view our online gallery. Call us today on 02 9772 2988!

Using Modern Technology in Kitchens

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Using Modern Technology in Kitchens

modern kitchen ideasAs technology advances, it is only fitting that our kitchens and the technology in them do as well. There are many modern kitchen ideas that incorporate all these new technologies. Be it the advancement of refrigerators that can show you what is inside without opening the door, or faucets that turn on with motion detectors instead of turning knobs. There are many ways to utilise technology in the kitchen. Not only do these items make our day to day life easier, they can also help us out in ways we never imagined.

Modern kitchens now include a wealth of technology to help make life simpler.

Here are just a few ways technology is changing our homes:
  • Outlets that rise out of the countertop. Not only does it reduce clutter, it also ensures that outlets are easy to reach and to use.
  • Vacuum compartments under the kickplate of the cabinets. Now you can simply sweep the dirt into the central vacuum. No more needing a dustpan to pick up the dirt!
  • Motion sensitive kitchen faucets. Some faucets can turn on with a simple motion in front of them, others can be activated with a single touch. No longer dealing with dirty, food covered faucets is one step further towards a cleaner home.
  • Touch screen fridges that can contain your whole communication hub for the family. They can be used to check on what food is inside (saving electrical costs by reducing the need for the door being open) Or the ability to view inside your fridge while you’re out getting groceries so you can double check what else you need to grab.
  • Smart lighting that allows you to set and forget the lights in the kitchen. Have your dining table lights dim or change colour to set the mood for dinner. Or simply to help it appear as if someone is home while you are away on vacation.
  • Coffee makers programmed to start when you need them to and have that first cup of coffee ready for when you reach the kitchen.
  • Enable your slow cooker remotely so that you know your dinner will be complete and hot for your family’s arrival home. Monitor temperature and the length of time it needs to be on from anywhere that has an internet connection!
  • Stovetops that are interactive. Now you can access your recipes, social media accounts and more from the top of your stove. Forget getting out a paper recipe card and getting it covered in food. Now you simply click a few buttons on the stove and have everything you need right at your fingertips.

As you can see there are many different modern kitchen ideas. They all incorporate different levels and types of technology to make your life easier and complete your kitchen. When you are ready to bring your modern kitchen ideas to life, be sure to stop by our Wonderful Kitchens showroom’s in Sydney and let our helpful staff make your dreams come to life.

Kitchen Cabinets Can Be Functional And Beautiful

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Kitchen Cabinets Can Be Functional And Beautiful

kitchen cabinet doorsKitchens are often the center of our homes. They are a place of family, love and gathering together. We come together daily, multiple times to join with others in the kitchen whether it’s over a meal, or cooking together. It’s where we unravel at the end of the day and where we gather to celebrate holidays and happy times. Of course, it makes sense then that we want our kitchens to be both functional and beautiful. The atmosphere of a space can make a big difference in how much we want to be in that area and how we utilise it.

Installing Kitchen Cabinet doors

A major part of any kitchen is the kitchen cabinets doors. And if you’re looking at re-designing your kitchen space to be more visually appealing don’t forget they can change the entire feel of a space. Crowded, dark cabinets can make a big area feel smaller. More open, lighter coloured cabinets can achieve the opposite. Even a small galley kitchen can be made to feel bright and spacious with the right combination of kitchen cabinet doors and colours. When considering your cabinet doors, it is important to determine what you are looking to achieve in your space and how you want it to feel.

Open Design Concepts and floating shelves

Just like any room in your home, be it a bedroom, bathroom or even garage there are lots of different styles and ways to utilise cabinets. Some people forgo kitchen cabinet doors altogether and simply have an open concept kitchen with floating shelves. These not only serve their function of providing kitchen storage space, but can also look quite beautiful with the dishware displayed on the walls like works of art.

Style and designs

On the other hand, there are those with cluttered cabinets that would prefer the world didn’t see their dishware, and would rather it all be hidden away by beautiful doors. There are also those in a third group who like having the closed doors to keep things dust free, but have glass inserts so that what is inside the cabinets are still on display. It all comes down to functionality and personal preference in the end on what works for you and your kitchen.

If you are looking to change your kitchen cabinet doors, you can select from a wide range of styles and materials to provide you with the look you seek for your kitchen, all while being completely functional. Different materials will give your space a different feel. Metallic cabinet doors can create an industrial feel, whereas wooden doors can come in a variety of textures and types and can create a wide array of atmospheres from rustic to modern and everything in between.

A great way to discover the styles and designs you like is to check out a kitchen showroom. This gives you a hands on feel for exactly what you like and don’t. Check out one of our Wonderful Kitchen showrooms today and speak to the experts. In the meantime, learn more about kitchen design and view our online photo gallery.

Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Are They Really the Most Expensive Rooms in the Home to Renovate?

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There are a multitude of reasons why homeowners renovate their kitchens. Primarily, kitchen and bathroom renovations are an easy way to update your space and put value back into your home. This is especially true if you are seeking to sell your home in the near future. Perhaps you are working on a budget, or you are looking to get the most value for money from your renovation. What room would be best to renovate?

When most people think of updating, kitchen and bathroom renovations come to mind as the first ones to do. After all, you spend quite a bit of time in both spaces. And because of wear and tear they are often are the first areas in the home to need updating. That of course leaves us to wonder; are they really the most expensive rooms to renovate?

There is no clear-cut answer to this.

DIY vs. Hiring the Experts

Part of it depends on how you look at it, and the other part of it depends on your personal taste. A person who does a lot of DIY could achieve these renovations at minimal costs, but on the other hand, someone wanting high-end finishes and materials will obviously have a higher cost. The difference in these two situations can create quite a difference in the expense of a renovation. Those who do it themselves will not have labour costs associated, whereas those who utilise contractors to complete their kitchen and bathroom renovations will have labour costs to consider.

Investment in your home

The other consideration is that different areas of the home retain value from renovations better than other parts of the home. Minor kitchen renovations can provide 90% resale value. That means for every dollar you spend (within reason) 90 cents of it adds value to your home’s value. This means that even if the cost of your kitchen renovations is higher than another room of the house, it still makes sense to do the kitchen as in the end it is worth more.

Bathrooms are much like kitchens in the resale value where they retain much of what you put in to them. There is an exception though. Higher priced bathroom renovations do not always make financial sense. Changing fixtures, the vanity and toilet, and other such items will add value, whereas changing layouts and remodels of that level just don’t bring back the same value. But if upgrading your living space is the reason for your renovation then those factors far out-weight the cost involved.

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So What’s the Verdict on Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations?

Although kitchen and bathroom renovations may appear to be pricier, and more expensive, in reality they are well worth doing because of the value they add to your home, and the happiness and functionality they add to your everyday life.

When you are considering renovations of any kind, it can often help to speak to local contractors and those who are in the business of renovating the types of spaces you are looking to update. Wonderful Kitchens is the perfect place for those considering kitchen and bathroom renovations. Sydney has been home to Wonderful Kitchens for over 35 years and has benefited from our experience and expertise in creating the perfect home for your needs and your budget. Check out one of Sydney locations today, view our kitchen galleries for design ideas, or contact us to see how we can help make your dreams a reality.

Some Simple And Effective Storage Designs

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Some Simple And Effective Storage Designs

kitchen pantryAlmost every home in Australia has an issue with storage. Why you ask? Well … because we love STUFF! We live in a consumerist society and unfortuntely storage issues can come into play regardless of the size of home you have and the lifestyle you lead. At some point, everyone is left wondering where to store their items and how best to store them. Is it something you use all the time? or is it something that is just used a little bit that can be store more effectively elsewhere? Kitchens can be the worst area of the home for trying to store gadgets, appliances and extra dishware – not to mention food supplies and the like. No matter what the items are, ultimately, you need to find a storage design that works for you. In a kitchen, the most obvious place of storage is the cupboards. But what happens when the cupboards are full? Where then do you store all your items?A kitchen pantry might be the perfect solution!

A Kitchen Pantry is a simple solution:

  • One of the simplest and most effective storage solutions is to put in a kitchen pantry. They can be the perfect combination of function and design. Pantries can range from very simple to very complex. A kitchen pantry can be built into the kitchen if you are currently building or renovating your home. Additionally they can be an add-on later when you run out of space.
  • You can get closed door pantries that take residence in the corner of your kitchen area – much like a refrigerator. Alternatively, you can opt for a simple solution of adding shelves to bare walls in the kitchen area. Even at only a few inches wide, shelves or pantries could be the perfect way to store canned goods or other items that don’t take up a lot of space. But together can take up entire cupboards.
  • Another option is to get a custom built mini kitchen pantry. These are designed to slide in and out of the small spaces that are often found between cupboards and the refrigerator. These narrow pantries can do much the same thing as the small shelves on the wall. However, they remove storage items from sight and utilise a dead space already present in many kitchens. This mini pantry can be used to store cans, dry goods, or spices.

If you are looking for the perfect design to help with storage issues in your kitchen, Wonderful Kitchens would love to help. We can offer you our experience and expertise and assist you in coming up with a perfect solution to your storage needs. Whether that means adding in a kitchen pantry, or finding other simple effective solutions, we are happy to help. Our team of experts are standing by to help you at any of our Sydney locations.

Are Kitchen Designers Necessary?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Designer Kitchens | Comments Off on Are Kitchen Designers Necessary?

Kitchens are one of those rooms we love to update. After living in a space for a while, it’s normal to want to make changes. We learn what functions well, and what parts just don’t work for our family or our needs. Sometimes doors open oddly, or the layout just doesn’t function for the size of the family. This is when we begin to look at renovating, and perhaps finding kitchen designers to help us improve our overall experience of the kitchen.

With any renovation, there are two options: doing it ourselves, or finding someone to do it for us. For basic things, there isn’t an issue in undertaking a DIY project. But for more elaborate changes, such as changing the layout or a complete overhaul, professionals are needed. Lucky for those of us who cannot take the DIY route, there are kitchen designers who can help make all of it that much easier.

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Are they necessary?

It depends on how you look at it. On one hand, the issues you may be encountering in your home may be the result of a previous renovation – where someone inexperienced has planned the layout, and where cupboards should go etc. They may not have considered things that could make it difficult for the kitchen to function well, like a drawer that can only open if the dishwasher door is opened, or a fridge that bangs into the oven door if they both need to be opened at the same time. Things like this could have been easily avoided if the original planners had made use of kitchen designers.

What are the benefits of using kitchen designers?

Designers have software available to them to make it easier for homeowners to understand and visualize what the renovation would look like afterwards. Using this software, they can bring to life your ideas so you can see if there are any areas that just won’t work or need to be changed. This also helps to get a better feel about what the space would look like and feel like once completed. This can make a big difference to the cost (nothing like building something to find out it just doesn’t function) and to your peace of mind.

Kitchen designers will also come with experience that you may or may not have. Designers like Wonderful Kitchens have over 35 years of experience in building and designing kitchens and bathrooms. They can advise you on the current trends that will not only impact the aesthetic of your home, but will impact its re-sale value – now and in the future. Designers can also assist you in deciding what materials work best for your home. A kitchen on a farm (e.g. a provincial kitchen) will vary greatly in layout and design from a more urban setting (e.g. modern kitchen). Little tips and tricks can ensure your home renovation is a success now and into the future.

This means that yes, in many ways designers are very much worth the investment. If you are looking for a kitchen designer to help make your renovation complete, Wonderful Kitchens are happy to assist. Contact us today at one of our Sydney locations.