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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.

Continue Your Colour Scheme Through The Entire Home – Seamlessly!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Designer Kitchens | Comments Off on Continue Your Colour Scheme Through The Entire Home – Seamlessly!

When it comes to getting the most out of your home design aesthetic, one of the most important factors you will want to consider is the colour scheme. Anyone looking to create a cohesive feel inside their homes will want to have a solid understanding of colour scheme essentials. This will help to continue the scheme throughout their home in a seamless manner. The colours you choose are up to you, whether you go with cool blues, or warm reds that reflect the atmosphere. Sydney bathrooms and kitchens often receive the most attention when it comes to home design. However, to have a truly seamless décor, you will need to consider the house as a whole.

Let’s take a look at some of the key features of a good colour scheme.

Cohesiveness

This is probably the most important part of choosing a colour scheme that will vibe well throughout your home. You want to pick one colour, then a few colours to compliment the first, and stick to it! The biggest problems in colour design comes from people wanting to do too much, and making things too colourful. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but will make your home appear disorganized and aesthetically unappealing. Consider what sorts of colours are already present in your home. What you would like to change or keep in order to conform to the new colour scheme?

Objects as Colour

When people are designing a colour scheme, they often only think of painting the walls, and perhaps adding a piece of art here and there. However, there is so much more that can be done to coordinate a colour scheme throughout your home. Everything should match up the overall theme to an appropriate degree. That means that the objects on your hallway table should mesh well with the towels in your bathroom. As well as the plates in your cupboard, and the cushions on your lounge. How complex you want to get with this is largely up to you, but the more objects you incorporate into the colour scheme, the better things will look.

Finding Inspiration

One of the best ways to determine a colour scheme is to take inspiration from the area in which you live. There’s a reason many houses in coastal areas tend to be painted cooler colours, while colder areas tend to have more warm colour schemes. Obviously, the sky’s the limit when it comes to options, but coordinating your colour choices with the local environment can be a powerful way to bring an added level of seamlessness in any design.

sydney bathrooms and kitchensA good colour scheme is an invaluable part of any home décor, and is something that should not be overlooked. Bathrooms and kitchens, hallways, and bedrooms should all be taken into account when considering your color decisions, and all should be made to conform to an overall vision. Wonderful Kitchens, winners of Best Of Houzz Service 2017 can not only help you achieve your dream kitchen, but also design an appealing colour scheme based on your current location. We service areas from Western Sydney, all the way to North Sydney. Contact the experts at Wonderful Kitchens today to find out how you can seamlessly add colour and design into your home.

 

 

Are Island Benches Necessary?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Are Island Benches Necessary?

Kitchen island bench designs vary significantly. They are fast becoming a normal part of kitchen design and even though the kitchen island is usually a feature that is commonly seen in larger kitchens, we are seeing more and more smaller homes incorporate them into their living spaces. Why you ask? Storage! Not only do island benches create great alternatives to tables, they are also jam packed with valuable storage space. More and more people are now considering it a vital aspect of good kitchen design.

This raises the question, however, of how you should go about providing seating for an island, or if you should provide seating at all. There are a lot of options in the way of seating, from kitchen stools to bench seating. Some people will argue that one choice is superior to the others, with many thinking bench seats are the end-all-be-all, and others arguing for stool seating. In the end, the choice is entirely up to you.

Let’s take a look at some of the options for island seating and how they can be incorporated into a good kitchen design.

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Bench Seating

While there are ton of different types of kitchen island bench designs, the form follows essentially the same structure, that is, a bench type-seat that is capable of fitting two or more people. Bench seating is often built into the island itself, and sometimes even faces a small table adjacent to the island. There is also the option of movable bench seating, which is very similar to stool style seats, although much wider, and often a single bench will take the place of many stools.

 

 

 

kitchen island bench designs Stool/Chair Seating

This is a very popular method of providing island seating, and is perhaps even more common than bench seating. Because the island is generally taller than a traditional table, stools, or tall chairs, provide a good height as to allow people to sit comfortably at the island. The major drawback of this is that the number of people is limited to the number of stools, where as bench seating will generally fit more people.

 

 

No Seating kitchen island bench designs

Many people choose to not provide any seating at their kitchen island, preferring to use it simply as additional counter space for cooking. This is often the case when the island contains a sink, or other areas for food preparation. While this eliminates seating at the island, it gives the advantage of dedicating the island to kitchen purposes, rather than for dining or whatever else you may find yourself using the space for. It also means you will not need to invest in island seating, as well as free up a small amount of floor space.

As we can see, there is no reason to think that one option or the other is best when it comes to the seating, or lack of seating, that you choose to incorporate into your island. Whether you are exploring kitchen island bench designs, or choose to go with tall chair seating, the decision is entirely up to you. The important thing is that you have a space that looks and feels the way you want it to, and that you are happy with the end result. Remember, you can always change or update the design if your not happy with it!

 

Wonderful Kitchens is a family-owned business backed by over thirty five years of experience. We are proud of our history and of the quality of our workmanship. If you are looking for a modern or provincial design, or would like to explore kitchen design ideas, then we warmly invite you to talk with one of our friendly and expert designers. Contact us now or visit us in one of our showrooms.

Why Not Add Some Colour and Brighten Up Your Kitchen Space!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on Why Not Add Some Colour and Brighten Up Your Kitchen Space!

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When it comes to kitchen styles, there are a ton of people who feel dissatisfied with their cooking space. But they are uncertain as to how they can improve their kitchen without having to spend a ton of money on remodeling, new appliances, countertops, or flooring. Luckily there are a lot of ways to improve the feel of your kitchen without having to spend a bundle on renovations. One of the best ways to brighten up the kitchen space, and make it feel warm and comfortable, is to add colour. Let’s take a look at some different ways that colour can be incorporated into your kitchen.

Painting

This is the most immediate, dramatic, and obvious way to incorporate additional colour into your kitchen space. When choosing to repaint your kitchen, it’s important that you have an overall colour scheme in mind. This will be used to base all your other design decisions on. The colour you choose will vary depending on what sort of kitchen styles you prefer. If you are going for a bright, warm feeling, you might want to consider warmer colours. Variations will depend on your personal preference.

 Art

 Once you’ve made a decision about how to paint your kitchen, it’s a good idea to consider using art. If you are clever, art can really bring out the complexity and resonance of the colour scheme that you’ve chosen. Paintings, photos, or objects d’art can make a huge difference to the aesthetic of your kitchen, and make an invaluable counterpoint in style. Art of any kind will also work to break up the space of the wall or countertop. This makes the design feel more complex, harmonious, and well thought out. You want to be careful, however, that you don’t overdo it, as too much art can make a space feel crowded and ruin a good design by being too complicated.

Matching Colours

The last, but certainly not the least step you will want to take in creating a harmonious kitchen style is the incorporation of your colour scheme into the necessities of your kitchen. This includes plates, silverware, bowls, and anything else in the kitchen that add to the colour scheme. If you want to, changing appliance colours can also make a huge difference to the feel of your kitchen; however, this is obviously a somewhat expensive option.

With so many great kitchen styles to pursue, there’s really no reason to be dissatisfied with the look and feel of your kitchen space. Whether you are looking to make minor adjustments, or do a complete overhaul of your kitchen, choosing a colour scheme and will work wonders to how you feel about the space. No matter what design decisions you make, the important thing is that you get a cohesive result that you are satisfied with.

Wonderful Kitchens designs and installs modern and provincial kitchens for Sydney homeowners with discerning taste. We offer designer kitchens built to the highest standard. We can also help you with your kitchen renovations! Contact us today to talk to one of our expert designers.

5 Things You Need To Do Right When Redesigning A Kitchen

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on 5 Things You Need To Do Right When Redesigning A Kitchen

must have kitchen design featuresKitchen redesign can be a confusing process for anyone, no matter how much experience you have in the realm of interior decorating, or home renovation. Whether you are looking to do a complete kitchen overhaul, or merely want to revitalize the look and feel of your cooking space. There are several principles of design that should always be kept in mind in order to make your kitchen looks it’s best. Let’s take a look at some must have kitchen design features.

Cohesiveness

This is by far the most important aspect of designing anything, from kitchens, to bathrooms, to a brand label. You want all of your decisions to be based off of a central theme or aesthetic that you decide on before hand. This is often done by choosing a single piece of the design and then picking all the subsequent parts to compliment that initial choice.

A Good Colour Scheme

Colour makes a massive difference in the look and feel of your kitchen space, and is one of the foremost must have kitchen design features. It’s important not to get too complicated, as too many colours will clash and make your kitchen feel disordered. Try choosing a single colour, then one or two complimentary colours to pair with it.

Style

There are a lot of different aesthetics to choose from when it comes to kitchen design, from the more traditional to the hyper-modern. What you go with is entirely up to you, but it’s vital that you stick to your decision. Make sure that all design decisions work within the central style.

Lighting

While this is often something that people don’t consider as a primary concern of kitchen design, lighting will make a huge difference in the feel of the space. Both in the look of the fixtures, as well as the warmth of the light that they produce. Consider your options for fixture styles, and coordinate it with the design. And lastly, find a bulb that produces the type of light you are looking for.

Materials

This includes everything from countertops, to flooring, to splashbacks and paneling. While color is a part of the material choice you make, you will want to consider aspects such as texture and feel, as well. While you may be able to find two materials that look similar, they will bring vastly different personalities to your kitchen, and the choice you make is anything but arbitrary.

must have kitchen design features

Kitchen redesign can be a headache, and it can be tough trying to figure out what must-have kitchen design features you should approach first. As with anything, the best thing to do is simply begin visualising the style and design features you would like to have and then contact the experts to help you make that dream a reality. Wonderful Kitchens, winners of Best Of Houzz Design 2017 are not only experts in the realm of installing kitchens, but designing and styling your interior spaces as well. They can take your dated, drab kitchen and turn it into a luxurious living space. Take a look at their amazing showrooms and see just how modern and stylish your home could be.