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Cutting Edge Kitchen Trends – This Seasons Design and Colours

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Cutting Edge Kitchen Trends – This Seasons Design and Colours

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Choosing to follow kitchen trends can be a minefield.  The last thing that anybody wants is an expensive kitchen that ages quickly, simply because they followed a trend.  To avoid this, Wonderful Kitchens is right there with you to identify trends that add value to your life and your home – trends that are useful and will make your life easier.
Here are this seasons kitchen trends that are not only popular now, but they also have staying power.  They offer the best value and incredible convenience.  2017 is the year of smart design and these clever trends will ensure you enjoy your new kitchen for years to come.

Mixed Materials 

Mixing kitchen materials to create a custom look is the ideal way to add depth, impact and visual texture to your kitchen.  Just be sure to follow the simple formula of having one dominant material to act as the “star of the show” and confine the other finishes to supporting roles.  By doing this your kitchen will look stylish without being tacky.

I’m Dreaming of a White Kitchen

It’s hard to believe, but white kitchens are still soaring in popularity and are often a homeowner’s first choice.  White portrays a smart, sophisticated and clean look, acting as a single palette which gives you the freedom to highlight your individual style.  You can incorporate various textures and shades of white to give your kitchen that extra visual punch.  A white kitchen will bounce light off surfaces unlike a dark kitchen, giving the impression and grandeur of increased size and space.

Opt For New Functionality

As opposed to kitchens of the past, open concept kitchens are the new kids on the (house) block.  Gone are the small, cramped kitchens that are difficult to work in and entertain guests. Nowadays, every inch counts!  Apart from considering the basic layout of the kitchen, a kitchen designer can find innovative ways to find space. Fridges can be sunken with a flat and flush finish to free up space.  Cabinets can double as counter top lighting.  Pull-out shelving can be added to your pantry to give you extra storage spaceContact the professionals at Wonderful Kitchens to find out how the latest kitchen trends can make your life easier.

The Kitchen Of Tomorrow

You have a smart phone and chances are that smart home technology is making its way into your life.  Now we have smart appliances and Wi-Fi technology that talk to one another to give you the ultimate luxury of added free time.  Would you like a kitchen that keeps an eye on your fridge and creates a weekly shopping list?  How about a dry washing machine to save on your water bills and help the environment?  Smart kitchen technology is developing at an incredible pace.

These are just a handful of the latest in kitchen trends for 2017.  To be amazed by the most state-of-the-art technology and style, talk to the friendly experts at Wonderful Kitchens.  They will work with you one-on-one to design a kitchen perfectly suited to your needs!

 

 

Splashbacks: The Latest Feature Point for a Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Splashbacks: The Latest Feature Point for a Kitchen

The kitchen is perhaps one of the most commonly redesigned rooms of the house, and one that usually gets a lot of attention when considering design options. Not only is the kitchen a shared space, it is often central to a floor plan, and will receive a massive amount of use, so it’s no wonder that so much thought goes into it. One of the most significant design aspects of the kitchen is the splashback. With so many kitchen splashback options, there’s no reason not to find something that will fit well with your kitchen design, as well as the overall decór of your home. Let’s take a look at some of the main things you will want to consider when choosing a splashback.

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Materials

There are a lot of different materials to choose from for splashbacks, and it’s important that your choice reflects the look and feel of the rest of the kitchen. For modern kitchen designs, consider using a splashback material such as stainless steel or glass. For the more traditional kitchen, materials such as tile can give the space a homely feel. There are also materials such as mirror splashbacks, which give the kitchen a sense of being large and open.

Patterns

If you choose a patterned material, such as tile, then you will want to consider the layout of the splashback. The types of tile patterns are nearly endless, ranging from the more old-school brick layout, to beehive formations, and even zigzag patterns. Remember that the pattern of the design that’s painted or inlayed in the tile, or other material, is just as important as the layout of the tiles themselves, and these are both things you want to keep in mind when considering your kitchen splashback options.

Colours

As with the above considerations, you want to choose colours that fit the space well, and fit into an overall design. Many people choose to have no colour on their splashback, creating a more utilitarian feel, while others like the effect that colour can add to the space. Be careful with color choice, as it one of the easiest parts of design to get wrong. You want something that fits in and brings something to the table, but that won’t draw too much attention to itself, making it standout like a sore thumb.

Maintenance

While material choices such as tile can bring a lot to the table in regards to pattern and colour, choices such as metal and glass are much easier to clean and maintain. While the difference is not always massive, it’s definitely something that you should keep in mind when considering your kitchen splashback options.

Kitchen splashbacks are a fantastic way to bring life and energy to a kitchen design, whether you are completely redoing your kitchen, or simply looking to change things up a little bit. If you keep the above considerations in mind, you’ll find a kitchen splashback that you love!

View our Design Gallery and be inspired! We have a huge range of fantastic designs and features for your new and existing kitchen. Contact Wonderful Kitchens today!

Kitchen Design: The Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Kitchen Design: The Do’s and Don’ts

Are you on the hunt to find the best kitchen ideas? Designing anything is tricky business, and kitchens are no exception. There are so many different aspects to designing a kitchen that you need to keep in mind, it can often feel overwhelming, and it can sometimes be unclear as to what we should, or shouldn’t, be doing. Whether you are building your own home, or simply want to consider possible kitchen ideas, there are several things that any would-be designer should keep in mind. So, without further ado, here are some kitchen design do’s and don’ts.

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Do: Consider the size of the space.

When designing a kitchen, many people will have a list of things that they want, and will feel like they need to have everything on their list in order to be happy with the kitchen. While it’s great if we can get everything we want in a kitchen design, it’s important to consider what is feasible and what will work. This is especially true for space, and we have to work with what we have. While there are certainly many ways to optimize a smaller space, we must be willing to make compromises, as sometimes we simply can’t fit everything we want into one area.

Don’t: Try to squeeze everything in.

While it might be great to have an island in our kitchen, it’s not worth sacrificing room to work when space is limited. This applies for cabinets and appliances as well. The bigger the appliances, the less storage space, which can be a pain further down the line. Consider what you’ll actually use in your kitchen, and remember that a good kitchen is one that is balanced, keeping harmony between all the key elements.

Do: Have an overall theme in mind.

This is the most important aspect of creating a kitchen aesthetic. You want everything to blend together harmoniously, from materials, to colors, to patterns. This means that when you are choosing your benchtops, consider how they will look with splashbacks and appliances, and vice versa. Everything should feel like part of a unified whole.

Don’t: Have one element that sticks out.

This goes back to harmony of the design, and it’s important that no single thing stands out from anything else. The last thing you want is a flamboyant, colourful splashback in a modern kitchen. Often time people find a quirky design, or interesting decoration piece, and put it into their kitchen because they can’t bear to sacrifice it to the overall design. This is a mistake, remember: uniformity!

Where to go with your kitchen ideas.

Kitchen design is a difficult, yet extremely rewarding task – if you get right. There are so many different design and kitchen ideas out there, it’s easy to get bogged down in choices, and it can often be a good idea to consult a professional who can steer you in the right direction. When it comes to actually designing your kitchen, keep the above tips in mind, and you will have results that you are much happier with!

Wonderful Kitchens are experts in kitchen design and installation. We will take your kitchen ideas and turn them into a reality! Contact us today and talk with one of our friendly designers.

Redesign, Renovate, or Restore?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on Redesign, Renovate, or Restore?

When we talk about kitchen design there is a large spectrum of possibilities in how extreme we want to be in the amount of work we do. There are many people who are happy with their kitchen as they are, but want to make a few minor changes. Others will be looking to do a complete overall, perhaps replacing everything in the kitchen. Style changes can range from very minor, to very significant, and it’s up to you to decide how much work you want to put into improving your kitchen.

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Redesign:

Redesigning, or remodeling, your kitchen, involves making minor décor changes. Styles and colors are changed, decorations brought in, and perhaps a minor replacement is made here or there. A kitchen redesign is great for those looking to improve the look and feel of their kitchen, without having to invest a massive amount of time, money, and energy. It can be as simple as painting the walls and cabinets, or adding new features such as door knobs and appliances. A full kitchen remodel should be done in such a way that everything fits together nicely, creating a feeling of balance and cohesiveness.

Renovate:

There are many reasons why homeowners decide to renovate their kitchen. Renovation is a much more in-depth and committed process than either redesigning or restoring, and involves the replacement of some or all of the kitchen’s features. It can mean upgrading appliances, changing surface materials such as benchtops and splashbacks, as well as flooring and cabinetry. Depending on how much you are looking to replace, renovations can be expensive and time consuming, but will also give you the chance to completely remake your kitchen. Often people choose to renovate over time, making small changes here and there, while keeping an overall goal in mind. After a while, their kitchen will look brand new! However you choose to renovate, following some simple rules will help bring your kitchen ideas to life.

Restore:

If you like your kitchen the way it is, but feel it could use some minor updating and repairs, consider a kitchen restoration. There is a lot you can do to make an older kitchen feel as if it has barely been used, such as scrubbing and repainting cabinets, buffing floors, and perhaps replacing a few small features, such as appliances and lighting.  It’s amazing how much restoration can be done on a small budget, and the difference it makes on the way our kitchen feels.

 

The sky’s the limit when it comes to how much work you want to put into your kitchen, but that we don’t necessarily need a massive budget to make significant improvements. Whether you are looking to brighten up your kitchen with a new paint job, or completely overhaul it, it’s always a good idea to consider how much effort you want to put into the job. No matter what, the important thing is that your kitchen is a place you enjoy for both functionality and feel. Talk to the experts today at Wonderful Kitchens.

The 5 Best Kitchen Benchtop Materials

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on The 5 Best Kitchen Benchtop Materials

Whether you are redesigning an old kitchen, creating a new one from scratch, or simply looking to improve a small but significant aspect of a kitchen you are otherwise happy with, the benchtop is likely to be one of the most important pieces you will consider. Good choice in benchtop materials and design can make or break the look of a kitchen, as well as the feel of working within it. Since the benchtop is where much of the work of cooking will be done, it is important to make a choice that you are happy with. Let’s look at 5 of some of the best benchtop materials currently available.

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1. Stone

Stone is an incredibly popular choice for kitchen benchtops, as it is extremely durable, stain resistant, and very aesthetically pleasing. There are many types of stone to choose from, and there are a huge variety of styles; from the classic granite to the modern quartz. It’s hard to go wrong with stone, although the price can be a little more on the expensive side.

2. Concrete

Concrete is another popular choice for a benchtop. It is very durable, and provides an industrial look and feel that can go very well with certain kitchen designs. Usually concrete needs to be cast on sight, and it’s important that it is sealed to prevent stains.

 3. Laminate

This is perhaps the most popular of kitchen benchtop materials, and is made from a pressed combination of natural and synthetic materials. While it less durable than stone or concrete, laminate is much cheaper, and comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors.

4. Hardwood

For those seeking an all-natural look and feel for the kitchen, hardwood is a fantastic choice. Although it lacks some of the durability of other materials, hardwood benchtops more than make up for it in with beautiful form and function. A favourite of chefs and serious cooks, these benchtops will bring a warmth that is unparalleled by other materials.

5. Stainless Steel

Probably the most commonly seen material in commercial kitchens, stainless steel brings a strong sense of modernity to the kitchen. This material can also be ideal for those seeking a more industrial look. While it can scratch, stainless steel is one of the easiest materials to clean and maintain, and will last for an extremely long time.

Choosing the Right Benchtop Materials

As we can see, the right choice of kitchen benchtop material largely depends on the overall design of the rest of the kitchen, and the benchtop chosen should fit nicely, be durable, and economically feasible. The benchtop is a vital part both of the design, and function of the kitchen, and it is important that you make a decision you are happy with. As always, it’s best to consider a variety of options, and find the one that works best for you. View our suggested styles by clicking here.

Wonderful Kitchens is a family-owned business that prides itself in offering homeowners the highest-quality kitchen design and installation. If you are looking to design a new kitchen, or to renovate an existing kitchen, the team at Wonderful Kitchens is here to give you thorough and expert advice. Contact us now to talk to one of our designers, or view our gallery for inspiration.

5 Pro Tips when Restoring Your Old Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on 5 Pro Tips when Restoring Your Old Kitchen

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Just like anything else, kitchens accumulate wear with time, and what started out as picturesque can quickly seem drab or worn out. This may prompt some people to feel that they should tear their kitchen apart, and make an entirely new kitchen. While this is a good option if you have the budget, it’s often not necessary to reinvigorate the kitchen, and restore it back to its initial glory. There’s a lot that can be done to make your kitchen feel good as new. Here are 5 tips for making your kitchen restoration beautiful.

1: Repainting/staining

Colours fade over time, often without our noticing. Before you tear out your old cabinets, consider re-staining them, or even changing their color altogether. The same applies for walls, and for many floors. Color restoration can have a massive effect on the look and feel of a kitchen. If your cupboards are aged to the point of no return, replacing them can be a simple job with a bit of professional help and an give an old kitchen the facelift it requires.

2: Changing the floors

There are several different ways to improve your kitchen floors. You can choose to replace the material altogether, finding something that better fits your tastes, or you can attempt to rejuvenate the floors through buffing, staining, or painting. If you are happy with the material of your flooring, consider the latter options for a cheaper alternative to tearing the floors out.

3: Lighting

Lighting can make a huge difference in regards to any space, especially the kitchen. Not only do the light fixtures add a valuable component to the overall aesthetic, the type of light will have a huge effect on the atmosphere. Consider changing out bulbs and light fixtures to give your kitchen a warmer feel, or perhaps a cooler, modern look.

4: Decoration

No matter what room we are attempting to restore, decoration can add a lot to a space, and the kitchen is no exception. If the walls in your kitchen feel bare, consider putting art up, or adding decorative dishrags. There are a ton of ways to be creative when decorating your kitchen, and if you do it right the improvement will be significant.

5: Make it a theme

When renovating a kitchen, it’s important not to go one direction with aspect of the space, and a different direction with another. If you decide to repaint the walls, you should harmonize the colors with any decorations. Perhaps there’s already something that stands out in your kitchen, and a single change can bring into the overall theme. When restoring a kitchen, it’s always best to keep the overall design in mind. Look no further than our kitchen design page on our website for great ideas.

Kitchen restoration is a fantastic alternative to those who want to breath new life into their space without having to shell out the money for an entirely new kitchen. Whether you are simply changing a few paint jobs, or replacing entire materials, kitchen restoration can change the way you feel about your “old”

Designing Your New Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Designing Your New Kitchen

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For many people, the kitchen is a place that receives a lot of thought. While many rooms of the house can be radically changed with some new decoration, the kitchen is a bit more complicated, as it has more elements to consider. Replacing the appliances alone can result in extra costs, and it’s important that when making decisions, you think everything through thoroughly to get a result that you like. To do this, it’s vital that you consider every element that goes into creating a great kitchen, and that each element works together. Let’s take a look at some of elements that constitute the most important factors of the designs of kitchens everywhere.

 

            Layout

This is the most general aspect of designing a kitchen: where everything will go. If you are starting from scratch, or willing to do a lot of overhaul, everything from the counterpace, to the sink needs to be mapped out in a way that will make the kitchen functional and stylish. Consider how windows will affect the space, where the cupboards should be placed, whether you want an island, and how the various appliances should be installed. Click here to view a great range of functional kitchen layouts.

 

            Materials

It’s extremely important that any design decisions reflect the effort to build a cohesive whole, and as such the look of the chosen materials can make or break a kitchen design. While it is also important to pick practical and cost effective materials, the main thing is that they work well together. Consider what type and color of wood the cabinets should be, what the benchtop should be constructed from, the flooring, et cetera. All the chosen materials should be of similar or complimentary colors and patterns. In making these decisions talking to a designer can be extremely helpful.

 

            Appliances

Now that you’ve planned the build of your new kitchen, it’s time to pick the appliances. You will want to consider the function of your appliances, such as a gas versus electric stove, what features you want your refrigerator and dishwasher to have. Once you have an idea of what you want, you can begin searching for appliances that fit well within the overall design of the kitchen. You may want to include money in the budget for extra appliances you may want, as well, such as microwaves, blenders, or food processors, to name a few.

 

While these give the broad strokes of kitchen design, the details are up to you. And Although there are many success stories of kitchen remodels that haven’t used or consulted a designer, it never hurts to speak to one, and the designs of kitchens everywhere have benefited from a professional eye. Whether or not you choose to hire a designer, or do the work yourself, the most important thing is that the outcome of the kitchen reflects a cohesive vision, and is one that you personally enjoy.

Restyling Your Kitchen Without Renovating

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on Restyling Your Kitchen Without Renovating

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The problem of feeling stale within a space can be a persistent one, and when we lack the funds to renovate it can be beneficial to get creative and consider what changes we can make without tearing out walls or cabinets.

A lot can be done with a designer’s eye, good decoration, and minor changes. When it comes to kitchen inspiration, there are a lot of great options to change the feel and function of the kitchen without having to go all the way and tear things down.

One of the most striking things you can do to change the overall look and feel of your kitchen is to change the colors, introduce new ones, or both, which can be done by painting cupboards, cabinets, and walls. To make a space feel brighter, aim for light colors, and vice versa. Remember not to go overboard on colors, unless that’s your thing.

To add highlights consider hanging some art on empty wall space, and choosing pieces and other accessories that work with the overall scheme. Just by making these relatively minor changes your kitchen feel new and restored.

 

Needing Some More Drastic Changes?

For a more serious change to the way your kitchen works, there is always the option of purchasing new appliances. Very often one of the most frustrating things about a kitchen can be an appliance that either doesn’t work like we wish it would, is outdated, or clashes with the design of the kitchen.

You may want to swap your stove, refrigerator, or dishwasher, for a more modern, efficient, and stylish one. If replacing these hefty appliances is too much of a money commitment, consider adding more tools to your arsenal, such as a blender, pressure cooker, food processor, etc. These small but unbelievably useful appliances can radically change the way we cook for the better.

Something immediate that you can do to improve your kitchen is change the organization. Try using hooks to hang cups in your cupboards, getting an organizer for your silverware, or simply rearranging things in a more organized manner. Use logic when assigning places for things, so that you always know where everything is. Just the act of cleaning up can often make a big difference to the look and functionality of the kitchen.

These are just a few of the examples of things you can do to improve your kitchen without spending the money to renovate. Kitchen inspiration is something that is open-ended, and there are endless ways to get creative, from choosing art and new paint colors, to organizing your plates, cups, and silverware in more efficient ways.

As with any design project, it can be very beneficial to talk to a designer, but the most important thing is that you get an outcome you are happy with. Whether you are looking to radically alter the look of your kitchen, or just slightly improve its functionality, there are a ton of great ways to get what you want without having to spend a fortune. Check out our design considerations page on our website for more kitchen inspiration.

 

Upgrading Your Appliances – How Simple Things Can Make the Biggest Difference

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Upgrading Your Appliances – How Simple Things Can Make the Biggest Difference

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For many of us who spend a large amount of our time toiling away in the kitchen in order to feed ourselves, or our families, there can often be dissatisfaction with the form, style, functionality, or all of the above. This may leave some of wishing we could tear down our boring old kitchens, and completely redesign them. While it’s wonderful if you are able to do so, many of us simply do not have the means, and quite often a total kitchen overhaul is unnecessary. Appliances alone can be a great way to upgrade our kitchen without having to tear it apart. Let’s take a look at some of the options, as well as some of the must have kitchen appliances.

 

            The Refrigerator

Often one of the biggest eyesores in a kitchen will be the refrigerator, which can stick out like a sore thumb and suck up massive amounts of electricity. While it is certainly one of the pricier appliances to replace, a better refrigerator doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and can save you money in the long run via electrical efficiency, not to mention bringing vast improvements in the look of the kitchen, as well as the way you use it.

 

            The Stove

Probably the center of any cooking that you do, the stove is the most quintessential appliance in the kitchen, which means it’s one of the first things you should consider upgrading if you are unhappy with the state of your kitchen. This may mean a simple upgrade to a more modern, sleek looking stove, or perhaps a move from the boring electrical stovetop to the cooks-favorite gas stove. No matter how large of an improvement, upgrading your stove will make a massive difference in the way you cook, and how you feel while working within your kitchen.

 

            The Blender

This is a tool that often gets overlooked, and can provide a huge amount of versatility. Whether you are making smoothies, blending greens, chopping ice, onions, or potatoes, the blender is one of one of those absolutely must have kitchen appliances for any serious amateur cook, or anyone who simply enjoys milkshakes. Whether you go with a countertop blender, or the more stylish immersion blender, the amount of beautiful design options and functionality won’t disappoint.

 

            Slow Cooker

For those with busy, stressful lives, the slow cooker is a gift from above. Simply put in the ingredients, set the timer, and your good to go. While it takes a while to cook (thus the name), the slow cooker can change the way you think about meals, and lets you get back to your life, knowing dinner is already in the works.

Clearly there are a ton of great options when it comes to upgrading your kitchen that don’t require power tools or tearing out any walls. Whether you are replacing an outdated appliance, or adding any of the must have kitchen appliances to your arsenal, the decisions you make will work to make your kitchen a joy both to look at, and work in.

These are just a few of the Must have kitchen appliances for the modern cook, for our full range of kitchen appliances and fixtures check out our kitchen design page.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kitchen Planner

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Designer Kitchens | Comments Off on How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kitchen Planner

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When you’re ready to design your dream kitchen, hiring a professional designer or kitchen planner can make the whole renovation much easier.  Whether you’re planning a minor facelift or a complete renovation, getting help from a certified professional designer can be well worth the investment.

Not only do kitchen planners have access to planning tools and technology that most homeowners don’t, but it’s also their job to keep on top of the latest trends, designs and materials.  The general rule of thumb is if you’re spending more than a few hundred dollars, it’s best to consult with a professional.

 

Do Your Homework

There are a multitude of different types of architects and designers, including do it yourself and software versions available at hardware stores.  A kitchen renovation involves many steps and separate decisions and a professional kitchen designer will help you pull it all together, creating your dream kitchen.

Wonderful Kitchens in Sydney have over 35 years of experience executing amazing renovations and designs.  It’s what they do for a living!  They can design, manufacture and install your kitchen, incorporating everything that you may have on your wish list.  They even have kitchen showrooms so you can see what works and what options are available.

Note The Pros and Cons of Your Existing Space

Kitchen design has changed a lot in a short space of time.  Perhaps your kitchen works just fine for your needs but you want to change the colours and finishes. Or perhaps you want to modernize your existing kitchen space.  Taking the time to assess your kitchen over a period of time and make a list of its positives and negatives will provide your designer with valuable information.

You can also use this time to develop a wish list, where you identify what you need and what you want in your new kitchen.  Needs are items that are essential for it to function and meet your objectives.  Wants are items that you’d like to include in your renovation, but are optional.  Which leads into our next point;

 

Do Your Research But Stay Flexible

Your meetings with your kitchen planner or designer will be a lot more productive if you have some general ideas about the look and flow of your dream kitchen, as well as the equipment you want.  It’s a good idea to spend some time browsing magazines and websites to get a feel for where trends are heading and what you like. We have created a Gallery for you to view our wonderful kitchen designs.
However keep in mind that your designer may be able to point out flaws or obvious issues in your plans or wish list that just won’t work, no matter how much money you throw at it.  On the other hand, they may introduce you to concepts that you love and hadn’t previously considered.  Be open to suggestions, as expertise is the reason you’re consulting with a professional in the first place.

If you want to see how working with a professional kitchen planner can benefit you, call Wonderful Kitchens on 02 9772 2988