A-Z of kitchens & bathrooms

A-Z of kitchens & bathrooms
Universal Magazines

 

Most people would agree the kitchen and bathroom are probably the most important rooms in the house, so it makes sense to put extra thought, planning and creativity into these two functional spaces.

contemporary homes

While the kitchen and bathroom in essence have opposite purposes — one a social and family gathering place, the other a personal room for grooming and luxuriating — what they have in common is an opportunity to inspire you to express yourself.

 

Cutting-edge kitchens:
For a kitchen to really work, you need to be able to move around it easily and access everything you need quickly and without too much thinking. Obviously, kitchens vary. Some are large family gathering areas, while others are more akin to sleek inner-city galley-style affairs.

 

When it comes to planning your kitchen, no matter what the size, it’s a good idea to think about what you need to have within your kitchen space, how much benchtop space you need and what fridge, oven and cooktop would suit your requirements. It’s also a good idea to work out what appliances you want in advance, plan where they would fit, then shop around and compare quality, price, suitability and value.

 

Vagn Madsen from Dan Kitchens notes that, “Most kitchens now have a strong focus on an island, set in a large open-plan room and often have a sink set into the island facing towards the room, making cooking a lot more socially interactive. Door fronts now feature a lot of neutral colours, such as cappuccino and latte, mainly in a satin finish. Rangehoods are either stainless steel or totally integrated, invisible and built in. Most people opt for splashbacks in glass or matching stone and flooring is usually timber or tiles.”

 

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Beautiful bathrooms:

It seems the faster our lives and the busier we are, the more popular the household bathroom becomes. The bathroom has always been an indulgent private retreat where we can shut out the world and luxuriate our cares away, emerging refreshed and energised.

Where there was once a lot of hard-edged material in the bathroom such as glass and stainless steel, an emerging trend is the use of softer materials which are more functional and with attractive finishes, such as engineered stone. According to designer of the year, Melbourne-based Royston Wilson, “Minimalism is still fashionable, with less timber used in designs and more stone and large tiles incorporated.

Colour is no longer restricted to white, with bone and sand popular choices. Nearly every bathroom we design now has a bath, as the room becomes increasingly important in the home. People spend more time in the bathroom and as a consequence, spend more on fixtures as well as opting to get their bathroom professionally designed.”

 

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