Designing Your Kitchen – Tips From Harp Industries


Kitchen Designer

It can seem like a daunting process when commissioning new kitchen cabinetry. With TV Programs, Magazines and Blogs all offering advice from the best design elements to layout formulas and the latest gadgets, it’s easy to forget that an experienced professional already has the knowledge to guide you on your journey.

But who to choose? And how to choose?

A successfully designed kitchen space is a cohesion of style and functionality with many variables to consider. A few weeks of researching the basics and watching The Block won’t transform you into an expert, however you should gain enough insight to assist you in asking the right question with reasonable expectations. Visiting showrooms from distributors such as Lincoln Sentry, Wilson & Bradley and Nikpol will give you a great opportunity to speak with knowledgeable professionals and test the products you may have only read about up until this point.

Kitchen Designer

With a stack of kitchen magazines in hand, maybe a few screen shots and a more in-depth understanding of kitchen finishes and design, finding someone to trust with your vision can be the hardest step. A good sign of commitment when engaging the services of a cabinetmaker or designer is their ability to translate your ideas into a range of designs and at no obligation.

A simple chat on site over coffee is a good starting point. Don’t feel pressured into any agreements at this stage until you find the right fit. If you’re looking to test their quality of standards, ask about something small like if they use a Cabiseal. One acclaimed kitchen designer who does, is 5 time Australian Kitchen Designer of the year Kim Duffin, of Sublime Luxury Kitchens and Bathrooms. Featured in the photo gallery is a recent project designed by Kim. Overlooking the tropical rainforest of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Kim has Seamlessly integrated the inside of the home with the surrounding views of Trinity Inlet. He has thoughtfully designed this project with every aspect of his clients’ brief in mind.

Kitchen Designer

Designed to separate storage, preparation and presentation of food, the kitchen incorporates an easily accessible Butlers Pantry and employs durable finishes with a strong focus on functionality. Creating contrast and adding warmth, the seating area for casual entertaining is set around a beautifully crafted Queensland Walnut framed Island bench.

Written by Damian Harpantidis

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Damian from Harp Furniture has been helping clients achieve their dream spaces for over 20 years now. He uses age-old techniques including gold gilding, traditional carving and decorative wall finishes to create individual solutions for his clients’ specifications and styles.
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