Ready to start the kitchen renovation process, but desperate for some inspiration to set you on your way? Work with your Art of Kitchens kitchen designer to add some amazing features into the heart of your home.
Technology in the kitchen just keeps getting smarter. Products that we could only dream of 10 years ago (such as Google Home, ovens with sensor-controlled cooking programs, fully intuitive induction cooktops or even wifi-controlled air fryers) are now a reality, and designed to make what we do in the kitchen quicker, easier and more convenient.
- Light up: Create drama in the kitchen with undermounted or strip LED lighting to add visual interest and change the dynamic of the room.
- High-tech smart fridge: Step into the future with a smart fridge such as the Samsung Two-Door Family Hub. See what’s inside by swiping two fingers on the touchscreen. The fridge’s software tags food expiration dates and lets users create shopping lists, food memos or reminders. Food preferences, dietary needs and favourite cuisines can be set, allowing families to receive personalised recipe recommendations and weekly meal plans from Meal Planner and Smart Recipes apps. For those who dread the weekly supermarket trip, order food straight from the fridge and have it delivered via the built-in Woolworths Online shopping app.
- Sensor sink mixer: A touchless sink mixer, such as The Memo Sia Sensor Gooseneck Sink Mixer is highly relevant during COVID-19 times, when hygiene is front of mind. Intelligent in-built sensors activate with a wave of a hand, and a 360-degree swivel spout allows full flexibility.
Although for some homeowners, nothing compares to a contemporary or modern kitchen, for others who admire classic kitchens, traditional style in the kitchen is encapsulated by ornate period-style pendant lighting or chandeliers; luxurious granite or marble benchtops; decorative details such as moulding, corbelling and handles; and traditional tapware.
- Timeless stone: To create a look of continuity, use the same stone for the benchtops, island bench and splashback.
- Antique doors: Use a traditional or antique farmhouse door to create that extra level of traditional style.
- Butler’s sink and traditional tapware: A butler’s sink is an attractive yet highly practical element in a traditional kitchen. The finishing touch is elegant mixer and lever tapware, which complements this style of sink perfectly.
- Decorative lighting: Pull together all the elements of your kitchen’s style with a trio of pendants positioned over an island bench or a stunning chandelier.
The sky could quite possibly be the limit for inclusions in your kitchen – just ask your kitchen designer to work their magic.
- Wine fridge: A must-have for wine lovers and those who love to entertain – for example, a Vintec wine fridge keeps wine and champagne chilled at the ideal temperature.
- Slide-out breakfast bar and hideaway seating: A truly multi-functional kitchen will feature a hideable seating area and slide-out breakfast bar. The automated breakfast bar slides out, creating additional space and seating for family and friends. Accessed using a phone app, the bench extends by 300mm, opening up the area and maximising available space. It can easily slide back to make the kitchen seamless once again. The kitchen island and splashback feature distinctive granite (Granite Delacatus II) highlighted using mirror and LED strip lights. On the island, this creates the illusion of the stone floating.
- Hidden office: The office area in this modern Mosman kitchen is cleverly concealed behind panels opposite the bi-fold windows. It is easily accessed without detracting from the beauty of the kitchen.
- Industrial-style bronze-dipped stainless steel: Pay homage to history with statement items such as handmade bronze-dipped stainless-steel doors and plinth that pay tribute to the history of the original building.
- Natural stone benchtops: Granite and marble is beautiful, timeless and sophisticated. Marble does require significant upkeep as it is porous, while granite can be used in either contemporary or classic kitchens and can withstand whatever is thrown at it. The beautiful classic and textured appeal of Carrara or Calacatta marble is known for its elegance and hard-wearing qualities, and is the ultimate in luxury. The benchtop and island in this Parramatta renovation are Calacatta Paonazzo marble from natural stone supplier Gitani Stone.
Colour combinations and colour schemes
Using colour in the interior design of your kitchen, and in other areas of the home, ensures that your interior space makes a personal statement and really says something about you. Some of our favourite colour combinations include blue/grey, shades of grey, black/white/grey, red/white, mint green/white, navy blue/white, and grey/yellow. Here are some great examples:
For more inspiring kitchen ideas, or to bring your own kitchen ideas to life, talk to the talented and creative kitchen designers at Art of Kitchens.