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The Domestic Designer:

What Goes Into a Perfect Family Kitchen?
By Expert Tips
Date: October 18 2019
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There are few areas of the home that are as sacred as the family kitchen. It's the space where the family congregates for celebrations, announcements and where the legendary Christmas lunch is prepared. There is a lot that goes into making a kitchen perfect and making it a space where each member of the family gravitates to in all situations. Beyond the emotional attachment, you also want to have a kitchen that is complete with all the right appliances and accessories so that these celebrations continue with the same success and enthusiasm. Let's uncover what your kitchen may be missing, and set about making it more special.

Modern facilities and flow

It's not just about what you fill your kitchen with, as sometimes the kitchen itself needs to undergo kitchen renovations in Melbourne. Each household will have different requirements, but most kitchens require new tapware, sinks and ovens to start with, with most kitchens battling on with old and ineffective appliances that once came with the house. You can also explore the option of opening up a space by removing walls that prohibit an open-plan layout of the kitchen and dining spaces. With each renovation step you take, look at these changes with the future in mind and keep to a style that will retain its style through the proceeding generations of your family.

Effective appliances and utensils

The right look and flow will only get you so far, with effective appliances and utensils doing most of the heavy lifting when the cooking gets going. There is always a time and a place to shop for brands, and kitchenware is a good place to start. Quality utensils will allow you to freestyle in the kitchen, with no fear of getting dirty or washing them up. The right appliances will also shave time off your preparation and cooking, enabling you to produce those classics with no time pressure at all. Not sure where to start? 2019 appliance trends have homemakers installing appliances under the counter, smart connectivity options and the appealing black stainless steel look.

Focus around light

You can count on the fact that a light-filled kitchen will cultivate a crowd, and bring a pleasant glow to your day to day tasks in that kitchen space. This is also something that prospective buyers look for, with natural light being a hard thing to add to any property after your kitchen is already created. If you have the opportunity to shift your kitchen direction or even renovate, let the morning and afternoon light govern where you base your operations.

Play with colour

If you think that kitchens don't allow for colours and patterns - you could be missing out on a beautiful kitchen concept. The right injection of colour will add personality to your kitchen space, and it will also give you some direction in the appliances and utensils colours you choose. Stainless steel, white and black are the cornerstone colours of kitchens, so explore these colours but work beyond them. A polished red can create an appealing look, and so can a baby blue if used sparingly. Think about the iconic retro fridges that 'Smeg' are known for, and how these pops of colour can transform any kitchen.


Perfect kitchens are not only for the covers of Vogue Home and Country Living. They are achievable in your home, and will define the look and feel of every home. Start with assessing the function of your facilities and flow, and work out whether you need to pursue a renovation and upgrade your appliances and utensils. With the right planning and research, this doesn't need to be an expensive endeavour.

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