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31 According to The Laminex Group's Rebecca
Stewart, achieve a sleek streamlined modern look
by losing the handles and choosing doors/drawers
with a "reversed bevel" design or creating a rebate
or shadowline to act as a finger grip. Alternatively,
choose a flush fitting handle.
32 "When planning your kitchen, simply divide it into
three activity areas or zones -- the cooking zone,
cleaning zone and storage zone," says IKEA's
Rachel Hoare. "Following this way of thinking will
prevent you from going through an obstacle course
in order to get a meal on the table."
33 Minimise corners wherever possible to achieve the
feel of maximum space in your kitchen.
34 Increase the size of a small
kitchen with a strong use of
horizontal lines, such as the
cabinets, which will draw
the eye outwards to visually
lengthen the kitchen.
35 "Smart storage is important," says Rachel Hoare.
"Bins that fit inside your sink cabinet are extremely
popular, as that space tends to be wasted on just
plumbing. The bins can either be mounted to the
inside of the cabinet door or on a pull out tray that
can accommodate up to two bins, which allows you
to have a recycling bin as well."
36 "Avoid melamine edging on doors and opt for ABS
edging as it has greater durability and can give an
interesting look when using a contrasting colour,"
says Rebecca Stewart. "For example, a white door
with silver edging is a great look."
37 Old-fashioned washers have been replaced by
ceramic disc valves in good quality tapware and will
last for many years, according to Shirley Marshall
from The English Tapware Company.
38 "Keep a scrapbook of looks you like from
magazines, the Internet and books, and build from
there," suggests Peter Allen from Aeria Country
Floors. "Make sample boards of finishes you like
and you will soon get the complete look you want.
Most good retailers will supply you with a sample
of a product. Some may charge but it's better to
spend a few dollars and get it right than spend
thousands and not be happy."
39 Before hitting the magazines and getting swept up in
the style and creativity of the experts out there, put
together an "essentials list" so your bathroom meets
your needs and then set about beautifying them.
40 A "feel board" is another way of sampling your
ideas. Familiarise yourself with the available
materials such as stainless steel, stone, laminate,
marble or timber and take a hands-on approach.
Piece the samples together on a board and see
how the textures work together.
41 Another way to make a bathroom feel larger is to
install full-width mirrors.
42 Select the materials carefully based on your
lifestyle. Marble is porous, needs to be polished at
least once a year and can be slippery, so ensure you
have time for the maintenance or upkeep. Stone,
bamboo, wood, glass, tile, and ceramic are just
some of the materials available.
43 "Make sure that your kitchen storage space is located
between knee height and eye level if at all possible,"
says Rachel Hoare. "Your back will thank you!"
44 Small spaces often decrease the resale value of
your home, so to make your bathroom appear
bigger use bigger tiles, as lots of grout tends to
make the bathroom look busy.
45 "If you are working to a budget and stone does not
fit within that budget, go with a gloss laminate such
as DiamondGloss from Laminex," says Rebecca
46 "LED lighting is the way to go with less carbon
emissions and you don't need bulb replacements,"
says Jason Levin of Dean Kitchens. "The diodes in
LED lighting last for years."
47 Consider a solar heating water system that will save
energy and reduce your home's carbon footprint.
48 If you are lacking in natural light, consider installing
a skylight in your kitchen or bathroom to cut down
on your electricity usage.
Images clockwise: Ikea x3; Fisher & Paykel
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