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Porcelain tiles are big, not only in a fashion sense, but physically as well, with large-format tiles
dominating the kitchen flooring scene. Tile sizes range from 450x900mm and 600x600mm right
up to a huge 1200x600mm, proving not only that bigger is better, but also that rectangular tiles are
hot property. “The large format reduces grouting which means less cleaning, and gives the room the
appearance of a larger space,” says Maryanne Moss of Myaree Ceramics. Maryanne is seeing the
hard-wearing tiles snapped up in warm greys, whites and charcoals, all the classic contemporary
colours. “Semi-polished finish is also very vogue right now, for a lift without the high-maintenance
gloss.” Myaree Ceramics (08) 9330 3611, www.myareeceramics.com.au.
Provenza Qstone in Night Lappato
tile/600x600mm, $88.33/sqm, Day modular
tiles in various sizes in natural finish, $99/
sqm, both Myaree Ceramics.
10. Second time around
Renovating a kitchen is the time to reassess your
needs. Should you add storage, for example? And be
aware of requirements for new appliances, says Joe
Grassi of Ikal Kitchens. “Induction cooktops, as an
example - they require below-counter ventilation.”
This is also time to correct old mistakes, such as
setting microwave ovens at the correct height.
Ikal Kitchens (08) 9242 8866, www.ikal.com.au.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
“The most important thing to consider when
planning a kitchen is orientation,” says architect
Richard Szklarz, which means a north-facing
space, if possible, to make use of winter sun.
“The second thing is to keep the space simple:
it’s so easy to overindulge in what you don’t
need, but then forget about the liveability of the
area.” He recommends linking outdoor kitchens
with indoor ones through a deep servery or glass
doors and using materials and colours that have
a relationship to the home’s interior. Natural
light and ventilation are other key concerns:
remember, if it’s not pleasant to be in, it’s a
wasted space. Richard Szklarz Architects (08) 9284
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