When it comes to kitchen renovations the sky’s the limit with what you can spend. A few small changes can have a big impact too, so don’t overlook the simple things if your happy with your kitchen but feel it needs a little something more.

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house and right at the top of the list for inspection at open homes.

If you plan on joining the renovators it’s time to learn about various kitchen design concepts so that you’re better able to choose the one that fits your lifestyle. You can never over-plan your new kitchen, right? From colour schemes to layouts, windows to lighting, here are some brilliant kitchen concepts from top designers.

The small upgrade

If you love you kitchen but think it’s in need of ‘little something else’, start with the basics. A coat of paint can change the feel of the size of the kitchen, add clean lines or bold feature walls. You might like to add a colour theme to your appliances and add in a complementary look that way. Red kettle, red toaster and red cups on display add a uniform look and only a small cost. If you have curtains or blinds a change to the colour or new style might be just what you need. Don’t forget the floor, adding in a mat or re doing the tiles or lino can make a big difference too. Appliances stored on the bench can become grotty after years of use and simply replacing a few can breathe some life back into it.

The contemporary kitchen

If you fancy yourself on the cutting edge of technology and love new gadgets you may just be the type that will enjoy a contemporary kitchen. Think “sleek” when choosing appliances and anything you can have built-in, by all means do so, even the coffee maker.

Have you seen the new smart refrigerators? The Samsung Family Hub fridge takes a photo of the contents every time you shut the door. You can sync it to your phone so you can see what you are short of any time you like. You can stream your favourite music to it while preparing the evening meal. It even has a calendar on it so you never forget important dates again and can have photos on display too.

Instead of granite for the counter tops think about concrete. Look for patterned splash backs (such as glass tile) and don’t forget under — and inside — cabinet lighting.

Go Mediterranean

The Mediterranean kitchen can be summed up in two words: Warm and cozy. Oh, go ahead and throw in “romantic” as well because the iconic rich colours of this style positively drip with amour. Consider a blend of spicy reds, bright yellow’s, ocean blues and terra cotta as your colour scheme. Dark cabinetry will work well with these combinations.

This look is complemented with ceramics, anywhere you can put them. Use them for accessories and splash backs.

There’s no shortage of ideas and inspiration at Houzz, check out the link.


The cottage kitchen

Although cottage-style design may seem more suited to a vintage home, such as a bungalow, if done right it can be quite attractive even in a newly constructed home.

When you’re planning your design, think homely, cosy and down-to-earth.

Colour schemes for these type of kitchens are normally pretty heavy on the white. Painting some cabinetry a pastel blue can help to make the room shine bright. Not all the cabinetry though, just the lower doors if you have them.

Instead of having lots of cupboards you might consider an open look, with vintage style shelving units and all your plates, bowls and cups on display. Add in a farmhouse style sink, hardwood floors and some pendant lighting and you’re looking good.

Better Homes and Gardens have a great selection of images sure to inspire you.

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Brent Palmer – Professional Real Estate Consultant

About the Author: The above article on Nelson Kitchen Designs was written and provided by Brent Palmer, a local leader in the field of Richmond and Nelson Real Estate sales, marketing, advanced technology for home selling, and social media. You can contact Brent Palmer here, or at 027 544 9921.

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