Colour Countertops In The Kitchen

These days there are countless materials available for kitchen countertops. 

Instead of giving you the pros and cons of each material, lets break down six popular color styles so you can achieve the look you want with the material that suits your needs.

Flecked or Softly Veined White

One of the most common and coveted countertop finishes is a stone or manufactured slab material, such as quartz, in a white or off-white shade with a light multitonal fleck or grain to give it subtle natural richness.

This snowy, sparkling look works well in many situations since it is very neutral but also contemporary and fresh. The pale tone brings a sense of cleanness and lightness to the space with subtle sophistication.

In more traditional kitchens, this is usually a better choice than a true minimalist white countertop, which can be too severe and fight with the elegance of other elements such as knotty woods or Shaker cabinets.

Softly flecked or grainy whites also work well paired with brass accents. Again, the subtle richness holds its own without fighting for attention and keeps the countertop from feeling too austere — great for a dining island where you want people to actually feel comfortable dining.

Flecked or Softly Veined White Countertops Are Good If:

◦  You have a traditional or transitional interior.

◦  You want the space to look big and light without feeling clinical.

◦  You want white countertops but don’t want every crumb and speck of dust to show.

Pure White

Pure white countertops, generally only available in manufactured materials such as Corian or Caesarstone, bring a contemporary, minimalist freshness that no natural stone can match. Luckily, these materials resist stains well, so they can stay a crisp white for years with a little care.

This stark look works well in contemporary spaces. In a modern space it feels appropriately crisp. It’s especially effective in small spaces, such as compact condo kitchens, paired with minimalist white cabinets to give the illusion of a bigger space.

Spaces that already have a great deal of bold character in the other finishes, such as grainy wood cabinets, can benefit from a super simple counter as a visual break.

This is especially true for modern flat-front cabinets in a wood finish with a yellow-orange undertone. A pure white counter will keep the look feeling fresh and contemporary instead of retro.

Lastly, white and blue is a classic nautical combination, so while off-white would also work, a pure white counter looks beautiful paired with blue-painted cabinetry. Despite both being chilly colors, the two together feel welcoming and always stylish.

Pure White Countertops Are Good For If:

◦  You love crisp, modern style.

◦  You have a small space that you want to look as big as possible.

◦  You want to break up modern wood cabinets or other bold finishes.

◦  You love a nautical white-and-blue scheme.


Warm wood, with its inviting air and natural richness, is a great choice for infusing a cool, breezy, kitchen. Crisp white kitchens feel a little more “homey” and a little less austere with a wood countertop. It makes a popular choice for transitional kitchens that balance traditional and contemporary elements, especially since classic wood fits into both categories.

Wood counters, work well in spaces that already feature wood cabinets — if you’re a true wood lover and don’t mind it dominating the decor.

Wood in general is an excellent material to use for an accent counter, often on an island or a small “chopping zone” in butcher block, contrasting with nearby stone or solid-surface counters in a pleasing way.

Lighter woods tend to have more of a casual or rustic feel compared with darker-stained options. Light-stained or unstained woods can have a cottage-inspired feel or a Scandinavian vibe depending on whether you pair them with traditional or modern accouterments. In either case, a traditional runner rug makes an excellent complement.

Darker woods come off a little more formal and polished than lighter tones. They lend a certain gravity to a space, which can work well in areas that are already bright and breezy with lots of windows.

When mixing wood counters with other wood finishes, it’s often best to stick to either warm or cool tones across the board. Red-brown woods are more traditional, while ashy gray tones have been a popular modern trend in recent years. Whichever tones you prefer, they will be less likely to clash if you stick to one family or the other.

Wood Countertops Are Good If:

◦  You want an accent countertop to contrast with other surfaces.

◦  Your white cabinets need a little warming up.

◦  You want your space to feel more approachable and intimate.

◦  You enjoy a dash of rustic charm.

◦  You can’t get enough wood.

Dark or Black

Dark counters, in tones such as black or charcoal, can appear very gothic in some situations and perfectly harmonious in others. If you have dark cabinetry, dark floors or other rich and weighty finishes, a dark countertop will fit right in. 

If you’re going for a dark-on-dark palette, it helps to have lots of light sources, natural or added. This will keep the space feeling cozy and sophisticated instead of cave-like.

Because white can sometimes absorb and dampen nearby colors, a rich, dark countertop can actually be the better choice to bring out subtle colors in painted cabinets, such as the powder blue door units in this kitchen.

Choosing a dark gray rather than pure black will soften the look, so it’s usually preferable to stop at charcoal in most situations.

A situation where dark countertops are nearly a must. When you’re using a tinted mirror backsplash to subtly open up the space visually, a dark counter will echo the deep surface for a perfect complement.

Lastly, sometimes you just want that classic black-and-white look. If you have a kitchen with crisp white cabinets and little actual color, or you have just a few small areas of counter, a dark or black stone brings some instant drama.

It’s never wise to have just one large black element in your design, as it may stand out like a sore thumb, so you’ll want to introduce other sprinklings of black such as simple black cabinet knobs and pulls.

Dark or Black Countertops Are Good If:

◦  You have dark cabinets and want the counters to blend in with them.

◦  You have colorful, fun cabinets, and you want the hue to really shine.

◦  You have a smoky mirrored backsplash.

◦  You want to connect to other black elements in the space.

◦  You’re aiming to achieve a classic black-and-white scheme.

Midtone or Gray

Soft gray countertops and other midtone shades, such as beiges or rich creams, are the most neutral counter options. Creamy off-white cabinets and golden yellow undertones add to a harmonious, peaceful look, perfect for friendly family breakfasts.

Softly flecked gray stone has a look similar to concrete, and it works perfectly in contemporary spaces. It has the advantage of hiding the occasional spot while still looking clean and tidy and not too dark or busy. It’s great if you don’t always have a perfectly organized space but still want a put-together look.

Because gray is the most neutral color around, it makes another excellent choice to pair with colorful cabinets, especially in a space with different cabinet finishes, as it can help tie light and dark cabinets together.

If you have a black-and-white scheme, or espresso woods with white walls, and you want to soften the whole look a little, a midtone counter will bridge the very dark and very light elements so they meet in the middle.

Gray is also a beautiful tone to pair with warm metallic accents. If you love a brassy faucet or sink, a gray counter will bring out those warm tones so they really shine.

Midtone or gray countertops are good for you if:

◦  You want a soft, friendly vibe with muted tones harmonizing.

◦  You have colorful cabinetry or multiple tones of cabinets mixed together.

◦  You have a black-and-white scheme that could use a little softening.

◦  You love warm metallic accents and want to show them off.



Boldly veined stone countertops can either make you stop and gaze in admiration or have the opposite effect and overwhelm your eyes.

In general, the bolder the veining on your counters, the less drama you’ll want to add elsewhere. The size of your space will be a factor in determining just how dramatic a bold stone looks once it’s installed.

This isn’t to say you can’t use a bold stone in a compact kitchen, just that it will feel even more dramatic in scale, meaning you probably will want to keep the other finishes very sedate. 

A dark, richly veined stone can actually feel less dramatic when paired with dark cabinets. Whether you use espresso wood or a modern painted gray, coordinating a base tone in the stone with one of a similar darkness or lightness in the cabinets will help the two connect.

Ultimately, the only way to tell how a richly veined stone will look with your other elements is to bring home the largest sample you can or take samples of your other elements to the dealer to see what tones are strongest in the stone.

Dramatic countertops are good for you if:

◦  You have a large kitchen.

◦  You want the counters to be the primary statement.

◦  You have dark cabinets to offset a dark, moody stone.

◦  You can’t get enough visual drama.


How To Store Kitchen Tools And Flatware

They say the key to organization is a place for everything and everything in its place. This is true for even your kitchen utensils. These include your everyday flatware as well as the many small but mighty cooking tools a serious cook requires. Here are some options for storing your utensils, in any space and on any budget.

Step One: Eliminating

Before you can organize any part of your home properly, you need to do some culling, and this is especially true in the kitchen. Drawers can quickly become filled with unused tools and gadgets, so take a hard look at the items you own and find as many as possible to give away or box up.

You may never get your collection of utensils down to the perfectly minimal arrangements, but the more items you can eliminate, the easier it will be to store and find the truly useful ones. Never use the little dessert spoons that came with your cutlery set? Only used that special spatula the one time? Stash these items away in less reachable spaces such as upper cabinets to free up more prime cabinet real estate.

If Renovating, Make a Plan for Success

If you’re renovating or building a kitchen, you shouldn’t put off the organizational considerations until all the construction is complete. Thinking in advance about how to hold your collection of tools will produce a much better result. Planning to include a few drawers specifically sized for utensils will save a lot of potentially wasted space.

Typical cutlery trays aren’t very wide. Your basic eating utensils get used every day, but they don’t need that much space. A drawer just 10 to 12 inches wide will provide the right amount of space for those items without the need to have them share space with whisks and ladles.

Give Depth Some Thought

Besides considering the width of the drawers, don’t forget to think about the depth. Drawers are often 6 to 8 inches deep because the cabinet has been split evenly into three to four drawers. However, a 4- to 5-inch-deep drawer  is all you need to store well-organized utensils. Using more and shallower drawers keeps items from getting piled on top of each other and lost in the mix.

Ideally, you should look at the collection of utensils you have or plan to have and map out exactly how much space they will need. This takes some extra effort upfront, but you will end up with a much better allocation of space than by simply choosing drawers in an arbitrary width. You can try laying out your utensils on a dining table to get a visual picture and some measurements of how much space they ideally would get.

Mix Drawers and Doors

Often people think of drawer cabinets and basic shelf cabinets as being two separate things, but they definitely can be mixed to meet your needs more efficiently.

Cabinets with a drawer at the top and doors and shelves below allow smaller, often-used items to be placed at a more reachable height, with the shelf storage left for more occasional items and oversized pieces. If you use lots of small chef’s tools when you cook, consider including many utensil drawers at the top level. It will save you a lot of bending down over time.

Consider Going Vertical

Want to tidy up your cutlery drawer without having to assign each piece an individual place? Try a drawer with vertical cutlery bins that let you simply drop in pieces with long handles such as spatulas and slotted spoons and pull them out easily. You’ll be able to see each piece, and you won’t have to remember exactly where you got it later.

This style of cabinet can make a great use of skinny spaces left over in your cabinet plans, such as the small spaces next to a range or sink.

You can store flatware vertically too. Cleverly retrofit a deeper drawer into a cutlery drawer by dividing it into small, deep compartments. Just be sure you don’t store sharp items this way, or you may dull the blades (and risk accidents as well).

Create Layers

Another way to make the best use of deep drawers is to break them up internally into layers. You can either use a built-in drawer divider system or find a layered drop-in unit.

A tiered organizer can create compartments smaller than an individual drawer to gain maximum space efficiency. Just keep in mind that the upper layer will partially cover the lower layer or will need to be slid individually, so you should put the most-used items on the most reachable tier.

Retrofitting: What Are the Options?

Built-in, custom-fitted trays may not always be an option, especially when working with existing cabinetry. However, there are many alternatives available.

Single Trays

A classic single cutlery tray is sometimes all you need, but keep in mind that these trays are not truly one-size-fits-all. Finding one that comes close to filling your drawer width will provide more structure versus a small tray that shifts around with use. Measure the interior of your drawer and look for a tray that fills it. Online shops will usually have more size options than a small local kitchen supply store.

Configurable Trays

A step above the prefabricated single trays is a divider system made up of single compartments that can be mixed and matched like Tetris pieces to create spaces for all your items. If you can’t perfectly fill the full width, use the open space for a sturdy item such as a rolling pin or box of foil that will keep the other pieces from shifting.

Resizable Dividers

Another step closer to a custom built-in is a resizable divider system that lets you snap together pieces to create any size compartments you like. An advantage of this sort of system is that you can change the configuration later to fit a different mix of items, or even fit a new drawer if you move or renovate.

Open Storage Vessels

For those who don’t mind having some of their utensils on display, simple open vessels or jars make a great place to hold your often-used items.

This can look especially great in a kitchen that makes use of open shelving already, with the utensil jars becoming part of the overall chef’s kitchen appeal.

Hanging Rails

Another form of open storage is a rail that can be used to either hang utensils and tools directly via a curved handle or a hook or hang containers and holders to keep your utensils within easy reach but off the counter.

A wall-mounted system can be great for stealing a little storage space behind the range or elsewhere on the backsplash, which can be a lifesaver in a compact kitchen where every inch of storage space counts.


Like a rail, a pegboard can give you lots of flexible storage space on the wall. Whether this look is charmingly relaxed or too busy is a matter of personal taste, but if you like this aesthetic, it offers lots of practical options for arranging and rearranging your tools.


Kitchen Backsplash

Wondering where to end your backsplash? Never even thought about it? It can be a surprisingly complex question. These tips will help you find the right place to stop your backsplash to get a crisp look in any kitchen.

From a designer perspective, the best time to stop a backsplash is … never! After all, when you’ve chosen a beautiful material, why wouldn’t you want more of it? Taking a backsplash wall to wall and counter to ceiling makes for continuity of line and definitely a dramatic effect.

Of course, in reality it isn’t always an option to cover every inch of wall in a coveted stone. Someone has to decide: Where should the finish end on the range wall? Above the range hood? Below it? In your project, the decisions can be simple or quite complicated, depending on multiple factors.

General Rule No. 1: 

Tile the Cabinet Walls

Opinions differ on this, but for a polished look tile just the main walls of the kitchen, those that back the cabinets, ending at the corners rather than wrapping around to finish the sides, if there are any. In the case of an odd corner, consider the whole corner part of the “back.”

In some cases, a “sidesplash” on a noncabinet wall can be functional and beautiful, but skipping it is the simplest way to avoid situations where elements don’t line up neatly. Typically, the counter, upper cabinets and wall all end at different places on the sides, leaving no definitive stopping point.

Small Kitchens 

Fully covering the wall usually is your best bet in a small kitchen or in a larger kitchen that has just a small area for the backsplash.

A layout, with just a single backsplash area between the fridge cabinet and the side wall, is common in galley kitchens in apartments and condominiums. Tiling the entire area in one material makes for the tidiest finish, which can help make the kitchen look its biggest.

Big Kitchens

In the case of a very large kitchen, or one with dramatically tall ceilings, taking tile to full height can bust the budget or completely overload the look. In a case like this, ending the tile vertically at the same line as the upper cabinets gives a better finish.

If you use a darker color for the tiles than the remaining upper wall, it can visually help bring down the apparent ceiling line and make the room feel a little more intimate.

In spaces with taller ceilings, a bulkhead often is used to fill in the void above the uppers. This also gives the tile a natural place to finish, so everything looks pleasingly framed in and there’s no empty space left to collect knickknacks and dust.

General Rule No. 2: 

Align Cabinets and Backsplash Edges

Knowing where to stop the tile horizontally is easy if your kitchen runs wall to wall, but what if it ends partway along a longer wall? In a case like this, where the kitchen cabinetry ends midroom, the best option is to end the upper cabinets, lower cabinets and backsplash all in one crisp line.

Of course, this requires the upper and lower cabinets to align crisply, which can take careful planning when laying out the kitchen. Using filler panels and adjusting the spacing around a window can help make cabinets end at the same place on the top and bottom, even if the widths of each cabinet don’t match perfectly above and below.

Other Tiling Considerations


What about times when the upper and lower cabinets don’t align? A common place for this to occur is in U- or L-shaped kitchens where the uppers end over a peninsula. In this case, Experts suggest ending the backsplash in line with the uppers, so you still get a crisp vertical line.


Sometimes there will be very small areas of wall between windows and a counter or cabinet. It may be tempting to leave these areas empty and often easier on the tile installer, but the overall effect will be subtly tidier if you imagine the window does not exist when planning where to end the tile.

Modern Slab Backsplashes 

In a kitchen with modern styling and a cool slab backsplash, it’s extra important for the elements to align pleasingly, or the look can become sloppy. The cabinets and counter should be sized to line up perfectly. When installing a peninsula with an overhang, you can also add or subtract an inch or two of counter to make the math work out just right.

Traditional Slab Backsplashes 

Going for a more traditional or farmhouse-inspired look? A charming slab backsplash benefits from having some negative space left around it and doesn’t really need to line up with anything — in fact, it can be almost better if it doesn’t.

Edgy Tiles 

If you have an interesting tile shape, such as a hexagon, you can consider ending the tile with a messy edge to give a more relaxed appeal. This can apply to the horizontal ends and the verticals. 

Cabinet-Free Walls 

In L- or U-shaped kitchens that have large areas — or entire walls — with no upper cabinets, you can tile the empty wall full height or simply continue the upper line of the backsplash around the entire room.

Ending the backsplash with a shelf, even a shallow one, can give it a nice cap on walls where there are no other particular ending points such as a window or cabinet.

Differing Heights 

In a kitchen with many items at different heights, use the bottom of the cabinets as a main stopping point, with possibly a little exception at the range for a taller backsplash up to the hood. 

In more traditional kitchens, sometimes the tile will run even a little above the bottom of the cabinets, which gives a pleasing overlap that feels more relaxed and reduces the need to cut tiles into tiny slivers.

Another way to solve any backsplash height conundrums is to use an elegant short backsplash, just a few inches tall. This way, you can run it around the entire counter at one unbroken height and leave the rest of the wall a uniform color.

You can also pair a short backsplash with a second backsplash material, so you have one style, usually the more high-end material, such as a stone slab, run continuously and then a second material in pieces where needed to fill in.

One Last Cost-Saving Idea

Keep in mind, a full-height backsplash may not be as budget-busting or as visually overwhelming as you would think. A classic porcelain tile, with an optional contrast grout, can give a sophisticated, classic look for just a few dollars per square foot, meaning it can actually be a more luxe-looking option than a higher-end material used in a conservative dose.


Planning a Kitchen Island

I once heard a story about a homeowner who had a major design regret. During a previous renovation, she elected to put all four counter stools on the same side of her kitchen island, a frequent spot for her family meals. This left her with a beautiful look but turned out to be an unfortunate mistake from a functional perspective. Now everyone in the family face in one direction, like strangers in a diner.

Don’t let a good visual get in the way of functionality. Before you renovate or give your island an update, consider these options for how to choose the best dining arrangement to save your household — and your knees — a lot of bumps down the road.

One-Side Seating

An island with seating on just one side is a common arrangement for a reason, and it can work well for some situations. However, if you’re looking to use the island as a frequent spot for family meals, it’s usually not ideal. Placing all seats on one side means everyone who is seated will be facing forward in a line, which doesn’t facilitate conversation.

This works fine when just one or a few guests will be perched, chatting with the chef, or for a small household where most meals involve just one or two people. If the island isn’t expected to be used for larger groups than that, it makes sense not to dedicate any more space to seating.

If you don’t have room or a need for seats on more than one side, go the simple one-side route — just keep in mind that some factors will affect how comfortably guests can sit.

If your island has sides or legs that the seats sit between, they might cut into the legroom.

Choosing an island without sides will give a bit more space for legs and knees, and more flexibility to scoot the stools to the side a little so diners can face toward each other more easily.

Two-Side Seating: Adjacent Sides

Adding seats to even just one adjacent side can go a long way to making your island a much more inviting spot to dine. By extending the island overhang to two sides instead of just one, you allow guests to sit facing each other.

You can keep seats on both sides at all times, or save space by keeping seats on just one side most of the time and pulling a seat over to the available shorter side when needed.

This can be a great compromise where the floor plan doesn’t leave a lot of room for seating. By extending the overhang a few inches on the short side, you allow it to be used as a dining spot in a pinch, without losing too much storage or circulation space.

If you use a rounded corner, you can effectively get three directions of seats from just two sides of the island, for a dining experience that’s even closer to sitting at a regular table.

Two-Side Seating: Opposite Sides

If your kitchen is long and skinny, it may make more sense to have a long, thin island, with seating on two opposite sides. This means guests can face each other, although if the island is quite narrow, you may not have much room to fit place settings as well as serving dishes.

If you don’t mind the more eclectic look, mixing bar stools that have backs with backless bar stools will give you the best of both worlds, with comfier seats for everyday use and more compact seats to pull out for bigger get-togethers.

Three-Side Seating

Generally, fitting seats on three sides of the island requires a large kitchen. However, there are multiple configurations that can work for different layouts.

One option is to extend a dining area out from the island to create a T shape. This essentially butts a full table up against the island, for plenty of seating for six or even more.

Compared with having a stand-alone table away from the island, this takes up less floor area because you don’t have circulation space between the island and table. Of course, the trade-off is the table has only three useable sides.

In an average-size kitchen, the decision often comes down to whether you want a more casual or more formal experience. For casual dining, this is a great solution that keeps the chef in on the action.

Four-Side Seating

Lastly, there is the option of skipping the proper island all together and using a dining table as an island instead. This gives up the storage space of an island cabinet but still provides an extra surface for prep work while cooking and obviously a dining space once the meal is ready.

If you use a bar height table, it can easily double as a workspace. However, it will be extra important to use seats that tuck up against or under the table so the surface is easy to reach.

Selecting the Number of Seats

Islands are often staged for photos with the maximum number and size of plush seats that can fit on each side. However, in real life, people don’t always take up just a seat’s width of space, with knees and elbows needing some room of their own.

An island can look just as stylish with some breathing room around the seats, and anyone who dines there will be glad to have enough personal space to feel comfortable.

Plan for each guest to have 24 to 30 inches of counter width. But be as generous as you realistically can. If you’re planning out the configuration of your island, try drawing or taping out different scenarios to see which allows for the most seats of this size in your space.

Backless Stools

Once you add seats to any side of the island that is in the potential flow of traffic or the chef’s workspace, you may want to consider using backless bar stools for your seating, or a style that otherwise can tuck fully under the counter and out of the way.

Seating With Arms

If you have a narrow island, seats with arms will provide a more comfortable dining experience. At the same time, arms generally take up more space and often won’t tuck under as easily. If you hope to use stools with arms, plan for each guest to have 28 to 32 inches of width instead.

Carefully consider whether you have the space for roomy stools with arms. If you do, consider it an investment in many comfortable meals at your wonderful dining island.


Where Designers Would Spend and Save in a Kitchen

A kitchen renovation is the priciest of home renovation. What should be at the top of your makeover budget list? Where can you cut costs?

Spend On: Quality Appliances

Experts recommend allocating budget to energy-efficient appliances. They may not be cheaper to buy initially, but in the long term they cost less to run and will tend to be less expensive overall.

The numbers are out there on running costs, so it’s worth doing the research. Don’t just buy according to what an appliance costs and how it looks — you risk ‘buy cheap, buy twice. It pays to upgrade to energy-efficient appliances — they can save more than money in the long term.

For example getting an instant hot water dispenser. It’s not just a luxury, it’s energy-efficient … and has a safety handle that reduces the risk of burns.

Consider how your appliances affect the rest of the space. For example, a quiet dishwasher, especially in open-plan spaces where you can’t shut away the noise is something you may want to consider.

A cheap fridge will make more noise and cost more over its lifetime. You could have bought the more expensive machine and had the joy of a quiet kitchen.

A good vent hood is also key, especially in open-plan spaces. It keeps the kitchen from becoming smelly and greasy and reduces damage to the cabinets above.

Save By: Recycling and Reclaiming

Opting for reclaimed countertops — alone or paired with another material — can save money and be stylish, experts say.

Another way to reduce countertop costs is by buying stone slab remnants left over from larger jobs. These can be used for a smaller area such as an island top or bar.

To save money and conserve resources, you can install preowned cabinets.

Selling your existing kitchen is also great for the planet and saves on the cost of disposal. The money can also help toward the cost of a new kitchen. There are companies that specialize in this.

Spend On: Durable Materials

If you’re going for new products rather than reclaimed, pay extra for materials that are easy to maintain and will last a long time. Composite or solid stone countertops are a good choice, for example.

Purchasing remnants of granite and quartz countertops and using them to have something special made. It could be a dining table top, a console or a couple of coffee tables. 

Consider the longevity of cabinets as well. Purchasing a solid wood kitchen is a worthwhile investment. This means it will stand the test of time, it won’t tire or look out of date, and you won’t have to replace it in a few years’ time — the ultimate measure of sustainability.

With a solid wood kitchen, you can update as necessary. You can repaint to keep the cabinets looking fresh and even choose an entirely different color if you ever want a change. A good-quality solid wood kitchen should last over 30 years.

Save By: Calculating Carefully

To be able to spend more on quality materials, think about how you can save on things such as delivery charges. If you can, do your utility room at the same time as your kitchen from the same supplier. It will save money on delivery, installation and countertops.

Another way to save is to consider a backsplash in the same finish as your countertops. This will often work out to be much cheaper than other backsplash materials and it can be installed at the same time as the countertops, which also saves time and money.

Also, always go for wider cabinets over narrower for both kitchen and utility. Fewer wide cabinets are not only more useful, they’re cheaper per linear foot.

A knowledgeable kitchen designer will be able to guide you through the choices that suit your needs. They know the right questions to ask to ensure you buy only what you need and what you’ll use. Talking through the features and benefits of every appliance, fixture and fitting avoids overbuying.

Spend On: Good Design and Installation

A kitchen is a huge purchase, so don’t be scared to walk into a kitchen studio, even if it looks intimidating. It always pays to get a designer’s eye and input. They will consider how you and your family live and make the best use of the space to ensure the investment will bring maximum benefit.

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