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5 Kitchen gadgets you haven’t thought of

Are you busy planning your new kitchen? There are so many new kitchen gadgets on the market, but they are all rather expensive. In the end you need to spend money where it may improve the way you use your kitchen within your daily routine.

Here are a few gadgets that are not necessarily new, but we’ve seen how they’ve really added value to clients’ kitchen design.

1.  PULL OUT SPICE RACK

There are many awkward little corners and gaps when a kitchen is in the design process. It’s always a good idea to use standard measurements as far as possible, but once in a while you end up with these little areas that are really messing with your design layout. So why not use them as fillers? We are talking about the very under rated pull out spice rack. We love using them on both sides of a stove, but also in between bigger cupboards to create symmetry or add interest. You can fill them with spices, cutting boards or oils.

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2. PULL OUT WORK SURFACE

Sometimes the layout of the kitchen doesn’t allow a lot of bench top space. For those busy days in the kitchen you can always use an extra pull out work surface. It’s hidden when not needed, but will give you that extra bench top space for placing utensils or food while preparing dinner.

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3.  BREAD CRUMB CATCHER

Yes, the brother of a pull out work surface. A great feature when you have (messy) kids that don’t know how to contain breadcrumbs! You can gather them during the day, and empty the tray at the end of the day.

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4.  TABLET MOUNT

You don’t need special cupboards for this luxury, and it can be ordered online from various stores. Again, it saves you bench top space and prevent spilling your glass of wine over your tablet while preparing dinner. (Been there, done that!) You can now watch Netflix or follow a recipe without having to search for your tablet on the bench top.

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 5.  CORNER SWIVEL CUPBOARDS

Only if you have a galley kitchen you can escape those nasty corner cupboards. There are a few solutions on the market, and yes, they are all a bit expensive. They are well worth spending money on as you loose a lot of real estate when you have unused cupboards in your kitchen. This design is our favourite, when you don’t even realise it’s a corner cupboard.

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We design and install at least one kitchen per month. There are many similarities between some kitchens, but in the end each client has their own style, different available layout space, a different budget and a unique way on how their family use the kitchen and living space areas. We work with the family’s needs as it is now, but we also think about what the family might need in 5 or 10 years from now. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it is expensive. If you get this wrong, you might feel disappointed about your whole renovation process. It’s important to look at the architecture and style of the rest of the house when designing a kitchen.

Happy renovating,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney

 

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What if you hate the modern look of a kitchen island?

So you’re planning your new kitchen, but you really hate the typical “island bench” look? Do you HAVE to have an island bench? Of course not. Do you NEED an island bench? Of course yes. So now what?

Not everybody likes the modern sleek lines of a marble or concrete look island bench. There are a few other options. You do have to be careful when you choose to use a table in stead of an island bench.  You might find that one day if you sell your house, new buyers will be put off by having no official island bench. Your kitchen layout can even feel a little bit smaller without an island bench. If you do have a butler’s pantry, then size will not be a problem.

1.  FORMAL DINING TABLE

This is one of my favourite images below. Rustic table, soft chairs, masculine lighting and a neutral palette. This table meets with the kitchen seamlessly. The kitchen is not the focal point, but almost becomes a backdrop for this amazing table setting. The kitchen also has enough bench top space of its own, so an island is not that necessary. This table is huge so it gives the owner enough extra bench top space if needed.

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2.  PICNIC TABLE

For a little more informal look, use informal bench seats and different size chairs. This table will serve as additional bench space and a dining room table. This is ideal if your kitchen flows directly towards the outdoors.

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3.  WHITE SCANDINAVIAN

With the Scandinavian look, the negative space of the room is actually the hero. A big oversized island bench can almost overpower the room. A sleek, timber table can create a more open look and accents the beautiful timber floor.

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4.  RUSTIC TABLE

When your home is on the smaller side, an island bench can actually take up way too much space. A rustic informal table can serve as a dining room table and an island bench. I can see myself cutting vegetables and drinking a glass of wine at this beautiful table.

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So there are many ways to replace your modern island bench. This is also a great way of adding interest, being a little bit different and creating a seamless look.

Happy decorating,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney

 

 

 

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