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Kitchen Design Ideas for a Functional and Stylish Space

Whether your style preference is sleek minimalist cabinetry with luxurious metallic accents or textured timber surfaces and show-stopping stone bench tops, the best kitchen designs combine personal taste with practical elements to create a kitchen that functions as an attractive and inviting central home hub. Metronest Homes is the trusted choice for elegant family homes in the thriving western suburbs of Melbourne. As industry-leaders, we understand the features modern families need in a new home, and top of the list is always a functional, beautiful and modern kitchen zone. If you are building a new home, here are a few things you need to consider when planning your kitchen.

Determine the Perfect Layout

It’s crucial to get the layout right, as getting it wrong can have a negative impact on the overall practicality and aesthetics of the whole kitchen. Take the time to consider where to position the kitchen essentials such as the sink, stove, oven and fridge. Make sure the whole layout is structured, streamlined, and conducive for effortless food preparation, cooking and entertaining. Taking the time to plan will ensure maximum functionality and efficiency of your kitchen construction. If you need expert advice, put together a list of questions to ask the kitchen designer and they will be able to point you in the right direction and help you make the best decisions to suit your needs, taste and budget.

Know Where to Splurge and Where to Save

The kitchen takes a large amount the new home building budget, but it’s not always necessary to splash out on top of the range everything to make your space luxurious. Many first-time builders often ask how to make a kitchen look expensive, whilst sticking to a realistic budget. Here are a few simple suggestions:

Use Contemporary Appliances and Fittings – Sleek modern appliances in a polished stainless steel or matte black finish are available in all price brackets, with economic budget versions looking very similar in comparison to their high-end counterparts. Often, the main difference is within their features and settings and not the overall look so cost-effective options are a great way to create an expensive designer look without blowing the budget. Also forget bulky freestanding ovens or sinks, hiding or integrating your appliances is an instant way to give your kitchen a streamlined look that feels luxurious.

Incorporate Clever Storage – Smart storage solutions are often affordable and easy to integrate into a new kitchen and can make the space much less cluttered and more organised. A minimalist kitchen appears sleek and spacious, increasing the visual appeal and making it feel elegant and more expensive. Take advantage of any storage spaces you have, consider rotating shelves to provide access to hidden corner areas or hide small kitchen appliances behind a closed door to keep in-line with a fuss-free space.

Be Creative with Texture – Modern, luxurious kitchens may be more minimalist in appearance, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. While white cabinetry and white bench tops create a sense of space, cleverly using different textures can be used to create interest and add depth to the design. Texture can be found in cabinetry doors, bench tops, splash backs, flooring and hardware. Contrasting beautiful marble with clean and simple cabinetry design and adding subtle detailing such as brass or metallic door handles, tapware and lighting will elevate the look into a luxurious realm.

What Kitchen Upgrades Should I Get from The Builder?

To maximise the value of your home, it’s vital to create an upscale kitchen that’s elegant with beautiful timeless appeal. Incorporating materials, fixtures and fittings that are high quality, functional, durable and visually appealing is the key, but there are a couple of features that you should focus on upgrading. Pay particular attention to features such as your bench tops and appliances, and choose the best option you can get within your budget. These are the elements that set the tone for the rest of the space so upgrading these to the best you can afford is a great idea. The aim should be to create a space that will stand the test of time, so you won’t have to spend on renovations down the track. For more information on other home upgrades, refer to our blog – home upgrades that are worth the investment.

Stop Thinking About Your Dream Home and Make it a Reality Today

The experienced architects, drafting specialists and interior designers at Metronest Homes will work with you to understand your individual needs and wants to create a home that is unique to your lifestyle and budget. While our standard inclusions may be upgrades for many other builders, we also offer a range of premium upgrades for those who want to make long-term luxurious investments. Get in touch with our team by calling 1300 510 733 or enquire online for more information.

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