A well designed kitchen adds a certain value to any home – a value that’s both intangible and tangible. That’s because there’s good reason for the kitchen’s ‘heart of the home’ status. Kitchens are places for creation, for family, for dining, for entertaining. But they’re more than that too as our lifestyles evolve; they’re places to work, to socialise, to gather, to play and often, a central focal point of the home.
Despite its important value in the home, the kitchen is often set aside as an area that is too costly to update or renovate. However, with the vast range of materials, appliances and finishes available – now, more than ever before – that is no longer the case and its possible to create almost any aesthetic, from budget options right through to the highest end of the market, relatively easily.
“The way you use and choose materials is important, as well as the overall design. With a well thought out kitchen, it’s possible to create a high end look by utilising a range of materials that differ in cost,” kitchen designer Hayley Dryland of August & Co. Design says.
“That often means choosing feature pieces while paring back other elements of the design to allow for those standout items.”