A kitchen’s particular design and ‘look’ gives it its very own identity. The aesthetics, colourings, style of finishes, and what is (or isn’t) on the walls all contribute to the perception and mood of this important room. While hanging a print on the wall is a great way to add some art, there are so many other ways to personalise, individualise and accessorise your kitchen. The splashback you choose, the colour scheme, the benchtop tones and textures and feature printed laminate are all examples of ways to incorporate art into your kitchen and make it a presentation of who you are, and something that you can be proud of.
A brand new kitchen provides the opportunity to start with a blank slate and use your choices to bring a theme to life. Think about your options and your personal style then talk to your specialist kitchen designer about how to incorporate these ideas into your new kitchen.
Do you want a retro style kitchen – perhaps with pastel colours, rounded cabinets and 50s style hanging prints? Or perhaps you prefer a more modern and sleek kitchen with minimalist features and neutral paints? You may live near the water and want to include aspects of that into your home with a beachy feel of whites and blues coupled with finishings that are reminiscent of waves crashing or seashells.
Strategically using art in the kitchen can affect the visual size of the room. Using the right pieces and paint colours can dramatically open up an otherwise small space. The same applies if you want to reduce the openness of your kitchen and make it appear cosier. By applying a similar palette or theme in both the kitchen and another room such as the dining or family rooms creates a bridge that merges the two together.
Bring a sense of art to your kitchen by investing in a feature piece of stone and consider a special treatment such as a waterfall edge or drop-down table addition. Add a personal touch with a printed splashback of a treasured family moment or holiday location. There are plenty of options in printed laminates for both benchtops as well as cabinetry which can add a visual “wow” factor to your space. Another idea is to look at colour combinations which reflect your style – maybe mix and match tones and textures with spots of colour to create a space that is truly your own.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with choice, don’t be afraid to call on the expertise of your specialist kitchen designer as they are an invaluable tool in the kitchen design process. Your kitchen designer possesses a wealth of knowledge and access to an extensive range of furnishings and decorations, including new releases, to create the kitchen you desire. Their keen eye for detail will quickly identify what will and won’t work together and they will be able to suggest ideas to accent the room and help create the ‘feel’ you are looking for. How many times have you thought in your head that something will look great, only to see it come to fruition and it doesn’t quite look as appealing in real life? Your kitchen designer will stop any mishaps or faux pas before they even happen; potentially saving you otherwise wasted money.
A specialist designer will also take control of the project from start to finish – taking the stress away if you have a busy schedule, or would just prefer to hand over the reins. Your kitchen or bathroom designer can also work together with an architect or builder on a larger project to ensure your renovation happens seamlessly.
Knowing what art you have chosen for your kitchen also helps your designer ensure lighting is in the correct position to highlight your choice. Alternatively, your designer may suggest a different style of wall treatment such as stippling or sponging and they will work with the painters to convey the concept. Not only will the specialist designer co-ordinate all your trades, they will also have a network of experts in the field and work with colleagues they trust, and whose work they believe in.
If you have trouble sticking to budgets, it is a role of the specialist designer to maximise the ‘bang for your buck’. They already know exactly which areas or items where it is perfectly acceptable to buy ‘budget range’ and the areas where paying for quality matters. And if you need another example of where a specialist designer can save you money, this is it.
Incorporating art and using a specialist designer will also assist in selling your home if you are putting it on the market. Because the kitchen is one of the top priorities on a prospective buyer’s list, an appealing kitchen will help sell the home faster, and for a better price. While paying for a specialist designer may seem like another bill when you are trying to maximise the profits of your sale, they can also be your secret little weapon in presenting a tastefully beautiful kitchen or bathroom, giving your home the edge over your competition.
Our team at Mint Kitchen Group are industry leaders with an impeccable reputation for delivering award-winning kitchen and bathroom designs. With your own dedicated project manager ensuring one point of contact throughout the entire renovation, your project will be delivered on time and on budget. Whether you already have a vision for your new space or need someone to start at the very first step with you, talk to our team today.