There are a lot of aspects to consider when you are planning to renovate your kitchen which can often become overwhelming. The best place to start is by planning your space which includes choosing your desired design style, your desired colours, the layout, amount of storage space, the perfect tile and the appliances you want to include. We have put together five areas to focus on for your kitchen renovation. Focusing on these five steps will help you better organise your space and ideas for your dream kitchen.
Choosing the right kitchen tiles
When choosing a kitchen tile, you need to take into consideration the amount of space you’re working with, the lifestyle you lead (whether that includes everyday meals, gourmet meals, or catering for a larger family), and what kind of foot traffic is entering the space.
There are multiple types of tiles as well as finishes which include:
● Glazed porcelain
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most used tile in kitchen spaces as they are durable, are sustainable for heavy foot traffic and hold wear and tear.
Choosing floor rated tiles
When choosing the tiles for your renovated kitchen, you need to consider the floor rating of the tile. A tile must have a Coefficient of Friction (COF) rating of 0.50 or above and a Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating of 3-5. These ratings ensure that you are choosing a safe and durable tile that will hold the best value.
Features to look out for when picking your kitchen tiles
There are a variety of ways to make your kitchen tiles the feature of the space whether that be with a bold floor tile design, a dreamy wall tile or an eye-catching splashback. Whether you have a small space to work with or a large open space, properly utilising tiles is a great way of making the space feel warm and inviting. Take note when planning tiles for your space, bigger tiles make a small space feel more open and spacious.
Going for a monochromatic, neutral coloured ceramic floor tile gives your renovated kitchen a contemporary, clean look which can easily be paired with either white or colourful benchtops. This style of kitchen also gives way to adding a bold splashback as it draws attention to that space.
If you are looking for a tile that has a bold artistic design, the encaustic look tile is incredibly popular especially in smaller kitchens as it makes the space feel bright especially when paired with white cabinets and a wooden bench.
Just like when choosing floor tiles, there are endless options available for wall tiles. Ceramic tiles are desirable options for a kitchen wall as they are easy to clean and have a low moisture absorption rate. Mix up your style when renovating your kitchen and go for bold feature tiles. Tiles that have texture and a slight shimmer catch sunlight and bounce off the walls creating a calm and more open feel of a space. If you are choosing a neutral-coloured contemporary design, white tessellating tiles bring another dimension into a monochromatic space. Don’t be afraid to use coloured tiles in your newly renovated kitchen as it adds personality to your space. Soft greens and pinks as well as navy brighten a space and can be coordinated with appliances and tapware.
Consider the amount of mess that a splashback sees in its lifetime and make sure you make the perfect backsplash decision. Porcelain tiles are low maintenance, moisture- resistant, durable, and easily cleanable making them the desired option. A splashback can double as a feature in the kitchen so find a tile that compliments the rest of the kitchen but stands alone. Tessellating patterns as well as encaustic tiles bring new life to a space and neutral tones can create a calming space for a busy kitchen.
Choosing the perfect appliances
Filling your newly renovated kitchen with your favourite appliances is often what makes a new space feel like home. From toasters to coffee machines, blenders to ovens, the list often feels endless. If you have just put all the time and effort into designing your space, why not spend some time planning out what appliances you’re going to add. Whether you want an all-white look, all stainless-steel appliances, or pops of colours throughout, filling your space with these appliances doesn’t have to be a boring, last-minute task.
Benches and Cabinets
Benches, countertops, and cabinets are some of the most important elements in a functional kitchen. When choosing your benches, take into consideration how you use your kitchen and whether you have enough space to complete your daily cooking tasks. Large families often need a lot more counter space than a couple so choose according to your lifestyle. Soft, neutral colours create a relaxing space and are a very popular option. Bamboo benchtops with white cabinetry create a rustic look and make for a sleek look when paired with a neutral floor tile and white wall tiles.
Make sure you have the perfect amount of storage space… and then some
Providing enough cabinetry space for pots, pans, plates, cups, food etc. is an incredibly important part of a kitchen. It is best to plan where you want to place items and if there will be enough space as more is always better when it comes to storage. If you have a small kitchen space, hanging pans is a great way to maximise your space. Place like items together so there is a flow through your kitchen space, maximising efficiency.