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3 Common Mistakes & 3 Best Design Tips

3 Common Mistakes & 3 Best Design Tips

when updating cooking & pamper zones


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“Position a fridge at the entry of the kitchen so people

don’t have to come right into the cooking area”


Often when people rework their new kitchen, they forget to:

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Check the colour palette in your space’s light. Always bring samples home to view them in the kitchen they’ll appear in. Keep in mind the flooring as part of your selection.

Check lead times and availability of stock, especially for tiles, as you don’t want to have to reselect once the builder is ready

TIP: The final measurements should only be done once the kitchen is completely gutted so it’s as accurate as possible.





Often when people rework their new bathroom they forget to:

Consider the view into the bathroom. Do you really want the toilet to be the first thing you see as you walk down the hallway?

Pay attention to the colour of the grout they select and how the colour of the floor of the tile they’ve chosen will work with the flooring element outside the bathroom.

Add styling to the bathroom Don’t forget to add an element of surprise, such as a beautiful stool or mirrow with detail or amazing lighting.

TIP: Select everything for the bathroom and have it delivered on site before any tradies arrive, as they will need all the specifications for the products to start preparing the installation.



Kitchen and Bathroom renovation pointers:

Keep the lines clean and the materials simple!

Oven – tick, fridge – tick, cupboards done, its items to focus on the exciting final details.




Galley kitchen are the most efficient – that’s why they’re used in a commercial kitchen.

Good lighting design Well designed task lighting is efficiency in the kitchen. Lights should be in front of your fingers. LED strip lighting has made kitchen lighting so much better.

If you want rangehoods work they need a serious vacuum an to vent to the outside. If you want them to be quiet you need to spend a lot of money.

Talls on walls Wall ovens, fridges and pantries shuld sit on a wall. It’s easier for the eye and best for design. Cupboards should go to the ceiling, unless you love cleaning the fat off the top of them.

TIP: I love island benches in a kitchen, where the social heart of the home is. A kitchen needs to be functional but also a space for creativity and fun.



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Square Plan where utilities are located around the edges.

Linear plan where services are lined along one side.

Bathing room plan where the bath sits in the middle of the floor. All other derivations seem to flow from one of these.


3 Key Elements to Consider:

Tiles, Tiles and more Tiles when your tiling consider grout to support the tiles, so either colour match or choose a contrast.

Superstar Lighting Everyone is a superstar in their own bathroom, so choose lighting to support that. LED strip lighting is great on mirrored wall cabinets to illuminate the face, but also to diffuse the light at the basin and ceiling. A feature light in a bathroom can look great.

Natural Light and ventilation It’s import ant to consider these factors, especially in bathrooms. Make sure you include windows in your bathroom design.

TIP: Bathroom furniture, such as the shower or basin, usually fit in a one square-metre space, so allocate this area when designing the layout.

 It’s the little touches that bring that day-spa feel to your home…

from heated towel rails to sleek fittings.

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Do’s and Don’ts for kitchens and bathrooms

 Big fan of practical kitchen’s.

Choose function over form.



Spend time listing what works and doesn’t work in your current kitchen. It’s great if you can live in a space before you renovate it for just that reason – it will help you design a much better space.

Save money by leaving the oven, stove and sink in the same spot = think plumbing and electrical – and selecting all the appliances and finished before you start.

Buy quality and shop around – ask lots of questions about where the appliance is made, as it’s not uncommon for different brands to be made in the same factory.

Pay more and get better quality for your kitchen. It’s the most used room in the house, so it’s worth spending a bit extra.



Try to manage the project yourself unless you’ve spent a lot of time learning the process, or have done it before.

Think it can be done in a week, or even two.

TIP: When getting quotes, make sure you go over what is and isn’t included. The same applies for warranties issued.

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Employ a licensed bathroom renovator or builder. It’s much safer if anything goes wrong in the process.

Select all the items such as toilets, tiles and such before you start, then run them past the builder and plumber to check they’ll work on the site and together.

Try to leave the layout and plumbing the same as possible. Not only is it cheaper, it can be tricky to change.

Have a distinct separation between the shower and the rest of the bathroom, by having a step down or even a hob. You don’t want water tracking from the shower onto the rest of the floor.

Keep it simple – simple is much easier to keep clean.



Try to cut corners by putting new tiles over existing ones as there could be an issue with waterproofing below the existing tiles. Old tiles could also pop off with weight.

Use materials not suitable for bathroom traffic best talk to a designer about practicality.

Buy cheap toilets and taps. They just don’t last.

TIP: Consider concrete flooring as a great look and practical option.


“While trends come and go, the enduring appeal of tiles, glass, concrete

or natural stone remains a permanent fixture of design.”

Here are some need-to-know details and all the latest statement-making options to suit your needs.


Pressed cement or concrete tiles are handmade, often employing similar techniques that have been used over the past hundred years. They have a slightly chalky and soft appearance when new, which wears appears beautifully over time to develop a smooth and silky patina. Suitable for both indoor floors and walls, concrete tiles have been making a comeback in the bathroom designs in particular, reflecting the materials move as an on-trend surface of choice. Concrete tiles are available as both single colour tiles or in a range of patterns. If you come across a tile described as ‘encaustic’. This refers to the pattern produced by coloured clay or natural pigments, which is inlaid into the body of the tile with the concrete acting as backing. As the tile is worn down, this design remains while also having a patina of its own.



Porcelain tiles also known as vitrified tiles are durable and slightly more textured in finish, making them ideal to be used on floors. The colour is consistent all the way through the substrate, meaning they can even be ground down if the surface is chipped. Porcelain tiles are often polished for a high shine and water resistant surface achieved without glaze. Many imitate the look of natural material, such as timber and stone, and are increasingly being chosen ass a more affordable alternative to the genuine thing.



These tiles have a base- sometimes called a ‘biscuit’ – with a glazed surface. Generally cheaper than porcelain ceramic tiles are often used for larger surface areas, such as bathroom walls. As they’re glazed, colours can be more diverse and vibrant, allowing you to create striking feature walls or coloured trims. Ceramic tiles are not as hardwearing as porcelain, making them less common for use on floors.   They’re also a safe choice, particularly for property investors.

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Natural Stone

Stone, which includes marble, granite and limestone – can be used both on walls and floors. While natural stone can be expensive, it is exceptionally hardy and long-lasting, Neutral, earthy tones are increasing in popularity. There are lots of finished available with stone tiles, including polished, honed (a on-reflective finish) brushed (a textured finish) and antique flamed, a roughly textured effect resembling flames.



Alloy tiles offer a sleek and modern look to bathrooms and kitchen splash backs building on the trend for metallic that has emerged over the last couple of years. They come in sheets of mosaic tiles and can be used on floors and walls. Maintenance is relatively easy – you can use soap based cleaning products on copper and brass, which allows a soft patina to develop or use liquid polish regularly to keep their original lustre and sheen.



Glass  and glass tiles are becoming more popular in the kitchen, especially for splash back.  Some glass has pigment going all the way through the product providing a deeper colour.  It’s particularly popular in mosaic form, which makes the product more stable.  While glass tiles tend to be slippery, the additional grout used in mosaics adds slip resistance, so they can feature in shower recesses.

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We wish you best of fun in your renovations.


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