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October 2018

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Open plan living is high on many homeowners’ lists of must-haves when they’re building or renovating. Not only does an open space provide plenty of room for entertaining guests (without relegating yourself to the kitchen), but open plan also feels incredibly spacious, more airy and more welcoming. The style does come with its challenges, though, and there are some key things to consider before you launch into a build. Here, we’ll talk through some of the most important tips for designing an open plan home. Clear zones Even though you’re planning for an open layout, you don’t want your design to be too free flowing; it’s important you maintain clear distinction between your kitchen, dining area and living room. This keeps everything from blending into one and becoming too chaotic. Use rugs and mats to create defined zones – a high-pile rug in the living room space shows that

The seemingly simple mirror can hold many functions in a kitchen, beyond just providing a place to check your appearance as you walk past. They can be elegant centrepieces in your design scheme, or form functional elements that serve a real purpose in your kitchen. Here, we run through the functions mirrors can play in a kitchen and give you some inspiration for how to integrate mirrored surfaces into your room. Adding the illusion of space Hanging a mirror in your small kitchen or apartment dining space can go a long way to creating extra visual space. Even though your room might be cramped, a mirror gives the illusion that your kitchen is double the size. Increasing light No matter how much natural light you get – or how big your kitchen is – you’ll benefit from a large mirror hanging opposite a window. Any light entering the room

At its core, designing a kitchen involves choosing solid materials and components – a stone benchtop, timber flooring or a copper light fitting. But adding soft furnishings to your kitchen and dining space is important too, as softer elements like upholstery, curtains and rugs can elevate your kitchen and tie your whole design together. Choosing soft furnishings is often left to the last minute; homeowners will scramble to find the right curtains to match their colour palette, or try to upholster seat cushions in barely any time. A better way to do it is to integrate your choices about soft furnishings into your renovation plans from the very beginning. Here are our tips on how to choose soft furnishings for a cohesive look and feel in your kitchen. Curtains Curtains and blinds don’t just control the light and privacy levels in your space; the right fabric, colour or pattern can work

Kitchen design trends come and go but here at Apollo Kitchens, we believe some of 2019’s biggest predicted trends tell an important story about the future of kitchen design as a whole. The trends that we’ve outlined in this blog are ideas that have risen to the front of homeowners’ minds of late – but they are classic styles that promise to stick around for a long time yet.   Sustainability 2018 has been all about raising awareness for today’s most pressing environmental issues, and 2019 will see homeowners integrating more sustainability options into their homes. Kitchen design will be about renewable energy sources, and sustainably made building materials. Designers and engineers will also create ways to reduce waste by improving food storage – keeping food fresher for longer without the use of plastic. After all, it’s only by preserving the health of our planet that we’ll get to

Plants are having a design moment right now – and for good reason. The verdant foliage you see splashed across your Instagram feed doesn’t just look great through the lens of your camera - it also comes with added benefits. Adding greenery to your kitchen is proven to improve your mood, lead to better sleep patterns and detoxify the air you breathe. What’s better with a breath of fresh air that comes from a picture-perfect source? But your kitchen is a unique space, and some plants hold up better than others. If you’re looking to introduce a splash of green into your cooking space, read on for our tips on the best plants to go for.   Ivy Hardy and fast to grow, ivy is a plant that adapts to its surroundings and can grow in almost any pot. Install a hanging basket on your kitchen ceiling to save on

For years, you’ve been dreaming of your perfect kitchen: one that melds great design with seamless function, and acts as a hub for your family and friends to socialise the night away. Great choice! A kitchen renovation can really elevate the look and feel of your home and give you space to enjoy the things you love. Don’t get dive in head first, though – even though your heart is set and you’re raring to start, there are still some things to keep in mind. Read and apply our list of renovation mistakes to avoid, and you’ll enjoy a smoother, more efficient process – and are more likely to end up with a kitchen you love.   Going it alone By far the biggest mistake homeowners make is choosing to tackle the entire renovation on their own. Not only does this lead to faulty installations and confused

While you may dream of lofty, light-filled mansions, you’re stuck with a cramped, claustrophobic apartment – right? Not so much. You have several clever tricks at your disposal that can make your tiny kitchen feel a whole lot larger, warmer and more welcoming. Here, we’ll run you through an interior designer’s toolkit for maximising your use of space in your smaller kitchen.   Neutral colours Choosing light neutrals like white, grey and beige give the illusion of space, while darker, moodier shades draw the walls in closer together. Apply this rule when you’re choosing paint colours for your wall, and shades for your benchtop, cupboard doors and light fittings. Look for pale hardwood, light coloured stone and faint soft furnishings that won’t dominate the space. Light materials help to create the illusion of space   Let the light flood in Speaking of light, the more of it that you let

When you’re redesigning your kitchen, it’s important to inject your own personal style into the mix. Gathering inspiration from style experts and design projects is a must, but what will truly make your kitchen your own is if you mix in quirky or personal elements, or pieces that tell significant stories. Of course, you can always browse blogs and magazines for inspiration but use them as a launch pad for your signature kitchen canvas. Making your kitchen your own – and not a carbon copy of the latest trends – is what will make you thrilled to come home each day. But where do you start? At Apollo Kitchens, we’re all about mixing major trends with personal elements, so we have five top tips to share.   Revisit your personal history You could delve into your own personal history for inspiration when it comes to reinvigorating your space. While you