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Not everyone has the time, budget or patience to get their whole kitchen renovated at once. It can be a big and daunting task to tackle the whole thing and, unless you have a reason to knock the entire reno in one go, it’s wise to tackle it in stages. Before committing to a full-scale kitchen renovation, there are some small tweaks you can make to test the waters and be gentler on your budget. You never know – these small updates may be just what you need to reinvigorate your space and fall back in love with your kitchen. Updating window furnishings If you’ve got large windows (or even if they’re on the smaller side), they can grab the attention of anyone who walks in the room. That’s great if you love your window furnishings – not so much if they’re in sore need of an update.

Above everything else, a kitchen needs to be practical – you could have the most beautiful design in the world, but if it’s not easy to navigate and cook in, you’ll end up resenting your time spent there. The practical things you need to consider are often small, but get them right and you’ll make a world of difference to your everyday kitchen experience. 1. Generous storage space A lot of older homes were designed with many smaller cupboards that aren’t really that practical. Today, homeowners are starting to realise the benefits of larger, more generous storage space that allows them to easily locate what they’re looking for. A word of caution: Be wary of cupboards that are deeper than they are wide, as you don’t want to lean right into the dark cupboard to rummage around for items that might be in the back. Large, deep drawers are

The year is already in full swing, and with many of us well and truly back at work, the summer holidays have come to an abrupt halt. That means only one thing – life is getting busy again, and we’re dedicating less and less time to everyday chores at home. While you’re flitting between appointments, shuttling the children between after school activities, or completing endless stacks of work, it can be calming to know you have a sparkling clean kitchen to come home to. Not only does it make meal prep easier, but a tidy kitchen provides a welcoming space to invite family, friends and neighbours into. So let’s make some kitchen resolutions for 2019 – and stick to them. Here’s our list of our favourite goals for the year. Clean before you go to bed We get it – sometimes the very last thing you want to do

Many of us dream of living the breezy coastal life - but if you live in the land-locked suburbs, a Hamptons-style kitchen could be the answer. Inspired by the signature style of beach houses in in upstate New York’s getaway Hamptons area, the Hamptons style has come to embody everything we love about coastal chic with class. While a Hamptons style kitchen design traditionally has a specific look and feel to it, there is of course always room to move and to tailor the style to your personal taste. That being said, here are the top five things to include in your take on the Hamptons kitchen style: Paint it white The calling card of the Hamptons style is its signature white colour palette. The white makes the most of natural light in the space, reminiscent of beachside living. If stark white doesn’t appeal to you, go for

One of our focusses at Apollo Kitchens is creating kitchens that are as stylish as they are practical. Ensuring your design has all the elements you need in an overall look that you love is something we work hard to deliver in every project. An element of your kitchen renovation that you need to address is how appliances will fit in with your design. While stainless steel has been an overwhelming favourite for appliance finishes in recent years, this doesn’t necessarily work with every kitchen’s aesthetic or your personal style preferences. There’s also the question of smaller benchtop appliances, that we want close by but not necessarily in view when not in use. Here are some different ways you can hide appliances in your kitchen design: Built-in approach One of the most popular approaches for bigger appliances like the fridge or dishwasher, think of built-in appliances as hiding them in

So, you’ve decided to bite the bullet in 2019 and move ahead with your dream kitchen renovation. Congratulations! Investing in your kitchen - the heart of the home - will pay dividends both now and down the track. While you can tackle the project yourself if you’ve got the skills and know-how, we recommend going with the experts for the job - saving you time, money and perhaps a bit of your sanity in the long run! It’s only natural that you’ll have lots of questions and things to run through with any potential contractor - but to make the most of your consultation, here’s what you should be asking before progressing further with your renovation.    How long will my kitchen renovation take? It’s probably the question homeowners are most anxious to have answered, but don’t worry - your contractor will be expecting it. The most common question

While we absolutely love the new trends emerging in kitchen design for 2019 and beyond, there’s something timelessly charming about a country-style kitchen. Rustic and inviting, the country style immediately makes you feel at home - so it’s a kitchen that everyone in the family will enjoy. Though the country look is timeless, there are some modern features that bring country kitchens into 2019. Here’s how to do it: Ditch Cabinets in Favour of Open Shelving Country kitchens are all about the kitschy, cosy feel - so having your homewares and crockery on display helps to make the space feel lived-in and give it some personality of its own. If open shelving doesn’t work for you, glass-front cabinets can still give the same effect. Installing display hooks for things like your mugs or tea-towels not only add to the look, but are convenient too. Incorporate Antiques Give your modern

Finally jumping into a renovation is usually the last in a series of steps - setting a budget, chatting to an expert, settling on your design preferences and setting a timeframe. So it’s no surprise that we often end up pushing our renovation back into the new year, making it a project for the next 12 months. No matter where you are up to in your renovation planning, here are our tips on how to get the wheels moving on your project this summer. Pick High Impact Changes First Nothing feels as satisfying as finally making that change you’ve been dying to make in your kitchen. And studies show that a feeling of achievement can be one of the most powerful motivators. Get your renovation off on the right foot by starting with changes that make a big difference. Painting the walls, switching out your cabinetry or installing

At the start of each year, we’re often looking to set resolutions for ourselves - and these often involve leading a healthier lifestyle. A great place to start your commitment to living healthier is in your kitchen. An emerging trend in kitchen design is the ‘wellness kitchen,’ the concept of conceptualising your kitchen around a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle. We take a look at some of the elements of the wellness kitchen that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle in 2019 and beyond. Make Healthy Choices Visible It’s a well-known merchandising strategy - customers won’t buy what they can’t see. But this is well-rooted in psychology - we’re more likely to engage with the things right in front of us. Influence your eating choices by putting healthy options front-and-centre. Keep a fruit bowl on the bench for a convenient snack option Grow some herbs on

Once you’ve kitted out your kitchen with the fundamentals - like your dishwasher, fridge, oven - it’s time to move on to those handy, smaller bench-top appliances that can make your time spent in the kitchen more efficient - and more enjoyable! With end-of-year sales now upon us, it’s a great time to pick up savings on kitchen items you’ve been meaning to purchase. But with so many different gadgets now available, it can be hard to determine which ones you might want to start with. Here’s what we recommend to start your small appliance collection: Slow Cooker The lazy cook’s best friend, the slow cooker will become one of your most-used appliances in no time. The beauty of the slow cooker is in its ability to turn your ingredients into delicious, tender and flavoursome meals - with minimal effort. Just throw your ingredients into the slow cooker