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Breakfast bars are a versatile inclusion to any design. A place to sit, talk, do homework, eat breakfast - all within arm’s reach of your kitchen. A great breakfast bar will bring your family together in the heart of the home, while keeping them out from under your feet when cooking. There are a few ways to incorporate a breakfast bar in your kitchen - we take a look at a few below. Incorporate Into Your Island Creating a breakfast bar as part of your kitchen island is a logical choice, and makes your island multi-functional. It’s great for talking to the kids over breakfast or for entertaining, as you’re able to socialise while getting on with your preparation or cooking. It’s also easy to implement a breakfast bar-kitchen island hybrid with little additional designwork. This creates a secondary dining space and maximises the room you have available.

All things metallic have been on trend of late, and kitchens have been no exception. Whether used as an accent for tapware and door hardware, or incorporated on a larger scale; metallic elements in your kitchen can add an urban flair and modern feel to the space. Here are a few of our favourite ways to feature metal surfaces in your kitchen design: Heavy Metal Deciding to commit to a metallic kitchen is a bold move, but one that’s at the forefront of modern kitchen design. Picking a statement metal and weaving this throughout your island, benchtop and splashback creates a unique and ultra-modern look, with the added bonus of easy cleaning. Throw in metallic kitchen cabinets and you’ll have the heavy metal kitchen of your dreams. Working With White A white kitchen makes the perfect canvas to introduce metals. Choosing white cabinetry gives you the flexibility to choose any

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

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

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

Colour can be an evasive subject, and because there are seemingly few hard-and-fast rules, it can be difficult to know if your palette is right. Get your kitchen’s colour palette right from the start and your room will be harmonious and cohesive. Get it wrong and you risk some elements looking out of place. In today’s blog, we run through several key principles when it comes to selecting colours.  Use this as a guide to choose a design theme for your kitchen, from designing a palette to applying your colour scheme to your interior design. Think about your general style Certain styles lend themselves more readily to particular colour palettes. Do you gravitate more towards modern, sleek and cutting-edge design, or do you prefer something traditional or mid-century? When it comes to materials, do you prefer natural materials like wood and stone, or do you lean towards a more manufactured vibe with brushed steel

September is in full swing and as the sun is coming up in time for the warmer months, interior designers are turning their heads towards summer trends. If you’re looking to update your kitchen for the summer months, try a few trends on for size. While you should keep your foundations the same, you can play around with accessories, artwork and pops of colour to keep your home looking fresh. Here are our picks for the upcoming season that you can incorporate without sacrificing the timeless you’ve come to love in your kitchen. Natural elements It may come as no surprise, given the influence nature has played in the past couple of years of design – but natural elements are making a return. This season, we’ll see houseplants galore, along with tasteful wicker baskets, intricate macrame wall hangings and found objects. The natural trend will also transition into our soft furnishings, with cushions