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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

As the property market becomes increasingly competitive, it’s important for sellers to be presenting their house as the complete package for prospective buyers. Anyone walking through your home should be able to visualise themselves living there, without having to worry about undertaking any major renovations after making such a big purchase. Research shows that kitchens are a top priority for home buyers, as this is where they will be spending a large portion of their time when at home. Kitchens with space for entertaining, ample storage and an accessible layout top the wishlist for Australians. With this in mind, whether you’re looking to sell in the near future or further down the track - a kitchen renovation is something that will immediately boost your home’s value to buyers - and real estate agents. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you maximise the return

With the weather heating up, we’re spending more and more time outdoors – and nothing says summer more than a languid outdoor dining experience. While away each long, warm evening this summer with a spot of al fresco dining. In this blog, the team at Apollo Kitchens have put together their top tips for dining outdoors so you can enjoy the best of those summer nights. Serve a range of options Rather than serve one big meal to everyone at the table, lay a buffet of a few smaller options along the table and let everyone dive in and help themselves. Not only does buffet-style dining look beautiful, but it’s also a versatile way of eating: you could lay out a cheese or charcuterie board, a platter of falafel, hummus and tabouli, antipasti or even a build-your-own homemade pizza or burger bar. A home buffet has the added benefit of

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 design work. This creates a secondary dining space and maximises the room you have

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-finish 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