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Contemporary Style Kitchen Renovation at Willunga by Compass Kitchens with stone benchtops, blue glass Splashbacks, flat doors in white two-pack and overhead kitchen cabinets to the ceiling with shadow moulds.


 Some Food For Thought

In many ways, creating a new kitchen is similar to a Baker creating a new cake, slice or gingerbread recipe. You can put a new twist on an old recipe or construct a whole brand new one, step-by-step.


Antique White Kitchen Doors and Sage accents for this Traditionally Hand Painted French Provincial Kitchen Renovation by Compass Kitchens of Adelaide

Things that you first need to decide:

  • What you have a taste for
  • What Style you want to use
  • What Types of Materials you want to use
  • What Colours and Texture finishes you like
  • What shape and layout you prefer
  • What is the best work flow layout
  • What are your storage needs
  • How will all  this suit you and your Lifestyle

Like with cakes, Kitchens have the same basic ingredients. Cakes don't taste special though until you stir in the chocolate chips, the raspberries or the ginger; and so it is the same with a new kitchen renovation when choosing to use Custom Made cabinets, quality fittings and hardware, resilient materials and custom design features that create points of interest that will give your kitchen its unique character as well as functioning perfectly to your needs.



White on White Kitchen Renovation at Victor Harbor Two-Pack Doors and Reconstituted Stone Benchtops by Compass Kitchens

Every kitchen has the same basic design elements you will need to select:

  •  Cabinet carcass & Shelving types
  •  Storage Methods for easy access
  •  Door & Face Panel Material types
  •  Benchtop Material type
  •  Colours and Finishes / textures
  •  Appliances and their placement
  •  Splashback material types
  •  Flooring Material
  •  Lighting; types and positions
  •  Sinks and Taps
  •  Walls, Windows, skirtings, mouldings, and other architectural details.


Black and White Kitchen Renovation with two-tone Accent coloured glass splashbacks at McLaren Vale, by Compass Kitchens

It's the designer and manufacturer who play the role of baker in your new
kitchen to bring all these together in the most functional way possible.
Being Adelaide Kitchen designers and manufacturers with more than
35 years experience; here at Compass Kitchens we can create for you a
new custom made kitchen that has its own unique flavour by helping you
find the right mix of Floor Plan Layout, Style, Materials and Colours to suit
your own personal taste. Styles you may like to consider can include;
Modern Contemporary, Transitional Shaker, Scandinavian, Retro or Deco,
Country Farmhouse, Traditional, Federation - Hampton, and Classic
French Provincial Styles.


Three Tone Scandinavian style Scullery Kitchen Renovation in White, Mushroom and Blackwood at Auldana, by Compass Kitchens

Starting points can include:

  • The architectural style of your home - by making your home's interior reflect its exterior, you bring continuity to the whole structure.
  • What atmosphere would you like to create, Contemporary, Heritage, Open, Warm, Cool, Light, Formal or a Country feel, these all have implications to materials, colours, lighting, layout, and style.
  • Your needs - perhaps you want the space to cook big family meals, or you're an at-home gourmet, do you like to entertain, or do you have special accessibility needs, what Benchtop height suits you best.
  • Your storage needs - for storage space of frequent and not so frequently used items. Storing foods, wine, spices, portable appliances, cookware, cutlery, and utensils, crockery, glassware, linen, and recipe books.
  • Ask yourself, what aspects of your current kitchen please you and what annoy you.
  • Visual Interest. Often overlooked are the semi-functional decorative features, which add important visual interest to the room. Items like open shelving or glass door display units, plate and wine racks, colour contrasting panels and detailed mouldings, all adding character to the room.


New Kitchen by Compass Kitchens in a Baltic Pine, Country style with Travertine bench tops, Adelaide

Your cabinet's Door Style and Colour will have a significant Impact on your new kitchen's palette; making a strong visual statement. Later on, please see our section that discusses how
Materials Determine Style.

Next you will want to choose functional, complementary Benchtops, then flooring, plumbing fixtures, then Splashback materials and architectural details. Don't try to get everything to match exactly. You can best give your kitchen a certain feel by making sure everything co ordinates and yet still keeps its own individual character.

Appliances are also an important consideration. Which ones should you select, consider their style, and how efficiently they function. Where you put your Refrigerator, Oven / Cooktop, and Sink will also determine how cook-friendly your layout is relative to preparation and serving areas. Try and place them within a few short paces to each other, leaving the path between them unobstructed.




Colour Wheel used for Kitchen Designs and their colour schemes

Colour is another all-important element to styling a room. The many options available from today's colour pallet provide wide opportunity for you to express what you want of a room's character and mood. Understanding how to use these colour pallets can give you the confidence to use more colours.

There are three main colour scheme types used today, these are Monochromatic, Harmonious, and Complimentary.

Monochromatic colour schemes are based on the use of various shades of the same colour, and are the easiest type of colour scheme to use.

Harmonious colour schemes are based on similar or adjacent colours of the spectrum (ROYGBIV). An example of this would be to use Orange - Yellow - Green with the dominant colour being the one in the middle, in this case Yellow.

Complimentary colour schemes are based on using colours that are opposite each other on the spectrum, colours like heritage Reds and Greens. By incorporating yellow and Blue here, one can create a bright and cheerful mood.



Traditional Timber Kitchen with Adelaide Black Granite Benchtops by Compass Kitchens, Adelaide Kitchen Manufacturers


Light Blues and Greens are cool & can make a room feel bigger, where from the other side of the spectrum Reds and Oranges are warm and can make a room seem closer.

When choosing a colour scheme avoid dark colours on your larger vertical areas if the space you have is already small, because this will make your space look even smaller. These vertical areas include Doors, Splashback, Window Treatments, and adjacent Walls.



Brittany Blue Kitchen Door Materials with timber benchtops, Kitchen Renovation by Compass Kitchens, Adelaide

Horizontal surfaces, including Benchtops, Shelving, strip Handles and Head Mouldings can be used to introduce some "drama" to your colour scheme.

Your Flooring can be either lighter or darker than your Doors. Your walls, ceiling and splashback colours should be chosen at the end and should complement your selected colour scheme.

Whenever you are able, always view these colours (and materials) together in the natural light of your home, as their tone can drastically alter when taken away from showroom environments.

Lighten dark rooms with paler tints. Warm up cold rooms with warmer colours. Calm down rooms with Monochromatic or Harmonious colour schemes, and liven up rooms with Harmonious or Complimentary schemes.



As a final piece of advice, while you are having your new kitchen installed, it is a good idea to make other arrangements for your meals and protect your belongings in rooms near the work area from dust and vibration.

Then when it's all done, celebrate with some chocolate cake or some gingerbread! As Adelaide Kitchen designers and manufacturers, Compass Kitchens can help you find the right mix of Floor Plan Layout, Style, Materials and Colours to create a custom made kitchen with its own unique flavour that's perfect for you.

    For Quality New Kitchen Builds or Kitchen Renovations throughout Adelaide ; Contact Compass Kitchens.

Contemporary Handle-less Kitchen Design in a Two Pack Kitchen colour of Honey Oat with dark Reconstituted Stone Benchtops by Compass Kitchens on the Fleurieu Peninsula
Traditional Hand Painted Federation Kitchens in White Birch colour doors, Warm White Toughened Glass Splashbacks and Granite Benchtops at Mylor, in the Adelaide Hills by Compass Kitchens.
White Gloss Modernist Style Kitchen Renovation with Peacock Pearl Granite Benchtops and Periwinkle Blue Glass Splashbacks at Willunga, by Compass Kitchens.