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Contemporary Kitchen Renovation at Willunga by Compass Kitchens


 Some Food For Thought

In many ways, creating a kitchen isn't any more complicated than creating a cake or a slice or even some gingerbread. You can put a new twist on an old recipe or construct a brand new one, step-by-step.


Antique White and Sage Hand Painted French Provincial Kitchen Renovation by Compass Kitchens

Regardless, you first need to decide:

  • What you have a taste for
  • What size and shape you prefer
  • How will it suit you and your Lifestyle
  • When do you want it to be done
  • How much you want to spend

Most cakes have the same basic ingredients. They don't taste special until you stir in the chocolate chips, the raspberries or the ginger; and so it is the same with a new kitchen renovation.



White on White Kitchen Renovation at Victor Harbor by Compass Kitchens

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

  •  Cabinet carcasses
  •  Door Panels
  •  Benchtops
  •  Appliances
  •  Splashback areas
  •  Flooring
  •  Lighting
  •  Sinks and Taps
  •  Walls, Windows, skirtings, mouldings, and other architectural details.


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

It's the designer, and manufacturer who plays the role of baker in your new
kitchen plans. Being Adelaide Kitchen designers and manufacturers with
more than 35 years expierience; Compass Kitchens 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.


Three Tone Scandinavian style Scullery 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.


Baltic Pine and Travertien tops by Compass Kitchens

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

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 with Adelaide Black Granite by Compass Kitchens


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.



Britany Blue and Tasmanian Oak by Compass Kitchens

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! We hope this information has been useful in providing some "food for thought".

Please visit our page, The Compass Difference to learn what makes our Compass Kitchens joinery the better choice.

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