Building & Renovating Tips
The Latest Kitchen Design Trends for 2019: Sinks, Appliances, Colours and More 0
A kitchen needs to be more than just a random collection of appliances and fixtures. Since the kitchen is typically the central hub of activity in Australian homes, it’s a space that needs to appeal to the emotions. Ideally, it should evoke feelings of comfort, peace, hospitality, security and vitality. The kitchen also needs to be suitably practical, allowing the chef in the house to efficiently wash, chop, blend, cook and perform all the myriad functions essential to preparing each meal.
As kitchen designs evolve to become increasingly functional and streamlined, it becomes all the more evident that an outdated kitchen is not ideal. If you’re looking for ideas on how to update your own kitchen, you’ll want to check out this list of the top kitchen design trends of 2019.
2019’s Trendiest Kitchen Sink Styles
Kitchen Sinks With Undermount Installation Capabilities
Undermount sinks can give your kitchen work area a clean, seamless look. They’re one of the best options for using with countertops made of natural stone, which are also trendy right now.
Trough-style sinks are also popular right now. Just about any kitchen could benefit from the installation of a kitchen sink made in this style. Trough sinks can complement modern kitchens, rustic kitchens, industrial kitchens, contemporary kitchens and classic kitchens with traditional farmhouse styling.
For Australian homeowners who enjoy cooking outdoors, trough-style outdoor sinks are a good choice for the outdoor food prep area. If you want to build an outdoor kitchen, one of these sinks would be a convenient complement to the grill or fire pit area.
Trendy Kitchen Appliances in 2019
Kitchen appliance trends continue to remain reasonably stable here in Australia. Stainless steel kitchen appliances such as multi-function ovens and free-standing dishwashers continue to be in strong demand, just as they have been in previous years. Black kitchen appliances are trending up.
The right choice of appliances can do a great deal to help accomplish the streamlined look that is currently desirable in today’s kitchen. Some homeowners are choosing to trade in bulky full-sized refrigerators for sleeker, slimmer-profiled counter-depth fridges. The best small kitchen appliances right now are ones that can be easily concealed inside cabinetry, drawers or pantry spaces.
Kitchen Tile and Splash Back Trends
Simple subway tiles have been trendy in both kitchens and bathrooms during the last few years. They remain strong sellers in the Australian marketplace, but sales are trending down. Interest is increasing in more lavish types of tiles including round mosaic tiles, three-dimensional tiles and luxury handmade tiles. Interior designers are incorporating tiles that mimic the look of timber into new kitchen environments. Stone splash backs are also currently trendy in Australian kitchens.
Kitchen Colour Trends for 2019
Here in Australia, navy blue is one of the most-specified kitchen colours so far in 2019. In the USA, blues have been popular as well; however, it’s purplish-blues, teal blues and vibrant turquoise blues that are rivaling navy blue for popularity.
Matt black is another top kitchen colour choice. Homeowners are balancing the black with clean, stark white, resulting in a sophisticated look that designers have been referring to as the “tuxedo kitchen”. However, white isn’t your only choice if you need an up-to-date counterpoint to the black. Numerous Aussie trendsetters are designing kitchens featuring matt black along with lighter shades such as pearl grey, stone grey or light taupe. This colour palette mirrors broader global colour trends, as designers in the USA and Europe are also decorating with the same moody colour themes.
At this point, 2019 is more than halfway behind us. Some trendspotters are already making their predictions for 2020 colour trends available. Across the pond in the USA, President Donald Trump’s family is enamoured with decorating in a palette that prominently features the color gold. In 2020, trend forecasters are predicting a proliferation of gold kitchens and interiors. The American public has already begun to emulate the look of their President’s opulent gold-bedecked properties, drawing inspiration from Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago for their own home renovations. That trend may or may not catch on with Aussie homeowners, but it’s definitely one to be aware of if you have an interest in tracking global interior design trends.
2019 Kitchen Countertop Trends
In high-end kitchen design projects, quartz is replacing granite as the up-and-coming trendy fabrication. Quartz is appealing for several important reasons. It is as beautiful as granite, but it requires less maintenance. Since quartz is not porous like granite, there is no need to seal and re-seal it as you would have to with granite countertops.
Another advantage of quartz countertops is the wide availability of coordinating kitchen products and accessories. Some trend-conscious designers are choosing to install complementary matt black quartz sinks along with their quartz countertops for a flawless match.
Natural Granite Countertops
Granite remains a popular choice of materials for constructing kitchen countertops. Its durability, beauty and versatility contribute to this natural stone’s broad appeal.
There are slabs of granite that incorporate just about any color combination you could imagine. If you’re including blue in your kitchen colour palette, look for lovely blue-flecked granite slabs that coordinate beautifully with the navy blue kitchen color schemes that are so popular right now. Granite works well with the black and white kitchens that are currently trending up.
These are some of the most important kitchen trends we’ve observed for 2019 in Australia and elsewhere. We hope this 2019 kitchen design trend report will be useful to you as you plan future purchases for your kitchen.
If you want to be sure of buying on-trend, high-value kitchen décor from a local Australian company, we invite you to shop with us here at BuildMat. We offer you a wide variety of fabulous, on-trend kitchen items including sinks, taps and kitchen accessories. Whether you’re hoping to redo your current kitchen, construct a completely new one or make a small kitchen update, we’re positive you’ll find the ideal design elements available for sale in our online shop.
Layout Considerations for a Bathroom Reno 0
As a high traffic area that you use daily, when it comes to renovating the bathroom you want to get the layout just right, especially because it’s such an expensive and time-consuming undertaking.
But how do you know where to position the shower and loo? How high should the vanity be? What type of tub or shower would be best?
Don’t stress. Your builder, bathroom designer or plumber will be able to advise you on how to make your bathroom functional, space efficient and visually appealing.
To help you explain exactly what you want to achieve to your industry pros here are the key things to consider when planning the layout of your new bathroom.
Before you even look at new fixtures and fittings, take a moment to think about what you don’t like about your current bathroom, how you use the space and what areas need to be improved upon.
You may need more space to undress and dry off and a spot to hang your robe. Maybe you want to separate the toilet from the main bathroom so someone can use the shower and sink at the same time as the WC is occupied.
If you and your partner or children get ready at the same time in the morning rush, a vanity with two sinks may be desirable. These are the kinds of things to establish firmly in your mind before chatting to a professional so you can ensure your new bathroom maximises functionality.
Shower vs bathtub
Measure your space to determine whether a separate bath and shower is feasible or whether a large luxury walk-in shower is more practical for your household.
Most people use their shower daily and only use a bathtub occasionally, as a luxurious way to relax. So, whether you keep a separate tub is up to you and your circumstances. But for resale value, we’d recommend keeping a separate bathtub if space permits, as this a priority for families with babies and young children.
If your toilet is in the same room as your main bathroom aim to position the WC out of the line of sight from the bathroom door. This way if the bathroom door is left open the toilet doesn’t become the unsightly view into your fancy new bathroom for passers-by. You can achieve this by obscuring the toilet with the vanity or a panel of frosted glass.
Natural light and ventilation provided by windows are important in bathroom design and maintenance, but you want to make sure you feel comfortable taking a shower in there. To ensure privacy think about installing window shutters, frosted glass or windows with a one-way tint to maximise natural light.
If you don’t have any windows in your bathroom, consider bringing in natural light via a skylight or light pipe via the ceiling. Also, make sure you have a quality ventilation fan installed to control moisture in the space properly and avoid any mould issues down the track.
Don’t forget to leave room for all those bathroom necessities you need to access regularly with custom-made cabinetry and wall fixtures. Think about the ways you want to store makeup, towels, toothbrushes, a rubbish bin, hairdryer, toilet paper and other beauty products. Are you ok leaving things out on the bench or floor or do you prefer tucking things away neatly out of sight?
You’ll want to carefully plan the amount of bench space you have around your sink, the size of vanity cupboards and drawers, and face level storage options (like a mirrored shaving cabinet) with your cabinet maker. Don’t forget to factor in convenient spots for towel rails, a toilet paper holder, clothes hampers and perhaps even a shower niche or bench for shampoo and body wash.
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Four Tips for Keeping Your Roof in Great Condition 0
Since it’s not really something that you use or even see every day, it can be easy to overlook your home’s roof when it comes to maintaining and taking care of your property. However, the roof is one of the most important parts of your home – without it, you’d have no shelter from the elements and your home would be simply uninhabitable. Because of this, it’s vital to keep your roof in good condition, especially during the winter months when the cold weather can cause a myriad of problems that could lead to damage to the rest of your property or even pose a health risk to yourself and your family. Here are our top tips on taking the best care of your roof.
Tip #1. Inspect it Regularly
In order to keep your roof in the best condition, it’s important that you’re always aware of anything that’s going on with it. Ideally, you should inspect your roof at least twice per year, both from the outside and inside. You can inspect your roof from the outside using a good pair of binoculars that will allow you to see it up close, or delegate the task to an experienced roof repair company or handyman who has the tools and experience necessary to get up on your roof safely and give it the once-over. From the inside, you should inspect your roof from your loft or attic. When you’re in the loft, look out for daylight – if you can see the light coming through, it’s usually a sign that something is missing on the outside.
Tip #2. Solve Issues Quickly
If you notice that anything is wrong with your roof, it’s important to make sure that it doesn’t become a job that keeps on getting put off for a later date. Problems with your roof might seem small and insignificant at the beginning, but over time, small issues such as loose tiles or broken roof shingles can weaken the structure and lead to costly, time-consuming roof repairs being necessary.
Tip #3. Keep Your Gutters Clean
Gutters that are dirty and clogged with debris can not only cause issues around the outside of your home and lead to nasty leaks, they can also cause damage to your roof. Leaves and other debris in your gutters can, over time, decrease the efficiency of your gutters and lead to water collecting in the gutters and on the roof rather than draining away. Not only will this weaken your gutters, it can also lead to damp in your roof and even leaks into your home.
Tip #4. Ventilate Your Attic
Putting a skylight or vents into your attic is definitely a good idea when it comes to looking after your roof, since the hot air in your attic needs to be properly ventilated to ensure that the underside of your roof does not become too heated. Too much heat in the attic can put pressure on your roof and cause damage to its structure.