Made. living (www.madeliving.com.au) is a fantastic bespoke kitchen brand, and Director Andrew Vidor sat down for a chat to reveal how to get a kitchen so good, you’ll want to sleep in it!
What mistakes do people commonly make when designing a kitchen?
“People tend to think the kitchen is the home of ‘mess’ and everything should be stored away and hidden – in-line with a more minimalist look. However – as mentioned previously - “Organised Clutter” seems to be the way forward, where plates, vases and containers can be seen and are on display.
Essentially, a kitchen is an extension of the living area – it should be embraced as such. The kitchen should be user friendly and reflect “real” family living.
In saying that, storage is still important, but instead of creating a kitchen full of endless cupboards and drawers, ‘dead’ areas should be utilised and embraced – allowing extra storage opportunities and interesting design elements.
Ensuring there is ample bench space is also important, as kitchen benches have become the haven for cooking and meal preparation as well as living and eating.”
What are some new innovations in kitchens that have proved popular?
“The new handless range has been very popular. This European-designed system creates a clean and seamless visual dynamic across kitchen door and drawer fronts.
Also, the European-manufactured 16mm double sided laminate bench tops are generating a lot of interest, moving away from the standard Australian 30-40mm offering – this new look and feel adds a streamlined design element to any new kitchen build.
The new floating kitchens (kitchens with no end walls creating a floating space in even the most limited of areas) are also proving quite popular with our clients. With this, you can ensure you have ample kitchen space no matter how your home is configured.”
How can people make sure they design the kitchen of their dreams?
“At made. we pride ourselves on personalised kitchen design from concept to completion. We work closely with our clients, identifying the overall needs of their home whilst ensuring the kitchen suits their lifestyle.
Designing a kitchen can be quite a process from choosing colours, materials, layouts and technology, and we like to think we can provide genuine advice and consultation and our clients really appreciate the support as it seemingly generates the best results.”
What colours are practical in kitchens?
“People like to stick to the traditional white – there are two options of white being stark white and the softer magnolia white.
But, we are seeing a definite shift toward organics which means increase in earth tones (especially in the browner tone of ‘terra’ and ‘Kubanit’) alongside textured laminates in an array of wood-like finishes ranging from honey and oak to silver-grey.
Of course the trend towards organic looks and ‘realness’ hasn’t completely negated colour: bold purple and magenta tones are being used as statement contrasts to earthy palettes, while the omni-present functional appeal of white has been updated with texture to create a painted wood-like finish.”
What are some materials that are practical and worth considering when designing a kitchen?
“The kitchen should complement the rest of the house and living areas. Colour and material choices for door and drawer fronts and benchtops can alter the whole aesthetic of the kitchen. Kitchens can still be a statement feature of the home, but should integrate into the other living spaces with complementary colour-ways and material choices for fronts and benchtops.
For those with kids, family-friendly surfaces rather than materials that highlight the mess and marks of real kitchen living. For example, laminate finishes are good options for longevity and durability, without skimping on design and aesthetic. Or for the fashion-conscious, the glass fronts create a high-end designer finish to your kitchen with superb gloss and reflection.”
What are some tips you can offer people when cleaning their kitchen and keeping it in good shape for a long period of time?
“It’s as simple as a clean cloth and water over the door fronts...and a little bit of elbow grease! Abrasive cleaners can do more damage than good. If you are going to use a cleaner, choose natural and organic options.
A care fact sheet can be found at our website here for more detail: http://madeliving.com.au/european-kitchen/care#
How long does it take, generally, to design a kitchen and implement?
“It usually takes about four months from concept to completion. As made. kitchens are all individualised designs and European-manufactured, we design the kitchen here with the client, have them made in Europe and sent back to Australia, which we then install into the home.”
How much value do you see a new kitchen as having when it comes to re-sale?
“A kitchen is one of the elements that can really sell a house. Having a good quality kitchen can really set a house apart. Elements that add to a great kitchen are high quality materials for longevity and of course good design is timeless as well.”