Renovation Tips For Every Room

Want a fresh new look for your home? Here are some renovation tips from Taste Living.

Taste Living offers exclusive European products and stylish solutions for all areas of the home – kitchens, bathrooms, bedroom, dining and living areas.

Unlike many other home/lifestyle stores, Taste also has qualified interior designers in every showroom, offering free consultations. To help make the process a little easier, below are some of their key renovation tips for every room in the home.

1. Kitchen:

• Spend time looking at different styles of kitchens
Research is key. Buy renovating magazines; talk to our designers; visit our showrooms. All this will help you work out which styles you like and what best suits your home and your personality.

• Think about how you currently use your kitchen. What do you like? What would you change?
Make a list of what you like and don’t like about your kitchen and be sure to have it with you when you meet with your designer. This will ensure you keep focused.

• Kitchen placement is important.
Saucepans positioned near the hotplates; mugs next to the kettle, and crockery near the serving area make for great convenience. Think about how you use your kitchen then try to design it accordingly.

2. Bathroom:

• Freestanding baths – an ongoing trend
A freestanding bath is a contemporary look that is set to stay. Adding class to any bathroom, it is the ideal feature piece.

• A wall-in shower will make the bathroom space look bigger
Create the illusion of more space and limit the amount of glass that needs to be cleaned with a wall-in shower.

• Consider how many people will use the bathroom
Be sure to cater for the amount of people who will be using the bathroom. Allow enough room for towels, bench space, toiletries and appliances.

3. Bedroom:

• Experiment with cushions and throws
Bright cushions and throws can instantly revitalise the look of your bedroom at little cost, so have some fun with colour themes and let your creative side shine through.

• Think about the amount of storage you need before you plan your bedroom design
We all accumulate a lot of possessions, and where we house them is important. Make sure you have adequate storage eliminate clutter. Our designers can help you create the perfect storage area for your bedroom.

• Choose a wardrobe that doesn’t look like an eyesore
There are a variety of stylish wardrobes that don’t have to take the focus off the rest of your bedroom. Don’t settle for the first wardrobe you see. Keep looking until you find one that suits the style of your room.

4. Dining:

• Open Plans
An open plan Dining area complements an open plan living and kitchen area, creating more space, and a homely, inviting feel.

• Use consistency in materials and colouring to ensure cohesion
Ensure the theme and style of your open plan kitchen and living area spills into your dining area too. If you need some inspiration visit our showroom.

• Do you use your dining chairs every day or are they more for special occasions?
Ensure the seating in your dining room is comfortable. A dining experience should be enjoyable so choose a style that looks good and feels great too.

5. Living:

• Allow enough seating
Ensure you accommodate enough seating in your lounge room design. The lounge is where the family comes together so it’s important everyone has a place to sit.

• Avoid having the back of the lounge facing the entrance to a room as it closes up the area
The positioning of furniture contributes to the overall look and feel of the room, so be sure to seek the help of a designer if you need some pointers.

• Try not to overcrowd the living area with too much furniture
Low line pieces give the impression of more space. Look for furniture with added functionality – such as a side table that can easily transform to a dining table, or a coffee table with extra compartments.

The final, and perhaps most important, note, remember to be upfront and realistic about your budget. It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement and go overboard – decide on a budget for your renovation project – and stick to it!

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