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LAYING IT OUT
Benchtops and cupboards are undeniably important --
they're our workhorses, they hold up when we prepare food
without a board accidentally-on-purpose, add a splash of
colour or set the tone for the room, and most of all, they
hide all of the sometimes less than perfectly organised
cutlery and glassware.
Melissa Guppy from Laminex gives us the lowdown
on what's hot, and on how to make the most from your
all-important benches and cupboards.
"Many people are replacing traditional cabinet doors with
large functional drawers in the kitchen. Drawers in kitchens
are growing more and more popular, as they can make it
easier to access and keep kitchenware in order. Installing
three drawers instead of two large ones means each drawer
will be slimmer and easier to stack."
"Timber grain laminate laid horizontally is a very popular
trend in both kitchens and bathrooms."
"Inspired by the sleek designs popular in Europe,
aluminium-framed doors and drawers o er a distinctly
modern style. A complete fitout will give you a clean, linear
appearance -- or simply add a few highlight panels to add
some excitement to your kitchen."
"The no-handle look is proving very popular with new
homebuilders and renovators. Integrated handles are the
latest trend, and these maintain the clean, sleek look of a
"People want the look of a seamless solid surface for their
kitchen benchtops. A top with a 30mm edge is a popular
trend as it provides a premium look and adds an extra element
of depth to the kitchen. The look of stone is very popular,
with most people opting for an essa stone engineered
benchtop featuring waterfall edges where appropriate."
"There are four key design influences from recent visits to
European expos, which are indicated in our new Laminex
range update. The influence of grey is clear in the new
range. Colour, with its purity altered by the addition of
grey is a major direction in woodgrains, solid colours and
stone patterns. The added dimension of layering in colour,
texture and scale allow creative interior landscapes. And
finally, the element of texture that is real and perceived
is dominant in the colour update. The appearance of
wood grain and stone structures has been influenced
by advances in global print technology and has greatly
enhanced our ability to present very realistic images."
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