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58 For a calm kitchen, keep the palette neutral and
light. Matching the colours of the benchtop, splash-
back and overhead cupboards together creates a
feeling of space and uniformity.
59 "Designs of kitchens need to be functional and
maintain the focal look of the informal living area,"
says Gavin Lim of Palazzo Homes. "I always find
that consideration needs to be made when posi-
tioning the dishwasher and the crockery draw close
enough to each other whilst allowing access for the
operator to unstack the dishwasher easily; without
having to walk to the other end of the kitchen."
60 "Most people now install two ovens which is quite
practical, especially if you are a keen cook." -- Adele
Fudlovski, Adele Britt Design.
61 Choose fittings that maximise
the space. Replacing a bath
with a single shower will open
up the room and make way for
cupboards and storage.
63 For a seamless surface, use rectified tiles, says Sam
Teoh of Sam Teoh Architects. Their sharp edge
allows them to be laid close together, creating flat
planes with minimal grout.
64 To feel as if you're nestled in the lap of luxury,
Mick Rule from Craig Sheiles Homes says it's
best to splash out on fixtures and fittings. Fancy
touches such as underfloor heating, design tiled
hobs and plinths for use as towel shelves, soap
and seats, will make your bathroom feel less
utilitarian and more resort escape.
65 "Bathrooms need to be planned; more than just
choosing the tiles. One main area that is left till last
is the installation of the towel rails, usually placed on
whatever blank wall is available. Consideration needs
to be made during the drawing stage to position the
towel rails as close as possible to the opening shower
door for easy access to retrieve the towel. If the posi-
tion is not possible consider the shower door handle
to be a rail and drill the glass door to fix the rail and
hang the towel over it." -- Gavin Lim, Palazzo Homes.
66 Match your bathroom tiles to your main floor,
says Maryanne Moss from Myaree Ceramics.
Many main floor tiles are also available in smaller
formats fit for bathroom floors, and it's an easy way
to create a flow through the home while changing
accessories or decor pieces to create interest.
67 Ventilation is key, says Sam Teoh of Sam Teoh
Architects. Keep the air moving through your
bathroom to avoid stu ness and feeling shut in.
68 Mirrored cabinets are a
practical storage solution.
They have the added benefit
of opening to reflect off each
other, creating a wider view and
still give the illusion of space.
69 Heated towel racks are a great addition to any
bathroom. The comfort of stepping out of the
shower and into a warm towel is a luxury that
is hard to compete with. They also help to heat
up the area without taking up extra space.
70 Tired of cleaning your bathroom floors with a
toothbrush? Consider an epoxy-based grout, says
Maryanne Moss from Myaree Ceramics. Often
used in commercial applications, there are
finer sanded versions on the market that can be
used residentially, o ering a resilient, stain resistant
grout that doesn't absorb marks or mould.
Images clockwise: European Ceramics; Myaree Ceramics; Hydrotherm; Retreat Design.
63 For a seamless surface, use rectified tiles, says Sam Teoh of
Sam Teoh Architects. Their sharp edge allows them to be
laid close together, creating flat planes with minimal grout.
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