Kitchen & Cabinetry Design Choices

Ah new cabinets! They are probably the favourite area of any new home owners and renovators. Even the most novice of cooks boiling the kettle to the French chef serving up dégustation for a table full of friends can all appreciate the crispness of a new kitchen.

These days kitchens are a space for more than just slaving away in a secluded room over a hot stove as most are now built in an open plan room that spills out to the dining and lounge areas. In recent years we are seeing more clever ideas like continuing the kitchen through to the adjacent veranda for entertaining and an outdoor BBQ kitchen with innovative alfresco cabinetry products. Laundries that are located next to kitchens are being converted in to butler’s pantry to hide the utilitarian aspects of a kitchen while still retaining the function of laundry which makes for a more flexible storage area that works harder in your busy life.

alfresco kitchen design mullumbimby

Transition your indoor living outdoors with innovative alfresco products. Photo credit: Caesarstone

Kitchens have also become the new central area for the family. As everyone’s lives are going paperless it means some of our clever customers are wanting to swap out the home office room to a guest bedroom but at the same time adding in a study nook next to the kitchen so they can still keep an eye on the kids doing their homework, or use it as a technology station for that new Google Home device Santa gave them last Christmas.

While the dream home generating site, Pinterest, has an amazing array of sexy cabinetry styles, colour palettes, textures and layouts, sometimes it is hard to know exactly what is practical for you and where you need to get started. That’s where we love to help you turn your dreams into a reality as our work is custom made using products that are compliant to Australian Standards and what your exact needs are.

To get you started on an estimate we need to get the following information from you… and to make it super easy you can downloadable this printable checklist, fill it in, then email it back to us to get the process started. To kick-start this, please also read the list of materials below as it has handy reference imagery and links through to some of our suppliers. 


Doors/drawer fronts and end-panels

Laminate products have come an incredibly long way. In the 70’s we saw Burnt Orange, 80’s Salmon Pink through to 90’s Cream. In 2018 we are seeing lots of greys, monochrome, and vibrant pops of colour. Our suppliers constantly bring out new stylish products to keep up with global trends. Technology has also seen some of these suppliers bringing in some finishes with anti-fingerprint technology through to realistic laminate boards in concrete and rustic timber looks but at a fraction of the price when comparing the real deal. If your style is classical, you may like to opt for doors in your own shape or bespoke colours with 2 pack paint and routered doors (aka shaker or farmhouse doors). Of course, there is also timber in solid or veneer which is available in a range of grain-cuts and timber species. Below is a list of options ranked approximately from lowest to highest prices**.

kitchen design

L-R: Laminate; MDF routered doors with 2 pack paint; plain MDF with 2 pack paint; timber veneer; solid timber

Drawer runners and hinges

Our cabinetry hinges are made and engineered by Blum in Germany and hold a lifetime warranty. To learn more about the full range of Blum products click here.

The Legrabox is a product we are working toward with our future customers as the significant reduction of man hours to construct each box is offset by the quickly assembled system.


Blum hardware product options summary graphic


Choose any combination of these functional and stylish designs.

kitchen design byron bay

L-R: touch to open, some of the few knob and handle choices, and a mitre-cut finger pull

Bench tops

Laminate bench tops can be a cost effective option for the budget conscious home owner, however as the market for engineered stone grows, prices have become more competitive. With eco-friendly living high on the Norther Rivers’ agenda, locals may prefer a solid timber bench top sourced from a neighbouring mill. Below is a list of options, ranked approximately from lowest to highest prices*.

Kick board colour

  • Brushed aluminium (most popular)
  • Black
  • Colour-matched to your cabinetry

Those special touches

It’s nice to have those special extras to add a bit of luxury to your home and some are more affordable than you may think

  • Integrated appliances or sinks
  • Integrated lighting along kick boards, splash backs or inside cupboards or pantries
  • Integrated vacuum cleaners
  • Corner cupboard carousel systems
  • Mini bar features, e.g., wine rack, glassware brackets, drinks fridge
  • Waste or storage bins
  • Spice racks
  • Drawer organisation partitions

kitchen design min bar polytec

These clever cookies opted for a mini bar instead of a breakfast bar under the island bench top

Finishing your room

We do not supply these items but choosing the below before you get started on your cabinetry design may make your decisions much easier

  • Appliances
  • Splash backs
  • Sink/tapware
  • Lighting
  • Wall/ceiling paint
  • Flooring
  • Seats and stools
  • Windows
If you would like to come down to our office to inspect product samples, please call us on 02 6684 2821 to arrange a time.

To learn more about Product Warranties and Maintenance click here.


So tell us, what does your dream kitchen look like? Leave a comment below.


* Please read the Blum product information to get a full understanding of warranties.

** Subject to final plans/requirements.