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5 Must-See Ideas For Your Kitchen Reno

Tackling a kitchen renovation? Need some inspiration? Then you'll want to get a load of these great ideas from designer Lisa Worth.

1. Know Your Style

No matter what your style, there are great material and colour palettes available for you. If you're very urban and on-trend, chevron patterns, grey Shaker doors and no-nonsene quartz countertops are all in. If your style is a little more cool and muted, think thick oak doors and white Calacatta Nuvo countertops (with a more glam backsplash for contrast!). If you're a bit more of a traditionalist, earth tones and cabinet doors with an ochre wash will lend your kitchen a nice warmth, while a jewel-toned glass mosaic backsplash will add a bit of interest. FInally, for a more masculine look, think dark wood cabinet doors with under-stated hardware and clean white marble.

2. The Lift-Up Cabinet

Get a load of this one! The lift-up cabinet feels like a DeLorean in your kitchen and gives you totally uncompromised access to all your stuff.

3. Porcelain To The Rescue

Slabs of marble in this size could cost an arm and a leg -- but Laminam, a new porcelain product, looks just like your favourite natural stones (Calacatta, travertine) at incredible thicknesses like 5 mm and much lower costs.

4. Smarter Storage

Integrated garbage bins may be par for the course in kitchens these days, but this step stool hidden in a kickplate brings smart storage to the next level!

5. Know Your Pulls

Kitchen hardware is like the jewelry of your kitchen design -- so you'll probably want to make your hardware choices later on in the process. Whether your design in traditional, modern or transitional, if you're going for long pulls, make sure they're four inches or longer.

These fabulous handles can be found at Ginger's.

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