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Home Living : January 10th 2012
2 HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 fu1959 NEW TRENDS ROUNDS OF THE KITCHEN ELEGANT THEMES FOR THE YEAR AHEAD Cube-shaped sinks are proving popular. Janita Singh KITCHENS are the epicentre of our homes and, as such, continually evolve to meet our modern way of living. In 2012, the focus is on striking the balance between clever design, quality and simplicity. Here, we forecast some elegant kitchen themes for the year with the help of Freedom Kitchen's national sales manager Susan Hasler and tell you how to create a practical, on-trend kitchen. LIVING SMART Convenience-meets- multifunctionality is a key trend for today's modern kitchen. Easy-to-maintain work areas featuring solid surface benchtops and smooth cabinet doors that require a simple wipe down are the popular choices for stress-free living, while clever storage solutions such as large drawers and multi- purpose island benches make organisation a breeze. Integrated drink fridges and coffee machines are becoming convenient features of the keen entertainer's kitchen. LOOKING GOOD Creating a unique identity is important, and this is being seen with the introduction of timber veneer cabinetry mixed with gloss finishes. Bringing furniture pieces and artwork into the kitchen are great ways to add individuality and can be changed easily over time. The other on-trend inclusions for creating a statement kitchen are square- or cube-shaped sinks, integrated appliances, designer rangehoods and ambient lighting -- either as underbench LED strips or oversized hanging pendants. STRIKING THE BALANCE The demand for work/life balance has had a profound effect on kitchen design. More people working from home means more connectivity throughout the home as well as bench space dedicated as work space. Book free design consultation by calling 1300 885 435. ECONOMICAL ECO DESIGN A modern, eco-conscious kitchen. SUSTAINABILITY is increasin- gly becoming a key consider- ation in the kitchen design process for 2012. From choosing energy- efficient appliances and lighting, to taps with good water ratings and clever waste systems for recycling, an eco-conscious kitchen cuts down on resources, saving money in the long run. Install a window in your kitchen that can be opened. This is a simple energy-saving alternative to using a ran- gehood. Kitchens that open onto outdoor decking and patios for easy, year-round entertaining are becoming a priority in Aust- ralian homes. Adding bi-fold windows from the kitchen to an outdoor bar brings the outdoors in.Cooking is a social activity and proximity to the kitchen and guests is paramount. BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 Y Windows fitted Y Ceilings insulated and lined Y Walls insulated and lined Y Full height GLASS a speciality Enclose your Al-Fresco *Licensed Builder & Electrician Lic No 4729C DAIME PTY LTD Home Improvements CONTACT 4730 2539 0418 262 166 UPGRADE Your Existing Screened Enclosure ENCLOSE YOUR EXISTING PATIO AREA 2340597 1/11 MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury FROM $399 ,IC .O # !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2116783m 13/12 0 IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11 Cash back for Christmas Receive $100 installed on a Visa Gift Card for every $1000 you spend on Accent Blinds accentblinds.com.au "MFYBOESJBt$IBUTXPPEt4FWFO )JMMT 1FOSJUIt/FXDBTUMFt8PMMPOHPOH 131913 'PS GVMM UFSNT DPOEJUJPOT WJTJU UIF "DDFOU XFCTJUF Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15
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