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Kitchen Design

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A basic understanding of kitchen design principles will help you make decisions about your space that are both artful and functional.

When planning a new kitchen, many different elements need to come together into a unified whole. Cabinets, appliances, backsplashes, countertops, flooring, and decorative pieces all have their own colors, textures, and forms. In short, they compose design elements. Design principles help you to guide the use of those elements.

For example, take the element of color. You need to not only consider the color of your cabinets (Stained or painted? One color or two colors?), the color of your countertops (Light or dark? Patterned or solid?), etc., but you have to also have to figure out if all the colors will work together as a whole. With a solid understanding design principles, you’ll be more prepared to put all of the different pieces together in a way that is beautiful and suitable to your space. These are the basic principles of interior design we will talk about in this article:

- Balance and symmetry

- Focal points

- Scale and proportion

Principle #1: Visual Balance & Symmetry

Have you ever walked into a room and had an immediate sense that something was “off”? Perhaps there’s too much empty space in one area, while an oversized TV and sofa dominates the rest. When a space doesn’t feel right, it might be because the visual balance is tilted in one direction or the symmetry is off.

A well-balanced room communicates a sense of relaxation and security. When you enter a space that follows the kitchen design principle of balance, the whole room will feel centered and composed throughout. 

To create a balanced room, start with a center point. As the point where your gaze lands, this is typically the literal center of a wall or room, though it may not be. Around that center, build symmetry.

All in all, symmetry helps create a sense of harmony and calm. However, your space doesn’t have to be a mirror-image of itself to have balance. Asymmetrical kitchens can still distribute its elements such that they balance out.

Principle #2: Focal Points

Focal points are objects or displays that immediately draw your attention in a room. You might think about a fireplace, a TV, a large piece of art, or a wildly colored piece of accent furniture. 

Common kitchen focal points include the stovetop, backsplash, and hood, but your kitchen’s focal point may be a sink, center island, or a window.

Ideally, other objects in the room will support and not compete with the decided focal point, although larger spaces might benefit from having multiple focal points.

Principle #3: Scale & Proportion

The kitchen design principles of scale and proportion ensure that elements in a room are properly sized in relation to one another. Any object should be scaled relative to its surroundings so as not to seem too large or too small for a room.

Your dream kitchen might have a large, professional-grade cooktop and a massive kitchen island for entertaining guests. But does that 48” induction range really fit in your 12 x 12 space?

Will your island seating squeeze your walkways to the point of discomfort?

This is where proper sizing is important: ensuring that the elements in the space suit each other and suit the space as a whole.

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How long does it take to remodel a kitchen?

When it comes to remodeling, everything depends on the size, scope of the details of your particular project. That includes your time frame. But what if you don’t have much experience remodeling and don’t really understand how long construction work takes?

What’s a good benchmark for setting a remodeling time frame?

Nine months is generally sufficient time to get what you want and stay on budget for the average kitchen remodel. That’s six months to plan your project (searching, shopping, designing, preparing, ordering, hiring and scheduling), and three months of contract work to build it out.

A lot of homeowners wrap up their projects much faster depending on how they use their time. But don’t take time for granted. Time is a resource that allows you to get more of what you want. And we all forget how much time it takes to shop. You’ll want the time to discover products, vendors, and seasonal sales. 

It’s okay and normal to want your kitchen remodeled in time for the holidays. But be sure to give yourself enough time, and start planning in January!

Bathroom Design

Your personal oasis!


A bathroom isn’t just another room in the house: it’s more like a private oasis where you can escape from the daily hustle and bustle and take time to be alone.

On which note, do you ever dream of walking into your perfect bathroom? 

Do you dream of showering in luxury and feeling rejuvenated every time you walk into and out of it? 

You see, the dream bathroom is all about your personal touches and what is ideal for one person, may not be ideal for another. This includes the tiles, colours and fixtures – each depends on what you deem perfect for your space. 

At the end of the day, a bathroom is meant to be a room in your home where you can relax, get ready and also indulge in all your senses.


Floor plans for bathrooms fall into either a one-wall, two-wall, or three-wall layout and the choice really depends on where you want to place your amenities. For example, do you prefer the sink, toilet, and shower all on one wall? Or, do you want the sink and toilet on one wall and the bathtub and shower parallel to them, on the other wall? Whilst the first option is cost-effective, the second gives you more flexibility in design.


Typically, the bathtub is a natural focal point of any bathroom, so one way of making your dream bathroom a reality, is by having the bathtub count! If you prefer the aesthetic and design of freestanding bathtubs, choose one with claw-and-ball feet, a pedestal base, or straight/curved sides. Freestanding bathtubs are available in different colours and sizes and add spaciousness and luxury to your bathroom. On the other hand, if you prefer a platform or built-in bathtub, your best choices are either a soaking tub or a whirlpool tub. You can deck the top or deck with tiles, marbles, or limestones and then add wooden panels, tiles, or stones on the sides. Ultimately, choosing your bathtub depends on how you want to decorate your bathroom. For example, if you have a small space to work with, or if you don’t want a separate shower, you can easily solve two problems by installing a showerhead over the bathtub! It’s a cost – and space – saving solution!


Much like choosing your toilet, investing in high-quality taps and fixtures is a must, especially if (in the long-term) you don’t want water leaking in your bathroom. You can choose something simple like white porcelain with elegant and clean lines, or something fancy like gold tapwares which look great in federation homes. If you have a modern bathroom, like the one below, a sleek and slimline basin outlet is simply perfect too.


If you know anything about filming or photography, you would know that lighting can make a huge difference to the ambience of a shot. On which note, if you want your bathroom to feel grand, consider installing a pendant light or a mini chandelier over the vanity. Alternatively, if you prefer a simple design, you can install a ceiling-mounted light. If you want to eliminate shadows and light your face properly when looking into the mirror, we suggest installing lights around or behind the mirror.


Opening the windows after you’ve taken a bath or shower can help ventilate your bathroom, but sometimes this isn’t enough. To help ventilate the space and prevent the build-up of mould, you might want to install a fan on the ceiling. 

Installing in-floor radiant heater & towel heater is an excellent idea for warming up the bathroom on those cold winter days. 


Our last, but certainly not least, tip in creating the bathroom of your dreams is advising you to keep it simple, but stylish. To keep it from looking cluttered, only separate your bathtub and shower if you have the space for it: otherwise, combine them.

As for styling your bathroom, you can choose fluffy towels in colours that compliment the colour palette of the towel rack, place scented candles and soap canisters on the vanity, and create a relaxing vibe next to the tub by adding some sumptuous bath mats with traditional bath soap on a wooden stool. You can create additional comfort and character in the space by installing a gas-insert fireplace, an entertainment system, a beverage centre, or even a stylish accent wall.

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