Top tips to create a functional kitchen

Since we deal with kitchens day in day out, we thought we’d compile a list of our top tips to creating the perfect, functional kitchen. Here are some handy hints for making the the most practical design decisions.

  • Choose finishes wisely. Mosaic tiled splashbacks may look fabulous but who wants to spend all weekend scrubbing cook top splashes from the grout. Choose large format splashback surfaces such as glass, mirror or engineered stone for a much easier surface to clean & maintain.

  • Carefully consider the cabinetry finishes. For everyday cupboards around the sink, bin, or crockery, a durable surface is recommended. Delicate timber surfaces should be used as highlights in display units or overheads to add contrast to the design.

  • Opt for appliances with self cleaning functions such as pyrolytic ovens to make life easier. Choose to have your fridge & freezer integrated into the cabinetry for a sleeker finish and less fingerprints to clean.

  • Select the right rangehood. High quality rangehoods offer excellent extraction properties which eliminate cooking odours and reduce the spread of fats and oils from the cook top. Also consider the in-built lighting from the rangehood and whether it needs to be supplemented to light the workspace around your cooktop.

  • Where possible, keep the kitchen open plan. Being able to converse with guests whilst entertaining and also being able to monitor the kids whilst cooking makes for a more functional space.

  • Try to incorporate a study area or breakfast bar into the kitchen design. That way, the kitchen can double as a homework space for kids and casual breakfast area to make the morning routine quicker and easier.

  • Choose a benchtop that is durable and hard wearing. Whilst we love the look of natural marble, it is  a porous material and can easily stain. Engineered solid surfaces and large format porcelain tops are far  more functional and hygienic for prepping and cleaning.

  • Ensure that your bin is big enough for your needs and is located in close proximity to your preparation area and the sink. It can be a hassle having to empty the bin too frequently.

  • Consider which internal cabinetry accessories would help with your daily routine. Pull-out baskets inside the pantry allow for better organisation and a clearer view of where things are. Dividers, cutlery trays and drawer organisers are great additions to any kitchen.

  • Think about the circulation and flow of the kitchen. Wide walkways between cabinetry allow for the family to work simultaneously. Also consider the position of appliances with opening doors such as your oven, fridge and dishwasher and the impact this has on the space.


organised pantry

Internal cabinetry accessories

kitchen cabinetry

White cabinetry with timber highlight

integrated fridge

Integrated fridge and freezer

kitchen design

Study area within the kitchen


Seamless Caesarstone splashback

Caesarstone 'Piatra Grey'

Caesarstone ‘Piatra Grey’ Benchtop

Floreat kitchen

Open Plan kitchen space

Arrital kitchen Floreat

Floating feature rangehood


Large walkway space


Integrated waste systems


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Welcome to the Design Blog. Here we're sharing the latest kitchen and bathroom products from our Italian manufacturers. We'll also bring you inspiring kitchen renovations and beautiful bathrooms. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.