Laminate is the most popular choice of benchtops in New Zealand and is one of the most cost-effective options, available in a large range of colours and patterns. Reflecting the very latest in international trends, the Laminex Colour Palette features over 140 contemporary decors including solid colours, patterns, stone looks and woodgrains to provide inspirational solutions for many applications.
It is often necessary to replace the floor when refurbishing the kitchen. The disturbance caused by removing the old cabinets often leaves unsightly gaps in the floor that only a complete replacement of the flooring can rectify.
Flooring for the kitchen has to be durable and easy to keep clean. The kitchen floor is a busy traffic area and has to take a lot of wear and tear, and spillage of food and liquids.
Choosing your paint colour is also an important decision - and don't forget the ceiling. Lighter colours can make a space feel bigger, where as bright feature walls can change the mood of a room instantly. If you're building or renovating to suit your own taste, choose a shade you're happy with that expresses the style and personality of your family, but if you're redecorating for resale stick with a neutral shade that has universal appeal.
Carefully planned lighting can be your kitchen's best asset. The most efficient and effective kitchen lighting plans have a combination of ambient, task, and general lighting. These include overhead lights but also undercabinet lighting, which is now commonly used in kitchen design, along with recessed lights. Decorative pendant lighting can make a statement as well as serve a purpose - make sure that all areas of your kitchen are lit appropriately for their purpose before getting into aesthetics, but for shades and hanging lights that you will see every day, make sure you choose something that fits with your kitchen's decor and your personal style.Other Information >>