Don't forget about the small appliances - function must come first so choose the appliances that will make mealtimes easier. Think about storage - will you keep everything tucked out of sight, or in pride of place on the benchtop? For visible or everyday appliances consider choosing ones that match the overall decor of your kitchen.
Engineered stone is created with a mixture of natural stone such as quartz aggregates together with colour pigments and polyester resins. Engineered stone has a “softer” feel than granite and is almost totally non-porous, so doesn't need to be sealed. Durable and difficult to scratch, Caesarstone is non-porous, waterproof, mould and mildew resistant making it perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms
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.
A rangehood needs to match the width of the cooktop below or larger, to pick up steam and odours from cooking. The most common sizes are 60cm and 90cm. Before selecting a hood you need to determine whether the exhaust will be vented to the outdoors. In this case, you will need a ducting kit. If you can’t vent the steam, you need a recirculating model. These filter and clean the air before recirculating it back into the kitchen. Key considerations when purchasing a rangehood are the noise level and the extraction power. Fully concealed in-built hoods are known as power packs that are integrated as part of the décor for a modern streamlined look. Stainless steel is the most popular finish for rangehoods today.