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How To Design A New Kitchen With Shaynna Blaze

How to design a new kitchen that is both beautiful and practical with Shaynna Blaze


The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. Once, it was simply a practical utility room where you would make your meals, but in the 1960s and 1970s a kitchen renaissance occurred. Home cooking and entertaining became the norm, and it was a chance for homeowners to show off their designer cookware and culinary skills.

From the 1980s, an open plan kitchen became the height of sophistication, and we’ve never looked back since.

At Montgomery Homes, we pride ourselves on our luxurious, open plan kitchen designs featuring durable materials and an abundance of storage space for utensils, cookware, and appliances.

The question is: how do you design a new kitchen to meet your needs, while also maintaining an evergreen contemporary style? In this blog, our brand ambassador Shaynna Blaze offers valuable tips on how to design a kitchen that’s both beautiful and practical. Read on!

#1. Sleek cabinetry & soft close drawers

When you design a new kitchen, it’s an excellent opportunity to add a sleek and contemporary look to ensure you live comfortably and stylishly for years to come. According to Shaynna, one of the key ways to add style and practicality to your design is with 2 pack cabinetry and soft close drawers. 

Our 2 pack cabinetry is high quality and durable plus gives you flexible design control. Our cabinetry is available in a wide range of colours and finishes, so you can add your own twist to our modern kitchen designs.

Likewise, handleless drawers and doors allow your cabinetry to blend into its surroundings. We have both handle and handleless options to choose from, but if it’s modernity you’re looking for, handleless is the way to go.

Finally, your kitchen should be filled with laughter, chatter, and the sizzle of food cooking on the stovetop. With this in mind, soft close drawers and doors will eliminate unnecessary noise while entertaining or cooking.

#2. Stone benchtops, undermount sinks, and large appliances

According to Shaynna, choosing the right mix of materials for your kitchen is paramount to a stunning, evergreen design. For example, stone benchtops are always in style — allowing for both luxury and durability, stone benchtops are a popular choice for homeowners looking to revamp their kitchen. 

Mixed with other textures like timber, your kitchen will be the focal point of style and functionality in your home.

When it comes to appliances, however, Shaynna recommends looking at things from an entertainment perspective. Our kitchens within our Diamond Collection come complete with 900mm ovens and stovetops, making entertaining absolutely effortless — you’ll have plenty of space in the oven and on the stove to cook grand meals for your guests. 

Entertaining (or even cooking for a large family) can lead to a lot of mess on the countertops, too. However, our undermount sinks are deep and seamless, so you can simply wipe benchtop debris into the sink without any extra effort.

#3. Deep drawers and a butler’s pantry for additional prep space

The kitchen is where we store hard, large to organise items like cooking pans and appliances, but did you know large drawers can provide up to 50% more space to store items? 

Our kitchen designs come complete with deep drawers for large items like rice cookers, slow cookers, sandwich makers, soup pots, and so much more. 

Need a little more space? Whether you have a busy kitchen from day-to-day or love entertaining guests, you may need some extra bench space for preparing meals, drinks, and snacks. 

A butler’s pantry acts as a secondary kitchen space where you can prepare snacks, hide mess away to clean up later, or simply store appliances and crockery you may not have had space for before.

Many of our home designs feature a butler’s pantry, so you can simply move in and start stacking cookbooks, crockery, and lesser-used appliances on the pantry shelves. 

For more storage tips from Shaynna, be sure to check out the video below where she travels from room to room offering inspiration and advice.

Give the heart of your home some love with Montgomery Homes

At Montgomery Homes, we love creating stunning kitchen designs. Alongside Shaynna, we’ve created award-winning home designs and kitchen spaces where Australian families can spend their time laughing, chatting, and entertaining.

With countless colours, textures, and finishes to choose from, you can design a new kitchen that meets your style and your needs simultaneously. Talk to our interior design specialists about the possibilities for your new home!

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