A word from Deb

Getting on my kitchenzilla and the four best kitchen planning articles I’ve read


I’ve recently discovered that renovating a kitchen could be a bit like planning a wedding. Everyone’s got an opinion; an all “white” kitchen might need some accessorising, lighting is essential, a good kitchen won’t guarantee your living arrangements will work and invariably you need to go a bit “kitchenzilla” to get exactly what you want!

To prepare for the big event, I’ve been reading up on kitchen trends, devouring kitchen mags, pinning inspiration to my pinterest board and of course reading the steady stream of kitchen advice articles.

Houzz is my go-to for all things renovation and some articles I found particularly interesting last week were;

  • How to plan a white kitchen that’s anything that boring
  • How to get the kitchen lighting right
  • How to make a kitchen/living room work
  • Open and shut case: Choosing the right kitchen draws

Key things I’ve learnt from these articles:

  1. I need a decent budget for draws and hardware   My kitchen is the centre of the house and will be used a lot! I’m big on entertaining and cooking all year round – so I need a functional kitchen that’s a pleasure to be in and can stand the test of time but still look great.

I’m not a microwave, tea and toast person so I need to opt for solid timber doors and quality fittings. That means budgeting more for handles, door ware and drawer fittings so they can be opened and closed and take a beating!


  1. My style is actually called “Shaker”

I never knew there was such a thing but apparently, the three most common kitchen styles are contemporary, shaker and heritage.

Shaker means “doors that have a recessed centre panel with a frame, sometimes with moulding inserted or a V groove for a rustic look.” “The style falls in the category of a ‘profile’ door and it is a simple, utilitarian and versatile option.” Personally ‘shaker’ is the look I want in the kitchen – the right amount of elegance but not too modern.



  1. I definitely want white cabinetry for that “Hamptons” style so I’ll need to add texture with my benchtop, fittings, splashback and think about textures/accessories to avoid the “all white” bland look.

Houzz recommends “Mixing  it up by playing off hard glossy textures against softer natural materials, or matt concrete-look finishes against metallics and glass.”


  1. I’ll need to factor in a mixture of lighting options.

I’m creating an open vault ceiling with exposed beams and lining boards which will capture the day light and create a feeling of space.  It so means, I’ll need to consider how I bring some focused light into the kitchen that’s not directly overhead, particularly when the sun goes down. Pendants over the island bench are an obvious way to do this and I’ll need to search for the right ones but I also like to look at the alternatives.




Deborah Hutton

Deborah Hutton is the publisher of Balance by Deborah Hutton. She is passionate about helping woman to define their own recipe for balance

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