The most renovated room in the house has to be the kitchen. Gone are the days of this room serving only a functional purpose; it’s now a social hub for family and guests and can even be used as a home office, homework centre and well just about any other purpose where people gather to interact – they might even share a cuppa or a glass of wine at the same time!

When it comes to designing your kitchen, there’s a whole host of styles, products and materials available from flooring, joinery, door styles, benchtops, splashbacks, hardware, colours and appliances. So where do you start?



KITCHEN DESIGN: Catherine Whitting
MANUFACTURED BY: Zarrella Kitchens 

Firstly, you must consider the area you have available.  You may be replacing your kitchen in the existing space or, you may be renovating and thereby creating more space. The function of your kitchen is all important: will it be the right size for your family and have everything you need to suit your cooking style. More than just looking fabulous, your kitchen needs to perform.

What’s your style?  You may like the popular Hamptons style or a country look.  You may want a classic ambience to suit your home’s architecture or you may love a modern, minimalist aesthetic.  Then again you may be all for informality and a little boho – nothing wrong with any of those but the same rules of form follows function, must apply.

Getting it right.  Look for inspiration in magazines, books and online. Once you have an idea of the style you like start putting pictures into a “look book” for yourself so you know what you are aiming for. Then, call your designer!  They are the people who can help you achieve the perfect look and function of your kitchen, assist with pulling all the elements together, help with colour and material choices, design and detail every aspect to ensure you have the best layout, and help you find a quality manufacturer who can realise the job.

Investing in good design is paramount to achieving a successful outcome.  Experienced designers can really make the difference between an average kitchen and a superb one.

At St James Whitting we specialise in environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly kitchens. This means we consider not only the space planning and function of your kitchen and all of the elements within, we also consider the quality, content, durability, manufacturing processes and materials that go into everything we specify to ensure the products are safe and healthy for you and your family, ethically produced and meet high standards of energy and water efficiency.

But most of all, your kitchen should nurture and be filled with love for all those who share with you a passion for family, friends and food.


KITCHEN DESIGN: Catherine Whitting

Here’s a design lecturer’s ingredients list for kitchen renovations
by Catherine Whitting AssDIA

100g moodboard of inspirational kitchens and interiors that you dream of

1kg box of inspirational and sustainable materials you simply can’t put down

300g architectural references of the existing space

70g recycled and pre-loved items with sentimental and personal value

700g repetition of materials and finishes in odd numbers three, five and seven

250g repeated design elements

4L strong lineal line used bravely

400g contrast in colour, texture and form

150g task, mood and feature lighting

2kg custom-designed joinery and storage

solutions with quality hardware

150g optical illusion

600g restricted repeated colour palette

600g adaptable design solutions for entertaining

450g quality fixed and portable coordinating appliances

70g hanging space for bags, aprons and keys

200g memo space for notes, lists, postcards and family memorabilia

500g furniture that can change, move or adapt to entertaining needs


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