A kitchen renovation lets you express your creativity and choose appealing colours and textures to spread around the room. Here are some tips to consider to help you create your ideal space.

Faux Timber Flooring

The tones and lines and curving knots in timber flooring impart a warm ambience. However, wooden floorboards are not the ideal choice for a kitchen where spills happen every day. Instead, you could lay faux timber planks using vinyl or laminate. Vinyl can withstand water, so it's perfect for kitchens. Plus, it's softer and quieter than hardwood to walk over. 

Another faux-wood possibility is laminate. Some varieties are waterproof and not only water-resistant, so they can hold up against the rigours of daily life in a kitchen. Both vinyl and laminate use photographs of timber in their construction to mimic the actual material. This photographic technology explains why they look so realistic and convincing. With these faux timber options, you won't have to bother with periodically resealing the floor as you have to with actual wood planks.

Room Proportions

You may come across plenty of things you like when researching kitchen renovations and envision using them in your home. However, consider the proportions of your kitchen when making decisions. You can use specific colours and surfaces to make the kitchen feel larger and more spacious, which you might want to achieve if your room is compact. Conversely, in a large kitchen, you can design the room to have a cosier feel. 

To produce a feeling of spaciousness, spread pale, neutral hues across surfaces, as these shades reflect light around a room. This helps as brighter areas feel larger. On the other hand, use darker colours that absorb light to evoke cosiness.

You can also use colour contrasts in the design to alter how the kitchen feels. To make it seem bigger, minimise contrast by using similar hues across the floor, cupboards, counter, splashback and wall to create an unending flow. Colour blocking, on the other hand, which involves using divergent hues, can have the reverse effect and break up a large kitchen to feel more homely.


When picking materials for the various kitchen components, see if you can get samples to take home. You can place the samples together in your kitchen with its unique lighting to observe how they look set alongside each other. For large areas on walls and floors, you may be better off sticking to neutral shades. These hues will be more appealing to a broad array of buyers if you sell in the future. You could reserve a bright colour for the splashback or small appliances.