Design | 20 September 2021

7 Upgrades That Will Add Wow Factor to Your Kitchen

by Carlisle Homes

Here are seven upgrades to consider for the central hub of your home - the kitchen.

Little things can make a big difference – and nowhere is this more important than in the kitchen, the busiest room of your home. From beautiful benchtops to kitchen cabinetry upgrades, our expert kitchen designers reveal the seven worth-it upgrades that will add real value and impact to the look and functionality of your kitchen.

Say goodbye to noisy cupboards with a soft-close mechanism on all your cabinetry, or consider the ultimate space-saver, an integrated bin, for a more streamlined kitchen. Featured here: Indigo, Orana Estate, Clyde North.

Soft doors & drawers
Soft-close drawers and push-close doors are two of those things that once you’ve tried them, you’ll never look back. No more noisy, banging cabinet doors and drawers or accidental slamming of little fingers. Plus, you can enjoy better access to your drawer interiors as the soft-close mechanism means drawers can be fully extended without the risk of pulling out completely.

An integrated bin
Don’t like the idea of cluttering up your kitchen floor with a freestanding bin? A space-saving, pull-out bin that fits neatly beneath your benchtop is one kitchen cabinetry upgrade well worth considering. Position it within your kitchen island or wherever you prep meals, and you can scrape food scraps straight into it – no traipsing across the kitchen required.

Carlisle’s under-bench bin range includes large, double compartment bins for everyday waste and recycled items too. Choose between a 20L size that fits conveniently inside your kitchen cupboard, or the 38L which has a pull out mechanism and integrates seamlessly into your cabinetry.

Caesarstone benchtops add unparalleled luxury to your kitchen, and you can specify them in your butler’s pantry too to create seamless flow. Featured here: Langholm, Newhaven Estate, Tarneit.

Premium finishes

Beautiful benchtop and cabinetry materials don’t just elevate the look of your kitchen, but they can often be more durable, longer-lasting and easier to clean too.

Caesarstone® benchtops add unparalleled luxury to your kitchen – available in a range of colours and finishes, including ones that mimic natural stone, these hardwearing, premium surfaces exude sophistication, feel wonderful to the touch and are a breeze to clean.

Create seamless sophistication throughout your home by specifying Caesarstone for your kitchen benchtops, butler’s pantry, bathroom vanity and even in the laundry.

Add depth and opulence to your cabinetry by upgrading from standard, natural laminate to Laminex® Silk Finish, which has a luxurious, semi-gloss surface. It comes in a variety of colours, including soft neutrals, a variety of pale greys and woodgrains, making it easy to give your kitchen a unique look.

LED lighting

Great lighting can make or break a room – and the kitchen is no exception. LED (light-emitting diode) lighting is a kitchen must-have; it’s energy-efficient, gives off almost no heat, and lasts up to nine times longer than regular light bulbs (no changing light bulbs for up to six years!)

Overhead LED lighting is ideal for providing general illumination. But you can really add to the looks and practicality of your kitchen by layering your lighting. Install under-cabinet LED lighting, in the strip or recessed style, to brighten up your benchtops and prep spaces without casting annoying shadows.

Upgrade your stovetop to cook for a crowd with ease, and if you’ve selected dark cabinetry, create a seamless look with a matching black oven and stylish black gooseneck tap. Featured here: Sheraton Grand, Jubilee, Wyndham Vale.

Cutting-edge appliances

Up your cooking game – and the look of your kitchen – with the latest appliances from premium brands. Select our 900mm-wide oven so you can cook for a crowd with ease; choose an integrated coffee machine or under-bench microwave that fits seamlessly within your cabinetry, or opt for a super-sleek induction cooktop.

If you’ve specified dark cabinetry for your new kitchen, you can create a seamless look by choosing a matching black oven, dishwasher and refrigerator. Love entertaining? Why not select a handy wine cabinet to go at the end of your island.

Designer tapware

A great-looking tap can make a striking focal point in your kitchen, and you’ll also find styles that make it easier to cook, clean and stay hydrated.

Create an on-trend look by upgrading to a matt-black or white tap or one in a striking metallic finish such as brushed gold or nickel. Make cleaning large pots easy by selecting a tall gooseneck tap with a flexible, pull-out hose. Or, opt for one of the latest ‘smart taps’ that delivers instant boiling and filtered, ambient water from a single outlet – a handy time saver when you want to make a cuppa, fill a pot to cook pasta, or keep the family hydrated. 

Learn how to choose the perfect tapware here.

The Shaker style is one to know if you want something classic contemporary and endlessly versatile. Featured here: Canterbury Grand, Minta Estate, Berwick.

Door profiles

The door profile you choose will have a big impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. The main options are flat-finish and Shaker style doors, both of which suit a range of different home styles. Discover the Shaker style for your home here.

With its pared-back lines, flat-front cabinetry gives your kitchen a sleek and contemporary appearance. Flat-finish cabinetry in a warm woodgrain finish is a popular choice for coastal or modern-country homes. It can also be a great option if you don’t want your kitchen to dominate an open-plan room; specify flat cabinetry in white, a pale woodgrain or a soft neutral and you’ll find that it gently recedes into the background.

Shaker-style cabinetry, which features square edges and a flat centre panel, is a classic look that never dates. This popular kitchen cabinetry upgrade creates a more sophisticated look than flat-front cabinetry, but it’s versatile enough to work in more rustic and eclectic home schemes too. A Shaker profile adds depth to your kitchen and makes your cabinetry look more like furniture, but as a result it’s less likely to command attention in an open-plan than flat-panelled cabinetry.

Keen to see the latest, on-trend kitchen looks for yourself before making a decision on your own cooking space? Visit one of our Carlisle display homes, conveniently located across Melbourne.

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