Appliances are, essentially, the shoes and handbags of your kitchen. Yes, they’re there to simplify cooking – but choose correctly, and they can become fabulous accessories that uplift the entire space.


• Tick all the boxes. Every kitchen needs the basics, says Liam Gawne of Miele: an oven, a microwave oven, a hob, cookerhood, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and coffee machine. It’s how you present these that can turn your kitchen from a purely functional room into a showpiece.

• Opt for integration. One of the easiest ways to ensure your appliances are worthy of the spotlight is to create consistency across all items. Gawne recommends choosing pieces that complement each other in terms of form, function and materials. They should also complement the overall kitchen design.

• Creative colour. One of the most exciting innovations in recent years is the move to colour. Whether you select a black toaster, a white kettle or a pink filter coffee machine, colour not only makes for greater aesthetic appeal; it also adds a pop of energy to the room. Remember, though, that bright colour is best offset with sleek, simple design.

• Consider finishes. Your appliances are meant to make your life easier, not add to the maintenance you have to do every day. That’s why stainless steel, while attractive, may not always be the best choice, because it shows fingerprints and other marks.

• Don’t forget what’s inside. Sometimes it’s the accessories that aren’t on show that can make the biggest difference by keeping surfaces clear. Consider clever storage solutions, suggests Bronwyn Shell of Eclipse: space savers that stack grocery staples neatly inside, or gadgets like foil dispensers, make it a pleasure to spend time in your kitchen by removing clutter and removing the hassle from chores.

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