If renovating a kitchen was a recipe, it would be like one of those complicated recipes with too many stages and processes. Risky but totally worth it if all goes well. Thankfully, our designers understand the recipe for creating kitchen spaces worthy of a top chef. With so many elements coming together in the one space kitchen design tends to be a job best left to the professionals which is mostly likely why you are here.

Whether you’re just doing a quick update or a full re-model, we undertake an in-depth consultation with you to develop a clear understanding of your desired kitchen outcome. With your input, our expert designers create a concept that reflects your vision for your home and lifestyle and integrates seamlessly with the overarching design of your home.

Begin Your Prep Work

With so many elements and functioning parts in the kitchen—it’s best to start with a plan. Don’t get too attached to ideas and materials just yet, but instead take a step back and think about the functionality that will work best for you and your family.

Before you meet your designer, ask yourself, how do you use your kitchen? What isn’t working for you? Is it the central room in the house, where people tend to gather, cook, eat, and have a yarn? Or do you like to operate in chefy secrecy hidden away from prying eyes. Try to identify the changes in the kitchen that will help you better function on a day-to-day basis, then your designer will be able to help you identify who you are stylistically and functionally.

Let’s Get Lit

There are main types of kitchen lighting – ambient, task, and accent. Kitchen’s generally have a blend of all three. Ambient lighting is your overhead or recessed lighting, and when it’s evenly spread, it’ll ensure that you can see each nook and cranny of the kitchen.

Task lights are great for keeping you from accidentally jabbing a finger and keeping tasks well lit.

Accent lights, like pendants or chandeliers, can make a statement whist illuminating a kitchen island or work bench.

Fill Your Cabinets

One of biggest conundrums you’ll face when it comes to cabinets: open shelving or traditional closed. The key is to be honest about how organised you are. Open shelves are ideal to display beautiful dinnerware, vases, and accent pieces but it’s not so great if your displaying a mishmash of crockery and food packaging. Open shelving also allows for easy access to your most used pieces—meaning that those pieces will now inform your design by being on display 24/7. If you opt for closed cabinets, the colour/ timber scheme will determine your kitchen’s look.

Counter Balance 

Since this is where most food prep and kitchen entertaining happen, consider how the materials you use will age over time. If you know that you’re the type of person who tends to be a sloppy cook you probably want to consider options that are non-porous and durable – your designer will have a plethora of choices for you. There has been so much innovation around bench-top finishes that mimic natural stone and concrete without the sensitivities.

However, if you prefer your finishes to age with time just like in Europe, then luxurious finishes like marble and stone will age beautifully over time.

Apply Yourself

Now for the fun stuff: the major appliances. When people refer to major appliances, they refer your refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, cook top and range hood. Our designers agree that these are your most splurge-worthy items. Swoon-inducing appliances! Not every kitchen will need every appliance, of course – and in many cases there’s a lot to be said for knowing exactly what to shop for in terms of quality, standards compliance, warranty support and energy efficiency.

The cheapest appliances are rarely the best ones, of course – but the most expensive aren’t always going to suit your needs either. Our designers can help you narrow down the options based on your needs and the functionality of the kitchen.

It’s not so hard. Choosing hardware.

When it comes to designing a kitchen inevitably you have to pick out hardware, and these seemingly small details can literally make you lose sleep. But thankfully, we’re here to help you get a “handle” on the process. Formerly, the number one rule was matching your hardware with your appliances’ finish. But nowadays we are more progressive mixing metals and finishes.

Even matte black hardware fits in effortlessly with stainless steel appliances. Gold hardware paired with white appliances works perfectly too. Think outside of the basics, too—leather pulls and more ornate accents can add a personalised touch to your kitchen.

 Bring us your big ideas and let us help you, create a kitchen, that responds to how you live.


“We hired The Stylesmiths to rework our living, dining and kitchen. Our designer unpacked our ideas and created a kitchen that not only looks beautiful, but has clever storage and features that we didn’t even know we needed. The custom joinery in the living rooms blends seamlessly with the kitchen cabinets and we can’t believe this is our home.”

– Erin and Peter G

Residential Full Service

For the person who needs a fully flexible service, suitable for residential and commercial spaces. 

Ideal for:

  • Sourcing finishes and fixtures
  • Specifying bench-tops, lighting and appliances 
  • Kitchen layout / space planning
  • Custom joinery packages
  • Full kitchen design concepts
  • Concierge shopping service (trade pricing)

Ideal for: more detailed services

  • Full design/documentation for builders
  • Issuing tender package for builders
  • Issuing joinery documentation 
  • Designing Built-In storage and pantry
  • Costing your project and budget Forecasting
  • Structural changes (w) senior level designers
  • Project management

There’s a top up service if you need more hours.

  • Emerging $99 p/hr
  • Established $165 p/hr

Initial residential consultation $66.00 booking fee

Available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Perth.

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Residential Day Package

For someone who knows what they want.

Ideal for:

  • A day shopping with your designer
  • Quick design decisions
  • Helping you narrow down tile finishes samples
  • Selecting a few bathroom fixtures
  • Creating a basic layout or picking paint colours
  • Running ideas by a professional
  • Finding your inspiration


  • 3 hours face to face time with your designer
  • 2 hours of sourcing / documenting your choices
  • Concierge shopping service (optional)

A top up service is available if you need more hours.

  • Emerging $495
  • Established $825

Available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Perth.

Available via our Online Services (Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts) in ACT, Tasmania, Adelaide, NT and regional Australia.

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