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Five steps to a dream kitchen - Synergy Cabinets

Five steps to a dream kitchen

There is little more frustrating than a poorly-planned, outdated, impractical and unattractive kitchen. It is enough to bring even the most cheerful home cook down, as well as the financial value of your property. But, as exciting as a full kitchen renovation may seem, it can be a daunting prospect. Ever-increasing costs, strangers coming and…

Get in the mood - Synergy Cabinets

Get in the mood

It’s the month of love, and a perfect time to give your kitchen some TLC. If you have been dreaming about a kitchen makeover for a while, you may have collected some inspiration images from décor and interior design magazines, the internet and product brochures and catalogues, perhaps even on Pinterest. If not, we suggested…

It must be the holidays! - Synergy Cabinets

It must be the holidays!

Holidays are a busy time in the kitchen. Kids finished with school, adults taken leave from work, family visiting for the holidays, lots of get-togethers with friends and the all-important celebrations put some serious demands on the kitchen. With the kitchen now often serving as a home’s communal space, it also needs to spread the…

Inclusive kitchens for special needs - Synergy Cabinets

Inclusive kitchens for special needs

A kitchen is a special place, a space where we can be creative and demonstrate our love for others by preparing and sharing meals, a space in which we feel useful and needed. This applies to most of us, irrespective of our age or abilities, therefore, designing a kitchen that accommodates the needs of those…

Let your kitchen spring to life - Synergy Cabinets

Let your kitchen spring to life

There is no denying the energy spring brings; as days get longer, skies get clearer, weather gets warmer, and the world gets colourful, we have an urge to refresh our living spaces and reenergise our lifestyles. As the heart of the home, the kitchen often sets the beat of a home; a dull, dark kitchen…

Island style – kitchen island trends - Synergy Cabinets

Island style – kitchen island trends

The kitchen island is part of the open-concept kitchen design evolution; first included in kitchen layouts to increase storage and work area of the open-plan kitchen, it is now often central to the overall kitchen design. From lighting to seating, this practical addition to the open-plan kitchen has seen trends come and go, and continues…

Smart wardrobe trends - Synergy Cabinets

Smart wardrobe trends

Maximising the practicality and aesthetic of wardrobe or closet storage is always a hot topic, and here are some of the smart solutions trending in home interior design now: Light up Wardrobes can be dark and difficult to navigate, especially in poorly lit rooms. Brighten up a closet with practical lighting such as: Recessed LED…

Dressed for success - Synergy Cabinets

Dressed for success

As homes become more compact, there is nothing more luxurious that a generous walk-in wardrobe come dressing room. Dedicating space to storage with benefits instead of a second or third bedroom or even a second bathroom is a compromise few homeowners can afford to make. However, a cleverly designed walk-in that serves multiple purposes can…

Edible wall on the menu - Synergy Cabinets

Edible wall on the menu

Vertical gardens aka living walls aka green walls are nothing new; architects, interior designers, landscaper and homeowners have, for a number of years already seen this as a way to get the most of out small outdoor areas, to create living art and to ‘green’ built-up urban areas. The edible wall is a version of…

Inside-out kitchens - Synergy Cabinets

Inside-out kitchens

Outdoor entertaining in South Africa is defined by preparing and eating meals outside, making the most of pleasant weather and great company alongside the pool, amidst the beauty of a garden, in view of seascapes or simply in the fresh air. Therefore, it seems only natural for our traditional indoor kitchens to spill outdoors onto…

Mix and match in the kitchen - Synergy Cabinets

Mix and match in the kitchen

It is said that ‘variety is the spice of life’ and when it comes to kitchens, we agree. One of the newest trends in kitchen cabinetry is to mix it up; opting for various materials, finishes and colours in a single kitchen design. This confluence of textures and palettes gives the space interest and depth,…

Put the kitsch in kitchen! - Synergy Cabinets

Put the kitsch in kitchen!

A German word meaning ‘in bad taste’, kitsch was traditionally known for its bold, and often awkward combinations of colours, patterns, textures and styles, a combination that produced exaggerated sometimes garish results. Today, it is recognised as an interior design style in its own right. Because it still sits precariously on the edge of ‘bad…

Pack-in-cool for back-to-school - Synergy Cabinets

Pack-in-cool for back-to-school

It’s time to pack in the carefree spontaneity of summer holidays; the late easy mornings, the casual wardrobe and lenient house-tidy rules. It’s back to morning alarms, military precision get-ready routines, homework and sport; it’s back to school! For less stress and mess, organisation is important. Not only does it make mom and dad’s life…

Redefining a ‘smart cookie’ - Synergy Cabinets

Redefining a ‘smart cookie’

Our lives are permeated with technology; from the moment we wake to the moment we put down our smart phones at night, we are logged on, tuned in and connected. The kitchen is no different. The battle is on between the traditional home cook guided by real passion, intuition and creativity, and the engineers and…

Hide and peek – hidden kitchen appliances - Synergy Cabinets

Hide and peek – hidden kitchen appliances

Function need no longer interrupt style in the kitchen. Necessary everyday appliances such as kettles, coffee machines, toasters, microwaves, and food processors can be cleverly tucked away with creative cabinetry solutions, and bigger appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers can get built-in trim to match the kitchen’s overall cabinetry. The result is a seamless, sleek…

Lead the pack with clever kitchen storage - Synergy Cabinets

Lead the pack with clever kitchen storage

With all the holiday celebrations planned and holiday guests visiting, this time of year can have your kitchen bursting at its seams, and it is now that we really appreciate the value of a practical, well functioning kitchen that makes clever use of every bit of available space for storage. If you are building or…

Let your kitchen entertain you! - Synergy Cabinets

Let your kitchen entertain you!

If you relate to the 1980’s hit song “You’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties”, you will certainly appreciate the value of a kitchen that is designed and functions as part of the entertainment hub of a home. With open plan layout now a norm of modern-day lifestyle, the kitchen is considered part…

To handle or not to handle… - Synergy Cabinets

To handle or not to handle…

Traditionally thought to be the finishing touches or bling of the kitchen, cabinetry handles come in all shapes, sizes, materials, colours, and styles. However, it is the lack of handles that is currently on trend in modern minimalistic kitchen design. Many homeowners are looking for clean lines, smooth finishes, elegant contours and uncomplicated décor schemes…

Splash out on splash-backs - Synergy Cabinets

Splash out on splash-backs

Practical and pretty, the kitchen splash-back is not only a kitchen necessity, it can also pack a creative punch to enhance a kitchen’s style or stand out as a feature itself. The kitchen splash-back is generally installed behind the hob or stove top and sink area, protecting the wall from moisture, heat, and cooking residue…

For all intents and purposes – the multipurpose kitchen - Synergy Cabinets

For all intents and purposes – the multipurpose kitchen

Smaller homes are big news – keeping things efficient and economical is definitely on trend. However, while compact living reduces the cost of maintenance and amenities such as electricity, it requires an increase in interior design creativity – from function to décor. Add to this the ongoing preference for hardworking open-plan living and personalised style,…

‘Green’ kitchens – on trend - Synergy Cabinets

‘Green’ kitchens – on trend

Although the trend toward eco-friendly kitchen design, products and appliances is not new, new ‘green’ concepts are consistently being introduced and advanced, and today there is a green choice for almost every kitchen component, from ceiling to floor. If you are planning on building a new home or renovating your existing kitchen here are some…