Meet Jessica Gabriel, Lead Designer of Magno Kitchens

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Deciding to renovate your kitchen can be a very exciting time, but for some of us, it may be a daunting experience. Living in an age of information overload, it can be a challenge to sort through the clutter and discover the steps you need to take to make your dream kitchen a reality.

Magno Kitchens lead designer Jessica Gabriel shares her expert advice to get you ready for your next big renovation.

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I know what I like when it comes to style, but need a little guidance perfecting design details. What can I expect from a design consultation with Magno?  
The design process is heavily reliant on your personal desires and goals. Some people have more time than others to experiment with layout options, while others know exactly what they want. Here are the steps we will take to help you make visualise your dream kitchen:

Start by collecting the design images that you're inspired by prior to your initial a consultation.

Together we will create mood boards to help you visualise colour and concepts.

We then produce 3D imaging which is where you'll get to see a realistic layout of the kitchen before production.

What are the most popular colour combinations for kitchens right now?
Two-tone kitchens are very much the focus at the moment. Classic white hasn't quite left the building, however the industrial-chic movement has seen more people implementing concrete grey tones and matte black. Shades of pale green have also made a big comeback, as well as deep rich timber paired with white.

What do you think is important for me to consider when it comes to the early stages of the renovation process?
Choosing the right trades-people is important to the outcome of the project. Magno Kitchens has recommended tradespeople who we have worked with for years. We can offer a hassle free experience by project managing all the trades for your kitchen renovation. We are also happy to work with tradespeople of your choosing.

What is one area where I can save costs on my kitchen renovation?
Appliances are one area you can save on new kitchen costs. For the budget conscious, I would recommend choosing appliances that are in the midrange price point from known reputable brands. A recent client had a "splurge and steal" approach to her new kitchen, meaning she was happy to spend in some areas but was looking to save in other ways. She took our advice and the results were brilliant. 

What is one area of my kitchen where I should splurge?
Without a doubt, a little splurge on stone and kitchen accessories will go a long way with the final look and feel of your new kitchen. Some of my clients have really been impressed by the difference a really great stone can make.

I'd like my kitchen to still look amazing 10 years from now. What do you think makes a kitchen timeless?
Harmonious colour combinations are a must if you want a lasting style. Also, it’s important to consider the overall design and feel of your home. Stick to light airy design and clean lines. Great Lighting is also important to the design of your kitchen, as well as allowing for natural light to flow throughout your space.

I'm fairly restricted with space for my kitchen as I live in an apartment. What are your suggestions for maximising my apartment reno?
Consideration for the way natural light illuminates your space is key, especially if you're looking for a way to keep your space feeling airy and decluttered. Another way of maximising a small space is with small integrated appliances. Sticking to small appliances makes a tiny space efficient and appear bigger.

My kitchen will be a high traffic zone in a busy family household. What are your suggestions for a bench top that looks great but can handle the daily grind? 
Granite or engineered stone would be my first suggestion for a heavily used kitchen. However granite has a very particular look that you may or may not like. With Granite being a natural stone, colours tend to vary due to supply and availability. Another option is engineered stone. This variety is man made and designed to withstand the everyday grind of a busy home. Engineered stone is available in many colours and finishes, from marble, concrete imitations, and clean or bold veiny options. We will work with you to choose the stone thats best for you and your kitchen.

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Get in touch via phone on 02 94577 9575, email at or send a message below to arrange your consultation with Jessica Gabriel