Custom design services for kitchen, laundry & bathroom renovations – Fraser Coast


While your cabinetmaker will play a big role in your kitchen design it's still important that you are able to bring at least some ideas to the table. Looking at kitchen and bathroom magazines or online is a great place to start. This will help to narrow down the styles, colours and products that appeal to you the most.

Read on for some great design and styling ideas to help you on your way. Once you have the vision for your new kitchen, bathroom or laundry, contact Benchmark Kitchens and we'll come out for an on-site consultation.

Discover Your Kitchen Style

With Sheila Schmitz – Houzz Magazine Editor
You don't have to go with the same style everyone in your neighbourhood has. From rustic farmhouse styles with dark timber cabinets to a Mediterranean feel featuring eye-catching mosaics—there are plenty of unique and interesting kitchen styles you might choose to go with.

Check out the Houzz guide to a dozen favourite kitchen design themes by visiting the Houzz website to read the full article and to access millions of photos and design ideas for your entire home.
Dynamic Space Diagram — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
Dynamic Space

Dynamic Space

by Blum
On average you spend more than a month of each year cooking, or just being in, your kitchen. A modern kitchen has to withstand a lot of use, look good and make your daily chores easier. Each day:
  • Drawers and cupboard doors are opened & closed more than 80 times
  • Approximately 50 cooking-related activities are completed
  • You walk from the kitchen to your dining table more than 30 times
Dynamic space is a principle applied to modern kitchen design that aims to make the space as practical and inviting as possible for the user.

Dynamic space is based on the four basic rules of kitchen planning. These are:
  • Planning sufficient storage space
  • Planning in five kitchen zones
  • Avoiding shelves in lower cabinets
  • Selecting fully extending drawers


In any kitchen or bathroom, it's the benchtop that really sets the style for the entire room. Your benchtop is the first thing that catches people's eye when they enter, the first thing that you run your hand across, and the surface that gets the most use. It makes sense to ensure you choose the right benchtop product for both aesthetic and practical purposes.

Laminated Tops

Laminate is the most widely used benchtop surface across the globe. It is extremely durable and with numerous quality brands, colours and pattern choices available you can achieve a look that closely resembles more expensive benchtop choices, without the hefty price tag. Laminate is the most cost-effective of all the benchtop products available and will look good for years to come.

When choosing a particular laminate for your benchtops there are a number of things to consider besides just the colour. You will also need to think about the finish and the edge profile you prefer. For instance, do you want your tops to have a gloss finish to more resemble polished stone or do you prefer a matt finish, and do you want a square edge or would you rather post-formed edges? Not sure? Click on the links below to see more about the range of laminated surfaces and edge profiles available.
Timber Tops Table — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD

Timber Tops

Enhance the decor of your home by utilising beautiful timber benchtops to create a sense of richness and warmth. There's no doubting that timber benchtops ooze a natural sense of style and they are a popular choice for people looking for a more eco-friendly option.

There are a multitude of timbers that can be used for benchtops and each presents its own unique colour and grain. Common choices in Australia include Black Butt, Red Gum, Victorian Ash, Tasmanian Oak, Jarrah, Blue Gum and Spotted Gum just to name a few.


At Benchmark Kitchens, we know that every kitchen is as individual as its owner, and if you want it finished with reconstituted or engineered stone or a natural stone such as granite or marble, we can source a range of products to suit.

Some of our stone suppliers include the well-known Caesarstone, WK Marble & Granite who supply Quantum Quartz, granite and marble as well as Laminex—suppliers of Essastone, just to name a few. Of course, if you've seen or heard of a product that is not listed here we are more than happy to try and source this for you.

If you are still not sure which colour of reconstituted stone, marble or granite that you're looking for click on the links here to see our suppliers' ranges.
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Rdianz Quartz Surfaces

doors and panels

If you thought choosing your benchtop was difficult just wait until you see the huge range of colours and finishes available for your doors and panels. Fortunately, Benchmark Kitchens offers a range of products to work within your budget and help you achieve the look you're after.

Below we discuss some of the more popular choices available for your doors and panels to help make your decision a little easier.

We've all seen the cheap, imported furniture and vanities that swell up at the first hint of moisture which unfortunately has left melamine with a bad reputation among many homeowners.

Melamine Doors & Panels

Melamine Panel red — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
Melamine Panel with plants — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
Melamine panel wood — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
We've all seen the cheap, imported furniture and vanities that swell up at the first hint of moisture which unfortunately has left melamine with a bad reputation among many homeowners.

At Benchmark Kitchens, we use only high-quality, moisture-resistant board and with manufacturers such as Laminex and Polytec keeping abreast of changing trends, melamine is now available in a huge range of colours, patterns and finishes.

Melamine remains the most cost-effective choice for your doors and panels and allows you to achieve a sense of style and balance in every room whether it's your kitchen, bathroom, laundry or even your study.

Now, installing a melamine kitchen doesn't mean you're going to compromise on quality or style, it simply means you get more bang for your buck with a hard-wearing, fashionable alternative which is ideal for all cabinetry applications.

Timber Doors & Panels

Dual Timber Panel — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
Timber Panel with cabinet — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
Timber panel with cabinet — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
While not as 'trendy' as they were in the past, solid timber kitchens still remain a very popular choice today and while other colours and styles tend to drift in and out of fashion, a well-designed and well-finished solid timber kitchen will add a sense of warmth and elegance to your home for many years to come.

Timber doors are made from a natural resource and variations in colour and grain are to be expected, however it's these variations within the timber that give it character and will make your kitchen distinctively individual.

Solid timber doors are lacquered to preserve the characteristics of the timber without detracting from the beauty of the natural wood grain. Popular species include Tasmanian Oak, New Ginea Rosewood and American Oak.

If it's a modern look you're after don't completely discount solid timber as an option as it's a very versatile product and can be used to achieve many different looks.

2-Pac Doors & Panels

2 pac panel — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
2 pac panel red — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
2 pac panel black — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
2-pac polyurethane is a very popular choice for kitchens and other cabinetry as your doors and panels can be sprayed in any imaginable colour including pearl or metallic, and then finished in matte, satin or high-gloss.

Custom-made doors are sprayed with a commercial-grade 2-pac paint to achieve an unrivalled appearance and durability. Because it's paint, 2-pac gives a seamless finish on both flat and profiled doors, making it a great choice for either contemporary or traditional style kitchens.

2-pac is a surface that must be handled with respect as it can be prone to chipping and other minor damage if not treated with care.
splashback — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
Splashback red — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
Splashback red — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD


The seemingly endless choices for kitchen splashbacks can sometimes feel overwhelming. These five simple tips and tricks from Houzz magazine contributor and interior & kitchen designer Anne Ellard will help you narrow down the choices, so you are better prepared to select the perfect splashback for your space.

1. Pick your benchtop first
One of the best approaches to selecting a splashback for your kitchen is to select your benchtop first. There are generally fewer material and colour options for benchtops, whereas your choices for splashbacks are almost limitless. This will immediately narrow down the material and colour choices.

2. Choose the right material
Some of the most common materials for kitchen splashbacks include glass, stainless steel, pressed metal and tiles. If you would like to go for a more traditional look, then consider tiles or pressed metal. Think about cleaning when you are choosing your splashback material. Mosaic tiles look beautiful, but they are more difficult to clean than larger tiles which will have less joins and less grout to clean.

3. Select the right colour
You will have already narrowed down your choices if you have selected your benchtop material first. Depending on the material you have chosen, you can decide whether you want your benchtop to take centre stage, in which case, you should opt for a more subtle, perhaps even very minimal splashback that won't draw attention away from the benchtop.

4. Use your splashback to add extra light
Want something a bit different that will help to open up the kitchen space? If the scope of your renovation will allow, why not install a splashback window and let the view outside bring colour to your kitchen. This is an easy-to-clean option that adds natural light and brightens your work area during the day.

5. Try a feature splashback
You may already have your heart set on a bold splashback colour, an eye-catching material or you may even want to consider a glass splashback with a digitally printed image. You can design the rest of your kitchen around this!

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Handle — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
cabinet handle — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD


Your handles are the finishing touch to complete the look of your beautiful kitchen, and the right handles can be the perfect accent in a hardworking space. After picking your benchtops and cabinet finishes, choosing your handles is an important decision that is usually one of your last ones to make but can make a big impact to the overall look of the finished product.

When choosing the hardware for your cabinets, there is a huge selection of knobs and handles. Whether you only use knobs, only handles, or a combination of both, quality is important. The handles will generally be used many times a day so it's imperative that they not only look good but perform well too.

Once you've decided on the handle style you will also need to consider the finish. It isn't essential to match every finish in your kitchen, but you'll create a better sense of continuity by using similar finishes throughout, such as mixing a chrome faucet with brushed-nickel knobs or oil-rubbed bronze knobs with bronze light fixtures. A simple way to help you decide on a finish is to match your handles to your appliances. If you have stainless-steel appliances, cabinet hardware in stainless steel, brushed nickel or chrome looks the most natural. For black appliances, try darker handles such as oil-rubbed bronze.

6 Factors to consider When Choosing Handles for Your Kitchen Cabinets
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Decorative Lighting

decorative lighting — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
kitchen decorative lighting — Custom kitchen designs Fraser Coast in Urangan, QLD
When deciding what you want to achieve in your kitchen lighting scheme it's important to consider what each space will specifically be used for.

Task lighting is installed for a particular purpose such as lighting your preparation areas, whereas when you want to show off an interesting section of your kitchen such as a decorative splashback you would choose a form of feature lighting.

You may also choose to have a lighting scheme that is a feature in its own right such as a modern chandelier or pendant lights.

Finally, there is lighting for atmosphere and ambience. After all, the kitchen is often one of the most used rooms in the home, so you want it to be as inviting as possible.

If you think lighting is going to play an important part in your new kitchen design, be sure to have a chat to us about the range of options available.