Last Minute Simple Kitchen Christmas Decoration Ideas

It’s almost Christmas! Is your kitchen still bare and you’re having trouble figuring out how to decorate your kitchen, the social center, for upcoming Christmas festivities? Maybe you are tired of the same old holiday them? Try some of the latest trends which are not only a bit different but simple at the same time.

Your kitchen Christmas decoration does not have to take up too much of your time or space, a little here and there can add an extra sparkle to the season.

We know how it is! You’re busy preparing for your guests, marinating your food for this year’s holiday barbie or preparing the bar for hopefully a cool get together. You wouldn’t want too much holiday decoration in the way but you still want kitchen Christmas decorations to lift your mood and provide the holiday excitement.

Here are a few holiday decoration ideas for Christmas that are easy to do and also easy to take down:

Last Minute Simple Kitchen Christmas Decoration Ideas

  1. Last Minute DIY Tip: Bring Out the Trinkets

Christmas baubles aren’t necessarily just for the main Christmas tree. You can put baubles in a festive box, a small fish bowl or even hang them in specific areas. They can also make a great centerpiece for the table.

  1. Simple Christmas Theme: It Can Be Any Color

Remember that Christmas can be any color. You don’t have to stick to green and red. You can experiment with all sorts of hues, blue ribbons, white trinkets or pink baubles.  Soft coppers are on trend this year again add a few to your regular silver, gold or white.

  1. Edible Christmas Decors Are Easy To Take Down

Planning on baking festive cookies? Edible decorations can be hung on a wreath or on a real mini fir tree adding the smell of pine to the room. The kitchen benchtop can be festooned, or pop a few  in a holiday bowl or even around a hanging décor base.  Everyone loves cookies! Plus, you don’t need to take them down. Your guests can do it for you!Last Minute Simple Kitchen Christmas Decoration Ideas

Other edibles to consider, cupcakes, muffins, cake pops and candies. If you have pets, make sure it is not within reach of their reach!

  1. Plants Are Perfect Decor Bases

We love to use ferns, palm leaves, ever greens, Christmas bush, Christmas bellflowers and other fun flora. They’re nature’s own decorations. You can use plants and blossoming flowers to give the area a natural look. They have their own color and adding a touch of Christmas lights help, too.

  1. Christmas Lights Everywhere

Last Minute Simple Kitchen Christmas Decoration Ideas

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Christmas lights are great to lace the bushes, wreaths and trees with. But you can also put lights in a mason jar, a big glass bowl or scatter them randomly.

Have fun decorating the hub of the home this Christmas, your family and guests will love the affect.

These kitchen Christmas decoration ideas are certainly useful and can make any cook, family member, or guest appreciate your kitchen space.

Are you ready to build your dream kitchen with us? You can call our expert kitchen specialists at Craftbuilt Kitchens, at (07) 3341 9172 or visit our Stones Corner design studio.

Have a Merry Christmas!

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Appliance

Choosing the Right Kitchen Appliance


There are so many kitchen appliance packages you can choose from to fit your modern kitchen design.

Whether you are designing a family kitchen or a commercial stainless steel kitchen, choosing the right kitchen-appliance combo can be quite overwhelming.

Craftbuilt’s designers and consultants are here to help you through the process.

Here are a few questions you can ask when starting:






Choosing the Right Kitchen Appliance

  • When it comes to choosing the right appliances, homeowners are opting for eco-friendly and energy-efficient tools both are KEY FEATURES in all Kleenmaid appliances.
  • When should you purchase ?
  • How do you like to cook ?
  • Do you need 2 ovens or a large 90cm oven, cooktop and rangehood ?

Speak to our knowledgeable customer service consultants at our showrooms about the unique features in Kleenmaid appliances before you purchase elsewhere.

They will help you figure out which appliances are the right ones for your needs and budget based on performance and style. Kleenmaid appliances feature top Star ratings which is paramount.

You can help reduce the impact on the environment this way, as well as save on bills.

Visit our Large Showroom at Underwood or our Stones Corner Design Studio today!

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“My kitchen is too small, how can I make it look larger?” This is the question some of our clients ask. It is sometimes difficult to imagine the design layout necessary to create a functional open feel in a small area. Walls and pipes that limit the area can be assessed for removal or relocation to maximise the open feel.  Don’t forget small well-designed kitchens can be more efficient if you like to work in a space where you can reach anything within arm’s length.

These days, most of our clients would opt for a spacious area to entertain guests. With modern kitchens, that’s the aim since the kitchen has become a social hotspot for dining, entertaining and a hub for great conversation. These can still be achieved even with a small kitchen layout.


So how can you make your small kitchen look larger? When it comes to kitchen designs for small areas, here are a few options to consider.


  1.       Make your room appear more spacious. Use white paint on the walls rather than darker colours. Dark colours can make the room appear enclosed. This is a simple kitchen renovation idea that certainly does wonders even for the whole home.

Small red kitchen


  1.       Get smart with storage space. Small spaces mean tight spaces. If removing walls aren’t an option, hanging brackets will utilise valuable wall space in the cooking area. Hang everyday use items here for easy access  like ladles, spatulas, flippers, etc. This also saves on limited drawer space! Make a theme of displaying your kitchen accessories adding to the aesthetic feel. Pots and pans hanging above, or knives on display on a magnetic rack can act as a feature – however you will want to ensure it doesn’t look too cluttered.  Balance needs to be considered with just a few items hanging in the space.


  1.      Be minimalistic. Minimalism is popular even for kitchens. This theme is perfect if you have limited space. Kitchen appliances can be hidden in cabinets and shelves. Your storage units should only stock what you frequently use, be ruthless and get rid of items you no longer use.  The main idea is to make sure your kitchen is functional.

box mitred kitchen renovations Brisbane South East

  1.       Make use of space above the cabinets. You can also place shelves at the top or remove the bulkhead above the cabinets. Then you can use baskets to store different items on top.


  1.       An island bench is a great alternative, too. By making the bench top wider on one side, this will enable a stool or two to go underneath. The benchtop can be a source of storage by using cabinets and shelves underneath. This small kitchen design layout is quite popular in small units.

Kitchen Design Natural Light

  1.       The island bench as a dining table. An island bench can be used for cooking and preparing. A lot of families now serve food straight from the pan and the island bench can be the best place for mealtimes. You can even consider getting an island bench on wheels, giving more flexibility on how it is used depending on the task.

When it comes to renovation designs for small kitchens, the main idea is to use every single inch of the area. Planning a kitchen renovation for a small kitchen can be a daunting task and requires proper planning. The good news is, our Craftbuilt Kitchens professional designers, showroom staff and installers can help you achieve your dream kitchen.

No kitchen is too small. Contact us at Craftbuilt Kitchens today or visit our New Kitchen Design Studio at 76 Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner QLD. 4120.

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Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation

When it comes to renovating kitchens, home owners are going for energy-efficient and cost-efficient ways to improve their living space. Through the use of quality water and energy efficient appliances, property owners are sure to cut down on the cost of utilities. Another way to cut down energy consumption is through the use of natural light. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save by incorporating natural light in your modern kitchen design.


How to Use Natural Light in Modern Family Kitchens:

  • There is no need to use light decorations and fixtures when using natural light. Depending on your budget, you can accommodate natural light into your kitchen by using light coloured paint on walls. Using a soft shade of white paint, the surrounding space can appear brighter. When natural light enters the room, it reflects off the walls instead of absorbing it. You can use the same concept for your ceiling as well.

Energy Efficient Natural Lighting in Modern Kitchen

  • Another option is to paint your walls with a satin finish. Matte painted walls won’t reflect as much light. Plus, a satin finish is much more forgiving of holes and patches.

Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation


  • Aside from ceilings and walls, your flooring can also be used to reflect light. Light wood flooring or ceramic floors with a polished or gloss finish are great options.


  • Kitchen splashbacks are great light reflectors as well. Materials such as mirrors, ceramic tiles with gloss finish and glass tiles, if placed in the right light, can reflect the maximum amount of light coverage.


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  • Skylights are great when it comes to providing natural light to a whole area. Since they face upward, it captures the most light.


  • Medium-sized to large windows or glass doors can also pull in natural light. These help make the kitchen appear larger, too. By opening the kitchen to the outdoors, homeowners are taking advantage of the space in its surrounding areas.

Energy Efficient Natural Light in Your Modern Kitchen


Are you looking to add natural lighting to your kitchen renovation?

Talk to our Craftbuilt Kitchens designers at (07) 3341 9166 and set a 3D appointment so you can see for yourself how you can maximise your space and cut down energy costs with the proper design and layout.


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Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation

We had clients that approached us with one thing in mind: “We want a kitchen that doesn’t look like a kitchen”.

Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation

Imagine a home with the amazing view of the Brisbane River. Craftbuilt Kitchens went to work straight away with a stunning open plan unit overlooking magnificent views of the Brisbane River. The aim was to design a kitchen to provide storage and functionality, whilst aesthetically blending back into its surroundings and maximising the aspect to the outstanding views.

Modern Black and White Kitchen


An open space for an amazing view! And Craftbuilt Kitchens set to work!

Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation
Enjoying the view would be great with a glass of wine or a cup of brew. So, with the added challenge of fitting a wine fridge and coffee machine outlet, on top of extra wide cooking appliances, our kitchen designer set to developing a number of layouts to review. With modern, clean lines imperative, the handle-less finish allowed us to disguise an integrated fridge, a tandem “touch-to-open” pantry and a tower to hide the microwave, coffee machine and huge double bin set up.

Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation

When it came to storage, layered overhead cabinets not only created an immense amount of storage. This fulfills the clients’ request as they enabled perfect positioning of the task lighting to create an outstanding ambiance for the open plan living.  The choice in finish for the doors of these units, by using one of the stunning Laminex Innovations products, helped move away from that “standard” kitchen look.  The design and construction of a perfectly finished boxed two pack display cabinet also utilising the Laminex innovation feature as a backing, ties the areas completely together.  

Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation

The disappearing act! The essential large cooking appliances were fitted discreetly but comfortably into the corner, which allowed the adjacent bench to be free-flowing.  Added to the design, white mother of pearl slumped glass splash backs behind the cooking area for pure subtlety, together with highly reflective mirror glass splashbacks along the adjacent wall, meant river views were reflected and visible from most areas of the unit.

Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation

Finish it all off with high gloss black quartz benchtops, with a matching black sink & tap, meant our clients were delighted with their “not there” kitchen.

The end result – outstanding stunning aspects from all areas in this modern Craftbuilt Kitchen. Are you looking to have the same open plan feel to your kitchen renovation design plans?

Black and White Kitchen Design Renovation

Craftbuilt Kitchens has fully qualified and experienced designers who will tailor the design to your specific needs and wants. Call us at (07) 3341 9166 and ask our consultant to book you a design appointment.

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kitchen renovations Brisbane South East

When it comes to kitchen lighting, home owners are looking for the best lighting tips for modern kitchen designs. When our clients come in and 

discuss the various artificial and lighting options available to them, we present them with the following key lighting types in mind.

  1. Task Lighting –

Where there is a given space for a certain task, such as a study area, computer work assignments and such, not forgetting the food preparation zones, a brighter light is required. Task lighting sheds light at a smaller area in the room. Recessed or downlights, pendant lighting and portable lamps are often used for task lighting in any modern family kitchen.

2. Accent Lighting –

Homeowners would often want to give focus to a specific part of the kitchen. Accent lighting is used to achieve that desired effect. Many prefer this type of lighting to make the room look bigger or to highlight a feature of the space such as the shelves, a large décor like a sculpture, etc.

Best Lighting Tips for Modern Kitchen Designs


3. Ambient Lighting –

Not to be confused with accent lighting, ambient lighting provides general lighting. It offers a comfortable level of brightness. Its main purpose is to light up the room so that residents and guests in your modern kitchen are able to move around safely. Ambient lighting includes chandeliers, ceiling mounted lights, floor lamps and many more.


There are other types of lighting that home owners may want to consider.

a. Decorative Lighting –

You can accessorise your house with decorative lighting to bring out its best features. It can also serve the same purpose as task lighting, ambient lighting or accent lighting.

b. Natural Light –

Kitchen Design Natural Light


Home owners are going for energy-efficient and cost-efficient ways to improve their living space. There is no need to use light decorations and fixtures when using natural light. Depending on your budget, you can accommodate natural light into your kitchen by using light coloured paint on walls, wider windows and glass splashbacks.


Are you looking to add specific lighting to your kitchen renovation? Call Craftbuilt Kitchens at (07) 3341 9166 and set a 3D appointment with our kitchen designers so you can see for yourself what your dream kitchen looks like virtually.


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Grange, Brisbane, QLD Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen was always seen as a back room where dishes were washed, meals prepared and food kept. Now, homeowners are shifting their priorities when it comes to the kitchen. Looking to modern kitchen designs, Brisbane property holders are investing in modern trends for both form and function. Kitchen appliances, storage spaces, floor lay-out and over-all style are being considered.

The kitchen has cemented itself as the centre, the heart of the home. A place where families and friends get together – a social area for homeowners and guests. Because of this, the kitchen has a far bigger purpose and a bigger focus.

Achieving a modern family kitchen in 2018 and beyond means considering the latest trends in storage, space and technology. There are technological advances in accordance with environmental requirements. The change in social dynamics have also contributed to the lay-out, space and arrangement of modern kitchens. From lighting to storage spaces, here are a few trends to consider when wanting to update to a modern kitchen design:


  • A Smart Kitchen


Technology has come a long way and the kitchen has absorbed its advantages. It is present in appliances and it can also be integrated into the whole kitchen. What used to be seen in movies, as a gateway to a futuristic home, are now present in modern-day homes. From responsive lights to refrigerators, pre-programmed ovens and safe cooktops, the next few years will welcome the smart kitchen.

2018 Modern Kitchen Design Ideas To Consider Black White Kitchen


While most smart selections are expensive – such as voice activated features – there are more affordable options available. Consider cook tops that have safety sensors that turn off when it detects spillage, over-heating, long absence or even accidental starts, and induction stove cooktops that don’t burn your hand. These are some of the technological highlights available today. Which is why Craftbuilt Kitchens partners with Kleenmaid when it comes to kitchen appliances because of its elegant, efficient, environmentally-friendly and efficient products. A technology integrated modern kitchen is definitely a huge kitchen trend in 2018.


  • Storage Is Everything


According to a survey from Houzz, clutter has been a top reason for home-owners looking to renovate their kitchens. When planning your modern family kitchen with Craftbuilt Kitchens, we offer you alternatives such as a pull-out shelves or cutlery and utensil systems, cabinets with clever storage solutions  by Hafele for fuss free organisation.

To create a clean and modern look, our clients are choosing to hide their appliances within the storage lay-out and upgrade cabinets to hold specific items – from dinnerware  to multi purpose waste bins. What’s left is a clean modern kitchen design that guests and family can enjoy – without the clutter! A sneaky design but one that many homeowners love.

Soft Hamptons Style Grange, Brisbane QLD Kitchen Renovation


  • Contemporary and Modern: Popular Kitchen Choices


We are living “in the now.” Over 50% of homeowners are looking to contemporary and modern kitchen designs for their renovations.

A contemporary kitchen features high functionality designs for a modern kitchen but also incorporate traditional ideas to give the space a livable , welcome  feel. This kind of design feature pieces that have softened and rounded lines. Modern kitchens feature stark and bolder lines with engineered quartz as a leading surface material for a lot of homeowners.


  • White Is Still a Favourite Colour


White is the leading choice for walls, cabinetry and benchtops. About 60% choose white as a wall colour and gray is seen as a second choice. Both colours exude elegance and a clean feel. This is a particularly common selection for clients who dislike seeing clutter, which is why clients love it .  

Gray continues to trend because of its versatility. It complements dark colours such as black as well as many more. Aside from Grey and White, homeowners are looking at uplifting colors, interesting geometrics, bohemian look and bespoke touches for that added glam and charm.

Timber Look Kitchen


  • Hardwood Still Beloved


Ceramic kitchen tiles have always been a choice for many but renovating homeowners are updating their modern kitchen designs with hardwood. Whether stained or unstained, hardwood flooring tops the list. For property owners who still want the hardwood look but want something that is easier to maintain, many consider ceramic flooring in their modern family kitchen.

Do you wish to achieve the latest and modern kitchen design while incorporating your personal style? Our professional designers at 2958 Logan Road, Underwood, QLD 4119 are happy to help you. You can also call us at (07) 3341 9166 to set an appointment.




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Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland



Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

Stones Corner just got classier! Are you in the South East area of Brisbane and are looking for a kitchen renovation consult?


Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

Craftbuilt Kitchens New Design Studio has opened to cater to your kitchen design, planning and renovation needs.


Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

Customers came in on opening day and asked various questions when it comes to kitchen renovations, design and planning.



Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

When it comes to kitchen renovation needs, Craftbuilt Kitchens makes it a point to always provide options for the client that will suit their needs and personality.



Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

Justine featuring the latest design in storage and cabinetry



Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

Check out the state of the art and modern samples, kitchen appliances and benchtops for clients to see.


Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

So many colors and textures to choose from!


Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

Showcasing the Kleenmaid ovens, the smell of freshly baked damper livened up the studio.


Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

We baked this delicious gluten free damper in a Kleenmaid Combi Steam. Using the combination ventilated oven & steam function at 180 degrees, the bread was baked for 40 minutes. The end result was so soft and fluffy on the inside with a nice crunchy crust. Serve with butter and jam!


Kitchen Design Studio Stones Corner Brisbane Queensland

The Stones Corner Kitchen Studio opening was a huge success! We’re open 9:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Friday and 9:00am – 2:00pm Saturday. Everyone welcome! Hurry down at the South East area of Brisbane for your kitchen renovation needs. See you at Unit 15 76 Old Cleveland Road, STONES CORNER QLD 4120 (Parking off Laura St.)



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Timber Look Kitchen

When updating your kitchen to the latest in modern kitchen design trends, there are so many themes to choose from. Whether you want bold colors or a cool atmosphere, it all depends on the style you choose. Kitchen colour scheme ideas are something to highly consider.

Most of our clients incorporate their personalities into the mix as well as the needs of the whole family. At Craftbuilt Kitchens, we take into consideration our clients’ vision and requirements especially when they want the kitchen as the center of the family home for socialising. To create an aesthetically-pleasing living space, here are the latest trends in modern kitchen colour scheme ideas:

Natural Stone Marble Countertop Bench

Uplifting Colour Scheme Ideas for Your Kitchen: Miami Brights!

There is an emergence of uplifting colors that will fit the personality of any homeowner. Use of such colours impact the mood of your kitchen. This year’s uplifting colour scheme sees the emergence of Miami Brights, according to a recent Houzz webinar we attended. Visualise pastel plush, spring colour to cool warm, blue water crystal clear palettes. Such colours are evocative of the Miami Beach – as the name suggests.

Use uplifting colours to indicate the mood you want to feature in your kitchen. Here’s a quick color guide to decide on.

  1. Red is associated with power, confidence and high energy. It is often the hue our eyes are drawn to when entering a space. It is also known to stimulate appetite! A good colour scheme idea to have in the kitchen. Choose among different shades of red to uplift your kitchen theme, from raspberry sorbet to pink mist.
  2. Orange is a fabulous hue. It is associated with happiness and joy. It is a great colour to use for social interactions. How about autumn blaze? Or go lighter with sunbaked orange?
  3. Go bright with cheerful yellow! Yellow is said to promote creativity and optimism. A good mood lifter for any living space. Go for soft yellows this year with light lemon or lemon chiffon shades.
  4. Go green. Not only it is a calming colour, it also invokes nature. Green is a great accent to any living space and one way to do this is by adding indoor herb gardens or small houseplants. This is a refreshing kitchen colour scheme idea.Timber Look Kitchen
  5. Keep calm with blue. When going with Miami Bright colours, blue emits that coast to coast vibe. It is a popular colour that invokes a warm and relaxing environment. Choose shades from the sky or the sea, from sky blue to aqua palettes.

When you’re ready with your personal colour scheme idea or if you need help in picking the right shade for your kitchen renovation, Our professional designers at 2958 Logan Road, Underwood, QLD 4119 are happy to help you. You can also call us at (07) 3341 9166 to schedule your 3D appointment.

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Timber Look Kitchen

This year sees the return of timber and dark wood for modern kitchen designs. This year’s family kitchen boasts of updated fixtures and appliances as well as the reintegration of very dark woods – the darker, the better. Whether you are going for a contemporary look or a coastal vibe, incorporating wood can be quite magnificent. Timber and wood is great for any season. Wood is a good material that keeps you cool in the summer and warm during the winter.

Do you love the idea of a timber kitchen? Go for it! Timber and dark wood is a trend in 2018. Many kitchen renovations are including the use of dark wood in their cabinets, flooring or bench tops. Here are a few things to consider:

  1. If you want your kitchen to have a modern edge, you can do so by adding raw concrete benchtops and traceless (fingerprint resistant) super matte  cabinets in your choice of colour teamed with stainless steel appliances. Your choice of wood for the flooring can range between light, medium or dark hardwood.
  2. Not keen on adding colour to your dark wood or timber kitchen? You can mix your kitchen space with different wood tones, instead. But be careful that the grains are similar. By doing this you will avoid the kitchen looking too busy. 
  3. Wooden countertops are considerably light. They are easy to shape and its natural shades complement a wide range of cabinetry styles and floorings in various modern kitchen designs.  Make it a feature by combining with a complimentary surface such as stone.
  4. For a more natural look, timber is a great option. Hardwood is more resilient than a soft timber and can be coated to resist moisture. Timber Look Kitchen
  5. Scared of scratches? Although timber scratches and stain easily, it is just as easily sanded and returned to its original glory. Hardwood is more resilient than a soft timber and can be coated to resist moisture. We recommend these cleaning tips when it comes to benchtop maintenance.
  6. If you’d like the look of timber or hard wood (whether light, medium or dark in shade), you can opt for laminate bench tops or porcelain tiles that are made to look like timber but without the high prices of genuine natural materials. These are available in a textured finish giving an authentic feel.

When you’re ready to build your modern family kitchen, call Craftbuilt Kitchens at (07) 3341 9166 and schedule your 3D appointment with us today for your timber or wood dream kitchen.

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