Our customers often tell us that redesigning what we believe is the most important room in the house is quite a daunting prospect. With what you see in a kitchen showroom being just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to colour options and design features, we definitely agree that it can be challenging. To help you if you’re thinking of redesigning your kitchen, or if you’re currently having a kitchen designed and need some extra guidance, we have compiled our top kitchen design tips to help you make the most of the most important room in the house.
TIP ONE – PUT FUNCTION FIRST
It seems like an obvious point but an important one nonetheless. Your new kitchen will be the hub of your household for years to come so it is vital that you think about the design functionalities from the absolute start. You will not want to be in a position later on when you wish you had incorporated more storage or chosen a different handle type.
TIP TWO – MAKE ROOM FOR STORAGE
Yes, a kitchen is designed to look great, but it also designed for you to use day-in-day-out and a major part of the functionality of your kitchen is the storage. Plenty of storage will make the kitchen a more pleasant space for you to cook and socialise if you think about your storage requirements. For example, if you’re an avid cook why not include integrated herb storage or dividers for utensils drawers, this will make the kitchen a more functional for your own needs.
TIP THREE – THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT
Another important factor when designing a kitchen is to think about lighting, you can incorporate as many man-made lighting solutions as you want but it will never compensate for natural light shining through a kitchen. When we visit you in your home prior to your design we will always factor into your design lighting, ensuring that we are making the most of windows, doors or conservatories.
A great example of natural light in a kitchen is this recent design – View here.
TIP FOUR – THINK OF WORK SURFACES
Now obviously you’re going to think about the aesthetic of your worktops and how they match with the rest of the kitchen furniture, but it is also equally important to think about the durability of the worktop solution you have chosen. Whilst we only use the highest quality laminate worktops, they are by their own composition more susceptible to damage than quartz or granite worktops. Quartz and granite worktops are more durable as they are made from naturally occurring stone which is highly resistant to scratching and marking and in the case of quartz, worktops are even non-porous. If you’re particularly heavy handed in the kitchen it is definitely worth thinking about a solid surface for your worktops.
TIP FIVE – NEW APPLIANCES?
We often have customers that have just purchased a new appliance for the kitchen and want to reuse it in their new design, we can fit all standard sized kitchen appliances for a new kitchen but we often urge customers to think about whether the fit with the style of the new kitchen. As an example, if you’re upgrading to an ultra-modern new kitchen, then an existing combination cooker is really going to ruin the modern dynamic. As a recognised Siemens design studio and a Neff five-star Masterpartner we have a huge selection of appliances that will work in any kitchen.
TIP SIX – A CLEAN AIREY KITCHEN
Ventilation is a subject that is often overlooked in the kitchen and one that you may only remember once your new installation has been carried out. A number of ventilation solutions can be implemented to ensure that the air in your kitchen remains clean but also a quiet area to socialise or to simply enjoy spending time in. One of our most recommended ventilation solutions is a venting hob, we are lucky enough to be an exclusive retail partner for Bora who manufacture extremely powerful venting hobs with almost silent operation and either recirculating or externally ducted ventilation.
TIP SEVEN – FABULOUS FLOORING
Something that can really bring together the whole design of the kitchen is the flooring. It is important to make the flooring mirror the aesthetic of the room. If you have a country styled kitchen for example the flooring should match this dynamic. You may also want to think about the warmth of flooring options, in which case manufacturer Karndean is a great option. Their vinyl-based flooring has several textures that replicate the tiled or wooden look which are also waterproof and warm to the touch, perfect for cold winter mornings!
If you need help designing your next kitchen then one of our experienced designers will be happy to help, simply request an appointment via the form below.