Things to Consider When Planning Your Kitchen
Planning a new kitchen can be a daunting task. You might have a completely blank canvas, or maybe you feel your current kitchen needs sprucing up. Either way, there’s a lot to consider when planning your kitchen…
Shape and Size
You will always have to work with what you have to an extent, but there will also be plenty of options regardless of the space you have. Those with larger properties might prefer an expansive, open-plan space which complements the rest of their home. If you have limited space you can generate a homely feel, with clever additions such as sliding doors or tiered shelves to maximise overhead storage.
Perhaps the most important aspect of planning your kitchen is the materials you decide to use. Choosing a quartz or granite worktop, or a bright coloured glass splashback is one thing, but ensuring all aspects complement your overall design is another. This can be difficult to achieve without any help. Even if you don’t opt to use a kitchen designer, taking some inspiration from brochures or showrooms can ensure you opt for materials and colours that suit you. However, getting the input of a professional designer is something we’d always recommend. With plenty of experience behind them, a designer can suggest options you may not have considered yourself, ensuring decisions over your final design are far more informed.
Of course, a key aspect of planning your kitchen will always be how it works as a cooking space. However, the kitchen has become the heart of the home more so now than ever before. With that in mind, virtually all modern kitchens are multi-functional, so you can decide which aspect you wish to prioritise. The perfect social space could have features like a breakfast bar, accommodating both families and guests. For the stay-at-home workers, pop-up plugs or charging drawer for your devices are another great option even beyond lockdown.
Storage space is vital to both functionality and appearance when planning your kitchen. As previously touched on, overhead space can be a real asset, with smaller appliances like microwaves being installed at eye level. Narrow storage spaces like spice racks can utilise what would otherwise be dead space, ensuring all your condiments are kept looking neat. Dynamic space towers provided really useful, accessible storage space on heavy duty drawer systems with glass sides for improved visibility of contents.
Much like storage, lighting plays an increasingly important role in both your design and functionality. Windows can offer plenty of natural light meaning artificial light can be used more subtly in various areas. Storage spaces can be lit on the inside while under-counter LED strips can really make your kitchen features pop, providing a sleek finishing touch to your design.
Using the Right Supplier
At the heart of the home, your kitchen can get lots of wear and tear. If it’s your ‘forever house’ you need to ensure you choose a good quality manufacturer so that your kitchen will stand the test of time. A well-made, high quality kitchen can also be a major attraction when you do decide to sell. Do you have any awkward corners or strange shapes in your room? A bespoke solution can be designed to take these into account, adding further originality to your kitchen, rather than limiting what you’re able to achieve with your space.
As you can tell, there’s plenty to think about when planning your dream kitchen, but it’s better to know what all the options are that to be ill-informed.