As much as planning a new kitchen can be exciting and fun, it can also be daunting, time-consuming and overwhelming. From cabinet choices to printed splashbacks and appliances, there are so many choices to be made and options to be considered. It’s worth taking time upfront to plan your new kitchen and consider what will work best for you. Whether you’re planning a chick modem entertaining space, a family room or a cosy cottage kitchen, our top tips can help you to get the best out of your room.
1. Consider your needs
Go through your current kitchen and evaluate the space. Enough, or too much, food storage? Do you have places to display glasses and crockery? Or perhaps everything currently feels a bit too on display. Take out items you don’t use and donate them to a charity shop or a friend in need. This will help you to see what you have left to store, as well as helping you to plan work surface organisation.
Think about how you want to use your space. Do you need to expand with an extension or knock through to an existing room? Would you like a space for the family to get together whilst one person cooks? Perhaps open space for dinner party drinks is top of your list. Who is usually in your kitchen, and how do you cook?
2. Be practical about furnishings
White and light coloured furnishings can look fantastic and, in certain spaces, are the perfect kitchen solution. But they also show white marks and grease, and are far harder to keep clean. The same goes for shiny surfaces. Matte granite or wood finish worktops can be more practical (although it is worth factoring in long-term maintenance, such as staining and protecting wood surfaces regularly). Splashbacks made from glass can be a striking as well as practical feature, avoiding the nooks and crannies that come with cleaning tiles and the inevitable wearing away of grouting.
3. Work out your layout
Think about your existing plumbing and heating connections and consider whether these need to be moved or extended. Adding an island to a kitchen? You’ll need to make sure plumbing and electricity are set up before anything is built or any flooring is laid. Map your appliance layout to ensure you have enough plugs and pipe points. One way to make this easier is to have your washing machine and dishwasher close to your sink. That keeps plumbing super easy. The same considerations apply to mapping lighting. Thinking about where you need lighting options, such as in food preparation areas, means that when everything is in place your kitchen will function just as you need it to.
4. Take inspiration
Look around you for inspiration – books, magazines and images with different textures and colourways can help you to build a mood board to capture your perfect style. You don’t need to focus only on kitchens, take inspiration from other rooms in your home or interior design magazines. Having one central idea or piece that captures the essence of your look can help to anchor it: for example, a plate, piece of fabric or elegant handle. Once you’ve chosen key components you can start to look for paints, appliances, wall coverings and glass splashbacks in the right colourways.
5. Speak to a professional
Kitchen planners are experienced in supporting clients through remodels and redecoration, and are knowledgeable in the tips and tricks that can take you from ordinary to extraordinary. Their experience in choosing practical and stylish options at the best prices will leave you glad you asked for help.