So, you want to overhaul your kitchen but you’re not sure where to start? Let’s face it, there’s plenty to think about when you’re planning your new cooking space and so getting these projects right can be tricky. To help you, here are five things to consider when you’re planning a kitchen redesign.
How much can you afford to spend?
Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need to set a budget. You should do this right at the start of the planning process so that you know how ambitious you can be. Rather than starting to buy things for your new kitchen and totting up your spending as you go, try to work out the total sum of all the things you will need to complete the room before you go on a shopping spree. This way, you’ll be able to see if you can afford the different elements you have in mind for your kitchen and you won’t be left facing a black hole in your budget.
How will you store your kitchen essentials?
Storage is arguably the most important element in any kitchen. Without the right units and shelves, these rooms can look cluttered and chaotic. So, it’s worth getting this part of your cooking space spot on. With some careful planning, you might be able to fit a surprising amount of storage into this room. For example, you could use full-height wooden kitchen cabinets to ensure you take advantage of the vertical space on offer. Cleverly designed corner units can also help you to make the most of your square footage.
When you’re deciding on your units, think about whether you want all of your storage to be concealed for a slick, contemporary look and feel or whether you’d like some open shelving for a more rustic, farmhouse effect.
Will your meal prep must-haves be within easy reach?
If you’ve never heard of the kitchen triangle, now’s the time to get to grips with this term. Used by kitchen designers, the phrase refers to the positioning of your cooker top, sink and fridge. It’s generally considered that for maximum convenience when you’re cooking up a storm, it’s useful to have these three elements within close (but not too close) proximity to one another. Also, if possible, try to ensure there are no obstacles in between them, such as tall cabinets.
Which materials will work best?
As well as looking stunning, you’ll no doubt want the materials you use in your kitchen to be robust and capable of withstanding wear and tear. There are lots of hardy materials that can work perfectly in these rooms. Solid wood is a great example. A popular choice for cabinets, worktops and floors, wood has a natural warmth and beauty, and it’s durable when cared for properly. Various types of stone and slate are also popular choices, and high-quality laminate can work well too. These surfaces are very resistant to water and scratches.
How can you tie your new design scheme together?
Once you’ve covered the main points, you’ll need to think about the smaller elements that will help you to tie your design scheme together. For example, what light fixtures will you use? What colours will you incorporate? Will you add finishing touches like plants and wall pictures? These details can make or break your entire kitchen, so it’s important to put plenty of thought into them.
Bear in mind that while these extras might not cost much individually, the bill can quickly mount up if you’re buying a lot of them at once. This means you’ll need to leave space in your spending limit for them.