Planning for a Beautiful Kitchen
Creating a beautiful kitchen to reflect your lifestyle is close to many hearts. The vast array of kitchen products and furnishings to choose from can make the whole process seem rather daunting. However, there is one thing that everyone is agreed on – that the most important part of buying a new kitchen is the planning. Here are some pointers to help you get started. With a bit of advance preparation, you and your local kitchen designer will be able to create your dream kitchen!
Make sure you’re clear about what you want from your kitchen. Will you be entertaining there or simply cooking? If you will be entertaining, how many people will you want to seat? Do you have your heart set on a kitchen that can act as a focal point for the house? Think about what works well and what doesn’t in your current kitchen. Prepare a list of essentials – what do you really need to make your life easier? What other activities will take place in your kitchen? Will it be used for watching television, doing homework, paying bills, surfing the web or organising laundry? Do you want to keep your existing appliances? Finally, think about the traffic patterns in your house. Is the kitchen acting as a thoroughfare to the back door?
Fitted or free-standing?
Consider whether you want a fitted or a free-standing kitchen. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Fitted kitchens make the most of the available space, since awkward corners can be hidden and used for storage. You can choose flat-pack, rigid or custom-built to suit your needs. Fitted kitchens can also add value to your home, but you can’t take it with you when you move!
Alternatively, a free-standing kitchen offers an individual, informal look. All types of furniture can be used to create the perfect ambiance. When you move, you can take your furniture with you. Bear in mind that you have to choose your furniture carefully in order to create as much storage space as in a fitted kitchen.
Fashion and style
Is your preferred style contemporary or classic? If you’re not sure about what you want, visit your local kitchen designer to see what’s on offer. Do you want to incorporate the latest fashions? Colour and gloss are two of 2009’s strongest trends. Gloss continues to be popular in modern homes. Available in a wide range of colours, gloss units are highly reflective and bounce light all around, which makes them ideal for kitchens that don’t get much natural light, as long as you choose a light colour. If you yearn for a kitchen with a personal feel, pick a favourite colour and
choose units in a painted finish. For a beautiful bespoke look, units with a hand-painted finish are ideal. While door fronts for this style are normally in a traditional Shaker style, some flat-fronted designs are available which work well in modern homes. Whatever your preferred style, your local kitchen designer will be able to talk you through all the options and show you the latest products.
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