When it comes to renovating your home, the kitchen is probably one of the most exciting places to design (this was the case for me anyways!) Not only do you get the chance to design different aspects of where cooking sessions will take place, but you also get to choose appliances alongside any potential seating area – it’s an interior lover’s dream! But, whilst it is an interesting task, there are some important things to consider when designing your new kitchen:
What’s your budget?
Yep, this is the first and most crucial aspect to think of because when it comes to actually purchasing your new kitchen components, you’ll quickly realise that costs can add up to unimaginable amounts! Setting a budget can ensure you can account for labour costs and prevent you from getting too tempted with overspending, but can also leave a little wiggle room to purchase some luxury pieces if you’d like.
How will it be laid out?
Planning the layout of your new kitchen can get a little tedious with all the measuring as well as ensuring that your specified units alongside your chosen appliances all fit together in the space you have! You may want to hire a professional to ensure this process is done as accurately as possible so you don’t end up wasting any of your valuable funds, however if you’re feeling confident in your technical abilities, then this can also be undertaken on your own. Once this has been complete, you are free to take apart your old kitchen (if you have one) and get onto more exciting things!
What appliances will you choose?
With so many different products and brands on the market, it can easily become overwhelming when it comes to deciding on the types of appliances you’d like in your new kitchen, so it’s best to decide and order these in advance. This will also ensure your product is available for your new kitchen, and you have plenty of time to always go back to choose another variant if not. Some of the options to consider are the types of appliances you’d like, for example a dishwasher is still considered a luxury for many. You can also decide on if you’d prefer a freestanding or built in appliance, such as a cooker or hob – the choice is all yours!
Which type of worktops & units do you prefer?
The worktops and units in a kitchen are what brings the whole of it together, so choosing the right colour and design will greatly impact the entire space. There’s a range of materials, such as solid wood, laminate as well as newer innovative ones such as FENIX NTM or lavish ones from Bellagio Stone such as granite and quartz. Furthermore, you can choose the design you’d like – will it be marble or wood effect? The measurements you took will also come in handy at this stage. Finally, don’t forget the doors and handles!
What’s your choice of walls and flooring?
You’ll probably already have an idea of the design and colours of the walls and flooring at this point, but if you don’t, there’s plenty of inspiration on the internet! With so many options, you’re guaranteed to find something which will fit the aesthetic of your kitchen. I personally like the idea of PVC cladding as opposed to paint or wallpaper, because not only is it easy to clean but it’s also simple to install and last longer! As for flooring, vinyl is the best option, in my opinion, because it can easily be mopped up in case of any spills and you won’t be worried about it swelling!
When it came to designing my kitchen, I enjoyed using this process to plan out everything so I believe it’s the best way to go about it, as I like to think it’s a methodical approach. However, you may like to do things another way, and that’s okay too!
Until next time.