Wherever you look online or in interior design magazines, you see amazing kitchens. Renovating your kitchen is one of the biggest internal projects you can take on for your home, but when you get it right its’s perfect.
There are so many tips and tricks out there about getting your perfect kitchen, here are a few to keep you from making any mistakes.
Choosing a style that will date
Kitchen design has seen a transformation as new designs and styles have come on the market. While no one wants a boring kitchen, going too far the other way can leave you with a style that’s going to look dated very quickly.
Spending too much money
A quality kitchen is a sound investment. Companies such as Ashford Kitchens are perfect for this. But spending exorbitant amounts on a kitchen can be a false economy and will not add the equivalent value to your property. As I’m all about saving money when it comes to home renovation, I’ve managed to get some great savings on cool features for my kitchen – I’m currently looking at getting some neon signs in and have been scouring the internet for inspiration.
Sacrificing bench space
Don’t get wrapped up in filling your kitchen with appliances and accessories at the expense of bench space. You want space to prepare food, serve meals, use other smaller appliances.
Not having enough power sockets
However many power sockets you think you need, add more. Almost everything you buy for a kitchen these days needs to be plugged in. Make your life easier by having enough power supplies, even if these are hidden away out of sight.
Not enough storage
Having enough cupboard space is the holy grail for most homeowners. You will always fill up the cupboards you have, no matter how many there are. When you’re having your kitchen designed, concentrate on the opportunities for cupboard space and other smart storage solutions
Neglecting the lighting
When designing a kitchen, lighting should be something that you put a lot of thought into. You want a well let space that will make it easier and safer to prepare food. If you have a kitchen diner, you should also have a main lighting element above the dining table too.
There are many ways to light parts of your kitchen such as having concealed lighting in the baseboards and underneath cupboards. Different lighting options let you light the room differently depending on what time of day it is and what you’re doing.
Remember the fine details
A well-designed kitchen is all about the finer details that make it work well. For instance, reducing the number of unnecessary steps between the sink, cooker and fridge.
Also, less glamorous details such as where do put the rubbish bins so that they aren’t an eyesore, do you build them into the cupboards or have them freestanding. It might be quite boring when you’ve got an entire kitchen to design, but these little things really do turn a kitchen from good to great.
Designing your dream kitchen is really exciting but as you don’t do it very often, you need to make sure you do it right. By taking the time to really plan out your needs, you’re going to ensure that it’s stylish and practical.