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Do these 5 things if you want a stunning looking kitchen

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Alex, Staff Writer

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Kitchens are often considered the hub of any home. If your current kitchen is drab, dated or simply no longer meets your needs, then it could be time for a kitchen redesign. 

Not only will a new kitchen add value to your property, but the right outcome will transform your enjoyment of your home too. Though, this can only happen if you consider your design choices before you go ahead with the installation. Here are some top tips to guide you. 

Decide on the function of the space

While the primary aim of a kitchen is to be able to cook food, you may also use the space to dine or entertain in. Therefore, you need to think about what elements will best facilitate everything that you do in your kitchen.

For example, islands are a popular addition, as they provide extra worktop space and also double up as a socialising area. But if you’re short on space, they can take up far too much room, awkwardly getting in the way. Instead, you might want to consider elements that can be interchangeable depending on the purpose.

Play with the layout

The layout can have a huge impact on the usability of any space. When redesigning your kitchen you should view it as a blank canvas. Think about any current issues you have such as a poor flow, cupboards getting in the way, a lack of storage etc. The solutions need to be found within the new design, without adding any new problems into the mix. 

Be realistic about the amount of space you have, especially if you aren’t planning on extending. The aim is to incorporate every element you need with the right placement, without making the space feel cluttered or disjointed. Zoning is also important, especially if you want a clear distinction about where you cook, eat or entertain. 

Add more natural light

Take a walk through your existing kitchen, and check whether it benefits from adequate natural light or not. If it’s north-facing, it may feel bright in the morning then soon become overcast during the day, as the light moves to the other side of the property. 

Before installing your kitchen, see if it’s possible to increase the number of windows in the room, or even add a skylight if you have a single-storey extension. This will greatly enhance the finish of the kitchen, as the light will bounce off the fixtures making it feel more open and lively. 

Choose the colour scheme wisely

Kitchens come in an infinite amount of colours, making them customisable to your personal style. However, you need to consider the colour use in terms of how it then blends with the rest of the home. That way, you can avoid using colour schemes that may seem jarring in comparison.

If the space doesn’t benefit from natural light or is quite small, avoid using darker colours that will absorb the light rather than reflect it. You can also mix things up by using a bolder colour for your units and a lighter colour for your worktops, which will give you the best of both worlds. 

Hire a Kitchen Designer

Even with the best planning in the world, achieving a dream kitchen isn’t always possible without the right know-how. If you’re not sure how to make the best use of the space, or if you’ve never designed a kitchen before - a kitchen designer can point you in the right direction.

Hiring a kitchen designer will add some cost to your project. However, the finished result is more likely to be a success which ultimately is the aim of the game. Since kitchens are not as easy to change as a paint colour, you want to make sure you get everything right the first time. A kitchen designer may also come up with solutions you’d have never thought of without their help, since they are the experts! 

To sum up

Kitchens are the most expensive area of your home to renovate, so it’s essential you think through every decision carefully. Space should be functional and cater to all your needs. By following the above advice you can create a kitchen that’s magazine-worthy, regardless of your room size or budget. 

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