Planning A New Kitchen
Home interiors and gardening

Planning a new kitchen – 4 key questions

Your kitchen might be one of the most used spaces in your home, so if you’re planning to revamp this room, you’ll no doubt want to make sure you do a good job. To help you get this project right, here are four questions you should ask yourself when you’re planning a new kitchen.

1. How will I use the room?

Firstly, how will you actually use the room? Do you just want to be able to prepare food in there or would you prefer to be able to dine and entertain in there too? Do you like privacy while you cook or do you enjoy some company? Answering questions like these will help you to determine design essentials such as whether your kitchen should open out into a dining area and whether you should incorporate an island unit. If you want a sociable cooking space, it’s probably best to go for an open plan layout with plenty of seating, while if you like a quiet, functional kitchen, you might want to close this room off and design it with a tighter work triangle.

2. What’s the most efficient layout?

It’s easy to get fixated on looks when you’re designing this part of your home, but it’s vital that you focus on functionality too. As part of this, you’ll need to ask yourself what the most efficient layout of the room will be. Kitchen designers tend to create zones in cooking spaces. These can include areas for washing, prepping and cooking. So, when you’re planning this room, think carefully about where appliances will sit in relation to each other. For example, consider how much distance you want between your cooker top, fridge and sink. Efficiently designed kitchens can make cooking much easier, quicker and more enjoyable, so it’s worth putting plenty of thought into these issues.

3. How much storage do I need?

Storage is the unsung hero of kitchen design. When done well, you hardly notice it’s there, but when it’s done badly, entire cooking spaces can look chaotic and messy. So, when you’re planning this room, make sure you incorporate enough storage to house your essentials. Bear in mind there are lots of clever ways to incorporate extra storage into these areas. For example, kitchen unit specialists such as Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets provide full-height cabinets that can help you to take advantage of the vertical space on offer in this room. In addition, to make use of awkward corner areas, you can invest in L-shaped corner units, as well as magic basket features that give you easy access to the furthest reaches of your cabinets.

4. What’s my style?

Once you’ve ticked off important practicalities like these, you can get to the fun part of deciding exactly what style you’re aiming for. Do you love the contemporary look or are you aiming for a rustic farmhouse vibe? If you like modern cooking spaces, you might want to go for a minimalist design where most of your kitchen equipment and appliances are hidden away in closed cabinets. On the other hand, if you want a more relaxed, lived-in look, why not have some open storage units that show off anything from crockery to glassware?

When it comes to materials, do you want the time-old appeal of natural wood or stone for your surfaces, units and flooring, or would contemporary alternatives like glass, metal and plastic suit you better? Whichever style you’re going for, make sure you stick to it in all aspects of your design, from your furniture to your fixtures, fittings and décor. Consistency is key if you’re trying to achieve a coherent, harmonious look and feel.

Planning a new kitchen can be a daunting task, but if you answer questions like these before you launch into the project, you can’t go far wrong.


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