A Quick Guide to Choosing a New Kitchen
Choosing a new kitchen can be one of the most exciting renovation projects in a home, but it can also wind up being one of the most expensive and stressful too.
It’s important to spend plenty of time planning before you jump into a showroom and start making arrangements, so here’s a quick guide on how to choose your new kitchen.
Know What You Need
Firstly, you need to establish exactly what you need, and what you don’t need. Look at your existing kitchen and identify the stuff that you haven’t used for years, as well as what could possibly make your life a lot easier.
Think about how much storage space you currently have, as well as things such as the colours and how it could all be improved upon.
Even think about things such as whether you could knock down a wall to open up a kitchen-living space; an increasingly popular choice.
Consider what the space is used for and whether it currently serves those purposes or not.
Remember the Boring Stuff
It’s easy to get carried away with the pretty stuff or the big appliances, but remember all the stuff such as plumbing and heating which makes all of this possible.
Often, you’ll be ok to use the existing plumbing for your new kitchen, but if you’re going to be adding new features such as an island in the centre of the kitchen, you’ll need to think about this before you get to work.
Map out exactly where your appliances are going to be, and think about keeping them close together to keep the plumbing simple.
It’s important that your kitchen has lots of secondary (or ‘task’) lighting, to ensure that areas where you’re going to be doing things such as cooking or washing up can be well lit.
There are loads of fancy kitchen lighting options out there and you can get some nice inspiration from this post from Bidvine.
Let Your Imagination Run Wild
While it is important to remember the practical stuff, be sure to have fun with the process too.
Look at lots of different places for inspiration, whether it’s online, magazines or showrooms and always make a note of the stuff that you like, you could even make your own scrapbook or Pinterest board.
Try not to worry about the cost too much at the initial planning stage as you’re just looking for ideas to inspire you further down the line.
Call in the Professionals
While you can form a rough idea of what you want for your kitchen yourself, it’s best to get a professional kitchen designer in at some point to ensure that you really get the most out of the space.
We spoke to Lakeland Kitchens who said: “We try not to mess around with the ideas that clients come to us with, as we know how important it is for them to get their dream kitchen.
“However, our expertise and experience in the industry mean we know a lot of the little things which most people wouldn’t even consider and we can also easily source the latest products, fixtures and fittings for you too.”