Your New Kitchen: Top Design Tips

Renovating your kitchen is a massive project that requires a lot of time and consideration. The kitchen is an essential part of any home. It’s the place where you keep and make your food, as well as food for family or friends, or even pets. Depending on if it has a built-in dining area, it can also be a popular social hub within the home. You want to make sure that you get your kitchen renovation right, so that it is comfortable, efficient and a pleasing room to look at.

Once you have decided on and acquired a budget amount for such a project, you can go ahead with considering how you want to carry out this makeover, step by step, with this guide to help you.

Know What You Want

When you decide to take on a project as big as a kitchen renovation, it’s important that you go into it knowing exactly what you want. This vision may bend or change a little as you work on it, but having a clear idea of what you want your future kitchen to look like is important for a few reasons.

By knowing what you want, you can work out a good estimate of how much the project should cost overall. Additionally, considering the desired main function of your kitchen should play a vital part in this. If you are an avid baker or cook, you may want plenty of storage for your ingredients and tools. If you have a large family or like to have guests in your home a lot of the time, then having a dining area within your kitchen where guests or family can sit while you cook might be important to you.

So, how do you decide what you want your future kitchen to be? This is where good research comes in. Create a vision board with sample colours you’d like to use in the room, as well as examples of flooring you want to consider. Also find out what you would like the cabinets, appliances, and any furniture, such as bar stools, chairs or a table, to look like if your kitchen also has a dining area. You can look online on Instagram, Pinterest and interior design blogs for some aesthetic inspiration.

If you want to find out more in depth, reading specific books or magazines on the subject could be very helpful. Consider visiting your local library to find physical resources on the subject, if you are looking for a budget-friendly alternative. Additionally, you can download Libby, which is a free app that allows you to download resources online that your local library has to offer, including e-magazines on various topics.  

Do Your Dream Kitchen Research

Once you’ve developed a clear understanding of what matters to you when it comes to creating your new kitchen, you need to compare your vision with your budget and see just how compatible they are. What is the most important part of this makeover to you? Where are you planning to put most of your budget? Will you need to compromise? Take the time to write out and plan each element that is necessary to the renovation and work out how you can effectively apply your budget to make the most of it.

Additionally, if you are planning out your new kitchen on a lower budget, or simply want to put your budget towards other things in your renovation plans, it might be worth looking in cost-friendly places for new cabinets or appliances. Car boot sales, charity shops or second-hand sale sites, such as eBay or Facebook Marketplace, all have great potential treasures for your new kitchen, waiting for you to find them. In turn, you may also be able to sell unwanted furniture or accessories from your current kitchen and earn back some extra money towards your renovation.

Decluttering

A new home renovation is a great excuse to have a clear out, but particularly in the kitchen. Before you start your project, take the time to go through all your kitchen cupboards and drawers to see what you want to keep and what can go. Some things can be sold, but a lot of it may simply need to be thrown away or given to others. Additionally, by sorting through your current things, you may find some things that you don’t want to get rid of, but don’t want to keep as they currently are. This is where upcycling comes in handy.

Make the Most of What You Already Have

When people think of a kitchen renovation, they generally think of starting from scratch. While this can be the case, it is also good to consider what you can keep of your current kitchen and pass it over to the new one. Kitchen cabinets are an essential part of any kitchen, as they are your primary storage spaces for food, crockery and cutlery. However, you might not like how they currently look, or feel that they don’t fit in with how you imagine your future kitchen to be. If they still function properly and they still offer enough storage space for you, then why not consider keeping them, and just revamp them a little bit?

It might take a little out of your budget, but it would probably cost a lot less than replacing them all. You could repaint them, change the door handles, or in the case of a high wall cabinet, you could remove the doors and have the contents on display, against a wallpapered interior for the cupboards that matches the design or theme of your kitchen.

Extensions

One of the reasons you might want a kitchen renovation in the first place is that it would be part of a home extension. When you are planning an extension, think about how it will impact the rest of your home: will everyone still be able to access the kitchen in the same way as before the extension, or will there be a different access point installed? An extended kitchen would most likely have the advantage of a seating area, making it a combined kitchen-dining room. Think about how you can utilise this to the best of your advantage.

Additionally, one popular form of kitchen extensions is to have a conservatory kitchen. With this combination, you will get the benefit of a conservatories glass ceilings in your kitchen and easier access to your garden (if you have one) which is ideal for moving outside with your food on a summer day. However, as beautiful as the extra windows can be, they do have their downsides. Notably, the outside temperature will be felt more severely in the room than before, making your kitchen either very cold or very hot, which can have negative impacts on your food when cooking. You can find out more about home extensions and how they can add value to your property here.

Exploring Flooring

Flooring, alongside worktops and cabinets, is one of the main things to be replaced during a kitchen renovation. It’s quite a big task to undertake, that can leave you unable to enter or use your kitchen while it is being replaced, so consider it carefully. Consider why you want to change your current flooring, and what the benefits would be to the new one you would want putting in its place. If you recently moved into a pre-owned home, maybe the current flooring seems to be worn down to you and you want something a bit fresher. Alternatively, you may have pets or young children running around, making you realise that your current flooring isn’t as durable as you would like. So what would work best for you?

The most popular types of kitchen flooring are tiles, laminate and vinyl. Each one of these has their own perks, depending on what you’re looking for in your home. Laminate comes in lots of different styles, but ones that look like wood are a great substitute for the real thing, in terms of budget. However, like a real wooden floor, laminate doesn’t mix well with water. Therefore, if your dining area or living room are separate from the kitchen space, it might be a good idea to use laminate there instead, in order to avoid the spills you would get in the kitchen. While it may not respond well to water, it has proven to be durable against the marks or scratches children and pets can make while running around.

Tiles are the classic choice, with their sturdiness and authentic appearance, coming in thousands of different designs. It is likely you would have tiles on your kitchen wall, even if you do not want them on your flooring, due to being easy to clean and durable. However, their practicality needs to be tested. Some tiles are very smooth and can become extra slippery if liquid like oil is spilt onto them. Additionally, tiles can chip or crack over time if anything heavy is dropped onto them.

Finally, vinyl has gained a positive reputation over time for being cheap, durable and easy to clean, making it perfect for a kitchen floor.

Appliances

A kitchen is one of the most practical rooms in any home, so it’s important that it has all the necessary appliances to help it function. The main appliances you’ll find in a kitchen are:

  • Electric Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Fridge (with freezer, or both separately)
  • Oven/Cooker

Additionally, if your home doesn’t have a utility room, then it’s likely you would also add washing machines and tumble dryers to this list. You will want all of your pieces to match in some way, so that your kitchen looks orderly while confident in the theme you’ve chosen for it. To make the most of your budget, make sure to read reviews of the appliances you plan on buying. Even if you plan on buying some of them second-hand, you should still be able to find reviews for specific products online. Although the reviews might not be recent, if the product itself is still in relatively new condition, you can get a good sense of what it was like when it was first

It’s important to consider how these appliances will fit into your renovated kitchen space. For big appliances like fridges, ovens and washing machines, it’s important to try and create space that they can fit into, so that they sit naturally within the space. If you don’t plan your renovation effectively to consider these things, then you may find that

Electrical Points

Every kitchen will need multiple electrical points – you won’t be able to use any of your appliances without them. But with potential food or liquid spills occurring every day, you need to consider their placement carefully while also ensuring you have enough for your every day needs.

Although your kitchen may already have some electrical sockets, if you aren’t starting from scratch, you may wish to consider a qualified electrician to rewire the area, and add additional sockets around your new kitchen. It is better to have spare than to be juggling appliances or considering possibly dangerous extension leads.

Lighting

Good kitchen lighting can add positively to the aesthetic you’ve aimed to create. It should be bright and simple, so that you can see what you’re doing while you’re cooking. However, some people like to be a bit more creative with their lighting. While some kitchens have simple LED lights built into the ceiling, others have low hanging lamps, which can look great above an island. You can also get cabinet lights, which you can switch on so that you have light over the worktop you are working on. Additionally, you can get wall lights, which can create a cosy aesthetic. There are many options out there, so make sure you look around different homeware shops to see what you think will work best for you. Whatever you decide, make sure that it is functional to fit and use, as well as aesthetically pleasing.  

What You Can Do on Your Own, and When You Need a Professional

Some things, like painting and researching what you want for your property can be done by you alone, although there is the option for professional help in those areas if you want it. However, there are some areas where, unless you have professional experience in it yourself, you need a skilled, experience worker to help you with this. For example, if you are planning on getting a new sink in your kitchen, it is a good idea to get a plumber to help you with that, to ensure that it is in full working order. Additionally, if you need help installing your new cabinets or oven, the company where you bought these from will usually offer a service to have it installed by professionals on or associated with their team.

Conclusion

When you renovate your kitchen, it is likely that you will be unable to use this room properly for a couple of weeks at least. This can be quite frustrating and adds an extra reason for wanting the best kitchen you can get out of it. Additionally, making such a big investment towards your house can add value to it in the future. After any large project, it’s worth taking the time to review your insurance and possibly organise an updated property valuation, particularly if you are considering selling or letting out your property one day.

With these tips, you should be able to develop your plans for a new kitchen with confidence and ease. Good luck!

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