Redesigning your kitchen is a huge task. That’s if you’re redesigning in a ‘rip all the cupboards out, remove the existing fall and replace with things that are all brand spanking new’ way. It’s also the one room of your house that will make the biggest difference to the value of your home, so if you are looking to sell, having a dream kitchen will put you ahead of other sellers in the market.
It’s one of the spaces that need proper planning. It’s often best to talk to a professional about what you want as they follow the rules of the design triangle where the oven, fridge and sink are ideally situated in a triangle formation, but if that seems slightly unnecessary here are a few tips to think about when designing your kitchen space.
The space and arrangement – What shape room is the area you have for your kitchen? There are 4 main shape styles that work best in certain spaces. If your room is long and thin, the galley style is what you should go for. With all cupboards running along one wall, its best to conceal washing machines, and fridges etc within the units, resulting in a sleeker more modern look. Having the cupboards a light shade will also help to make the room feel less claustrophobic, as would refraining from having high level cupboards running the whole length.
The Corridor approach also works well for long rooms. Again, stick to a light colour and don’t have wall cupboards on both sides but use open shelving instead, with perhaps a double height pull out cupboard at the end. Having lots of light fitted under the shelves and cupboards, as well as spot lighting above will really brighten up the room.
L-shape styles work very well; especially if you have the extra space to add a dining table to create a kitchen/diner and a more open plan feel to your living space. Low cupboards and wall cupboards running both sides of the L – shape are fine as there is all the other open space a plain walls. The only thing to consider is where the sink fit, traditionally it goes under the window which means nice views, as well as being spared from banging your head on wall cupboards. The window could also follow the modern theme with Metal Blinds. There are tricky corner cupboards here that can become dead spaces if not designed with thought, but using clever carrousel cupboard system will solve this, and there are plenty of ideas on the market.
U-shaped styles offer the most cupboard and surface space, which is what people always want more of. They’re great for dividing open plan spaces, meaning you don’t have to leave guests while going off to cook when entertaining. The current trends are dark glossy work surfaces complimenting dark floor tones with the cupboards themselves remaining light. This look is sleek and sophisticated and very now.
The amount of ideas and new technologies available in stores is huge, there are space saving tips, slim line appliances, cupboards of every colour and storage innovation. Just remember that your kitchen is fitted and will more than likely stay in the house long after you do, so add personality by wall paint colours, or the kettle, mug trees, tea coffee and sugar pots, and all other accessories you have.