Whether you are starting from scratch in a new home, or giving your existing kitchen a complete redesign, a bespoke kitchen is the best way to really get the most out of your space. By creating a design that is specific to your kitchen you get to make it your own with almost limitless options. We’ve summarised 5 tips to help you design your bespoke kitchen.
- Consult a kitchen designer
You don’t need to have everything worked out before you meet with a Kitchen Design Consultant; in fact they can help right from the start to advise you on how to start planning your kitchen redesign. Their insight into the process means they can suggest ideas you may not have even considered, and can help you to visualise the end product. If you are working with an architect on room design, remember to give them specifics such as the height of your worktops and depth of your cabinets, so that they take this into consideration when planning out other details such as windows.
- Do your research
Spend some time exploring different styles to help decide on exactly what type of kitchen you want. Interior design websites or magazines can be very helpful for inspiration. If possible, look for kitchens with a similar size and shape as your own, for ideas on how to make the best of your own space. This is a great way to explore the possibilities of your kitchen as you may find layouts and designs that you would not have otherwise considered.
- Build to last
There’s no point installing a kitchen that will only last you ten years. Cheap bargains might look appealing, but when your countertops have rotted and your lights are flickering, you’re going to wish you’d chosen something more durable. These countertops made of granite in Littleton are ideal if you’re looking for something hard-wearing. You should also consider the finish of your cabinet doors – a light colour is going to stain if you’re a messy cook, and anything shiny is going to be covered in smudges if you have little ones running around. Paint should be water-proof and grease-proof, whilst your floor needs to be able to sustain dropped plates and smashed bottles on it from time to time.
- Look to the future
Making your kitchen future-proof does not just mean choosing timeless cabinet designs that won’t date easily; there are many other factors worth considering. Think about how you will be using the kitchen- the popular ‘golden triangle’ theory dictates that the most used equipment, e.g. the cooker, sink and fridge, should be positioned in sync with each other to minimise the journey between them. If you will frequently have several people using the kitchen at once, make sure that the passing space between units is sufficient. It is also worth remembering what worked well in your previous kitchen, and even more importantly, what didn’t. Learn from previous design mistakes to help create your ideal kitchen.
- Make it your own
Your kitchen should work for your exact needs. Are you an adventurous cook who loves trying new recipes? In that case you will most likely need plenty of prep space. Do you regularly host dinner parties in your home? A dedicated dining space within your kitchen means you can entertain guests without frequent trips back and forth between rooms. If your kitchen is part of an open plan layout, consider how your arrangement and décor fit within the wider living space. Don’t be afraid to add personal touches such as pops of colour, different textures and artwork for a kitchen that is unique to you.
- Don’t forget the extras
Consider how many appliances you use on a daily basis- do you need to allow for extra countertop space to fit everything in? Socket placement is often forgotten about, so plan where each appliance will go, and make sure that enough energy points are positioned there. Getting the right storage is also key, to ensure that everything has a place.
When planned properly and fitted professionally, a bespoke kitchen can become the beautiful centrepiece of your family home.