Creating your bespoke kitchen design can be difficult, and, with so many options, often confusing.
To help, here are some pearls of wisdom from the expert designers at Kitchen Design Centre to help you create perfect modern or traditional kitchens.
How should I arrange my designer kitchen?
The top priority for designer kitchens is always practicality. The kitchen will work best when you assign three designated areas.
First, there is the preparation area. The fridge should be positioned next to the worktop and utensils drawer.
Then there is the cooking area, where all your appliances should meet. Your cleaning areas, including your sink, dishwasher and draining board, shouldn’t be too far away from the other two areas.
Putting an island or breakfast bar adds an additional social and storage area.
Should I customise my kitchen?
Since the kitchen is the hub of your home, it is important to choose a design and layout to help you feel comfortable in your surroundings.
Personal touches might include large windows and doors to let the light in, wall pictures and photographs or fragrances.
Is stainless steel or wood the best finish? Stainless steel has a clinical look, perfect for professional kitchens. It can be excellent for an efficient looking kitchen, but it is not to everyone’s taste.
Traditional wood, such as oak, looks much more warm and welcoming. Light wood and large French doors that lead into the garden create a very open, yet comfortable ambience.
Which is better, open-shelving or fitted cabinets?
Fitted cabinets with organised layered shelves are usually more efficient so you know where everything is.
Should I hide or display my kitchen utensils?
This is very much a personal choice, but having your kitchen utensils on display means you always have them to hand.
Which saucepans should I stock my kitchen with?
You need the perfect cookware to make the perfect dish, and it really is worth investing in a premium brand.
Quality cookware lasts longer than other pans and has substantial health benefits. The non-stick coating doesn’t have any toxins that can break down and chip off into your food, unlike low quality pans.
What is the most common kitchen design mistake?
Many people neglect light and ventilation. It is, however, vital to the overall feel of the kitchen to have an abundance of them.
Which is the best type of flooring for designer kitchens?
The most practical and, often, the best aesthetically is tiled and wooden flooring. You can personalise them to your taste and, more importantly, they are hygienic and easy to clean.
How do you choose art to blend with your design?
Give your kitchen an open feel with natural landscapes and idyllic outdoor scenario in the form of wall art. To add a calming effect – use muted colours.