Kitchen Design

Often referred to as the heart of the home, having a functional, well appointed kitchen is an essential for any living situation. But having the right kitchen plans and designs is far from easy.

Settling on the right look and feel for your property can involve juggling budgets, space, available elements and more – often making it a nightmare to pick out the right aesthetic for your home. However, with a little thought and pre-planning, you can end up with something that is a joy to live in and add value to your build. 

So, what exactly makes it so problematic to find the right kitchen renovation ideas for your home and what are some simple tips to take the sting out of your work?

What makes it so difficult?

Any building or refitting work is a commitment. And when it comes to making permanent change to your space, the implications can be daunting. This can be due to the range of items required for the build, your available timeframe, current living situation and more.

Bearing this in mind, some simple tricks for mastering your layout include-

Narrowing Your Options: Having a world of choice can make selecting a look incredibly challenging. When it comes to your own kitchen, look for some examples to draw inspiration from and use those as a starting point. This can be as simple as mimicking a shaker aesthetic, seizing on scandi minimalism, or going industrial for a foodie’s paradise. Once agreed, stick with it. And if you find yourself deviating from ‘home’ you can abandon the idea or find an option that is within your design aesthetic.

Locking in a Colour Scheme: Again, this is a simple idea that can work dividends – choosing a dominant complimentary colour scheme for your space can work wonders for breaking through the analysis paralysis of kitchen design. Do you want crisp eggshells with bleached blues, perhaps deep navies with a touch of silver, or maybe autumnal beauty with dark reds and contrasting blacks? Once you understand how it looks – thanks to some tester swatches from your provider – you can start to make other decisions about your space. 

Choosing Your Statement Pieces: When it comes to finding a standout piece for your kitchen, remember the last time you walked into someone’s kitchen and went “wow”. This can be as simple as an isolated island unit for informal dinners, stunning kitchenware attached to your prep space, or gorgeous rustic storage that adds to the room while giving you invaluable space. Look for something that combines functionality and visual appeal and start to build your design around that. 

What else should I bear in mind?

While it’s easy to make a start with some structured decision making, every project comes with its own unique challenges when it comes to planning out the practical specifics of your kitchen design ideas. This is when it’s advisable to seek out professional guidance to cut down on time and stress.

Some common questions we’ve encountered include-

What types of style are there you can choose from?

Deciding on a distinct style for your kitchen redesign can help ensure consistency in your design and get that ‘look’ you’re seeking. We can help you sort these by categories such as traditional style, minimalist options etc. Reviewing distinct ranges in detail can give you a better idea of your choices and allow you to mix and match. 

However, starting from a solid entry point is always a good idea. We would recommend familiarising yourself with styles and trends that work from clipped back modern styles to the narrow grandeur of a galley kitchen. Of course, there’s no harm in checking out some traditional options for inspiration or to pull in some warmth to your space or review European choices to get some continental style into your serving area. 

How do I make the most of my space?

Maximising your available space is an essential part of any design process. Take the time to physically walk through your area and determine the maximum practical dimensions you have to work with. If you continue to struggle, it may be worth determining if the kitchen home improvement work is of real value – with a part conversion or extension giving you additional options. 

If that’s not the case, it’s important to make the most of your storage options. Deep cabinets with pull-out organisers are an elegant and effective way to keep your kitchen clutter free. A few simple wall-mounted hangers can act as a statement piece but it’s always best to remember that less is more.

How can I get a better idea of what’s possible?

While there are numerous online options for your space, nothing will be better than walking through some examples of what you would love to have…or would never, ever consider. Taking a visit to a reliable provider will let you get a sense of the look and the practicality of working in a space – something that can be very important when you’re dealing with an enclosed area.

Taking a visit to a showroom can help you iron out the kinks in your plans and get a better sense of the cost or payment options available – letting you make the most of your budget while still being sensible and practical about your spend. 

What can I customise?

Essentially…everything. If you’re dealing with a small space that needs extra tweaks to be liveable or a massive kitchen that just seems, well, empty – it’s important to remember that almost every element in your space can be modified to a high degree. This can range from swapping out handles or choosing different shades or grains of wood to comprehensive, ground-up redesign work.

Any quality kitchen design provider will be able to provide a bespoke service that lets you dream up your ideal fixtures for your kitchen. This can be your perfect drinks cabinet that marries elegance with capacity, a sturdy bookshelf to store your reading material, or a dedicated breakfast nook to let you start the day with a coffee and twenty minutes of peace. 

Simply put, if you’re looking for something truly yours, the only thing standing in your way is your imagination. 

What next?

If you want further help finding a design that’s right for you, our team at Creating Better Homes is here to help. With many years’ experience in the sector, we work with you to settle on the right aesthetic for your home – from authentic beauty, rustic warmth, to sleek modern builds. We know how difficult the design process can be and are happy to walk you through the process to find a design that is right for you.

If you have any unique needs or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and let our team know how we can help provide the great kitchen ideas that you are looking for.