How To Plan For Your Dream Kitchen

Have you always wanted to renovate your kitchen, or are you moving into a new home with inspiration for your interior design?

It can be daunting when it comes to making decisions in an area of your home you spend a lot of time in.

There are many factors to consider and it can often feel overwhelming. Breaking down the design process into individual segments will allow you to focus on one area at a time.

This will ensure you can assess all of your options in a timely fashion and design the kitchen of your dreams.

Take a look at our steps on How To Plan For Your Dream Kitchen.

1. Research

The first thing you should do on the path to creating your new kitchen is research. You may have a great idea of what you want to do for your kitchen or you may have no idea. The best thing to do is gather your thoughts and ideas into one area so you have a better idea of your goal.

Take a look through interior design magazines and the internet to see what some home builders are doing with their kitchens. What lights do they use and what finishes and colours work well together.

If you want your kitchen to flow smoothly with the rest of your home, consider adding similar colours from the remainder of your home into your kitchen design.

Protege Kitchen & Living

The stunning living area that leads to the sumptuous kitchen in The Protege by Smart Homes for Living

2. Gather your thoughts and ideas

A great way to conceptualise your ideas is to create a mood board. When you meet your designer, take along a board full of photos, colour swatches and images you have attained to provide a better understanding of what design you’re looking for.

Don’t feel that you have to consider every minor aspect of your kitchen at this stage. Having a rough outline will make the process of explaining what you want to your designer much easier. This stage is simply a starting point to work from.

Protege Kitchen

The Kitchen inside The Protege by Smart Homes for Living

3. Consider appliances

You don’t have to select particular appliances at this stage, but considering what you would like to include will help the design process progress. The most important appliances will be your oven and fridge, followed by a dishwasher.

You will need to leave a suitable recess or space for your desired appliances and it will assist your designer in knowing how to position the remainder of your kitchen to allow for peak functionality.

Exemplar Kitchen

The Kitchen in The Exemplar by Smart Homes for Living oozes elegance with it’s open design

4. Establish your layout

Regardless of what colours and finishes you choose, establishing your layout is the most important element in your design. At this stage of the process, your designer will have an understanding of the look and feel of your kitchen and will therefore keep this in mind when considering your layout.

Your layout will depend on the size and shape of your space, and will come up with a number of variations dependent on this. Once you have finalised a few layout options, it’s time to evaluate your options.

Go home and consider the layout options provided. Consider the different ideas your designer has discussed with you and what you want most from your kitchen.

It’s now time to consider how much storage you require, what appliances are necessary and how you will float around the kitchen.

This is also the best time to establish how much storage space you will need, and if there are any large items that will need to be tucked away.

Fusion Kitchen

The Kitchen inside The Fusion by Smart Homes for Living incorporates functional design with stylish features

5. Choose your finishes, colours and select the final touches

Once you have finalised all of the prior steps, it’s time to get down to the overall look of your dream kitchen. The finishes and colours you choose for your doors, drawers, cabinets and bench tops are the next most important aspect to consider.

This is the stage of the design process where you can really add your personal touch and create any style you desire. Take the time to consider your options and don’t feel rushed into making any decisions. A good designer will grant you the time to gather your thoughts and ideas and be 100% happy with your final choice.

From here you can select the final touches. These can enhance the overall look of the kitchen and tie it together nicely for a design you will be proud of. From splashback to lighting, door knobs, handles, bar stools and photographs, you can really start to finalise your design.

Handles and lighting features can often be overlooked in the design process, yet they play an integral part in it’s look. Handles can help accentuate an otherwise plain cabinet and spectacular lighting features can add the final touch you need.

Author: Rachael Payne

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