If you’re looking to re-design your kitchen area, it’s important that you take care to plan it properly – especially if you have a clear idea of what you want it to look like. Additionally,  planning thoroughly can help the designer to have a deep understanding of what you’re after, as well as preventing any mistakes.

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The first thing to do is to take a look at your current kitchen and write down everything that you like and dislike. From aesthetics to functionality, you can be as specific as you like – after all, you’re starting afresh and so this is the perfect opportunity to filter out anything that doesn’t work for you.

The next step is to take the list of things you like and turn them in to a wish list. Pinpoint styles, colours and design preferences, and don’t forget to add in less obvious features like storage space, worktop space and flooring – these will vary according to factors such as the amount of people who will use your kitchen. Whilst writing your wish list, it’s a good idea to take inspiration from various platforms.

The first source of inspiration is by taking a look at other kitchens and noticing what you like about them. Whether you choose to visit some of your friends’ homes or come and look at our showroom, you can take inspiration from brands that you like and perhaps haven’t considered before, as well as colour schemes and items that you might find useful. Looking at kitchen magazines is also a great idea and will offer a range of different design ideas and themes.

If you’ve not tried these before, you might want to consider using creative platforms such as Pinterest and Houzz to grasp ideas from. After typing in a search term, such as ‘kitchen design ideas’, these sites will come up with endless images featuring design inspiration that others have uploaded. You can be as specific as you like – whether you type in ‘modern kitchen design’ or ‘country kitchen design’, there are thousands of results for you to gather together and turn into an ideas book. Houzz in particular is great for this since it’s specifically aimed at home renovations.

Next, it’s important to create a budget so that you know what’s realistically achievable within your kitchen design. Also, bringing a budget to a designer will help them to find the best solutions within your price parameters.

It’s strongly recommended that when thinking about re-designing your kitchen, you think about hiring a kitchen designer to help. This will allow for a safer building process, as well as saving you time on all stages of the process. Additionally, their expert knowledge will help you to build a kitchen that both looks great, and does what it should do. You’ll also be exposed to more options and variety.

If you do decide to hire a kitchen designer, make sure to take along your ideas boards (Pinterest or Houzz) as well as your wish list to consultations so that they can gain a real understanding of what you want your new kitchen to look like. To book in a consultation with one of our designers, come and visit us in store or get in touch.