Thanks to the development of a vast array of design and creative websites we now have more options than ever when it comes to design inspiration. When designing a new kitchen, particularly from scratch, it can be hard to know what designs will suit your personality and the shape/size of your kitchen the best. The first stage of the designing process is finding inspiration, since you’ll need to have a good idea of what it is that you want before you begin planning.
The internet is a great place to start when looking for design inspiration. Whilst the popular creative pin-board site Pinterest is great for general ideas, there are other similar websites which focus specifically on interior design. Take Designspiration, for example. Specifically offering design creativity, this website offers a much broader range and delves deeper into the realms of design trends and styles. Similarly to Pinterest, ideas can be saved for later viewing. Niice, another great design inspiration website, allows users to create a visual mood board which will ultimately help you to decide what you like and dislike. This website also has the option to view images similar to the one you’ve selected, which is great for those who prefer a particular style.
Similarly, Houzz is an online inspiration site specifically aimed at home renovations. With hundreds of pictures tailored to your searches, you certainly won’t be short of new ideas. Houzz offers a diverse range of design ideas, featuring not only the latest design trends, but designs to suit a range of kitchen foundations – whether that’s within a country home or a kitchen with limited space.
Image-heavy social media sites can also be used for inspiration. Platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr and Flikr feature high-quality photographs of all kinds of styles that people have within their homes. Following pages that you like also means that whenever you take a look at your social feed, you’ll be kept updated with new design trends.
Magazines are a classic yet simple way to observe the latest design trends. Interior design magazines such as House Beautiful, Ideal Home and Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom offer great kitchen design tips and pictures. You can also have a look at their websites, which feature extra advice articles and design updates.
Design inspiration can often be found much closer to home than originally thought. Subtly adopting a designer’s perspective and simply noticing more when visiting the homes of family and friends will allow you to observe the specific aesthetic and functional aspects that you like and dislike, ultimately narrowing down your choices.
You may also find it helpful to speak to a professional design consultant, who can offer bespoke advice to help you make the best design decisions for your kitchen. It’s a great idea to take along some of the inspiration that you’ve found so that your designer can have a clear idea of what it is you’re looking for. Here at Contour, our expert designers will apply their knowledge of the latest trends and highest-quality materials to your kitchen design, tailoring their service to your needs and preferences. Additionally, you can view our showroom which features on-trend kitchen designs for the ultimate source of inspiration.
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