Kitchen Design Tips for 2014

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Remodelling a kitchen is a big job. You need to think about the way you use the kitchen, and not how you’re expected to. Here are some excellent tips to help you if you’re about to embark on designing and upgrading your kitchen.

Play with the Lighting

Sadly, many kitchens have just one central light, which certainly isn’t ideal. Install task lighting and mood lighting, especially if you plan on spending a lot of time in the area. Under cabinet lights are useful when you’re measuring and preparing food, but they can also create a warm and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine in the evening.

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Think Ahead

Work out how you use the kitchen as the function is the most important consideration when it comes to the design. There isn’t an ideal space that fits everyone, which is why it’s worth using a bespoke service from Russell Blake rather than buying off the shelf. Work out how you move around the space, which areas you enjoy working in and where you like to sit and eat. If the current set up isn’t working for you write down all the problems you experience and how you feel the space could be put to better use based on your experiences.

Don’t Forget Storage

A common mistake people make is neglecting to make enough space for storing all the various items kept in the kitchen. Try and maximise the space, making use of all the awkward corners. If you have a small space work out how you can maximise the unused space on the walls, making the cupboards reach up to the ceiling is an excellent way of reducing the collection of dust and helps to make the space feel bigger than it is. Deep drawers can be used for storing the pots and pans and allow room for appliances that usually clutter up the work surfaces.

Give Yourself Enough Surfaces

You can’t have too much counter space. Work out how you want the surface to flow around the room. Make the areas of food preparation larger and consider a smaller surface to use as a breakfast bar, or even to feed the family cats on. If you have the room and the budget, install an island and consider working the kitchen sink into the space too. When you’ve decided how you want the work surfaces to be positioned the next thing you’ll need to do is pick the material you want to use. Avoid using tiles and grout as they’re hard to maintain. Slate is a great choice and stainless steel is often considered but it does scratch easily.

Consider a Complete Fresh Start

You might be tempted to keep old appliances to save some money, but you’ll probably regret your decision instantly. The older appliances will date the kitchen and stick out like a sore thumb. Treat yourself to more energy efficient newer models and the entire kitchen will look transformed. Being energy efficient you’ll also be using less energy, helping you to save money throughout the years to come.

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