How to Design a Kitchen You Will Love!
When creating the perfect design for your brand new kitchen, there’s a great deal to be said for proper planning! As the saying goes, “if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”
This blog offers several tips to help you begin brainstorming your dream kitchen, including:
- #1 | Start with problem-solving
- #2 | Add in your dream luxuries & perks
- #3 | Maximise your space
#1 | Start With Problem-Solving
Do you know exactly what you want in your kitchen? Are you absolutely certain? The first step towards a kitchen design you will love, is to think of everything you dislike about your current kitchen. What inspired your desire to renovate?
Make a list of the problems you face in your current kitchen, for example:
- What drives you crazy?
- What’s not working?
- Does the decor make you cringe?
Once you have a clear picture of everything that is bugging you in your kitchen, you can sit down and brainstorm the solutions to these problems. Ask yourself what the most satisfying outcome would look and feel like.
When it comes to creating a kitchen design that you will love for a long time, it’s vitally important to solve these problems first and foremost. Not to mention a fantastic starting point for design!
# 2 | Add in Your Dream Luxuries & Perks
Now that you know what you DON’T want, it’s time to think about what you DO want. What are the extra features, perks, and luxuries that will make your kitchen design perfect for you?
- Fantasising about a dishwasher?
- Dreaming of entertaining guests at your kitchen island and bar duo?
- Wishing for kitchen cabinets that are easy to clean?
- Longing for more storage space?
Take the time to think carefully about which design features will contribute to the ultimate enjoyment of your kitchen.
TIP | Do it Once, Do it Right
People will often choose to forego these special extras that truly make their dream kitchen – particularly when trying to save money. It’s a common scenario that most of us have found ourselves in before – we think “Oh, I can add that feature to the kitchen somewhere down the track when I have more money to spend.”
Unfortunately, that day never comes! So, instead of feeling the delight of a fabulous new kitchen design, you’re left feeling frustrated and dissatisfied as you “put up” with the in-between kitchen that you got stuck with.
There’s a term in behavioural economics called “status quo bias”, which is “evident when people prefer things to stay the same by doing nothing” – particularly when there is a big or important decision to make. But, you ask, “what does this have to do with kitchen renovation?”
Since a kitchen renovation can feel like a big project to take on, it requires a significant amount of energy and attention – probably not something you want to do too often! While it is extremely important to be responsible with your finances, when it comes to an investment like a kitchen renovation, you want to get it right the first time.
# 3 | Maximise Your Space
We’ve all seen poorly-designed kitchens that feel poky and cramped – an uninviting prospect to be sure! On the other hand, a skilful design will make use of every bit of available space to create a kitchen that feels open and spacious. This can be achieved through elements such as colour, light, and the style of your shelving, cabinets, and benchtops.
If you’ve only got a relatively small space available, don’t worry! There are plenty of clever design hacks to help you make the most of a small kitchen.
The best way to make the most of your space is to get a customised kitchen design, made to fit the unique and exacting requirements of your available home space. Express Kitchens will come to you for a free 1-hour home consultation. Using fantastic 3D design technology, after our designer has discussed your needs, they’ll create the kitchen of your dreams.
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