30
Sep

 5 Top Tips For Choosing The Perfect Kitchen

Choosing the perfect kitchen is no easy task. Fortunately, it needn’t be a stressful one either. Here are five top tips to ensure you get it right and better yet enjoy the experience of choosing and realising your perfect kitchen.

  1. Storage Solutions

Making use of all the space available, especially in small kitchens is paramount to creating a workable and usable space a family can not only cook in but as well look forward to using and enjoy creating meals in. Hence, storage is something that requires special thought.

Therefore, it is worth making a note of all your current bugbears and kitchen storage issues. This will help you to address them swiftly and prevent overlooking an issue and consequently paying for an entirely new kitchen that looks great, but features some or even all of the problems experienced in your previous kitchen.

Also, be sure when speaking with a designer or kitchen fitter to discuss storage solutions with them, even if you have done your own research and think you have the perfect design covered. Being experts in design and / or having fitted and worked on creating a lot of kitchens in all types of spaces both are likely to have ideas worth considering or incorporating into your own designs without compromising your aesthetic vision if you have one.

  1. Doors and Drawers, Worktops and Surfaces

Kitchen cupboard doors, drawer front, worktops and surfaces come in a huge range of colours, materials, finishes and looks. Just visit our own kitchen gallery here at Aston Designs to see for yourself the myriad and wealth of different aesthetic results achievable based on the drawer and cupboard frontages and worktop surfaces you decide to go for.

Taking a moment to have a look at our kitchen gallery will also show the importance of choosing worktop surfaces and drawer and cupboard fronts as part of a whole and cohesive design idea. Suffice to say the way different elements of a kitchen are brought together to create a final design can massively affect and change how a person feels about a specific element or feature.

  1. Lighting

When designing or even just dreaming about a new kitchen, few of us stop to consider that doing so provides a real opportunity to address, change and improve the lighting within a kitchen. Yet, lighting within a kitchen is of utmost importance as you are likely within a kitchen to be using sharp utensils and the likes.

Then, if your kitchen features an island or table and does not already make use of ceiling lighting such as pendant lights and additional LEDs to illuminate your surfaces, it is well worth being aware these are options and that having them fitted as part of a kitchen refit or design is likely to save you money and inconvenience experienced should you think of lighting as an afterthought.

  1. Layout

Kitchen layout and getting it right is paramount to the functionality of any kitchen space. Consequently, it matters where appliances are placed, their distance from other appliances and how they are positioned.

For this reason, if the current layout of your kitchen works for you, it is probably best not to change it. Not only will keeping the existing layout be likely to save you some money, time and effort spent trying to redesign or paying to have a redesign done, it is as well easier to replace an existing kitchen than to rethink one.

Because you will already be familiar with your layout, keeping that layout (provided it works for you and your family) will also prevent you from having to reorientate yourself when your new kitchen is fitted, meaning that once your kitchen is complete you can simply use it exactly as your did your previous kitchen and enjoy your new finish without getting frustrated at things being in different and new places.

  1. A Top Tip On Appliances

Most kitchens in the UK are usually fitted according to standard guidelines as to the space permitted for white goods. There are also requirements when fitting a kitchen as the space clearance between some appliances. For example, free standing gas cookers and worktops often require to be at least 20mm apart in order for a gas cooker to be used safely.

Therefore, it is worth when redesigning or replacing a kitchen, to think about whether to take the opportunity to also replace your old appliances at the same time, especially if your appliances are likely to require replacing in the near future. After all, this will prevent discovering in a few short months or even a year or two that the dream American style fridge freezer you have had your eye on will not fit into your new kitchen and having to consequently sacrifice one dream for another rather than complete the dream and enjoy having both.

For more advice and to speak with an expert if you are thinking of redesigning or replacing your kitchen or any part of it, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team here at Aston Designs.