Kitchen decor is one of the most popular residential projects – it seems we all want more room and more light in our lives, especially in our kitchens and while budget and size restrictions can be an issue, we’re firmly in the ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ camp so, in this issue, our main planning feature looks at glass extensions and conservatories for rooms of all sizes. and what better proof of the potential for transformation than our real kitchen stories. But don’t be disheartened if extra space is not an option for you. Our kitchen decor ideas will provide, how small can be exceptionally beautiful with striking cabinetry, ideas for maximizing kitchen space and clever layouts that make the most of every inch of Kitchen and no matter what size your Kitchen, I hope you’ll find plenty here to help make it the very best it can be.
Buying a new kitchen is a big purchase and one that can be daunting. From choosing the right style to finding a Kitchen designer and agreeing a kitchen layout, there’s a lot to take on board. Here are we breaking it into manageable steps will make the process easier – think of it as a journey, and give each step all the time and consideration it needs.
Steps for Kitchen Decor Ideas on a Budget
Assess All Your needs : Before you begin planning your new kitchen, think carefully about how you want to use the space. Do you simply need a place to prepare meals or are you dreaming of a multi-functional area where you can also have lunch or dinner with family and friends? Who do you cook for, what do you cook and how do you cook it? How much storage do you need? First, have a good clear-out, so you’re not factoring in items you haven’t used for years. It’s also good to think about what you don’t like about your existing kitchen so you can focus on improving those particular areas.
Make a Wish list : Consider your kitchen must-haves. Do you covet sleek Corian worktops, a statement island or lots of cupboards for storage? Or are there some specific appliances that you think will make your life in the kitchen much easier? Everybody likes to work in their own particular way, and each person has a different list of priorities, so it’s important to write yours down right at the beginning to ensure your kitchen is tailored to your family’s specific needs. This will also save a lot of time and trouble when it comes to discussing
your project with a kitchen specialist.
Be Inspired : How you want your kitchen to look is, of course, a very personal choice. It really helps to collect images and magazine tear sheets and put together a scrapbook or mood board. Also, make a note of surfaces, materials or accessories you’ve seen that work well together. Even something as simple as a pretty plate, tile, piece of furniture or scrap of fabric can be a great starting point for choosing a theme or colors. Don’t worry too much about cost at this point, just focus on things that inspire you, and soon you’ll be able to identify styles you are drawn to.
Consult a Kitchen Designer : To get the absolute maximum from your space, input from a professional kitchen designer can prove invaluable. Their experience and expertise will offer you plenty of simple decorating ideas – as well as innovative ones – that you might not have even considered. Kitchen designers will also have up-to-the-minute knowledge of products, fixtures and fittings, and can source everything on your behalf. Ultimately, they’ll help ensure your new kitchen works as efficiently as possible.
Set Your Kitchen Budget : Always be honest about your budget so that your designer can help you decide where to save and where to invest – even if you haven’t got large sums to spend. Open shelving is less expensive than closed cupboards, for example, while capacious low-level, pull-out storage may mean you need fewer wall units, which saves on cost. It’s easy to get giddy when faced with a wealth of shiny appliances with countless programs and functions, so only invest in things you think you’ll genuinely use. And don’t forget to include installation fees, as well as the kitchen itself.
Call in the Professionals : It’s important to remember that the way your kitchen is installed can make all the difference, too. A bad fitter can make any kitchen look terrible, but a good one will ensure even inexpensive units look amazing. Ask friends and family for recommendations, or source a skilled person through a registered trade association. If you’re planning a larger reft or build, you may need Planning Permission or Building Regulations approval.
Finishing Touches : Make your kitchen feel more coherent by subtly linking finishes – pair a timber breakfast bar with wooden stools, for instance, or upholster the seats with fabric that ties in with your splash back. Little details, such as cabinetry handles, can make a big difference and transform a simple white scheme. Rather than buying everything from the same supplier, source furnishings and accessories from a variety of places, and mix things up to create an individual look. Unusual objects picked up on your travels or gorgeous vintage finds will all help to create a more homely and characterful environment.