The first thing to consider in any kitchen project...
There are so many ideas to consider in your kitchen project so we decided to write a blog post to aid in your kitchen design journey and to (hopefully) ensure you don’t miss anything crucial!
The first thing to consider in any kitchen design are the kitchen appliances you have a preference for. This is because these units are fixed sizes and so will dictate the remaining space available on your kitchen floor plan. The must-have appliances in our opinion are; at least one oven, a microwave (either integrated or free standing) a cooling appliance (either separate fridge or fridge/freezer), a dishwasher, a hob and an extractor. There are various appliance brands you could opt for here but we are main agents for Siemens, Miele and Gaggenau as well as Sub-Zero and Wolf. Appliances can have really wide variances in price so it’s best to do your research and know exactly what you want in your kitchen. Take some guidance from your kitchen designer to ensure they plan everything for you to perfection.
The Kitchen Layout
The next thing to consider in your kitchen renovation journey is the general kitchen layout. There is an infamous term in kitchen planning known as the work triangle. This isn’t overly complicated. It’s essentially trying to plan a small triangle between the refrigeration, hob and sink. This just ensures a smooth cooking journey when accessing the things you most often use.
The next thing to consider is the paint colour of your kitchen. There are lots of kitchen paints to choose from with the biggest known brands being Farrow and Ball, Little Green Paint Company and Dulux but the list is exhaustive. Not all kitchen designers are au fait with interior design so make sure they are at least aware of the colour schemes running into rooms adjacent to the kitchen so things can tie in nicely. At a bare minimum the colour scheme you pick should tie together the Kitchen floors (or kitchen tiles if you’re having a tiled floor) and the worktops. Increasingly often we are getting requests for two-tone kitchens i.e. one kitchen on the main run of kitchen units and another for the kitchen islands. This is popular and can work well to give you a secondary colour running through the kitchen.
Storage is imperative in a kitchen so ensure that you have plenty of space in your kitchen cabinets. Pantry Larders we find, can be a great use of space and it ensures you are putting all of your food into one double cupboard (or single in a smaller kitchen) meaning less confusion when you cook as you always go to that one cupboard for supplies!
As you can see (and we’ve hardly detailed all of them) there is so much to consider when planning kitchen cabinets and appliances. Make sure you use a kitchen designer you trust and can hold your hand through this journey.
Wondering what to do next?
Take a guided tour of one of our latest kitchen projects. This particular project was completed for the fabulous Amelia Liana.
Amelia was a dream to work with and has an impeccable style which is obvious from taking one look at the kitchen. The cabinetwork was painted in Farrow and Ball Vert de Terre which is a very on trend colour, almost a light green which she paired with brass accents from Armac Martin and Perrin and Rowe.