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Seven Interior Design Tips When Creating Your Dream Kitchen

John M May 16, 2019
Kitchen updates are amongst the most popular home improvements people like to make, and they can really add value to a home.

Building a Kitchen of Your Dreams

Kitchen design can be one of the most expensive forms of home improvement, which is why it’s important to get the design right for you and your lifestyle. There are plenty of things you can do to make sure this happens. Here, we look at seven interior design tips that will help you create your dream kitchen.

1. Layout

Getting the layout of the kitchen right, is crucially important. The sink, for example, is generally used more often than anything else in a kitchen, followed by the oven and fridge/freezer.

Combined, these three are known as the kitchen triangle, and there should be a flow between where they are placed with plenty of counter space in between.

2. Use

Kitchens are places where friends and families gather and people hang out and socialise, if the kitchen is big enough. The size of your kitchen will have an impact on how you use it, whether you eat in it, as opposed to a dining room, or prepare meals with others.

Think about how you’ll be using the kitchen on a day to day basis.

3. Research

There are so many different styles when it comes to kitchen design; it can feel overwhelming. No doubt, you’ll look for ideas in home décor magazines and by wandering around kitchen showrooms.

The internet is a great source of inspiration too, with many useful guides with kitchen makeover ideas, such as this one by Team Build Joinery.

4. Colour

The size of your kitchen and the amount of natural light it receives need to play into any decision on colour. Avoid picking a dark colour for a small kitchen as it may make it seem even smaller. Think, too, about the overall style of your house to see what colours would fit with the existing features of your home.

5. Finish

The finish of your cabinets can make a big difference to the look and feel of your kitchen, as well as how easy it is to maintain. A high-gloss finish, for example, can be harder to keep clean and so, isn’t ideal if you have young children who like to make a mess.

6. Storage

Kitchen design works best when there is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. You can only do that if you have enough storage that makes sense.

Cupboards are an obvious choice, but open shelving adds interesting design feature and lets you quickly get to items you use, everytime.

7. Lighting

How a kitchen looks and feels can be affected by the amount of natural light it has. Make the most of what you have by not obstructing any windows. If you don’t have enough window space and the kitchen feels dark, choose light coloured cabinets or opt for open shelving which won’t make the kitchen feel as closed off.

Add Personality to the Design

While you are designing your dream kitchen, remember to add your personality into it - if you’ve gone for white cabinets because you have a small kitchen, add colour through the paint on the walls, for example. This way, you’ll be happy with the design and the kitchen you will have.