Interested in starting the summer with a fresh, updated kitchen? Well, renovating a modern kitchen can be expensive, which is why it’s important to make sensible, practical choices during the planning stage, that you won’t regret in the long run.
Perhaps you spend a lot of time in front of the TV in the living room, the kitchen is still the most important room in the house, and for many families, it’s a space that needs to function as an office for homeworkers, an entertaining hub and a stand-up breakfast spot for every day.
So, please, remember these tips when planning your revamp for a space that’s both beautiful and functional.
Creating your perfect lighting
Lighting is so important when creating a cosy atmosphere in a kitchen. We suggest focusing on three different kinds when creating your perfect setup: top lighting, task lighting and ambient lighting. All of them need to come together perfectly to create the mood you find most relaxing.
Thinking about where to create some shadows and where to cast light can have a surprisingly large effect on the feel of a kitchen. Try to shed light on the areas of the modern kitchen you will use regularly, such as the cooker and worktops, but play with shadows in the rest of the space to create an atmospheric and zen place to relax.
Storage is crucial
Try to think about whether you need more cupboards, drawers or display units. This is specifically important so ask yourself how big your pantry needs to be at this stage, to avoid disappointment later down the line.
If you’re partial to a crockery collection and have a pantry bursting with exotic ingredients, storage is going to be particularly important. What some people don’t realise is that storage options are decided right at the beginning of a kitchen plan, because later it will be more difficult to make those changes.
Pick an ideal surface from practical materials
When you will be choosing a kitchen surface try going for a surface that’s suited to your lifestyle and the way in which you use the kitchen. For example, keen cooks will benefit from a heat and scratch-resistant surface, such as a composite surface.
This would be ideal for those wanting to recreate a specific look, such as marble or wood, without wanting to worry about the hassle of maintenance.
Regarding splashbacks, composite surfaces offer the chance to use a large, single slab splashback, making a real design centerpiece, while being easier to clean with no awkward tile grouting.
Do not forget using the kitchen by small children
Nobody wants jammy hands all over their kitchen cabinets.
Choose a matt finish as opposed to gloss, as they are easier to clean and disguise visible marks better and your kitchen will remain fashionable for years to come.
Consider L-shaped islands
L-shaped islands in the kitchen are great if you like socialising. If you’re the type of person that loves having gatherings in your home, thinking about elements such as seating in the kitchen, is essential.
Kitchen islands are an amazing opportunity to create a sociable space, but rather than having seating down just on one side, why not go for two sides so that all your guests can face one another sitting in the kitchen? An ‘L’ shape island is a perfect solution just for that.
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