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How to design a kitchen

Learn how to design your own kitchen with this guide on how to plan a kitchen. From selecting a style that best suits your personal taste and decor,  to choosing your cabinetry, cooking devices, and materials that will complement your room, this helpful guide will walk you through step-by-step on realising your new design. 

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Drawing up a bespoke kitchen design for your home is a really rewarding project. It starts by understanding exactly how to plan a kitchen. Next comes finding a local builder, who can achieve a professional finish that is built to last.

Step 1: Establish the right kitchen layout for your room

Step 2: Pick your preferred style, colour and finish

These three elements are like the personal signature within a bespoke kitchen. First decide upon style:

Next, consider colour alongside your room size and natural light. Pale hues create the illusion of space in small kitchen designs, whilst larger rooms can carry darker shades. Finally, decide on finish:

Step 3: Consider cabinet and cupboard options

With many cabinet and furniture options to choose from, you can mix and match storage to suit your space and lifestyle – making it easy to design a kitchen which meets your exact needs.

Step 4: Decide upon your main materials

Two of the largest surfaces in a kitchen are your flooring and worktop, so these features should complement one another.

Step 5: Add functional features

Be sure not to overlook these unsung heroes in your kitchen design.

Chrome Slimline Bar Handle


Handles can make a big statement in your kitchen design, especially D or bar handles in on-trend metallics. For a subtle look customise your cabinets with knob handles.
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You can create a place for everything when you design your own kitchen. Smart storage like pull-out carousels can improve access to cupboards, while timber cutlery drawers offer natural tones.
LED Flush/Surface Mounted Circular Downlighters


Lighting can add a luxe finish and light useful surface areas. Choose downlighters to illuminate your cooking space or add drawer lights to brighten otherwise dark spaces.
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Joinery options like cornices, pelmets and panelling can neaten off cabinet edges, while door handles can give focus to the high-quality finish of your new kitchen design.

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Bring your ideas to life

From a home survey to a video walk-through of your new kitchen, our free design service can turn your plans into a reality. Trust our experienced designers to guide you through every step.