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Kitchen advice

How to design a kitchen

When it comes to designing a kitchen, there are lots of things to consider from layouts and your lifestyle to cabinetry and colours. Within our step-by-step guide, we explain how to design your own kitchen, covering all the elements that make up a new design and layout.

1. Establish your needs

2. Start with your cupboards

3. Plan in the essentials

Appliances

To make a kitchen functional, cooking, cleaning, and cooling equipment need to be considered early. A common question we get asked is integrated or freestanding. Integrated models can be concealed behind cupboard doors, reducing visual distractions and creating a cohesive look. Freestanding devices are easy to take with you when you move. They also work well in heritage or retro schemes.

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Kitchen lighting

Lights are often overlooked when designing a kitchen, however, they are essential in ensuring counters are well lit and dark areas are illuminated. They can also be used to enhance the mood of a room and can be strategically placed to highlight statement pieces. Areas to target include kickboards, inside wall cabinets, and above islands. We also recommend using strip lights to accentuate linear features.

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Sinks

Like cleaning equipment, sinks are a core functional feature that require careful planning to ensure they complement your space and lifestyle. Undermount designs create an uninterrupted counter space, as they sit beneath the surface – great for minimal looks. Inset designs are good for homes that like to wash up by hand, as they provide a draining area. These are often found in homes with rustic charm.

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Taps

No sink is complete without a tap, so ensuring these two items marry up together is central to achieving a cohesive look. From angular designs that suit modern settings to Victorian-style bridge taps for period looks, there are styles to suit all interiors. Functionality is also a key consideration, for example, spray nozzles are great for rinsing veggies, while 4-in-1 taps offer near-boiling water in an instant.

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4. Make room for storing

5. Add finishing features

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