Sunday 17 November 2019

7 essential things to consider when planning a new kitchen

Transforming your kitchen from drab to dazzling isn’t for the faint of heart. That’s why SoGlos has joined forces with Obsidian Kitchens and Bathrooms to help navigate everything you need to know, as you plan the kitchen of your dreams.

Designing your dream kitchen can be one of the most exciting, stressful and expensive decisions you’ll ever make in your home. So, it’s important to ensure you’re choosing what’s right for your space, and your taste.

SoGlos rounds up seven things to consider when planning a kitchen transformation, with help from the expert team at Obsidian Kitchens and Bathrooms in Cheltenham.


About the sponsor – Obsidian Kitchens and Bathrooms


Offering bespoke kitchens designed to perfection, meticulously fitted by a team of handpicked craftsmen, and aftercare to ensure your transformed space is everything you’d dreamed of, Obsidian Kitchens and Bathrooms is a luxury home design company based in Cheltenham.

Providing a full service from initial consultation and home visit, through to fully-rendered digital designs and fitting, Obsidian will see your project through from start to finish, promising to turn your dream of a handcrafted luxury kitchen into reality.

For more information visit obsidian-interiors.co.uk directly.


1. Making your space work for you


While many people dream of a sprawling open-plan kitchen with masses of storage, the reality can often be a bit more restrictive. But having a more bijou space shouldn’t shatter your dreams of a luxurious kitchen that really works for you.

Being efficient with your layout and enlisting the help of an experienced kitchen designer will ensure you’ve got access to the cleverest storage solutions. No more reaching around inaccessible corner cupboards for that long-lost pan!

Modern gadgets like Neff’s ‘slide and hide’ oven has a retractable door, perfect for those struggling with floor-space; or motorised extractor fans (which can be hidden inside worktops) really help with the feeling of space in homes with lower ceilings.

Considering how much countertop space you’ll need early on in the planning spaces can be really beneficial to your design, while things like integrated appliances can help to create a more high-end and cohesive look.


2. Ask your kitchen designer…


Once you’re ready for your kitchen designer to come and take a look at your space, remember to ask if they’ve worked on a similar space in the past.

They may suggest a layout you haven’t considered, or give you aesthetic ideas for tiling or colour that worked well in a similar style of home.

Kitchen designers will have up-to-date knowledge of the latest products, fixtures and design trends, which can help you decide if the style you’re in love with is timeless enough to invest in.


3. What’s on your wish list?


While it’s easy to make a wish list of things we’d love to have in the kitchen, (wine fridge, anybody?!) knowing what we really don’t like can also be beneficial to a designer.

Does bending down to get into the oven hurt your back? Does the microwave take up too much worktop space? Do you have a dining set that’s too big for conventional cupboards?

As you use your kitchen, make a list of the things that don’t work for you, and see if your designer can fix those niggles and help you find joy in the space again.


4. What style works with the house?


Whether you’re partial to a country kitchen, timeless shaker style units or looking for a modern gloss finish, the range of colours, textures and designs available in 2019-20 is almost endless.

Have an open mind and take suggestions from your designer about what works well for your style of house, existing décor and lifestyle. And, of course, remember your budget!

It’s also worth considering how easy your favourite style is to keep clean, and how much time you can dedicate to keeping it that way!


5. Getting the right fit


Alongside the cost of your kitchen, appliances and accessories, you’ll also need to factor in the price of fitting.

Many kitchen companies will offer their own fitting service, which covers your kitchen for any damage during the installation process. Obsidian Kitchens and Bathrooms, for example, meticulously oversees every part of the build and fit using its team of handpicked craftsmen.

This is a worry-free way to protect your investment, and also gives direct access to customer service solutions should something go wrong down the line.


6. Finishing touches


Whilst in the haze of picking the perfect colour for the walls, a timeless style of cabinetry, and which appliances you can’t live without, it’s easy to forget the essentials – light and heat.

Heating solutions, if not carefully planned, can ruin an otherwise seamless design. Banish ugly radiators by opting for underfloor heating, or make a feature of something essential by selecting a vintage iron radiator, or stylish vertical radiator.

When it comes to lighting, consider if you’ll need spotlights installed into the kickboards, or if under-cabinet lights will add atmosphere to your space before the work begins. Leaving your lighting plan until later will limit your possibilities.

Many kitchens are often used for more than just cooking, and if you’re blessed with a larger space, it can be a hub for entertaining. Make sure you have options for subdued after-dinner chat, as well as brighter options for safe food preparation.

It’s also worth considering how you want to control your lighting. Consider smart plugs and intelligent light systems which can be controlled via your phone, or even a smart speaker.


7. Timeless styling


Styles come and go, and while it’s important to inject personality into your design, consider that a kitchen is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make in your home – you don’t want it to be passé too quickly!

It’s inspirational to use Pinterest to collate a board of ideas you love, but ensure the design works for your space, rather than being a carbon copy of a style you love. For example, dark blue cupboards might look amazing in a huge airy space, but you could struggle to achieve the same ‘wow factor’ in a smaller kitchen.

Ask your designer’s advice on both popular trends and timeless styles. Creating a blend of the two will help you achieve a modern kitchen, filled with personality, which won’t age too quickly.


For more information visit obsidian-interiors.co.uk directly.

© SoGlos
Thursday 12 September 2019

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