The feeling you get when you have designed your own kitchen from top to bottom is incomparable – it stands as a testament to your own personal style and preference, and can be outfitted with whatever kitchen and design elements you like and find essential. If you simply purchase a kitchen that is already pre-made, the feeling of accomplishment is not as strong. But, admittedly, designing your own kitchen is not as easy as it seems. There are many factors to think about and make sure of if you would like your kitchen to not only be aesthetically pleasing, but practical, fully functional, and comfortable as well.
Following are some of the most important factors to consider when you are planning to design your own kitchen:
Your Kitchen’s Worktops
A good kitchen will have worktops or countertops that are durable, easy to work on, and stylish, too. You want a nice balance between these three characteristics in order to have kitchen worktops that are worth your investment. What you need to keep in mind is this: you can never have too much worktop space. The more worktop space you have, the easier it is for you to prepare and cook food and do all sorts of tasks in your kitchen.
But of course, the worktop material you choose is also important. If you are thinking of kitchen tiles, make sure that they are installed and sealed properly so the grout between the kitchen tiles lasts for a good time. Also, other materials such as stainless steel for worktops take a bit of care and maintenance, as stainless steel scratches quite easily. Some of the best worktop materials you can opt for include granite, marble, and other natural stone materials, which are not only durable, but beautiful as well. Granite worktops, in particular, come in a wide variety of patterns and colours that fit in well with any modern or traditional kitchen design and give your kitchen a distinctive, unique look.
Your Kitchen’s Appliances
If you are remodeling an old kitchen, try not to use your old kitchen appliances, as they may not be too good a fit for your new appliances. They will only stick out in a negative way. If you do want to save a bit of money, you can simply find another way to stretch your budget, such as spending less for handles for your cupboards and opting for less expensive (yet equally attractive and functional) handles and other fixtures.
Your Kitchen’s Safety
Everyone wants to have a safe kitchen that is entirely family-friendly. What you can do to enhance your kitchen’s safety is to make it visible from other areas in your home, such as your garden or backyard and parlours or play spaces for your children. Additionally, pay attention to elements which can make your kitchen safer, such as worktops with rounded corners, ovens placed at a certain height (not within a child’s reach), and flooring that is resistant to slips and slides.
Your Kitchen Rubbish
If you would really like your kitchen to be as functional (and clean) as possible, then plan carefully for your kitchen’s rubbish bins. Where would you want your rubbish receptacles placed? If you would like a more efficient, more organised, and cleaner kitchen, have a bin that is built-in so it can be disguised as a cupboard door.
At the end of the day, having your own designer kitchen can do wonders for your peace of mind (and your creativity and skill in the kitchen as well!).