At this time of year you may be considering updating your kitchen to make it look more contemporary or to better suite your idea of how a kitchen should look. Planning your kitchen design may involve a lot of compromise if you have a small kitchen and for larger kitchens, then you may have the opposite problem of having a lot of space to fill.
With this in mind here are our top tips to plan your kitchen design for 2016…
Set a realistic budget
No matter how big or small your kitchen is, unless money is no object it is a good idea to set a budget. It is so easy to go over budget and then face having to cut corners but the best kitchens will see money spent on the things that matter, such as good quality worktops and appliances. Granite worktops for example will offer durability and style to any kitchen.
Think carefully about the kind of kitchen you want
If you’re a young trendy type of person, then the traditional farmhouse style kitchen may be as wrong for you as a cutting edge contemporary kitchen may be for a person with traditional tastes. It is possible to mix the two styles but also easier from a design point of view to pick a theme and style that fits with the style of your home as well as being practical.
Invest in the best materials
The best advice when upgrading or building a new kitchen is to aim for quality. From the worktops to cupboards and appliances, a kitchen will look better for longer if investments are made in materials and appliances that will stand the test of time.
Not everyone has a house or apartment with a large kitchen, which can be frustrating not only in terms of the space available to do anything different but also when you are trying to maximise what bit of space is available.
So if you don’t have the funds or space to build an extension to your kitchen, the following tips will reveal that there are plenty of ways to make a kitchen more spacious without breaking the bank.
One of the first ways to add a sense of space is to use mirrors. Mirrors are one of the most effective ways to bring the illusion of space into any room in the house. Add a mirror to the room and you are doubling what the eye sees as well as the perceived depth of the space.
Next up is to use glass. Glass tables are great for small apartment kitchens because they are transparent and don’t interrupt your line of sight as you gaze around the room. While not the best choice if you have children, glass tables are often less expensive than heavy wooden tables and will probably look good for longer.
When it comes to kitchen worktops, opt for lighter coloured granite or quartz worktops. The former will help reflect light and will also be a good long term investment due to its inherent durability.
Can you believe it’s 2016 already? It doesn’t seem that long ago since people were popping the champagne corks and welcoming in the new millennium. If that was the last time your kitchen had a makeover then now could be the time to look at bringing some new life into your kitchen.
More and more these days the kitchen is where people spend a lot of time. The kitchen is the place where we entertain guests and the first place people look for when they are viewing a house. Many people even use it as an office space to cut down on the costs of renting an office!
So modernising a kitchen is certainly worth the investment particularly if the fittings and fixtures are starting to look a little bit dated and space could be better organised. Despite the obvious attractions of a new kitchen many people put it off due to the expense.
Yet updating your kitchen needn’t cost the earth – even in 2016. If beneath all the clutter there are some high quality cupboards and other kitchen fittings already in place. Revitalising your kitchen may only require an update to worn out worktops.
Granite worktops work particularly well because they not only look good, they are also durable and add a touch of class to any kitchen.
If you’re planning to make a fresh start and sell your house in 2016, then the first advice is to set your asking price as high as possible as the property market is set to grow. The second piece of advice is to take a hard look at your kitchen to see if it could do with an upgrade or remodel.
At least this is what the estate agents have said when they have looked through the what home improvements can make all the difference when you’re trying to get that important sale. Tired old kitchens are unlikely to impress prospective purchasers as they try to imagine themselves spengin a lot of their time in this popular area of the home.
Worktops in particular can become shabby over time and not in a chic way. A good quality granite worktop on the other hand will not only provide a facelift but buyers will be impressed that you went to the trouble of adding what most people see as an expensive material to your kitchen.
The survey of over 100 estate agents found that more than half of them 57% saw kitchens as offering the best return on investment followed by the bathroom.