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.