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Kitchen Design Tips
The top 8 things to consider that go into creating the perfect Kitchen.
1. Think about the space and how you use it.
If you only have a small space to work with you will have to plan carefully to make sure you’re not cramped and tripping over each other when using your Kitchen.
If you’re lucky enough to have a larger space then think carefully about where you place everything. If you space it out to much to fill the space then it will become less efficient.
The main three areas we use are; the Fridge, the Sink and the Cooker / Hob. You should aim to place these within an equilateral triangle so they are an equal distance apart. This means you won’t have to walk 12 feet to get something from the fridge whilst cooking.
Good worktop space close to your cooking area with storage close by for your ingredients, condiments and utensils will also save you from zooming around the kitchen whilst preparing food.
2. Think about a Statement Piece
This could be your Cooker / Hob with an elegant hood/extractor or it could be Marble Worktops.
Depending on how you use your Kitchen this could be an Island with Marble or you may decide that you want open storage to display all your tableware, spices or cookbooks.
You might decide to make your statement piece something you use socially or something more decorative or even functional.
Whatever you decide, it’s good to know early on what item would really set your kitchen apart and give it some personality. What is the one thing that always stands out for you in a beautiful kitchen?
3. Storage Space / Cabinets
It’s important that the drawers and cabinets you use the most are made from good quality materials with quality hinges, runners, handles etc. You want them to stand the test of time and not let you down for the sake of saving a little money.
Planning where you need storage is also important as you don’t want to be hopping around the Kitchen to get what you need whilst timing your meal to perfection.
Deep drawers instead of lower cupboards near to your cooking area are perfect for stacking pans, and you won’t have to get down on your knees to find the pan at the back of the cupboard.
Open storage for your serving plates, and tableware can look great but if they’re too close to your hob everything will get dirty pretty quick unless you have a good extractor.
4. Appliances & Working Areas
Again, thinking about the work triangle between, cooking area, fridge and sink will help you decide where each item should be placed.
But think about your cooking style when choosing hob and oven. Do you really need a six burner hob or will 4 be adequate? Would you be better suited to a low level double oven or a single eye level oven?
Do you need a large sink or will you be installing a Dishwasher? Remember, if you’re right handed the dishwasher would work better if it was to the right of your sink and vice versa for you lefties…
Whether you opt for integrated fridge freezer or a standalone, remember not to have it too far from your cooking area unless you like dancing round the Kitchen with a pan in your hand.
Often an afterthought for many, however lighting really can make a huge difference in your kitchen.
There’s lots of choice these days with; track, recessed, surface mounted, wall mounted, spots, under cabinet lighting, LED strips… and the list goes on.
Under cabinet lights can put the light where you need it the most, as wall units can often block the light from your ceiling.
Subtle floor level LED’s are perfect for when you enter the kitchen at night and don’t want to switch the main lights on, they also look amazing.
There’s lots of choice and it’s all personal preference. It does depend on how you plan to use the space, so it is worth thinking about and not leaving it as an afterthought.
Wood, Stone, Porcelain?
Again the choice is endless… Your flooring could even be your statement piece.
Large tiles can be expensive but are often easier to fit and keep clean believe it or not. With less joins there are less places for dirt and spilled food to collect.
Think about how you will use the space, how much traffic it will get and how easy the floor is to maintain.
You could even consider under floor heating for those cold winter nights.
Overall style is very personal but always try to consider how it fits the overall style of your home, this goes without saying really but an ultra modern minimal kitchen may look a little odd in a country cottage.
You could choose a style that fits certain features or furniture you already have or you may want to remodel the whole house to fit your Kitchen, the choice is yours.
If you choose bright colours choose carefully as you may have to live with the kitchen for many years, you may also consider whether others would like it if you ever come to sell your home and move on.
Going more neutral could be the answer, after all you can always add colour with other decor, walls, curtains, blinds etc.
Sometimes less is more, so go easy on the detail. Overdoing the detail may detract from your statement piece or the finishing touches you’re really proud of.
8. Planning, building & project managing
Now unless you have experience project managing building renovations it can be a real nightmare.
There are many skill sets required for a full renovation and managing the different trades people, scheduling work, delivery of parts & components needed is not an easy task.
For a slicker trouble free renovation it would always be advisable to find a supplier that can manage the whole process for you. This way you won’t have the plumber blaming the plasterer and the plasterer blaming the builder for delays.
If you can work with the same person from initial designs to final sign off then your life will be much easier. You can then sit back and enjoy your dream kitchen, whilst keeping your sanity.
We hope you like our Kitchen Design Tips, Good Luck…
…and remember Janus Interiors would be happy to help, we can manage the whole process from initial designs right through to final sign off of your dream Kitchen.
Why not make an appointment to see our Bingley Kitchen Showrooms.
Choose your own colour…
Janus Interiors, Bingley now offer the Ultima colour matching service, so – The choice is yours…
It’s your kitchen, so why not have it painted in a colour of your choice?
The standard Ultima colour palette consists of 11 specially selected finishes, but if there’s a finish you desire from one of the big names like Farrow and Ball, Harlequin or Fired Earth please let us know as we offer a full paint matching service.
We appreciate how frustrating can be when you find a product that’s almost the right colour, but not quite right. That’s why our painted kitchens are available in any colour of your choice.
Colour is personal choice and not everyone wants what’s fashionable this year. You may also want to match to existing decor or accessories but can’t quite find the right Kitchen.
We also understand that your kitchen is a serious investment and don’t believe you should have to pick from a limited number of colours that are ‘almost’ right.
Your dream kitchen should be about you, its your kitchen, painted in your colour, its your choice – so why would we restrict it?
Painting kitchens in any colour of your choice isn’t easy, but we believe it’s worth it. It means we can offer you more flexibility and choice so if you want us to colour match a painted door to a specific shade, no problem – we’ll try our best to match to any colour you want.
New Colours Added to the Standard Colour palette
Following the success of our recent cabinet colour launches and the continued popularity of heritage painted finishes we have decided to add the following to our standard colour palette
Our standard colour palette now consists of 15 finishes and our colour match service is still available on all painted kitchen styles!
New Kitchen Showrooms, Bingley
Article from the Bingley Hub Magazine, September 2012
Michele and Rick Tonks of Simply Bathrooms (Bingley) have recently made a huge investment in their Bingley showroom. Due to demand from their existing customer base they added new kitchen showrooms to their range, they are now known as Simply Bathrooms & Kitchens… Anybody that has ever dealt with Michele and Rick would agree that they take great pride in the quality products and service that they have always offered. After being asked by many customers whether they offered the same kind of design, planning and installation of kitchens they finally made the commitment and have extended their showrooms with some fine examples. The new kitchen showrooms are almost finished and will be open by the beginning of October 2013. They will be hosting an open evening for the new kitchen showrooms in the first two weeks of October, if you would like an invite please let them know… Choosing the right combination of kitchen designs, finishes, appliances, accessories and work surfaces was very important. Their full design planning and installation service means that they have to have 100% faith in the quality of the products they offer.
They chose kitchens that are bespoke manufactured specifically for you, here in Yorkshire.They hand picked suppliers of Granite because of the suppliers reputation and the fact that templates are still hand made by skilled craftsmen, which means a perfect fit every time.It’s attention to detail like this that sets them apart, they have the best showroom for miles around and a range of kitchens that’s not available anywhere else in Bradford.
Going that extra mileAs a small boutique showroom for both bathrooms & kitchens this means you always get the special treatment. Michele & Rick as owner /managers feel it’s important to deal directly with their clients rather than employing sales people. This way they know that you are always being looked after and given the best possible advice and service. Having gained a great reputation for Bathrooms Michele and Rick are very excited about launching the Kitchen side of the business. With many years experience in creating stunning Bathrooms they have all the necessary skills, contacts and of course the perfect team to gain the same kind of reputation as the premier Kitchen design, planning and Installation company in the area.
Making your life easierPlanning a major overhaul of your Kitchen can be very involving and a little stressful. Michele and Rick feel strongly about making this as simple as possible for you and your family. From the moment you step into their kitchen showrooms Michele and Rick want you to be confident in just how personal their service is. They can take care of the whole project from design to installation. They deal with the planning, building regulations, and take care of all other services that may be needed. Whatever your situation Michele and Rick will guide you through your choices. Spending time finding the right kitchen for you with their expert advice along with finding those unusual and bespoke items which make your kitchen personal. Michele is more than happy to design your new room with you and create stunning 3D visuals for you so you can see how your new Kitchen will look when finished. Throughout the whole process you will also see your costs and specifications clearly itemised before you proceed. All designs are checked and surveyed by an Institute of Plumbing registered plumber qualified to City & Guilds advanced craft standards. All Kitchen Designs are checked by a registered joiner qualified to City & Guilds advanced craft standards.
This means the quality of workmanship is maintained at all times, making the experience as simple as possible for you.
Simply Bathrooms & Kitchens LtdUnit 2 Leonards Place, Leonard street, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 1DP Telephone: 01274 566 100 If you would like to visit our new Kitchen Showrooms, please Contact Rick or Michele for more information…