Do you feel like your kitchen needs a makeover? Perhaps you would like to completely redo it from scratch? Renovating a kitchen can be a daunting task - it generally takes a lot of time as well as money, and you don't want to risk dissatisfaction down the line. Before you begin, then, it pays to do your research when choosing kitchen fittings for that new kitchen you want to create. It's important to choose items that will allow for ease of use but will still look stylish and leave you satisfied. So, with these two things in mind, how do you start designing your kitchen?
If you're choosing to redo your kitchen entirely, start with sinks
. Kitchen sinks are one of the easier items to pick for your kitchen and should be one of your first considerations. The first question to ask yourself is whether you would like a single or double sink; think about how often you'll be using the sink as well as how many people live in your household when making your choice. Once you have decided on the type of sink, it's time to think about its design. Perhaps you prefer a minimalistic look, and would like a functional sink that doesn't draw attention to itself? Or perhaps you would prefer your sinks to make a statement – you might then choose a sink that deviates from the standard rectangular shape, or a sink made from a less common material.
Kitchen taps are another consideration to take into account when choosing a sink. Tapware should be fairly easy to choose – while styles do vary somewhat, most tapware is unlikely to look out of place in a standard kitchen, so you should be content in choosing something that strongly appeals to you. Kitchen mixer taps are particularly useful in a modern kitchen as they allow for ease of use, but it's up to you to decide if you prefer mixer taps or the more traditional two-tap system, as well as what sort of handles you prefer.
As far as appliances go, stick with classics rather than anything too 'modern' that is likely to fall out of fashion as fast as it came in. Try not to purchase new appliances on a whim; ask yourself if you'll really use new those appliances that are catching your eye or if they'll just gather dust. Remember the balance between function and style; it might be worth buying a new refrigerator as it will have features that are not present in older models, but only if it'll still look good in your kitchen in the years to come. Obviously every kitchen is different, but in general, it is better to stick to neutral colours for your appliances, as they'll then present less of a challenge if you decide to repaint, change your window dressings
or completely remodel in the future. Save those bright reds, yellows and pinks for artwork or other minor decorations that are much more easily replaceable.
Ideally, you want something that will stand the test of time and look great in five, ten, and twenty years rather than just for a short while. If you choose your kitchen fittings with care, you'll be sure to appreciate their design for as long as you use the kitchen.
You might like to obtain your plumbing supplies yourself and complete the renovation on your own, or you might prefer to hire workers; either way, renovating a kitchen is likely to take at least several weeks, so make sure you have planned how you will function without it before you begin. Designing a kitchen is likely to bring you great satisfaction when the job is complete, so remain patient, and you'll soon be wowing your friends with your design skills!