Considering we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking, chatting and working, it is a huge part of family life.
The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of the home”.Considering we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking, chatting and working, it's not hard to see why.
Investing in a kitchen is one thing you’ll never regret doing and while it can be expensive, it is a good investment. We have put together a few tips on creating the kitchen you’ll love with all budgets in mind.
Think smart – It is 2019, after all, and in case you don’t know there is every type of smart device for your kitchen to make life easier and more importantly, they are cool too! If you are someone who likes to stay ahead of trends check out the cool Liebherr Smart Fridge that connects to your device or the LG craft beer brewing machine!
Look at colours and create your vision – The first thing you should do is decide what colour you would like your kitchen to be and if you are going to be changing cupboards and drawers, you might as well pick a finish you love. A good kitchen designer will be able to advise you but if you are going it alone, then look at brochures, websites and magazines to get an idea of what you want. Note the prices of everything and shop around too.
Consider your budget – If money was no object, you’d have no issues in creating the kitchen space you’ll love but one must be realistic. There are ways to bring your kitchen up to date without costing the earth. If you can’t totally revamp it, consider changing the paint, the tiles and the accessories. These little changes can go a long way in developing a new kitchen concept and one that you’ll love. Pop plants into the kitchen and add some texture to the room with cosy table cloths, chair cushions and curtains/blinds.
Fixtures and fittings – You may not realise it but fixtures and fittings matter as you need to ensure your investment works properly. There is no point in buying cheap hardware that will not last the test of time. With most people assuming they’ll get 10-20 years out of a kitchen then there is no room for cutbacks on things that matter. Ensure they are fit for the purpose and ask experts for tips on what is best in your price range.
Appliances – You may not need to get a new oven or hob but for some people, who are totally revamping or moving into an empty shell, they’ll need to get all the appliances. This again, means shopping around and ensuring that the items you buy will fit in your kitchen space and work well together. Measure everything, get advice and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Don’t forget stuff – Unless you have a good list you may forget stuff so ensure you have tiles, paint, cupboards, counters, drawers, oven, hob, smaller appliances, sink accessories, fridge, freezer and anything else you may want! You may want one of those fancy coffee machines, for example.
Enjoy the process – One of the most enjoyable things is getting a kitchen you’ll love and then, enjoying the space itself. It will now be perfect for family occasions and you may feel utterly proud of it and drag everyone you know in for tea!
Emma Hayes is a thirty-something mum of two girls aged 16 and 10, planting her right into the teenage and tween-age years! Follow her on Twitter at @EmmaHayes25.