How To Get The Most From Your Kitchen

Redesigning the kitchen is a big job, put one that can instantly add value to your home. And if you aren't thinking of selling your home, renovating the kitchen is a great way to stamp your personality on the home and create a warm, inviting area to entertain.

These tips should help your redesign project go smoothly.

Plan ahead 

The first step of any refurbishment project should be planning. Decide on everything, such as the colour scheme, materials to be used and - most importantly - the budget.

The kitchen offers more flexibility in design than other rooms. You can choose an island work surface, a breakfast bar or galley style, among others.

When you are planning the kitchen, you should ensure that the main appliances - the sink, fridge and cooker, are all within easy reach. This will mean your kitchen is convenient to use when your design is completed.

Open plan or not 

The dining room design will also have a major impact on the kitchen. If you decide to have an open plan kitchen and dining room, this may open up extra space in the kitchen. It can also improve the flow of the two rooms.

On the other hand, you may want to keep the cooking and dining areas separate.

This will be down to personal preference, the budget and whether you have the expertise and inclination to remove a wall between the kitchen and dining room.

Heating options 

Many people do not heat the kitchen, relying on heat form other rooms, coupled with the cooker, to keep it warm.

However, if you want to create a beautifully inviting kitchen, you should consider electric underfloor heating.

This invisible heating method will fit in with any kitchen design. It will also keep the kitchen flooring lovely and warm - ideal for breakfast time, when the cooker hasn't had a chance to warm up the room.

Storage 

Storage is one of the most important aspects of designing a kitchen. You have to ensure you have adequate storage space, and there is a lot you can do to increase storage capabilities.

Overhead cupboards can go right up to the ceiling, if this is practical. After all the space on top of the cabinets is rarely used, and simply gathers dust.

You can also install a magnetic knife rack on the wall rather than a chunky knife block. Deep drawers can be used to store pots and pans.