Whether you’re renovating an existing kitchen or looking to build one from scratch, our kitchen specialists have the know-how to help get your kitchen project off the ground.
Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the house, so getting the right design, layout, and feel for the space is essential.
Every household’s requirements will vary so it’s important to think about who and how many people are using the space, personal tastes, how it’s used, and how your kitchen flows with the rest of the house. Having an idea of this will help with decision making and bring you one step closer to your dream kitchen.
With so many options to choose from, getting started can feel overwhelming. So we’ve highlighted some key areas to help get you started on your kitchen design journey.
Putting together a rough budget should be first on your checklist. This will help you stay on track and will also inform your designer on suitable product ranges to suggest. The cost of a kitchen can vary dramatically from a couple of grand to hundreds of thousands of pounds, so this helps manage expectations when choosing door fronts, worktops, appliances, etc.
Top tip: don’t be tempted to scrimp on the structural integrity of cabinets, drawer boxes, and hinges. They are the core of your kitchen and keep everything together, so opt for quality.
At Falkus Joinery we manufacture all our cabinets in our central London workshop using only the best materials on the market to help future proof your kitchen for years to come. For inspiration, why not take a look at our previous case studies.
This is the fun part and the world’s your oyster. At Falkus Joinery, we want you to feel supported; therefore we allocate you with a personal designer to help guide you through each stage of the process.
During the design stage, we’ll present you with a wide range of handpicked cabinet doors, handles, appliances, and worktops to suit your taste and the rest of the house.
Sleek lines, integrated handle doors, touch screen appliances, and composite worktops are our personal favorites. However, if you’re looking for something more traditional, take a look at shaker doors with classic handles, traditional cornices, range cookers, and wooden worktops.
Still in need of inspiration, why not create a Pinterest board to help narrow down your style?
Top tip: Colour changes in different lights so we recommend that you take colour swatches and samples away with you and test them out in your home to see how it looks before making a decision.
The secret recipe for any functional kitchen is storage. Not only will it keep your kitchen organised it will also save time, maximise prime counter space, and reduce stress.
Top tip: before making any firm plans, consider having a clear-out. Often clients will try to maximize the amount of storage space needed for a build-up of years’ worth of clutter. So ditch those old chipped mugs (you know the ones) and make a list of essential items that need to be stored. Maximising space is easier to achieve when you know exactly what you’re working with.
Another frequent topic of discussion is whether or not to have laundry appliances in your kitchen or to have a separate utility room. Again, this will be determined by space and by how the individual utilizes their home. By eliminating laundry appliances it helps free up space and is also useful for large families and traffic control.
Top tip: If you do opt for a separate utility room consider its location, as noisy appliances can be disruptive when relaxing or entertaining. If you can, find a way to shut the noise out.
Accessories such as larders, corner pull-outs, and integrated bins are a great way of minimising clutter. Items such as pan dividers or utensil dividers are also a great way to organize items and keep your new kitchen looking fresh.
APPLIANCES AND PROXIMITY
Consider practicality when mapping out where you want your appliances to go in relation to each other. When preparing meals, there needs to be an organic flow. Your kitchen should be designed in a way that makes it almost seamless for you to move about in.
For a compact kitchen, single ovens are a popular choice and a great space saver. However double ovens offer you versatility if you’re cooking for a family or entertaining. Can’t decide between the two? Consider oven towers, as they offer the perfect solution to making the most of your space without compromising on oven usage.
Top tip: Oven towers are also great because they create the illusion of a larger more elongated room.
These are a firm favorite as they add an element of luxury and are great for bringing people together. Painting your kitchen island in contrasting colours to the rest of the kitchen can also turn your island into a statement feature.
Although having a kitchen island is desirable, you need to be realistic about the amount of space you have. Avoid over cramming, as a lack of walking space around the island could lead to congestion.
This has a huge effect on the feel of the kitchen. Letting in as much natural light as possible is always preferable and can make a room appear larger. Short on natural light? Consider adding a skylight. If this isn’t feasible try LED under-cupboard lights or back lighting.
Experiment with the height and position of the lighting. Pay attention to the darkest areas of your kitchen and consider how they could be brightened up.
Top tip: inspect above and under wall units, inside glass cabinets, under the worktop and draws, or in a plinth.
MAKE YOUR UNITS WORK HARDER FOR YOU
Thinking creatively about how to get the most out of your units can be one of the most challenging aspects of design. Think about incorporating multipurpose items such as bench seating with built-in storage, or kitchen worktops that extend into a breakfast bar. Refer to our previous projects, Creighton Avenue and Mildmay for examples of both.
This can dramatically change the look and feel of a room, for example, wood flooring adds warmth, whereas tiles offer a contemporary look. You can also choose the direction of how your flooring is laid to compliment your space. If you have a smaller kitchen, try laying the flooring lengthways to elongate the room.
There are a variety of flooring options available, so do your research to find out which suits you best. For example, solid wood flooring looks great but if you have children and pets the surface is prone to scratching, so it’s worth looking into engineered wood as a durable alternative.
Durability and maintenance are key components to take into account when choosing your materials and finish. Natural materials such as timber and stone will respond differently to their environment, compared to synthetic materials such as acrylic and porcelain. To ensure longevity in your kitchen make sure you read your care manuals thoroughly to avoid causing damage by using the wrong cleaning products or forgetting to oil your wood worktops.
The same applies to flooring. Wood flooring can last a lifetime if properly treated, however it takes work. If you’d prefer to skip the maintenance but still want a natural look there are an endless range of laminates that will work just as well.
Your decision might also be determined by factors, such as, if you require underfloor heating. Not all materials will be compatible so consult an expert to find suitable options.
Technology’s increasingly becoming an essential part of everyday life and it’s changing the way we run our homes and kitchens. Appliance brands are taking notice and as a result, the industry is bursting with innovation. There are now a whole host of smart appliances designed to enhance our cooking experience. There are fridges that can track expiry dates and oven cameras that can help check the progress of your meal. There are even apps that enable you to switch your appliance on and off so you can manage your kitchen remotely.
It doesn’t stop there. You can watch cookery videos on hobs or upload your shopping list to a car device which will then suggest the best route and nearest shops for your items. The possibilities are endless. Discover more smart devices here.
We hope that you enjoyed this article. If you’re interested in learning about what Falkus Joinery can do for you, get in touch today and book an appointment with our design team. We look forward to hearing from you.