What to consider when planning your new kitchen – Advice from our experts at Planet Furniture
Where to start?
The most important factor to consider when designing a new kitchen would be the size & flow of the room. Getting the layout correct is vital, as it needs to be practical to use on a daily basis, by the whole family. Other things to consider would be; How do you intend to use the kitchen e.g. do you entertain regularly? Do you prefer to eat in the kitchen? Which appliances would you like to include? How light is the room throughout the day?
What are my worktop options? If I have the space, do I have to have one type or a mixture of different finishes?
Here at Planet Furniture we find Quartz work surfaces are, by far, the most popular choice as they are impervious to staining and are more heat and impact resistant than Granite. They come in a large variety of colours and in both polished and suede finishes. But other options are;
• Corian – this is a great option if you prefer a seamless look. All joints are virtually invisible plus you will also have the option of coved upstands and a moulded sink.
• Granite – If you prefer a natural product and unique variation to each slab.
We often mix two finishes, keeping the surfaces around sink and prep areas practical with one of the above and then introduce a timber to soften the scheme. This provides a more tactile, warmer surface to breakfast bars, tables and sideboards.
What should I consider when thinking about a sink, flooring, splash backs and lighting – Any tips on what would work best?
Sinks and taps are the most used items in the kitchen, so they should be made from a practical material that’s also easy to keep clean. Stainless Steel sinks are the most durable however they can scuff over time. Cast Iron and Ceramic sinks always look pristine, with the crisp white finish, although more care has to be taken with the enamel.
Wooden flooring will soften the overall feel of a kitchen, but it does require more maintenance than tiled flooring. Other flooring options include; Luxury Vinyl flooring such as Karndean which provides a warmer, non-slip surface.
A traditional shaker kitchen looks great with a tiled splashback, with the choice of darker grout options. Coloured Glass, Antique Mirror and Quartz are all great options for a modern look in your kitchen.
For lighting LED’s are a lot more efficient than other light sources, they give off less heat, use less power and last for years before needing to be replaced. We prefer to keep the cabinet lights concealed on our more traditional kitchens, so you can see the effect of the light and not the modern fitting.
When it comes to appliances, how can they best be incorporated into the design – banking or placing them individually?
A striking modern look is to bank all the built-in cooking appliances and coffee machines, horizontally at eye-level. This option allows the best ergonomic position for using and viewing the appliances.
If space is at a premium a tall vertical stack is another great way to keep most of the appliances at eye-level for ease of use.
Concealing the integrated appliances such as dishwashers and fridge freezers behind furniture doors provides a more uniform look to a shaker style kitchen.
So there you have it – that’s a fairly ‘broad brush’ of how we approach design. But if you prefer to come and talk to our lovely people they will consider your individual needs and wants so that you have the perfect kitchen for you!