Follow our simple kitchen design ideas to help transform your existing kitchen, or create a dream kitchen that’s both beautiful and practical, without breaking the bank.
Before you start planning a new kitchen, the first thing you need to decide is whether you want to update your current kitchen or start totally afresh. Start by looking at what you already have, thinking about what you like and don’t like, and deciding what you want to remove, move or keep. If your kitchen layout works, only change it if you can see it will bring a real benefit.
Bear in mind that if you’re planning on moving house, totally updating your kitchen might not add value; many buyers want to put their own stamp on a place and won’t want to change a new kitchen. In this case, making superficial changes to refresh it might be the best option
Updating your existing kitchen
If your budget is tight and you don’t need an entirely new kitchen, there are simple changes you can make that will transform your current kitchen without breaking the bank.
Refresh paint – updating your walls with a lick of paint is a great way to refresh your kitchen and can completely transform its look and feel.
Create a feature wall – highlighting a particular section of your kitchen will add character. Use colourful or patterned wallpaper (specially designed for kitchens), statement tiles or a distinctive splashback to create a focal point.
Update worktops and doors – pop into the Riggzy Showroom and see our selection of doors and worksurfaces, which will enable you to refresh your kitchen at a fraction of the price of an entirely new one.
Add lighting – careful lighting can change the feel of your kitchen, especially if it’s a small room. Spotlights or under cupboard lighting can add a modern touch, while pendant lights will add character. If you’re rearranging your lights, as opposed to just getting new shades, speak to an electrician first to find out what is possible.
Replace flooring – if your floor is old and tired, replacing it will revitalise your space.
If you are set on an entirely new kitchen, think about the layout and how you use your current space.
Ask yourself these questions:
How do you move around your kitchen? Elements that you often use at the same time, such as the fridge and cooking station, should be close together so that you don’t keep walking around in circles.
Where do you prepare food? Next to the hob and oven? This will determine where you will put the majority of your worktop space.
How much storage do you use? Think about whether you need more than you currently have and what you need to store. Do you prefer open shelving or big, deep cupboards?
Who will you be entertaining in your kitchen? Do you use it for dinner parties, or often chat to your family while you cook? You may want space for a table or a breakfast bar where people can sit and talk to you while you work.
Where do you want to keep the utensils and dinnerware that you use most?
Do you have a lot of gadgets? If so, do you want them to be on display for easy access or stored away out of sight?
What large appliances do you want, and will there be room for them? For example, an American-style fridge freezer will take up a lot more space than a traditional fridge.
The planning process is the key time to make big changes to your kitchen’s design, so thinking carefully about how you use your current space and how you would like to use the new one will help ensure that your day-to-day needs aren’t overlooked. Remember to consider your kitchen’s constraints, such as its size and the positions of doors, windows and plug sockets. If you’re not planning any structural work, you’ll need to be realistic about what your space can accommodate.
At Riggzy Complete Kitchen Solutions we are always happy to help you plan and design your kitchen so pop into our showroom for an informal chat and see how we can help you.