Welcome back, we hope that you enjoyed part one of this little pair of blogs that we’ve written to help you make sure that your kitchen is future proofed. Previously, we looked at colour scheme and appliances so we’ll kick this one off with an equally important factor, the ease of use…
Ease of Use/Layout
Making sure that your kitchen is easy to use is all about working with the space that you have. If your kitchen is only small then that breakfast island might be a bad idea. Think about how you use your kitchen and where appliances and preparation areas would be best placed.
As you decide this it is best to put it down on paper in the form of a scale diagram of your kitchen; once complete this will form an incredibly useful design tool.
Now we may be a little biased in this area but for our money, natural surfaces are absolutely the way to go! Whilst other options such as tiles and laminate may look acceptable initially, remember that the key is making sure that your kitchen is future-proof.
Marble, granite and others such as soapstone give an incredible feel of permanence and resilience with their natural hardness. From a design perspective they are also streets ahead as their natural mottling gives them a unique and attractive look that goes with any colour scheme.
Your kitchen is one of the few places in your home where effective lighting actually has a huge effect on the usability of your kitchen and it is not something that you get a second chance at. Making sure that an appropriate amount of light reaches each area of your kitchen will ensure that it is a joy to spend time in there.
Spot lights are the way to go, as you can adjust their direction in order to completely cover the area, no matter the size. It is also wise to fit under counter lights to completely eliminate any dark areas that remain.
Now we know that advice on kitchen design is easy to come by, and people that will offer you their opinion are ten-a-penny, but believe us, this little list has been informed by years of experience. We’ve seen plenty of great kitchens and they all followed each of these steps in order to make them perfect!
So next time you decide that your kitchen needs a redesign, leave off the lime green and step away from the cerise as not only will they most likely be annoying in time, they can play havoc with your resale value. Simply stick with the easy steps that we’ve provided and we promise that you will be very impressed with the results!
Oh and if our mention of granite has got you thinking that it’s the perfect choice for you then worry not; Granite House are a leading supplier of granite worktops in Lancashire and we’re sure to have exactly what you need. Simply contact us today and our experienced team will be more than happy to help.