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How to Plan a New Layout for Your Kitchen

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Many UK families have chosen to redesign and redecorate their homes this year, probably because we’ve had such a glorious summer. Although you might think that pleasant weather draws people outside, in truth, the sunshine just makes people feel good, which in turn makes them feel inspired and ready to spend.

If you’re looking to purchase some new kitchen furniture and are considering how best to arrange it into an appealing layout, this guide might well be of some use. Have a read through and see if you can pick up some useful tips and tricks.

Assess Size And Shape

Firstly, it’s important that you recognise the size and shape of your kitchen. Ensure you take measurements so you can draw up some plans, as this will be the best way to plan the new design. You should find exact measurements of any furniture before you buy it and see how it will fit most effectively into your space.

Think About Lighting

If your kitchen is either small or L-shaped, lighting should be a prime concern. Often we find that smaller or more awkward areas suffer terribly from bad lighting. Although you might think that bright bulbs will light up the entire room and therefore make it look bigger, sometimes people tend to overdo it somewhat and nobody likes being blinded.

Instead of using one big bright light, try to seek out 3 or 4 stylish lamps or similar, as this will give you enough light without causing the need for friends and relatives to wear sunglasses indoors.

Breakfast Bar Or No Breakfast Bar

For large kitchens, a breakfast bar can be a fantastically useful addition, especially for those without dining rooms, however, installing a breakfast bar is not advisable for people with small rooms. This should go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people still attempt to cram a 6 foot bar inside a 9 foot kitchen.

Look At Popular Layouts

When I called the professionals in to fit my kitchen, they pointed out that most people opt to have their appliances installed in the traditional “work triangle”. This is where the cooker, oven, and sink are on separate walls. Take a moment to look at your current design, as this probably reflects the “work triangle”. Also, adopting this method breaks the area up somewhat and spreads appliances evenly around the room.

More Things To Consider

Generally, you want your kitchen to be a warm, friendly, and comfortable environment, especially if it’s a rather large space with a breakfast bar installed. As you’ll undoubtedly spend a lot of time in there, taking some time to consider the best colour scheme is essential. Although this will probably depend heavily on the colour of your units and appliances, try to use colours that create a feeling of warmth and homeliness.

So there you have it my friends. A quick and simple guide to planning your new kitchen and getting the most out of the space you have. Remember, there are many professional kitchen designers who will be happy to help, should you get stuck with anything.

Good luck with the renovation!

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