It’s exciting when you decide you’re going to upgrade your old kitchen and it’s easy to get carried away with the many kitchen design ideas which are featured in magazines and on Google. However, before you start thinking too hard about smaller details such as which tiles you’re going to choose for your splashbacks, it’s essential that the design of your kitchen is well thought out so it remains functional for years to come. With that in mind, we’re here to share some insight into the top signs that you’re going ahead with a well designed kitchen.

Considers your lifestyle

You might have a beautiful looking kitchen but that’s not going to be helpful if the features just don’t suit your lifestyle. If you’re not a keen cook, a double oven is unlikely to be necessary as it will just take up unnecessary space. For the entertainer, storage and bench space need to be optimised so you don’t find yourself struggling for room. Consider your lifestyle and then find a design which fits around it, not the other way around.

Functional design

Functionality is essential for any well-designed kitchen. Although it’s understandable that you’ll be drawn to the aesthetics of the finished product, remember that you’ll be living with your new kitchen for a long time so you need to be confident that it’s user friendly. Factors such as the right amount of storage, an optimal layout and sufficient bench space are all functional factors that need to be considered. The last thing you want is a brand new kitchen which is difficult to use!

Quality products

Where possible, use high quality products for your new kitchen. Although choosing cheaper options may still look fine in the early stages of your new kitchen, over time you’ll find that taking shortcuts with your materials can cost you in the long run as they don’t stand up to wear and tear and require replacing sooner. Integrating quality products, such as premium benchtops and appliances, into the design of your kitchen means that you’ll be able to enjoy a high quality kitchen well into the future.

The right lighting

Not only does the lighting make a difference on a practical level, it also contributes to the ambience of your finished kitchen and can act as an aesthetic feature. You need enough general lighting to illuminate the space sufficiently (it’s hard to really appreciate a dimly lit kitchen) as well as task lighting to help with food preparation. Task lighting is commonly located under cabinets or above island benches and you can opt for feature lighting fixtures for added character. You can even consider accent lighting to highlight splashbacks or other important features.

If you’re looking for superior design for your custom kitchen, The Maker can help from concept through to finished product. Whether you’re looking for country style kitchen or prefer a more modern look, our award-winning team of designers can help make your ideas a reality. For further kitchen ideas, make an appointment to visit our extensive showrooms which feature seven life sized kitchen.

For great kitchen design ideas, speak to the team at The Maker today on 1300 270 000.

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