Here it is, 2019. January is normally the time of year in which everyone wants a fresh start. Whether it be resolutions to eat better or exercise more, everyone wants to use the new year to make drastic changes in their lives. This includes the home and, more importantly, the kitchen. A new kitchen is one of the most popular home renovation choices for the new year!
How to Decide on a New Kitchen
With so many trends and ideas to take inspiration from, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. This is why we have the perfect plan to help you decide what it is you REALLY want for your new kitchen.
Falling Back in Love with your Kitchen
Here’s the thing: the kitchen is the heart of your home. You may think it’s the living room or bedroom, but in reality, you get more use out of the kitchen. Even when you’re not in it, there’s something in the oven, a load in the washing machine, or something else that will bring you back in the room within an hour. However, if your kitchen is looking outdated, shabby, or lacks practicality, it can be quite easy to lose the love for such a practical and necessary space.
This is why, whatever design, or layout you choose, you need to be sure that you will love it for years to come. This doesn’t just mean the aesthetics. It’s a good idea for you to assess the space you currently have to determine what is and isn’t working. You may find that the current kitchen layout is disrupting your workflow, or there isn’t enough in terms of storage solutions. Think hard about what your kitchen is truly missing and bring your design ideas into it.
It is likely that you will do this anyway, what with the new year being about new beginnings, but it’s certainly a good idea to do a thorough declutter before you make any drastic changes. Though it won’t stop you from needing, or simply wanting, a new kitchen, it will give you an accurate idea of the kind of changes you will need to make.
You may have noticed already but living more sustainably is on its way to becoming the new norm. Everyone is making serious changes to “go green”, so now is a great time to make your kitchen eco-friendly. From design choices to smart tech, there are so many new products being released that will make your kitchen a greener space. Natural wood, cork and bamboo are three materials that will be making their way into many kitchens this year.
Life in Colour
Choosing the new colour scheme can be more difficult than one would think. You may assume you’re more naturally drawn to particular tones and shades, but you may find that these won’t work in the long-run for your kitchen. It’s extremely important for you to think carefully about the selection of colour schemes you will narrow down before making a final decision. Choose the colours you love but be certain that you will love them for life.
Out with the Old, In with the New
Appliance upgrades are also something you may wish to consider, especially if you want the design to flow throughout. Check out the sales to see if you can find the style of your choice at a more affordable price. Better yet, you may even be able to find the style or colour you are looking for second-hand! This is a great choice if you’re following the eco-friendly path. Remember, used doesn’t always mean poor condition. In fact, you can find many items that are like new that have had previous owners!
Knowing what to Keep and what to Replace
If you do want to declutter and replace certain kitchen items, it’s good to know where to begin. Here is a list of items you may want to consider upgrading or simply removing:
- Dinnerware – plates, bowls, cutlery etc
- Pots and Pans – this includes baking trays
- Cooking utensils – chopping boards, ladles, prep knives etc
- Washing machine and tumble dryer
Adding Value to your Home
The final thing you may wish to bear in mind is the potential for reselling the property. The kitchen is often the most popular room they’re interested in. Buyers will want to see a modern kitchen that is beautifully designed and is practical for cooking and cleaning efficiency. Having your kitchen redesigned is a worthwhile investment due to the added value it will bring to your home.
Talk to the Experts
So, you now know what you need to do before you make any decisions on how you want your new kitchen to look. Once you have followed these steps, it’ll be time to take action. Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms are here to help you design the ideal kitchen for your living situation. To find out more about how we can help create the perfect kitchen for your home, get in touch.