Designing and decorating a space is a very personal thing. Everything has to respond to the users’ needs and this means you have to put great thought in everything. Working with a professional is sometimes a very good idea but not even him/her can do all the work for you. So instead of relying on someone else’s help, you better start putting all your thoughts in order to design your home like a pro. The room that needs the most attention to detail and that really needs to be personalized is the kitchen. In there, everything has to be exactly the way you want it in order to be able to move around comfortably. But starting the design from scratch is not easy at all. Here are a few tips can should help with that
Get an idea of the space you have available.
It’s important to first determine exactly how much space there is to work with. This will also help you make some of the decisions regarding the type of furniture you’ll be using, the type of appliances, the space where they should each go and so on. The shape of the room is also important. An L-shaped kitchen requires a certain type of décor while a U-shaped space is a completely different story. So start with the beginning and make a plan.
Think of a budget.
Another very important detail that you have to pay attention to before you start to design your kitchen is the budget. Try to set a realistic budget and try to stick as close to it as possible. It will help you gain more control on all the decision you have to make regarding the furniture, the appliances, the flooring, etc. Also, get preliminary estimates. It will help you make an overall idea about everything that is to come.
Make plans and drawings.
After you’ve decided on a style and a type of design that you would like for your kitchen, make more developed plans and drawings. They will help you better imagine how everything will look like and it will also be helpful for trying out different combinations and designs. This is also the stage where you begin to think of some of the smaller details such where the spices will go, where you’ll be storing all your pots and pans, etc.
Decide on materials and finishes.
Now that you have all those plans and drawings, you can also decide what materials should be used where and what type of finishes you’ll be using. The finishes can make a big difference in terms of style. For example, a weathered finish will make your kitchen look rustic and will also give it a vintage look, smooth, glossy finishes will give it a modern look, minimalist finishes will make it look contemporary while rich finishes are suitable for traditional spaces. Depending on the atmosphere you are trying to create and the style that you prefer, you can select the materials, finishes, colors and accent details that you like in order to make your dream kitchen a reality.