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Tips to create an attractive and functional kitchen

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A kitchen refurb is a big job, but The Big Fitout has some practical advice that can make the job that much easier.

It’s a crucial part of the home and it’s somewhere that needs to both look great and function well. A productive kitchen needs storage, work areas and power points. It needs to be easy to get around and it has to be safe. So with help from the Big Fitout, we offer advice on the key things to think about when planning your new kitchen.

Cooker, sink, fridge

These are the three most vital pieces of equipment in your kitchen. Give considerable thought to where they are located. Fridges and cookers will benefit from having space around them for air circulation. One should not be too far from the other and there should be nothing in the kitchen that prevents free and easy movement from one to the other. Once you’ve got a plan for your big three, the other elements of the kitchen can fit in around it.

The rest of the house

Your kitchen may be standalone or you may live in a home where it looks out onto a wider living space. Either way, don’t decide on the look, colour and feel of your new kitchen in isolation. You’ll want to ensure that colours and perhaps the type and style of wall coverings and fittings match the rest of your home.

Floor surfaces

It’s vital that you choose the right floor covering. As well as the aesthetic factors mentioned in the previous point, the floor covering must be practical. You have the choice of laminates, ceramics, vinyl and even wood. It must be easy to maintain, hard to damage, be spill resistant and if you have children there are further considerations. Avoid surfaces that the little ones are more likely to slip on and that are less likely to result in breakages when they drop things

Storage and counter space

You’ll need to think carefully about how much storage and counter space you need in your kitchen. If your kitchen is on the smaller side, you’ll need to bear these even more in mind. Don’t go overboard on appliances and find you don’t have enough room to store things or to work in. Similarly, while a counter space in the middle of the floor may be visually appealing, you may find it compromises accessibility and workflow.

The right appliances

You may want the latest greatest everything in your new kitchen, but space, budget and practicality may not allow it. Make a list of everything you’d ideally like, take out the ones that are not essential and then imagine where you’re going to put them all. Use a pen and paper if it helps you visualise things and pay careful attention to the number of sockets in your kitchen and the amount of counter space you’re going to have. By thinking it all through in advance, you’re more likely to ensure you have enough space, enough power points in the right places and that you don’t end up with more appliances than you need.

Light

Go for a darker look in a space that doesn’t have a lot of natural light and you may end up with a kitchen in which you can’t see anything, especially when working. Pay very careful attention to light when choosing the visual style of the kitchen. If you value natural light, you may need to opt for a lighter colour scheme. If you’re happy to have more artificial light, you’ll need to incorporate multiple fixtures into the kitchen. Darker kitchens, for example, will often have LEDs incorporated into the bottom of cabinets mounted above work counters.

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