Designing a kitchen can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider, such as the layout, colours, materials, and appliances. Where do you start? In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of designing a kitchen from start to finish. Do you want a kitchen extension at the same time? We can help with that too. Let’s get started!

Define the purpose of your kitchen and how you want it to function

When you’re looking to extend or redesign your kitchen, it’s important to first define the purpose of your kitchen and how you want it to function. Will the kitchen be primarily used for entertaining guests? Then, a large kitchen island with plenty of seating might be ideal. If instead, you prefer a cosy breakfast area, then opt for a round table surrounded by comfy chairs. 

Additionally, consider how you’ll use the kitchen on an everyday basis. Will family members often cook together? Open kitchen designs can often be more practical as they allow several people to work in the kitchen at once. If space allows, adding kitchen storage such as cabinets or pantries is a great way to keep clutter off counters and ensures that everything has its place – helping make cooking more efficient. 

Lastly, kitchen lighting should also be factored into your kitchen interior design plan with both functional and accent lighting used throughout the room for maximum efficiency and comfort. Defining your needs before designing or extending your kitchen will ensure that you are left with a vibrant and functional kitchen that works perfectly for your lifestyle.

Determine your budget for the kitchen and stick to it

When it comes to budgeting for a kitchen remodel or upgrade, it is important to be realistic and reliable. Start by determining a budgeted amount that you are comfortable spending. When budgeting for your kitchen, begin by setting aside a certain percentage of your total budget for items including cabinets and fixtures, appliances, countertops and flooring. Be sure to factor in additional costs such as unexpected extra expenses, labour costs, and installation fees too. It is also recommended to budget for more than you may need so that you can have the flexibility to make changes during the renovation process if necessary. 

Additionally, consider budgeting for items that may not necessarily be in your scope but could still add value to your kitchen such as smart home devices. By choosing the right budget from the start and sticking to it, you will be able to ensure a successful kitchen upgrade within your predetermined budget expectations.

We can help with the design of your new kitchen

Here at Oakland, we understand how important it is to get your kitchen just right. With that in mind, we offer a professional design service here in store. Our team here can use our state of the art 3D design software Virtual Worlds to give you an exact visual of what your new kitchen will look like when it’s finished. Tell us your ideas and designs for what you’d love your kitchen to be like, and our experienced professionals here can craft the perfect plan for you. You won’t have to worry about not getting what you asked for – with pinpoint accuracy, 3D modelling ensures that everything from the measurements of your cabinets to the colour of your countertop will be exactly as you imagined it would be! If something doesn’t look how you thought, we can change it and make sure it is perfect before you commit to anything.

Come and see us here at Oakland today to get started on a kitchen interior design in Leicester or a kitchen extension.