Generally, designing kitchens cost a fortune, but what could make it cost you more is hiring a designer to help you to get the kitchen design you want. So, what about doing the design on your own? Think about it what could be hard choosing the painting colors, cabinets design, flooring type, all these things are easy to do on your own, just let the hidden designing gifts that you have to come out and use these tips to help you.
Search for a pen and notebook and start writing all the things that you want to have in your kitchen from the appliances to the forks and spoons. Make two lists, one for the necessities and the other for the things that you can give up or delay. This leads us to the next step and I know it may sound boring and you must have heard this thousand of times, but it’s really important to set your budget to determine the things that you can afford. I mean, what is good about choosing an amazing cabinet design while you don’t have enough money to buy it, right?
Your budget will tell you exactly what to go for, for example, if you visit a kitchen cabinets store, you can tell the sales man about the price range that you can afford and he will definitely help you in a better way if you do that. Trust me knowing the exact amount of money that you can spend, will save a lot of effort and searching.
The next step will be searching for the best ideas that you can apply to your kitchen, it’s so easy to do that, simply search for pictures online, in the magazines, take a look at the kitchen designs in your friends or family houses, the inspiration sources are endless, so go for the one that you like.
Just make sure to check the layout that fit your kitchen shape and space, you will find amazing designs pictures, but not all of them will fit your kitchen. Choose the layout whether U shaped, L shaped, island or gallery and then choose the kitchen design according to the layout you picked. Make sure to pay attention to the doors and the windows when you choose the layout. This step will determine a lot of the steps later like choosing the appliances, the design of the cabinets and the number of the countertops.
The advanced visualizing soft wares can help you to decide which layout will fit your kitchen the most and don’t worry some of these soft wares are for free. Now, you decided on the design and it’s time to choose the style that you will go for whether classic, rustic or modern. Everything should be clear before we start the next step which is choosing the color of the walls, flooring type, countertops, appliances and the cabinets or in other words it’s time to fill the empty room you have to call it a kitchen.
Speaking of cabinets, this is the most important part that you need to choose carefully to provide your kitchen with enough storage places, to avoid any clutter and to make your kitchen more comfortable to use. For example, make enough storage places for dishes and glasses above or near the dishwasher and the sink. Make sure to install storage cabinets above the oven and the microwave to store the cooking equipments like the dishes and the oven trays, what is better than finding the things that you need easily and fast?
Do the same thing with the stove or the cook top and save enough storage place next to them to store the large pot and pans, usually the base cabinets are the best place to store these things. Generally, this means you need to pick kitchen cabinets that give you the ability to store different stuff and for sure arranging these cabinets in the right places will be an extra benefit for you.
If you have blind coroner in your cabinets, don’t worry I will tell you about some idea that will help you to get the best use of them. For example, you can use some smart ideas like lazy Suzan; pull out shelves, independent curved shelves. All the previous ideas will make reaching your kitchen stuff never easier and you will get the best use of the storage place that you have in the same time.
If you have small kitchen, always look vertical and use that space for storing your different kitchen stuff by using the floating shelves and avoid putting the large pieces that cause clutter like large islands.
Always go for the tall and deep cabinets that give you extra storage places. Choosing the appliances will be totally up to you and what you need, but pay attention not to choose large appliances if you won’t benefit from using them. You will need enough working places in your kitchen for cooking and preparing food, so pay espial attention to save enough space for them.
Working places means we need proper lighting; generally lighting and ventilation are two major factors that you should consider to design a comfortable kitchen. Make sure to provide your kitchen with enough ventilation and lighting sources. For example, you can get a kitchen hood to keep all the odors and smoke away, designing a big window is such a good idea as well.
Using different kinds of lighting fixtures like task lighting will be so helpful for you and make sure to install enough lighting in places like above the stove, under the cabinets, in the work places where you prepare and cook food.
I told it’s not that hard after all, all what you need is to put a plan and use the help of some guidelines and tips to achieve the amazing design that you seek. Designing your kitchen on your own will give you amazing results, eventually you are the one who will be using it and only you knows exactly what will give you the enough comfort that you need.