Our 5 step-guide to creating your perfect kitchen design
- Aug 9th, 2021
When it comes to home renovations, choosing a new kitchen is one of the most exciting jobs. It can also be one of the most costly, stressful, and time-consuming activities. There’s a lot to ponder on, from choosing the best style for your home to deciding on the most functional layout. Regardless of how tempted you are to hurry into a showroom and pick your design, it’s vital to take your time and think about what you really want.
Granite & TREND Transformations has leveraged the latest in digital technology to develop an advanced 3D kitchen design tool, allowing you to arrange and visualise all of the elements and layout of your ideal designs.
This article provides a 5-step guide on how to turn your ideas into practical designs and how our innovative 3D design tool can help you get there.
Let’s start with the obvious, assess your needs.
1 – Decide what you really need.
First, look through your belongings and get rid of anything you haven’t used in years. Now go through your current kitchen and make a note of everything you like and dislike about it. Design ideas could include everything from the amount of storage – and where it is located – to the sorts of appliances and cabinetry colour. Visualising what you want or need will allow you to concentrate on keeping or improving specific features.
Consider whether the current space is functional or if it needs to be expanded or opened up. Should you take down a wall between the kitchen and dining area to create a more open-plan effect? Or do you prefer not to look at dirty dishes from the dining table? There are lots of things to consider.
Ask yourself a few questions about how you want to use the space. Do you need a place to cook, or do you want a multipurpose space where you can also spend lunch or supper with family and friends? Who do you prepare food for, what do you prepare, and how do you prepare it? These practical questions may seem mundane and obvious, but knowing how you want to utilise the space available is the key to great design.
2 – Think about your ‘must have’ options.
Take a look at your kitchen must-haves. Do you yearn for elegant worktops, a striking island, or a plethora of storage cabinets? Or are there any specific kitchen appliances that you believe will make your life much easier?
Everyone works in their unique style. Families have a different set of priorities from couples or single people, so it’s critical to use the right kitchen planning tools that will guarantee your kitchen is personalised to your family’s exact needs.
Request a call back from our helpful and knowledgeable staff. We have options that you may not have crossed your mind. For instance, did you know you can update your kitchen worktop without the hassle of replacing it?
Our ‘top-that-fits-on-top’ installation solution makes the whole process so easy. Select from a wide range of colours and styles, which neatly fit over your existing kitchen worktop, no matter what condition your original surface is in.
By permanently bonding our worktops to the original, it’s possible to have a fresh look without the upheaval of demolition. Our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces can usually be installed in as little as a day, decreasing the amount of time your facilities are out of commission. Less stress, less clutter, and less fuss are all advantages of this convenient and straightforward procedure.
3 – Get inspiration
Of course, how you want your kitchen to look is a very personal decision. Putting together a scrapbook or mood board with photographs and magazine pages is beneficial for sure. Make a mental note of any surfaces, textures, or accessories that you’ve come across that go nicely together.
Even something as basic as a gorgeous plate, tile, piece of furniture, or sample of cloth can serve as an inspiration for deciding on a theme or colour scheme. Consider using online design forums, kitchen planning tools and idea books such as Houzz to visualise your concept.
Don’t worry about the price at this time; focus on what inspires you, and you’ll soon be able to recognise the styles that appeal to you. Once you have your mood board in place, it’s time to get practical, and this is where our professional kitchen planning tools come into their own.
4 – Use our 3D kitchen design tool to plan your ideas
Our 3D kitchen design tool is so easy to use, helping you create your ideal room virtually and play around with a variety of possibilities.
You can mix and match to your heart’s content until you find the perfect layout that fits your space, as well as the style, colour, and finish of each of the fixtures and fittings within it. You, your family, and your friends can effortlessly plan your new kitchen or bathroom from a desktop or mobile device, saving you time and money.
Here’s how our kitchen planner works:
- Click on the link to access the design tool.
- The program will guide you through to the design stage
- Choose the layout you prefer
- Play around with your walls and floor options
- Choose your appliances, cabinets and worktops, and even a centre island
- Reset at anytime
- Schedule a free in-home design consultation
5 – Analyse each element
Our 3D design tool will bring your ideas together, but a little detailed analysis is always helpful. Let’s take a closer look at the products.
Cabinets in the kitchen
Kitchen cabinets are without a doubt a priority and will have a considerable impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen. Consider your personal stylistic preferences. A classic shaker design is a cabinet door made up of a recessed panel and a four-piece wood frame, a timeless, attractive option for a conventional aesthetic. Choose stylish, geometric lines, such as the minimalist, slab-style cabinet doors, finished in a plain matt or eye-catching shine, for a more contemporary vibe.
Always take time to consider colour and material. To make a room feel open and uncluttered, go for a calming atmosphere with lighter, neutral tones. Traditional wood-effect or painted solid wood cabinets provide a formal yet relaxing style that is great for townhouses, period properties, and country cottages.
Striking, high-gloss colours, whether bright and eye-catching or monotone and dramatic, are used in trend-setting kitchens. Mix and match colours or hues for a unique appearance that emphasises specific features of your kitchen.
Once you have decided on your cabinets, now it’s time to focus on your worktops. Along with being functional, the horizontal aspect of worktops makes them highly visual and impactful, so think about the style message you want to convey.
Create a traditional aesthetic that generates space and harmony by matching the colour of your worktops to the colour of your cabinets. Alternatively, in the 3D Design Tool, select a contrasting worktop to observe how the startling distinctness of the two tones provides a sense of balance in the kitchen.
Our surfaces are made using granite, quartz and recycled glass and come in various colours to match any kitchen style. All of our worktop surfaces are durable, functional, and easy to clean.
The non-porous surfaces are made using ForeverSeal®, our patented polymer resin, which make the worktops heat, stain, scratch, mould and mildew-resistant, as well as low maintenance as they never need to be re-sealed. All our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces also include built-in Microban® protection. This cutting-edge antibacterial technology provides protection throughout the product’s life. So, you can be assured your kitchen is hygienically clean 24/7.
The best appliances for your lifestyle
Seamlessly integrating your appliances into your kitchen will keep the design flowing and make cooking more enjoyable. With intelligent technology and LED displays, the latest kitchen equipment is convenient and hassle-free. Sleek, cutting-edge ovens and induction hobs will make cooking a delight and enable even the most inexperienced home chef to achieve exceptional results. Meanwhile, new refrigerators with advanced technology provide optimum storage capacity and temperature control.
Extraction hoods, dishwashers, and washing machines and dryers aren’t the most exciting aspects of your kitchen. On the other hand, our kitchen design visualiser will show you how attractive, contemporary ideas can still fit within your kitchen layout.
Taps, sinks and splashbacks
Matching the tones of your sinks and taps with your kitchen accessories is a good idea. Decide whether you want gleaming metallic fixtures and handles or brushed chrome and stick with that style throughout your kitchen.
Splashbacks are more than simply a practical feature that protects your walls from spills and stains. Make the most of this opportunity to be creative and give your kitchen more of your personality. Our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces are a fashionable yet functional solution for splashbacks, and they come in various styles, colours, and tones to suit everyone and all budgets.
Your new kitchen will change your perspective on life, so make sure it’s the most appealing choice by getting a second opinion from our design consultants who are on hand to answer your questions and give expert advice. Click here to arrange an appointment with our team. We can’t wait to see your designs.