Planning your own modern luxury kitchen is a big yet exciting job.
You get to create mood boards, subscribe to all the magazines, order paint samples, all in the name of research. But, there’s no denying that it can get a little stressful if you aren’t sure about what you are doing.
Whether you are just curious, in the early stages, or half-way through your renovation – we are here to help you with planning your dream kitchen!
Designing Your Own Modern Luxury Kitchen: A Step-by-Step Guide
The kitchen is a complex part of the home. It is no longer a space to simply cook. Now, it is the designated room where we spend time socialising, cooking, eating – and even working. Not only does a kitchen need the correct facilities, it also needs to be comfortable and stylish!
Yes, there is a lot to consider. But when designed and done right, your newly modernised kitchen will be your new favourite room in the entire house.
Wondering where to start? Don’t worry, we have our step-by-step guide ready to help you.
Step #1: List the Elements You Want in Your Kitchen
Kitchens require a lot of appliances and equipment in order to function. First, you must determine what you do and don’t have, and what you want out of your new kitchen. If you want to opt for a modern kitchen, now is the time to research the latest models available.
Starting with the bigger parts, ask yourself:
- What type of kitchen cabinets do you want?
- Do you want a kitchen island?
- Do you need to incorporate a living or dining area or both?
This way, you can work out how much work needs to be done to create your ideal kitchen.
Step #2: Consider the Best Layout for Your Kitchen
When redesigning a modern kitchen, you can strip it right back to basics and create a whole new layout if you wish.
Your kitchen layout relates to how it flows when you are using the space. To decide whether you need to make any drastic changes, consider the following:
- How do you use your kitchen? Its layout should suit your lifestyle and way of working.
- Is it an open-plan space? This can make it hard to know where to begin. We recommend focusing on the working part of the kitchen first, and how it feeds into the rest of the space where you plan to dine, relax, or both.
- Remember the top three kitchen essentials. These include your fridge, sink and hob. These three points should be close to one another to make meal preparation efficient.
You may have a few options mapped out in your mind. Now you need to put them on paper!
Step #3: Draw Up a Kitchen Floor Plan
Be aware: this is where it gets a little more technical. In order to plan your new kitchen accurately, you need to understand the space you’re working with. This means creating a floor plan, which includes measurements, dimensions and – if you’re new to this – a lot of guesswork!
Using graph paper, you can start drafting bird’s-eye view scale drawings of your kitchen’s floor plan. Your floor plan should cover exact locations (to scale) of internal and external doors and windows, so you have a precise idea of space available. Then you can start drafting where your cabinetry and appliances will go.
By doing this, you not only get an insight into your space, but also how much you expect to spend. This is crucial so you can ensure you are planning a project you can definitely afford.
For this step, we recommend outsourcing a reliable kitchen design company that are renowned masters of their craft. This reduces a lot of the hassle and – not to mention – stress!
Once you master this step, you can start getting properly excited by gathering ideas and inspiration for your future luxury kitchen.
Step #4: Choose Your Materials and Colour Scheme
Once your floor plan is complete and your mood board is finalised, you can start selecting kitchen units, finishes and colour swatches.
While this is budget-dependent, we suggest investing in a high quality kitchen you can afford. One of the best ways you can ensure this is by opting for bespoke kitchen solutions, so that you are getting exactly what you want, handmade to your specifications.
This will not only add value to your home, but give it a personal touch that no one else can say they have. Plus, the better quality materials you choose, the longer your kitchen will last.
Step #5: Choose Your Worktops, Wall Tiles and Flooring
Elements such as worktops, wall tiles and flooring all need to be carefully considered as you must ensure that they are the perfect fit for you and are of robust quality. This means checking that they serve their purpose, while also being a style that you can see yourself loving a decade from now.
You also need to consider how to care for these elements. For example: wood needs regular care compared to stone, concrete or gloss.
Step #6: Get Your Kitchen Fitted
The time has finally come to get your kitchen fitted! You can either fit your kitchen yourself, or source a professional team to do it for you.
If you choose the former, you should note that your extractor and cooker will need to be installed by an accredited electrician. Plus, a plumber will need to fit your sink and water-based appliances. It’s always best to ask a professional to fit these specific items for you, because these mistakes can prove expensive.
If you opt for the latter, here at Kitchen Design House, we can help create your modern luxury kitchen from concept to production, with expertise from our team of fully qualified designers, joiners and makers.
Once your kitchen is finished, it will then be closely reviewed by our production manager to ensure design accuracy and high quality.
When this attention to detail is combined with our affordability and variety, we promise we can create a quality handmade kitchen for less than many of the high street kitchen brands.
For more information, contact us today for a free consultation worth £250!