If you are thinking about a new kitchen then you might have already considered opting for a fitted kitchen. But if you’ve never bought a new kitchen before then you might wonder what you need to consider when thinking about a fitted kitchen to suit your needs. The kitchen is the heart of your home and it is where you actually spend a lot of your time preparing food, eating food and even many other household tasks. It is important that you consider all aspects of your kitchen design when you are looking at installing a new kitchen. We have put together our complete guide to fitted kitchens in order to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
One of the most important aspects of a new kitchen that you should consider before anything else is how much you are willing to put towards your budget. Buying a new kitchen is a major purchase but many people often underestimate exactly how much all the features they want will cost. The average cost of a new kitchen is around £8,000 but you can spend a lot more when you are including appliances or luxury materials. When planning a new kitchen you should make sure that you have included enough budget for appliances, kitchen units, worktops and flooring too.
What Kind of Kitchen Styles Are There?
If you haven’t bought a new kitchen before then you might also be unaware that there are a number of different styles for you to choose from. This is generally very similar across different kitchen designers and you will find that many have similar kitchen styles to choose from. Here at Kensington Scott we have three main kitchen styles and they differ as such;
- Country Kitchens: this a popular choice for people who are looking for a more rustic design and feel to their home. Country kitchens use chic and contemporary design to provide a more traditional and warmer feeling kitchen.
- Classic Kitchens: often referred to as traditional kitchens, these are perfect if you are looking to bring a sense of heritage to your home. They generally incorporate tasteful and timeless elements to your kitchen.
- Shaker Kitchens: this distinctive style has become massively popular recently and originates from a religious group of people known commonly as Shakers. Their simplicity in style and clean lines are popular with many.
Are There Different Finishes For A New Kitchen?
When considering what kind of style you want to choose for your kitchen, you should also think about what kind of finish you want. Kitchens are often available in different finishes but not all kitchens are available in every finish, so you should check this out before deciding on your final kitchen design. There are generally three main types of finish that you can opt for with kitchen cabinets and doors and these include;
- Gloss Kitchens: we provide a range of gloss kitchens if you are looking for a more modern design in your home. The reflective surfaces of your kitchen cabinets will shine light around the room so space appears brighter.
- Matt Kitchens: A matt kitchen finish provides your kitchen with an understated and elegant look that is perfect for all kinds of households. Generally associated with classic or traditional kitchen styles.
- Wood Kitchens: if you are looking for a wooden kitchen, this is perfect for country kitchen styles and gives a very warm and homely feel to your kitchen. It is a great choice if you are looking to add character to your house.
What About The Shape of My Kitchen?
Once you have decided on the style and finish of your kitchen, then you should also think about the size and shape of your kitchen space, as this can massively affect the kind of kitchen you can opt for. You can only work with the space you have available in your home, so you should think about the shape of the kitchen you choose. If you are thinking about what kind of kitchen shape is best for you, some of the main options are as follows;
Galley Kitchen: if you are limited for space and only have a narrow area, then a galley kitchen is ideal to make sure that you are making the most out of the space that you have. It makes the most of the height of your room.
U Shape Kitchen: if you have a large kitchen space then you might want to consider opting for a U Shape kitchen, as this can transform your room. You will have plenty of space to cook but also room for a table in the centre of your kitchen too.
L Shape Kitchen: if you don’t have a square room, then you can make use of the entire space by opting for an L shape kitchen. This way you should still have enough space for storage, cooking and also eating in your kitchen.
How To Get Started
After considering all of these things you should be ready to start planning your new kitchen and getting everything underway. The best way to be sure on the perfect style and finish for your kitchen is to make some showroom appointments and get shown around the different aspects of each kitchen design. This should also give you some idea of the different finishing touches you want to put on the kitchen such as the worktop material or the flooring you want to choose. Get in touch with us today to book a viewing and get an idea of the perfect fitted kitchen for you.