Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Your guide to designing a showstopper kitchen

If you consider your kitchen to be the heart of your home, you no doubt want it to have that all-important wow factor. With this in mind, the following tips should help you to design a showstopper kitchen that you can be truly proud of.

Include a statement cooker

Your cooker is probably the focal point of this room, so it’s worth putting some serious thought into the style you choose. Of course, the model you go for has to meet your practical needs, but bear in mind that there’s no need to sacrifice style for functionality when it comes to these appliances. There are plenty of models out there that tick both boxes.

For example, rather than going for a standard oven, why not take your kitchen design to new heights with a statement range cooker? These large, classic looking appliances can bring an added sense of luxury and opulence to your room, and because they are so spacious and provide a number of different compartments, they can make cooking much easier. You can take your pick from a variety of different designs and colours. For example, Belling range cookers are available in a selection of hues, from the traditional options of crisp stainless steel, striking black or soft cream to the vibrant designs in its Colour Boutique collection, which include floral burst, hot jalapeno and wild berry.

The cooker you get for your kitchen will help to set the tone for the whole space, so make sure you choose carefully.

Opt for unusual fixtures and fittings

If you want your kitchen to stand out from the crowd, try to steer clear of standard fixtures and fittings and be a little more creative in your approach. For example, instead of opting for a regular basin, why not buy a Belfast sink instead? These deep, rectangular designs make an instant impression and they can help to set your cooking space apart. Traditionally made from glazed white porcelain, they can complement virtually any design scheme.

It pays to think outside the box when it comes to lighting too. To inject more personality into your kitchen, you could include a quirky central light fitting. An over-sized, low-hanging pendant over an island unit or table could work a treat, or perhaps you’d prefer a statement chandelier. You could also use spotlights in unexpected ways. For example, you could place coloured spots under the top of an island unit or you could position spots at the bottom of your base cabinets to flood your flooring with light.

Be bold with your design scheme

A striking design scheme should finish your new kitchen off to perfection, so don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colours. If you don’t want the space to be too garish, you could restrict your bright hues to a feature a wall and echo the colours in your gadgets and soft furnishings. Meanwhile, a simple black and white scheme can be equally bold in its own way. These monochrome designs have an ultra-chic, modern look - and you can give them extra flair by introducing a pop of brightness in the form of a colourful piece of artwork.

By thinking creatively and going for more unusual design touches like these, you can ensure your cooking space looks stunning.

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