Choosing a new kitchen is not only an exciting task, but one that is vital to ensuring that your house is raised in value. A kitchen has to have both functional and social elements, as well as exuding class and promoting your house.
It is important for your kitchen to reflect its surroundings and environment. For example, if you live in a period home, then an ultra modern kitchen with no heed of its surroundings may not be the right choice. Likewise, a farmhouse kitchen may look out of place in a modern warehouse conversion or waterside apartment. A fine balance of functionality, environment and personal taste needs to be balanced into the equation to ensure that a new kitchen fits your needs, as well as looking stunning in your home.
For a modern home or new build, a high gloss kitchen in a vibrant colour or stark white can look fabulous. Think high class granite kitchen worktops, combined with a metal sink, designer taps and industrial style stainless steel double oven. A freestanding unit in the centre of the kitchen works as a great social and preparation space as well as separating cooking areas from eating areas. In this sort of ultra modern kitchen, minimalism works but don’t forget to include some finishing touches to avoid the ‘just stepped out of a showroom and don’t plan on cooking’ look. This could include a decorative bowl of fruit, flowers or hi-tech kitchen gadgets.