Should I spend more on a dream kitchen?
Working out what to spend, and where, for a new kitchen can be tricky. Here’s our guide to planning a dream kitchen according to your lifestyle.
You’ve decided that 2017 is the year that your long-planned kitchen renovation project gets under way. Style-wise you know exactly what you’re after, with piles of scribbled-on interiors mags, Pinterest boards and Instagram #KitchenGoals informing your plans.
But what about the nuts and bolts of where things will go, and what type of appliances you’ll go with? Hopefully this guide can help.
Making the most of your ‘kitchen triangle’
Most of the work in your kitchen is done between the sink, cooker and fridge, the 3 points of which create the kitchen triangle space.
For more efficient cooking and prep, keep the points of your kitchen triangle relatively close. Kitchen planners generally recommend that each leg of the triangle should be no less than 1.2m and no more than 2.7m.
Top tip: Even if you have a large kitchen, the sum of all 3 sides of the triangle should be between 4m and 7.9m for optimum efficiency.
What about a kitchen island?
If you’re creating an open-plan kitchen, go for a kitchen island to give you enough space for…
- the kids to do their homework and you the bills
- friends to sit with a glass of wine while you cook
- informal family meals and lazy brunches
Top tip: Have an L-shaped kitchen? An island works really well to balance it by creating a third side.
Savvy and sophisticated design ideas
- Deep base cabinet drawers and a pull-out pantry for easy access to pots and pans
- Taller wall cabinets that make use of high ceilings and create more storage space
- Statement surface for your kitchen island – a piece of granite with a stand-out pattern?
- Smart lighting from Philips Hue for setting an elegant scene in your kitchen. What is Philips Hue?
Be clear on the layout of your new kitchen and how much of your budget you want to account for things like units and flooring. Once you’ve done that, you know how much you have remaining in the pot for appliances.
Make life easy with the right appliances
Appliances are likely to be the most used items in your kitchen, so invest in the ones you think you’ll use most. Get it right and you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them.
Remember that premium appliances often have longer guarantees so you have peace of mind further down the line. And no matter how you use your kitchen, you’ll save energy (and money) if you search out energy efficient models. One of the big decisions is whether you opt for freestanding or built-in appliances.
Built in appliances
They’re concealed behind your kitchen units and drawers to bring a fluid, continuous look and feel to your kitchen. Read more about built-in appliances
These are much more flexible in terms of features and choice. They’ve also come a long way in terms of look, with premium freestanding fridge-freezers and washing machines often finished in black or grey stainless steel with lots of clean lines and elegant touches.
Take the Samsung Family Hub, which blends premium design with a touchscreen tablet screen in the door.
Appliances and accessories to add a touch of class
Entertaining and cooking:
- Built-in warming drawer which tucks in neatly underneath your oven to store and warm up plates. Get a Neff warming drawer
- Wine cooler with temperature zones for red and white/rosé for the perfect glass at any time. We love this Siemens integrated wine cooler
- Induction hobs transfer heat directly to the pan for faster cooking. They’re super-easy to clean too. See this one from Neff
- Auto-clean ovens turn burnt on food into ash so you can spend more time cooking and less time cleaning. Learn more about auto-cleaning oven magic
- Range cookers are perfect for budding chefs with bigger kitchens. We love this iconic Rangemaster
Samsung AddWash washing machines let you add missed items during the cycle. Find out how