Deciding that it’s time for a new kitchen is both an exciting and sometimes daunting prospect. Installing a new kitchen can be quite a costly undertaking and most people at best only change their kitchen every 10 years, so making sure that you choose the right style of kitchen for your home (and the right person to install it – such as the trusted Bolton builders at Wisecraft!) is a major decision that you need to get right.
So, what are some of the factors that you should take into consideration when choosing your new kitchen style?
A good place to start would be looking at the architecture and style of your current home, as there may be certain kitchen types that just wouldn’t look right in it. For example, a rustic oldy-worldy traditional kitchen might look lovely in a period cottage but totally out of place in a sleek, modern new build property. Or vice versa, installing a bang up to date modern kitchen into a period property could also feel wrong. However, there are some properties where these rules just don’t apply. For example, there are some older properties that can actually look really fresh and modern with a more contemporary style kitchen installed. However, it is also important not to completely lose any period features.
It is also important to consider the look and feel of the other rooms in your home, especially those that border the kitchen, as it is important to maintain a flow between these and your kitchen. So if the rest of your house is painted in bright light colours, think about continuing this look into your kitchen. However, if you prefer something a bit bolder and brighter then why not consider incorporating more colour into your kitchen design to reflect this?
How you are planning to use your kitchen and what type of lifestyle you have can also be important factors when deciding on your kitchen style. If you are a busy family then maybe a very modern design full of stainless steel and high gloss finishes might not be the best option to deal with sticky handprints. Or if you are planning on using your kitchen as an entertaining space then choose a style that gives you lots of space and surfaces to put drinks etc on.
Sometimes the best way to decide which kitchen is right for you is to talk to someone in the know. As trusted Bolton builders, the team at Wisecraft Ltd have installed too many kitchens to count and so have tons of knowledge and experience that we are happy to share with you in a free no obligation planning visit. Contact us today to find out more.
If you have a traditional style kitchen and dining space or even if you have a more modern home, investing in a pantry can provide you with ample opportunity for a better organised kitchen. There are pantries available in both traditional styles and more modern, and while they are thought of as old fashioned, they provide your home with much more room for food storage and can even be better option for the quality of your food. Below is a closer look at why investing in an old fashioned pantry is a great idea.
Expand your Storage Space
Probably the most obvious reason people invest in a pantry is to add storage space. Your kitchen will look much less cluttered with a dedicated area for organising your cooking utensils and food. It also gives you many different options for exactly how to organise your kitchen with the many different pantry designs available.
Enjoy Cooking More
It may seem a little strange but tied into the above, once your kitchen is organised you can enjoy it more. A pantry makes it more convenient to cook from home and save on takeaways and it also makes it easy to store foods which may have always ended up jammed at the back of a cupboard and never used.
Better than the Fridge
Greengrocers have argued that opting for a pantry is a better option for keeping your food fresh than a fridge. A well-installed pantry will be extremely cool with insulated walls and cold stone floors. This allows food to stay fresher and is perfect for storing fruit and vegetables. Cool and dark places are almost always recommended for a wide range of fruit and vegetables, ensuring they stay fresher for much longer. Even foods such as eggs and cheese can be freshly stored in a pantry.
Add to the Value of your Home
Any modification to your home which is carried out professionally and to a good standard will add value to it. Updating your kitchen with a spacious pantry just adds on more selling point should you ever choose to move and it may even increase the value of your home considerably.
Pantries were a standard element of all kitchens, even in smaller homes, less than a century ago but they seemed to fall out of fashion. The benefits they bring in terms of organisation, food freshness and convenience make them a sound investment for kitchens of many styles.
Now we’ve hit March, it somehow feels like Christmas is finally over and the New Year has properly begun. We’ve spent the last two months hibernating from the cold and figuring out just what to do with the mountain of Christmas credit card bills and trying to find somewhere to put all of the kids’ new toys. But now that the spring flowers are appearing and we’ve even been out without our winter coats on (admittedly only once and it was only to the paper shop round the corner!), it feels like the right time to start getting our home ready for another great year. And one of the very best ways to do that it to redesign, remodel or refit your kitchen.
But remember, kitchens are for life (or at least the next 10 years or more), not just for Christmas, so make sure that you get the design spot on. Have a look at some of the hottest trends for kitchen design this year to get your creative juices flowing.
Bye bye bright colours
For 2016 kitchen colour schemes are focusing more on soft, muted and even pastel tones. There is still a focus on white, which can be a great choice for cabinets that won’t look dated even in years to come, but this is going to be mixed with more subtle tones on walls, floors and accessories. Or try combining them with softer wood shades such as walnut and white oak.
Up the tech!
With the amazing number of gadgets and gizmos that are now part of our everyday lives, kitchen designs are adapting to include these. Worktops will have multiple plug sockets for all of those juicers, blenders, mixers and even toasters and kettles. Whilst your design should also include space for premium appliances such as steam ovens and built in coffee machines. Clever space will also be found to create charging stations for all of your devices, so that everything will be on hand and ready to use and the days of trailing wires everywhere will be gone forever.
Is it a kitchen?
Whilst open plan kitchen-living spaces are nothing new, the trend is moving towards rooms where the kitchen and living space really are one. This trend see there’s no longer being a delineation between the kitchen area, dining area and living area, with the three uses being seamlessly combined in one truly multi-function space. Think sofa by the sink and you’re not far wrong.
For more information about how to create your perfect on trend kitchen, contact Wisecraft Ltd today.