Upgrading The Kitchen? Don’t Forget These Crucial Factors

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

For most families, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. With it being such a well used space, when it comes to making an upgrade it’s imperative that you make the right decisions. Here are five elements that should be at the top of your agenda, get these right and your new kitchen is guaranteed to leave you smiling.

The kitchen can be very dangerous, therefore you need to be sure that your gas cooker and other key appliances are of the highest quality and are fitted safely. After all, problems like gas leaks carbon monoxide poisoning could be fatal. You'll need to ensure that dangerous items like cleaning products and cutting tools are kept away from children, by keep them high up or locked away. Cupboard locks are a great way to prevent children and pets from getting into low down cupboards.

The world feels a whole lot brighter when the sun is shining, and increasing the natural light will improve your kitchen. Not only will it create a better atmosphere, but it can help you avoid accidents too. You could knock an internal wall down to make the kitchen and dining room an open plan space, or install skylights.

As the kitchen gets so hot when you’re cooking (and may also mean a lot of steam and smoke too depending on the cooking style) suitable windows and a quality extractor fan should be considered. A well-ventilated room will prevent cooking smells from lingering, and prevent excess smoke from damage paint and wallpaper too. 

Your kitchen is one of the liveliest parts of the house and that’s because it fulfils many roles. When designing your kitchen, you need to know that it can satisfy those needs. Are you looking to incorporate a breakfast bar with stools, or a dining area? If you're looking to use your kitchen to entertain friends you could consider the best layout and even install appliances such a wine fridge or built in wine rack. A kitchen refit could be your chance to start following healthier eating habits, consider growing fruit and veg in your garden and then cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Above all else, this is your kitchen, so make it that way. Personality is what makes a house a home, and decorating your kitchen in the right way is essential. Choosing a colour scheme will have a telling impact on your interactions with the space. Meanwhile, decorative plaques and wall accessories can accentuate those vibes too. As long as it makes you happy, the upgrade is a success. 

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  1. I love buying bits and bobs for my kitchen. It's great when you see how different peoples kitchens are and little flairs of their personality!

    Jaynie Shannon *


  2. You could create a fancy splashback too with brick effect tiles, similar to your picture