Kitchen Renovation Ideas

If you no longer enjoy cooking in your old kitchen, it is time to renovate. Whether you are planning to fit your new kitchen yourself or hire a house renovation company, this guide will give you an idea of what is involved when renovating a kitchen, the cost and how a new kitchen will transform your home.
Bespoke hand-painted shaker kitchen

You will want to find a kitchen that you like, but don't also forget to consider the practicality. Let's start by answering the following questions:

  • How much space do you have for your new kitchen? Measure everything to the last millimetre. There is nothing worse than ordering your kitchen cabinets only to find out that they do not fit in your room.
  • Do you want to have a U shaped or an L shaped kitchen, or would you prefer all the cabinets to be placed along one wall?
  • Do you want a kitchen island?
  • What colour do you like? Are you likely to want to change the colour in the near future?
  • How much are you willing to spend? Set a separate budget for appliances, kitchen sink and sink faucet.
  • What appliances do you want to have in your new kitchen?
  • What material would you like your worktop and splashbacks to be?

Choosing the perfect kitchen cabinets and units

Shaker cabinets and units in a newly decorated kitchen

There are countless possibilities when choosing your kitchen units and cabinets.

When selecting your cabinets, depending on your taste and budget, you will have two main options: Bespoke hand-painted shaker kitchen, or a standard kitchen from furniture stores such as Ikea and Homebase.

Hand-painted shaker kitchens are more expensive, but they are high quality, durable and save you space as they are designed to fit your room perfectly. Another advantage of a custom shaker kitchen is that it can easily be repainted in future.

Standard kitchens are more affordable and come in many different styles, colours and material. You can choose from a traditional design, retro style or a contemporary kitchen.

When it comes to choosing your units, consider your family needs. For example, if you have a large family, you might prefer to have two ovens. These can be placed above one other to save space. A large fridge is a must for families with children.

Selecting the worktop and splashback

Worktops and splashbacks in a new kitchen

To be able to prepare food comfortably, your kitchen worktop should be approximately 90 cm high and around 60 cm deep, unless you have special requirements.

When it comes to choosing the material, there are many possibilities. If you are looking for a sturdy material, granite will not be damaged by heat, and it is easy to clean. But it comes with a higher price tag. Another durable material is marble, but as it is porous, it will have to be sealed before use. Marble worktops look great in modern kitchens, and you can choose from many different colours.

One of the most popular kitchen worktop materials is laminate due to its affordable price, a vast selection of colours, easy maintenance, heat resistance and water resistance. There is one significant disadvantage - scratches; when they appear on the laminate board, you will not be able to get rid of them.

Splashbacks can be the same material as your worktop, or for a more traditional option, you can use tiles in complementary colours.

Finding the right kitchen sink and faucet

Sink and faucet in a newly renovated kitchen

Stainless steel is an obvious choice of material when it comes to kitchen sinks. Stainless steel sinks are practical, durable, and they look great. Other options include granite sinks and ceramic sinks. They look stylish, but they are more expensive.

Next, think about whether a small sink will suffice or if you might use a large double sink. If you have an L shaped kitchen, you may consider a corner sink.

When you have found a suitable sink, it's time to choose the tap. One of the most popular and practical is a disc faucet with a single handle that moves up and down and side to side. However, in a shaker style kitchen, a classic faucet with separate handles for hot and cold water will look more stylish.

When choosing your taps, focus your attention on chrome, brushed nickel or alloy, which are very durable and will serve you for many years. Keep in mind that you should be able to use your new faucet comfortably. For example, a sink faucet with a pull-out hose will make your work easier.

Decorating your new kitchen

Hanging flowerpots with herbs in a newly renovated kitchen

Next is the fun part. You have the basis of the kitchen, and now you can dive into the details. Let your imagination run wild when decorating your new kitchen.

Bright colours will add fun to your kitchen. For example, colourful wall art on canvas can turn an ordinary kitchen to a cosy place where the whole family will feel comfortable.

Find wall art that you will fall in love with at first sight. It doesn't matter if it is a traditional painting or modern pop art. What matters is that it matches your personality and your new kitchen.

Or you could opt for something more practical. Hanging flower pots not only look good, but you can also grow your favourite fresh herbs in them, which will add flavour to all your dishes.

All you need to do now is invite your friends or family for lunch and show them around your perfect kitchen. 

Now you can finally enjoy cooking again. Or perhaps you are already thinking about your next renovation project. How about remodelling your bathroom?

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