How to Make Your Brand New Kitchen Extra Special
Choosing the right finishing touches and special features is essential when designing a brand new kitchen. Here are some of our top tips.
When you are designing your new kitchen choosing the right finishing touches, special features and extra design areas makes all the difference to the finished product. Aspire Kitchen Design is a family run kitchen design company in Stirling and we have been in the home improvement industry for over 22 years. Here are some key areas we think are worth spending a bit of extra time and money on. Done well they will give your new designer kitchen the real wow factor making it both stunning to look at as well as a real pleasure to use.
Always spend time with your kitchen designer discussing your kitchen lighting. There are some fantastic choices available now for all types and colours of low energy lighting. Lighting can be fitted inside your kitchen cabinets, under the worktops, on the plinth boards, on the ceiling or on the walls. A good kitchen company will be able to set up different areas of lighting within your kitchen to create different moods. Glamorous pendant lights along with dimmable worktop and cabinet lighting can be used to create mood lighting, perfect for dining areas. For food preparation and cooking tasks areas of bright light can be created. Aspire kitchen installers can even set up your kitchen lighting so that it can be controlled using a remote control or your smart phone.
Flooring has to be tough and durable in a kitchen as it gets a very high level of footfall. The most popular choice for kitchen flooring is tiles or hardwood. Tiles are robust and easy to keep clean and come in a large range of colours, designs and sizes. Tiles are also perfect if you are thinking about installing underfloor heating. Hardwood flooring is another good choice for the kitchen. It provides a warm, softer look for a kitchen. It is also particularly useful for uniting open plan areas where the kitchen stretches into a living area or if you want the same flooring in the kitchen as in the rest of the house.
Underfloor heating is a great way to add a luxury feel to your kitchen. It is perfect for kitchens of all size but particularly for small kitchens where wall space is in short supply. If you would like to find out more about underfloor heating, our sister company Lifestyle Warmfloor can help. If you prefer radiators then the latest sleek modern radiators offer a really stylish alternative to traditional radiators and there are now a number of great designs to choose from.
- Sound Systems and TVs
This is the perfect time to plan a new sound systems or TV installation for your kitchen or kitchen dining area. Speakers can be installed discretely and any messy wires can be hidden away out of site while the kitchen is being fitted. A good kitchen company will be able to recommend products that offer great quality sound and are suitable for use in the kitchen environment. The latest systems have smart technology built in which means that they can be controlled with a remote control or smart phone.
- Sliding/Bifold Doors
Extra light always adds to the feeling of space and works extremely well in an open plan kitchen or kitchen/dining area. Incorporating good quality glass sliding doors or bi-fold doors from the kitchen to the garden is a great way of achieving this. In addition, creating a link between the inside and outside areas will allow the exterior space to be appreciated and accessed more easily. If this is something that you are thinking about, our sister company Lifestyle Glass Design can help you incorporate this into your kitchen design.
Planning and designing your kitchen properly at the start really is the key to its success and can even save you money in the long run. Making alterations further down the line can be messy, costly and may not give exactly the results you were hoping for.
Author: Ian Ross