We’ve so much work going on in our house that I’m starting to go a little stir crazy. Yep, having no bathroom or flushing toilet isn’t really much fun. I know there is light at the end of the tunnel but the tunnel seems really, really long long right now and I’m joining the kids in the chorus of “Are we nearly there yet?”

The truth is with work going on in every corner of the house, we really are getting there in terms of the renovation project. One project we are yet to start on however is the kitchen but oh my, do I love fantasising about my dream kitchen. 

Today’s guest post includes 5 tips on planning your dream cooking space. Speaking from experience having no workspace is just horrendous and will be top of our list of ‘things to change’.

Especially if your kitchen’s the hub of your home, you’ll want to get the design of this room spot on. Luckily, by following some simple tips, you can achieve truly stunning results in this part of your property. For some interior design inspiration, take a look at the following five suggestions.

  1. Include a variety of storage solutions

A lack of storage space is a recipe for disaster in any kitchen. To ensure you have plenty of room for all your cooking essentials, from food items to your favourite gadgets, it’s essential that you have plenty of units. Don’t be afraid to mix up your storage solutions too. For example, as well as floor and wall cabinets, why not include some attractive floating shelves? Available in a variety of styles, from rustic oak, walnut and beech to contemporary black or white, these shelves can give your cooking area a homely, authentic look and feel. You could also fit hooks and rods on your walls to hang anything with handles, including mugs, utensils and pans.

  1. Get the best appliances within your budget

Cooking should be a breeze in your dream kitchen, so it pays to go for the best appliances you can within your budget. For example, if you’ve got the space, perhaps a luxurious double oven would make a great addition to this part of your home. A responsive hob is also a good investment. Gas is often the preferred choice of keen cooks, but if you can’t have a gas hob or you’d prefer not to, consider an induction model rather than a traditional electric design. These appliances are highly responsive and, as an added bonus, they have a range of safety features. As a general rule, when you’re choosing anything from your dishwasher to your fridge, make sure you scour the market to find the best versions within your spending limit, and read plenty of user reviews before you make a purchase.

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  1. Give yourself plenty of workspace

It’s difficult to cook up a storm if you’re lacking in surface space, so make sure you have enough worktops in your kitchen. If your cooking area is large enough, you might want to add an island unit. These features offer a simple way to increase your worktop space and they can make an attractive focal point. Alternatively, if you’re short of square footage, a space-saving alternative is to add a fold-down section to your worktops that tucks neatly out of the way when it’s not being used.

 

  1. Ensure your lighting’s spot on

Effective task lighting is a must in any cooking area. For example, to ensure you can see what you’re doing when you’re preparing meals, it’s important to have under-cabinet lights in place to illuminate your countertops. You might also want to consider fitting low-hanging pendant lights above an island unit if you have one. Aside from practical solutions like these, it’s a good idea to have some attractive ambient lighting in place. You could fit dimmer switches on your main ceiling lights to give you more control over brightness levels, and for some added theatre, why not fit spot lights at the base of your floor units? This creates pools of light on your flooring and gives your kitchen a stylish, contemporary look.

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  1. Perfect your décor

No cooking area is complete without the perfect décor. If you have a bijou kitchen, it’s generally best to stick to fairly light, neutral colours for your walls to give the area a more open, spacious feel. However, you can liven up your design scheme by including some vibrant wall art, window dressings and cushions, and even bold and bright appliances such your kettle and toaster. In a larger kitchen, you can afford to be more adventurous in your choice of wall colour. Whatever sort of décor you go for, make sure you carry the theme through to every last detail. This will give the room a chic, polished finish.

For more design inspiration, it’s worth browsing interior design websites, and you can also get some great ideas on Pinterest.