Plan your ideal kitchen

How to make the kitchen of your dreams a reality and avoid any costly mistakes

Choosing the kitchen furniture

The look

It’s natural to want to choose the colour and finish first, but finding what unit and type of appliances will work in your space is the priority as it will affect your choice of look.

Base and wall units

There are now many alternatives to standard 600mm draw-line units so you can mix and match unit styles for flexible storage. Try 600mm base units with deep pan drawers and 300mm wall units with doors that open upwards. Tall units pack in stacks of storage space and work well as pull out larders or as a place to store the ironing board. But they aren’t essential and can make a dark kitchen look darker. Here short units work better as light travels over them. If you can accommodate tall units, take care to place them where they won’t interrupt the flow of the units.

The worktops

If you’re on a tight budget, laminate worktops deliver any choice of look at an affordable price. Next up the price scale comes wood. Not only does wood have a timeless quality, it is also a practical choice for a family that needs extra space on a breakfast bar for doing homework. Granite is the most expensive but has great reflective qualities, is very hardwearing and makes a great cook’s preparation area, especially for rolling out pastry.

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