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6 things to consider when purchasing a new kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Therefore, it is important that a lot of thought goes into how the kitchen is designed. Until you consider it, it may seem that there are not too many decisions to make, however, the many different design choices soon build up. Here at Inspired Home interiors we supply various ranges such as Laura Ashley Kitchens and Milano Kitchen and understand that a new kitchen is not only something you will enjoy for years to come, but is also an investment in your future as a quality kitchen can add value to a house.

1. Style

Style is probably the most important, or at least most apparent, choice. You may be looking for a rustic design to suite the style of your house in general, or perhaps, a more modern and sleek design. Additionally, if you want to increase the value of your home, you should consider recent kitchen style trends.

2. Quality

Quality is another key thing to consider when purchasing a new kitchen. Make sure to check the company you are using is well-regarded and established. This ensures that your kitchen will not only look good, but also last longer. Higher quality saves money in the long term as it is likely to last longer, as well as adding value to the house. Make sure to check out the kitchen design you want in-person. This will give an opportunity to ask specific questions about it, as well as being able to test out drawers, cabinets, etc.

3. Appliances

Appliances are what make a kitchen function and dictate whether a kitchen is a pleasure to use or frustrating. A fridge, freezer and oven are generally essential, but there are more to consider. A fridge/freezer is the standard in modern design, and washing machines are a convenient addition to the kitchen. Additionally, it is important to buy appliances while you purchase the kitchen, and not later, if you want the design of the appliances to be cohesive with the rest of the kitchen.          

4. Colour

While, as I mentioned before, white is a timeless colour to style your kitchen with, it is not where the choices end. Perhaps your personal taste is more attuned to powerful and bold primary colours. A good kitchen company will be able to provide you with a preview of what the kitchen will look like in the requested colour. Muted and natural-looking colours are popular at the moment, and black never goes out of style. Muted grays, blues and greens are popular and tend to match well with wood surfaces. Texture is an important thing to counterpoint with the appropriate colour.

5. Planning

Planning is a key stage in purchasing a new kitchen. A kitchen that is of the best quality and newest style is nothing without proper planning. You may decide to plan from scratch to suite your home, or perhaps, you could look at other kitchen plans and imitate those. Consider the positions of your utilities – plug sockets and pipes. Remember to think practically as well as aesthetically, you’ll want your fridge to be close to your oven and preparation surfaces. Bear in mind that a good kitchen company will provide planning services – possibly for free.

6. Green is Good

Making sure your kitchen is energy-efficient will save you money in the long-term, as well as helping you to minimise your carbon footprint. Built in appliances tend to use less power than free-standing ones, and make sure to ask your kitchen company how much energy their appliances will use, or check out the energy efficiency label. An Eco Oven will also save you on bills. Greenchoices.org notes that “A new energy efficient washing machine or dishwasher may use up to 40% less energy than an old inefficient model. Look for longevity too, although it may cost more initially, if running costs are less and the machine lasts for 20 years instead of five, it is better for you and the environment.” So energy-efficiency is not just something to consider for the ecologically-minded, but the economically-minded too.

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