The first important step in achieving a dream kitchen
Starting a new project can be daunting, but we’re here to give you the confidence that planning a kitchen doesn’t have to take as long, or cost as much, as you might think.
So, whether you’ve outgrown your current space or the layout just doesn’t work for you, updating your kitchen could make life that little bit easier.
You’re at the beginning of your journey and we're here to help every step of the way. In this article, we'll look at understanding:
- how you want to use your kitchen
- what you want to change about your kitchen
- where to find inspiration for your dream kitchen
With these steps complete, you'll have a better sense of what you need, and want, from a new kitchen. Let’s get planning…
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Kitchen refit or refresh?
Changing your kitchen is a big commitment, and it isn’t always right for everyone. Take a look at your space and consider how much you’re looking to change. Could a few small fixes here and there breathe new life into your tired kitchen? Or is it a big job that requires a complete overhaul?
If looking for a kitchen refresh - we have plenty of top tips to help give your kitchen an instant makeover. From new door handles and accessories to getting creative with chalkboard paint. Head to our helpful article for lots more inspirational ideas to quickly give your kitchen a style update.
If looking for a kitchen refit – it’s time to start thinking about what you need, and want, from a new kitchen.
What's needed from the kitchen?
Understanding what you need from your kitchen centres on how you use this room. Is it a busy family hub, with kids doing their homework or is it more of a relaxing, quiet sanctuary from daily life? Is it a social space where you entertain or are you a budding baker who loves to get creative and spend hours cooking?
Perhaps it’s not about how you use the kitchen at all, but how you’d like to equip it for someone else. You could be thinking of selling your house and want a kitchen with strong re-sale value, or you’re planning to let the property and want a robust and durable kitchen for multiple tenants.
For many of us, the kitchen is a room with many uses – not just one. It could morph from one function to another and then back again as the day goes by. If that’s the case, try to think of who uses it rather than how they use it. For instance, you might use the kitchen for quiet time in the evening, but if your kids use it for noisy breakfasts, then it could be best just to think of it as communal family space.
By identifying how the kitchen is used and by whom, it should help better define what’s needed from the kitchen. And once you know what’s needed, you can think about what you’d like from a new kitchen…
What’s wanted from the kitchen?
This is all about what you like about your current set-up and what you don’t; what you’d like to keep and what you’d like to change. Often there’s a problem and answer. For example, the problem could be lack of storage space. The solution – introduce internal storage that makes the most of every cabinet and drawer. Or perhaps your existing kitchen is old-fashioned and difficult to use, so you’d like your new one to be more modern and user-friendly.
Changes can be small or large in scale. As fundamental as a new layout, or less ambitious like greater storage. They could be entirely practical like better access to appliances or more visual like a new colour scheme. Whatever your present limitations and frustrations, there could be an easy and achievable solution.
Now you know what you need and want from a new kitchen, it’s time to find your kitchen style.
What does the dream kitchen look like?
It’s time to get inspired and the good news is that ideas are everywhere. Watch home makeover TV shows, muse over magazines, scour websites and social media, even snoop around the kitchens of your family and friends.
This is your opportunity to think about the look and feel that you want for your kitchen. After all, the prospect of this project might be completely new, or you could have been designing your ideal kitchen in your head for years. Either way, it’s time to get a strong sense of how you want to stamp your personality on this most versatile of rooms.
And, as always, we’re here to help with plenty more expert advice.
- Find out how to decide the look and feel of your new kitchen and explore our top tips on seeking inspiration.
- Check out our five favourite hot trends in kitchen styles and how to get them.
- And take a tour around some kitchen looks with our video below.
With your preferred style of kitchen chosen, it’s all about making that dream become a reality.
How to find the perfect kitchen
At B&Q, we offer 25 exclusive, stylish kitchen ranges - something for every style and budget. These include:
- 15 IT fitted kitchen ranges. These practical designs come in a variety of finishes and colours, from high glosses to wood grains; fresh whites to muted greys.
- 10 Cooke & Lewis fitted kitchen ranges. These feature high-end design combined with extra quality and craftsmanship that you can see and feel.
Explore all of our fitted kitchen ranges, and find out how to pick the one for you with our Buying guide.