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5 top tips for designing a kitchen you will love

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

The kitchen is where we spend most of our time while at home, so it is very important to really take the time to plan your kitchen space.

Having a well thought out and functional design plan before you start your kitchen build or renovation is critical in order to create a kitchen that it perfect for you and your family.

To help you create your plan, I'm sharing with you my top 5 tips for designing a kitchen you will love. These are all very important points that need to be carefully considered before you start your kitchen project.

1. Think of the work triangle.

The work triangle is the distance between your oven, refrigerator and sink. A good triangle will result in an efficient workflow which allows you to move with ease between these 3 most used points. A poor work triangle will cause you to run all over your kitchen to access the most important aspects of your kitchen which is not user friendly!

2. Select the highest quality materials that your budget will allow.

The finishes and materials that you pick for your kitchen will of course dictate the look and feel of the room but they will also determine the longevity of the space. If you are renovating your kitchen or building it from scratch, then you want it to look beautiful AND stand the test of time. Try to put in as many high quality materials as your budget allows. Spend time researching the construction of your cabinets and the quality of the materials that your cabinet builder uses. Make sure to ask a lot of questions! The countertops get the most wear and tear in a kitchen, so I would suggest splurging on quartz or stone, as they are the most durable option.

3. Get the lighting right.

This may seem simple but having the right amount of lighting in your kitchen is crucial. The three types of lighting you should include are General Lighting (this is what lights the entire space), Task Lighting (as it sounds, this helps you to perform tasks easier e.g. under-cabinet lighting) and Accent Lighting (this is fancy lighting that highlights your kitchen as opposed to providing a specific function e.g. lighting in glass cabinets).

4. Plan an adequate amount of storage!

So many people tell me that lack of storage in their kitchen is their number one complaint. Utilise smart storage solutions to maximise your storage!

5. Create a focal point.

Choose one focal point to create in your kitchen that will draw the eye to it and makes a bold statement. This could be a bright and bold splash back, bright kitchen cabinets, pattered countertops or even fancy flooring. Once you have selected the focus, compliment that area with quieter but still eye-catching details.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you tried any of these in your kitchen renovation/planning.

Iconik Interior Design Services Whatever the size of your project, I always begin with a 60 minute Design Consultation at your home. My services include anything from a complete ‘concept to completion’ service, to a colour consultation (where I help you choose the best paint colours for your room). I’ll talk through the scope of your project including the functionality, aesthetic, budget etc. and take a look at the area you want to transform. We can discuss initial design ideas, inspiration, recommendations and so on. Some people find this initial design consultation enough for what they need and are happy to move forward on their own, whilst others will have additional work they need me to help them with. Once I have a better idea of scope, I will then go away and prepare a fee proposal for any additional work you might need help with. You can then decide whether or not you would like to proceed on that additional work together. A Design Consultation with me is £200 (travel cost outside 30 mile radius of Ipswich, Suffolk will apply). Drop me an email to book -

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