When you meet your kitchen designer, go prepared with some answers to the following questions. How much do you enjoy cooking? Do you do much entertaining? Do you like to face out into the space when you are cooking or do you prefer the messy areas or prep areas facing the wall so they are out of sight?
Other points for consideration include: will you be dining in the space? Do you want to incorporate living room furniture into the space? Would you prefer everything to be hidden away or do you like to have items on display?
And then there’s the issue of the design of the actual kitchen. Do you want seating on the island? Do you like curved or linear shapes? What is the most important thing in the kitchen, as far as you are concerned?
Finally, have a think about what the worst thing about your existing kitchen is. Answers to these questions will help your kitchen designer formulate a specific plan for you.
“The bottom line is that the kitchen needs to feel right in the space,” says Sophie Hartley, one of the design team here at Tom Howley. “This is, in part, to do with the overall functionality of the space – how it is used by the family etc. However, to make a kitchen perfect, it needs to be balanced with pleasing allusions to symmetry wherever possible, and cabinetry of the right scale for the extension.”
To make a kitchen perfect, it needs to be balanced with pleasing allusions to symmetry wherever possible, and cabinetry of the right scale for the extension
Your essential kitchen kit:
Typhoon metal canisters priced from £8 each, dunelm, www.dunelm.com
Factory glass triple shade pendant light, brass with clear glass, £79, Cult Furniture, www.cultfurniture.com
Dot bowl, £55, Kelly Hoppen, www.kellyhoppen.com