Deciding to go ahead and redesign your kitchen is incredibly exciting, you can create a space that you love to spend time in and finally, the heart of your home will reflect your personality and feel as though it belongs in your house. Understandably, it can also be quite overwhelming, especially if you’ve never completely redesigned a kitchen before and you may find that you’re unsure where to even start. 


It goes without saying that a lot of different things go into planning the perfect contemporary kitchen design and you will have so much to consider. You will want to ensure that you’re happy with every single part of the design before you start work to prevent disappointment or issues further down the line. For this reason, our team here at Ashford Kitchens & Interiors have put together a list of key things to remember during the planning stages. 


Functionality is as important as style


When working on a contemporary kitchen design, it is easy to focus on the aesthetics and forget about functionality. Take some time to think practically about the design. For example, where is your bin going to be in relation to your sink and dishwasher? It is these small functional design details that will go on to make life much easier for you in the long run. 


Lighting should never be an afterthought


Make sure you’re taking some time to think about how you’re going to light the space when you’re working on initial contemporary kitchen designs. Consider where your natural light is coming from, where task lighting is essential and if you would like any dramatic lighting fixtures. You can then ensure that this feels like part of the design and ties in with everything else.


Storage is absolutely essential


It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to require much more storage space than they have in their current kitchen. When you’re planning a contemporary kitchen design, don’t forget that in order to keep your kitchen minimalistic, neat and tidy, you will need lots of storage. Think about how you can include different solutions into your design without compromising the style. 


Materials can make a big difference 


Often, many homeowners don’t know much about the different materials available for the flooring, cupboards and worktops in a kitchen. So, spend some time exploring these options and if possible, see them in person. When considering which to choose, think about things such as how they feel, ease of cleaning, general maintenance and also your budget. 


What are your specific needs?


This ties in with the functionality of the space and is important to remember to do. Think about what you do in your kitchen and what you need to be able to do this. For example, do you like to entertain so you need an island or do you like to bake so you need a big oven. Kitchen design is incredibly personal, don’t forget to think about your lifestyle, always have your needs in mind. 


Plumbing and electric practicalities 


Whilst this is very boring when compared to all other aspects of your contemporary kitchen design, it is still essential to think about. Consider whether you’re going to use your existing plumbing for your sink and any additional appliances or if you’ll require additional pipework. Also, think about where your electric sockets are going to go, they are part of the design too. 


Planning your contemporary kitchen design 


Hopefully, this list of key things to remember can help you to ensure nothing important gets overlooked when you’re planning your contemporary kitchen design. You can guarantee that it is always worthwhile to take your time in these initial design stages, play around with different designs and make sure that the final design is exactly what you hoped for. If you’re unsure about any aspects of this, don’t be afraid to make more changes until it is perfect. 

If you’re looking for an experienced team who will be able to assist you with your contemporary kitchen design, please visit the Ashford Kitchens & Interiors website today. We create new kitchens in Weybridge, Windsor, Maidenhead and all surrounding areas. Our design team has an enormous wealth of expertise gained over many years within the industry and you can rely on them to provide you with knowledgeable, impartial and constructive advice. So, get in touch today to speak to a member of our team about contemporary kitchen design in more detail.