Where do you begin when deciding on a new style of kitchen?

It can be difficult to know exactly where to start when deciding upon a style for your new kitchen.

Whilst it may seem somewhat daunting, it’s now easier than ever before to get inspiration and ideas to assist you in your decision making process.

an open plan kitchen is currently a very popular choice, if space permits.

an open plan kitchen is currently a very popular choice, if space permits.

It’s always a good idea to have some thoughts as to the type of kitchen you like, prior to visiting a kitchen showroom. Equally before your visit, contemplate the styles of kitchen that are less appealing! This useful information will assist our designers, saving time and enabling us to produce designs more readily in-tune with your tastes and requirements. 

First things first, the practical stuff!

Create a source book for your inspiration. Start by writing a list of what you would like to achieve with your kitchen space in terms of practicalities. Consider the kind of cooking you like to do, how often you like to cook, and on average how many you are feeding?

a home for every utensil and item of cutlery…

a home for every utensil and item of cutlery…

By asking yourself these simple and logical questions, our designers will have a clearer picture of your storage requirements for ingredients, utensils, pots and pans and cleaning materials. 

consider if you require a specific seating area in your kitchen?

consider if you require a specific seating area in your kitchen?

Also question what you would like to achieve from your overall kitchen space? Do you need a dedicated seating or dining area? This consideration is of particular importance if your new kitchen is be used as a space for both cooking and entertaining in. An island or a peninsula island may be an option, providing additional cupboard storage and seating, whilst visually separating the cooking and socialising zones.  

a peninsula island can be both practical and sociable.

a peninsula island can be both practical and sociable.

Don’t forget to mention to our designers how your kitchen is orientated, so that they can capitalise on available light and the views outside.

be sure to orientate your kitchen to maximise the view outside!

be sure to orientate your kitchen to maximise the view outside!

Time to look at furniture styles and finishes!

Don’t get into the mind set that because you live in a period property or an ultra modern apartment that you have to go with a corresponding furniture style. Our designers at Ray Munn Kitchens can make almost anything work! 

Look for new kitchen ideas in the home interest magazines. ‘KBB,’ ‘Essential KBB’ and ‘Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom’ magazines are all worth a look and offer an online version too. In fact, at Ray Munn Kitchens, we had a recent case study in the March ’19 issue of Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom magazine.

Our website is full of exciting kitchens, with furniture ranges including sleek, modern Italian designs through to traditional, English bespoke kitchens.

classic english painted, just one of the many kitchen styles we offer.

classic english painted, just one of the many kitchen styles we offer.

Social platforms including Pinterest are other great resource tools, allowing you to collectively collate images that you like to single boards and build up a collection of ideas that inspire you.

The designers at Ray Munn Kitchens look forward to seeing you… along with your source book full of kitchen ideas.