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If you are planning a new kitchen you may be considering a kitchen island. Kitchen islands are very popular at the moment and adding one can be a really good idea. Here are some reasons why.
Extra storage in the kitchen is always welcome. An island can contain both hidden and open storage. Sleek and stylish drawers and cabinets can be used to hide bulky items such as pots and pans. Shelves can be used to store recipe books, and other items you would like on display. Custom storage can also be designed to contain your wine collection, recycling bins etc. In addition by hooking up your gas, electricity and plumbing you can also use your island to site large appliances such as an under counter dishwasher, fridge, wine cooler, oven etc. In addition, the surface of the island can be used to house your sink or hob.
The bigger the free worktop space in a kitchen the better. However, with kitchen gadgets becoming more and more popular (coffee machines, food processors, juicers etc.) the amount of free work surface for food preparation can be limited. A kitchen island can provide lots of much-needed worktop for chopping, peeling and preparing your food in comfort.
Preparing and cooking meals can sometimes be a bit of a chore. In kitchens without an island, this usually involves standing facing a wall (or wall cabinet) while you work. Having an island can make food preparation tasks much more sociable. It allows you to face into the kitchen while working and interact with family or friends at the same time. The extra work space also enables other people to help without everyone getting on top of each other.
An island is a great way of adding an informal dining area to your kitchen. Children can use the space to do their homework, chit chat after school, or simply eat their dinner. They also provide a more informal space for the whole family to eat breakfast or lunch as well as somewhere for guests to hang out while you are preparing snacks, drinks or dinner.
An island with a couple of bar stools can be the ideal space for your kids to do their homework. You can oversee their work and help them with any problems they have while you are preparing dinner. You can also supervise them if they are browsing online on their tablets, pcs or phones. In addition, it is a great area for the whole family to use for catching up on emails, browsing the internet, sorting out paperwork etc.
If you are planning a new kitchen, a kitchen island is a great idea. With lots of fantastic styles, shapes and sizes to choose from, a good kitchen design company will be able to design your island to match your requirements perfectly. It will give your new kitchen lots of extra functionality and a real wow factor too!
If you are thinking about a new kitchen and would like some expert help and advice, our team at Aspire Kitchen Design can help. We are a German kitchen design and installation company in Stirling and have a huge range of luxury kitchens to choose from. Please feel free to get in touch or give us a call on 01786 474 222 to make an appointment with one of our consultants. You can also visit our new kitchen showroom in Stirling to meet us in person and view our stunning range of German kitchens.
As a leading kitchen company in Stirling, Aspire recommend spending time getting the ‘essentials’ right when planning a new kitchen. Our infographic explains which key areas […] The post 5 Kitchen Design Essentials appeared first on Aspire Kitchen...
As a leading kitchen company in Stirling, Aspire recommend spending time getting the ‘essentials’ right when planning a new kitchen. Our infographic explains which key areas should never be rushed.
When you are designing your new kitchen choosing the right finishing touches, special features and extra design areas makes all the difference to the finished product. […] The post How to Make Your Brand New Kitchen Extra Special appeared first on Aspire Kitchen...
When you are designing your new kitchen choosing the right finishing touches, special features and extra design areas makes all the difference to the finished product. Aspire Kitchen Design in Stirling is a family run business and we have been in the home improvement industry for over 22 years. Here are some key areas we think are worth spending a bit of extra time and money on. Done well they will give your new kitchen the real wow factor making it both stunning to look at as well as a real pleasure to use.
Always spend time with your kitchen designer discussing your kitchen lighting. There are some fantastic choices available now for all types and colours of low energy lighting. Lighting can be fitted inside your kitchen cabinets, under the worktops, on the plinth boards, on the ceiling or on the walls. A good kitchen company will be able to set up different areas of lighting within your kitchen to create different moods. Glamorous pendant lights along with dimmable worktop and cabinet lighting can be used to create mood lighting, perfect for dining areas. For food preparation and cooking tasks areas of bright light can be created. Aspire kitchen installers can even set up your kitchen lighting so that it can be controlled using a remote control or your smart phone.
Flooring has to be tough and durable in a kitchen as it gets a very high level of footfall. The most popular choice for kitchen flooring is tiles or hardwood. Tiles are robust and easy to keep clean and come in a large range of colours, designs and sizes. Tiles are also perfect if you are thinking about installing underfloor heating. Hardwood flooring is another good choice for the kitchen. It provides a warm, softer look for a kitchen. It is also particularly useful for uniting open plan areas where the kitchen stretches into a living area or if you want the same flooring in the kitchen as in the rest of the house.
Underfloor heating is a great way to add a luxury feel to your kitchen. It is perfect for kitchens of all size but particularly for small kitchens where wall space is in short supply. If you would like to find out more about underfloor heating, our sister company Lifestyle Warmfloor can help. If you prefer radiators then the latest sleek modern radiators offer a really stylish alternative to traditional radiators and there are now a number of great designs to choose from.
This is the perfect time to plan a new sound systems or TV installation for your kitchen or kitchen dining area. Speakers can be installed discretely and any messy wires can be hidden away out of site while the kitchen is being fitted. A good kitchen company will be able to recommend products that offer great quality sound and are suitable for use in the kitchen environment. The latest systems have smart technology built in which means that they can be controlled with a remote control or smart phone.
Extra light always adds to the feeling of space and works extremely well in an open plan kitchen or kitchen/dining area. Incorporating good quality glass sliding doors or bi-fold doors from the kitchen to the garden is a great way of achieving this. In addition, creating a link between the inside and outside areas will allow the exterior space to be appreciated and accessed more easily. If this is something that you are thinking about, our sister company Lifestyle Glass Design can help you incorporate this into your kitchen design.
Planning and designing your kitchen properly at the start really is the key to its success and can even save you money in the long run. Making alterations further down the line can be messy, costly and may not give exactly the results you were hoping for.
If you are looking for a new kitchen and need some expert advice our friendly design team at Aspire Kitchen Design can help. We are a German kitchen design and installation company in Stirling and have a huge range of luxury kitchens to choose from. Please feel free to get in touch or give us a call on 01786 474 222 to make an appointment with one of our consultants. You can also visit our new kitchen showroom in Stirling to meet us in person.
In the 21st century kitchens really are seen as the heart of the home. Today people want kitchens to be more than just places to cook, […] The post Top Kitchen Design Tips appeared first on Aspire Kitchen Design.
In the 21st century kitchens really are seen as the heart of the home. Today people want kitchens to be more than just places to cook, they want a kitchen they can relax in, entertain in and even work in. This can be a difficult ask for some kitchen spaces. This is why it is always worth seeking help from a good kitchen design company, if you are planning a new kitchen. After all, it is usually the room in the house that people spend the most amount of money on, so it needs to be right. With years of experience working with kitchens of all sizes and shapes, a good kitchen design team will be able to offer lots of good advice and fresh ideas on how to make the most of yours. If you are planning a new kitchen sometime soon, here are some of our top design tips
The kitchen triangle is a principle that many designers still use to determine the most efficient layout for a kitchen. The cooker, fridge and sink are positioned on different walls so that if lines are drawn from one to another they form a triangle. The aim of this layout is to minimise the number of steps required when cooking or preparing food in the kitchen. However this design principle is not always very practical particularly in narrow galley style kitchens or very large kitchens. In addition, creating ‘kitchen zones’ where different areas of the kitchen are designed for specific purposes is becoming more popular. Different ‘zones’ could be areas for eating, food preparation, cooking, working or relaxing. A good design team will be able to help you incorporate all the different areas you desire into an overall kitchen design that works.
Storage is extremely important in a kitchen and wall cabinets are very practical. However in a small kitchen lots of wall cabinets can make the room look even smaller. If they are needed for storage then a good idea is to mix solid door wall cabinets with some glass fronted ones. These add depth and create a sense of space while still providing good storage. However, if wall cabinets are a good option for your kitchen it might be worth considering full height, wall to ceiling cabinets. They provide even more valuable storage space and in addition save on the cleaning because they have no exposed surfaces on top to collect dust and grease.
Islands are extremely popular at the moment and for good reason. They add a real wow factor to a kitchen as well as adding extra storage, extra workspace and somewhere informal to eat, drink and work. To get the most from your island make sure to add enough pop up kitchen sockets. These can be used for charging phones and laptops as well as for kitchen appliances. They will prevent the hazard of electric cables running across the floor from one side of the kitchen to another.
If you prefer clean, sleek lines then handlesless kitchens are the perfect choice. The smooth, streamlined, kitchen cabinets with touch open, handleless doors are the ultimate in contemporary, minimalist design. They are also extremely practical. The ridge free surfaces and no handle design make them a dream to clean. A quick wipe and you’re done!
Never skimp on lighting it can make the difference between a good kitchen and a stunning one! Different types of lighting (task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting) are needed for different areas of the kitchen e.g. overhead, under cabinet, low level dining, flooring etc. Your kitchen design team will be able to discuss all the options with you.
We all now need a number of bins to store our waste and our recycling. Finding the best place should be part of the kitchen design. Most new kitchens provide under the counter solutions for separating kitchen waste and recycling. If you don’t have the space for this option, always choose good quality bins and store them in an out of sight corner.
Kitchens need a lot of sockets. You need sockets positioned near large electrical items such as the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, oven etc. You also need a number of sockets for smaller movable items such as the kettle, toaster, microwave etc. and for items that are only used occasionally. In addition installing a couple of sockets with USB adapters built in can make charging mobile phones and tablets etc a lot easier. Sockets can be wall mounted, installed in cupboards, or pop up sockets can be installed which can be hidden from view when not in use. A good kitchen design consultant will be able to advise you on the number of sockets you need as well as the best places to locate them.
If you are planning a new kitchen and are looking for some expert advice our friendly design consultants at Aspire Kitchen Design would love to hear from you. Please feel free to get in touch or come along to our new kitchen showroom in Stirling to meet us in person.
If you are thinking about a new kitchen, Aspire Kitchen Design can help. We offer the best in luxury modern, traditional and designer kitchens. Our range of stunning new […] The post Kitchen Design and Planning Made Easy appeared first on Aspire Kitchen...
If you are thinking about a new kitchen, Aspire Kitchen Design can help. We offer the best in luxury modern, traditional and designer kitchens. Our range of stunning new kitchens and kitchen appliances in our Stirling showroom will provide the inspiration to bring your dream kitchen to life.
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