Kitchen design tip No. 1: Make sure all the measurement are correct!
Kitchen design tip no.2: Do your research, compare the prices, inquire about discounts and get offers from everyone.
Probably the thing to consider when it comes to designing one's kitchen is the price. You'll need to get offers from different contractors, maybe even schedule meetings with them. This might vary significantly depending on where you live. Whether or not to hire an inner designer is also a decision you need to make considering the area where you live in and the possibilities that are at your disposal to you. If there are many inner designer companies and professional where you live, hiring one would be an obvious choice. Designing one's home is incredibly time consuming, and if you have a professional you can trust at your disposal, you can save a lot of time. However, since my husband was quite literally the architect of this house, he was not willing to let anyone else step in. This means I had to take a big part of responsibility onto myself, and it was a lot of work. In addition, hiring a designer isn't that common maybe because most local people are, generally speaking, really into architecture and inner design. We did the designing ourselves, and we were happy with the result but it was a difficult, expensive and stressful process. I'm not discouraging you against it. I obviously believe there are benefits to designing one's own kitchen and decorating one's own home, or else why would I opt for it? I'm just saying that is anything but easy. You need to sit down and think about whether it is worth the effort.
Kitchen design tip no.3 : Always think twice! The functionality is as important as the aesthetic.
There are many benefits to designing one's own house, but one disadvantage is that you'll have no one but yourself to blame if it all goes wrong. When our kitchen was all assembled, we realized we don't have the space to put a gas container in. We had designed drawers to go under the cooking apparatus there were drawers. The guy we hired to put the kitchen together it said: ' That's your problem, I followed your design down to every detail. ' The guy was obviously right as he only did what he was told to do. We ended up solving the problem quite easily by drilling a hole in the neighboring cabinet and placing the gas tank there. While we are speaking about cons and prons, it is hard to do a financial assessment, because the prices do vary significantly in different countries and what might be a more affordable option in one country can be a more expressive in another. In other words, you'll need to do your research.
Kitchen design tip no.4: Think outside the box. Not everything has to be brand new.
There is something recycled in our new kitchen and that would be: the washing machine. I argued with my husband on this one. He wanted to get a new washing machine, the kind that can be covered with acrylic (the same material as the kitchen) but I wanted to keep the old one. That machine works beautifully and I personally believe in the proverb- if it's not broken, don't fix it. This washing machine is quite old, my own age actually, but I had an expert come in and take a look and he told me that the motor in this machine is the best, like BMW of the washing machines. In other words, they don't make them like that anyone. I wanted to share this piece of information because when moving or decorating people often just dump everything in the garbage. If something is working, you shouldn't do that. If you don't want to keep it, at least donate it. We are facing major environmental problems because of the fact that people refuse to recycle and reduce their waste. For example, we left all the furniture in the old house, despite the fact we were paid nothing for it, and everything is still being used, so nothing went to waste. Moreover, I actually like how my kitchen looks with this washing machine because I think it gives it a more unique touch. I choose the black kitchen counter top and the machine just blended in nicely. I really like the black and white contrast in my kitchen.
Kitchen design tip no.5: Select the kitchen style that best suits your needs, personality and the general feel of your home.
We designed our kitchen having in mind the design of the entire house. Besides one antique piece, two closets and the recycled washing machine everything is our home is brand new. The advantage of buying brand new items is that you can easily match the design. In other words, our entire house is done in minimalist style. The colour palette is neutral, mostly white with a bit of gray and black. I'm happy that we were able to our entire home in one style, however that doesn't have to be your choice. Perhaps you would like your kitchen to be one style and your living room the other. Our living room and the kitchen are joined, so it was important for us to match them in style. However, you will know what is best for you. Think about how you would like to feel in your home. That's more important than what is right now.
Kitchen countertop: acrylic (matt with imitation marble print).
Chairs: faux leather and painted wood
Lighting: LED lighting tape in between the kitchen elements, one chandelier, 3 inbuilt LED lights (placed on the decorative lowered part of the ceiling)
Curtains: the same as in the rest of our home, we had them sewed.