How To Design A Winning Kitchen

Designing your dream kitchen can be tricky, tedious and tremendously tiresome, but it doesn’t have to be. The thing is, it’s completely normal to feel a little nervous when you start the design process with a multitude of factors having to be carefully considered.

The layout has to be suited to your unique requirements, there has to be enough space and it should flow seamlessly with the design of the rest of the home. It’s an intricate job, but with a bit of planning, creative thinking and an award-winning design team with decades of combined experience on your side, there’s no reason to be daunted by designing the kitchen in your brand-new home.

With so much to consider, we’ve compiled a few helpful hints to help you stay focused and stress-free. Enjoy the process, get creative and watch your dream kitchen slowly come to life!

Be An Expert In What You Love!

“The more planning you do, the smoother the process will be.” – Darren James (multi award-winning interior designers).

Although it sounds obvious, if you want your dream kitchen to become a reality, then you’ll need to be equipped with knowledge and understanding. The more you know now, the less frustration you’ll have down the track… So, tip #1 is to become a design expert!

Jump online and read some design blogs, explore the latest styles on Pinterest, get out into showrooms and take a look at some of the current kitchen designs. There’s no right or wrong way to get ideas! Know the trends, find out how you can keep it within your budget and take note of what you love, and also what you dislike.

Remember: Stay focused and don’t get overwhelmed by the huge amount of information available. Write a list, create a mood board and speak to others who have gone through the process.

Telethon Home 2006 Invogue - Design A Winning Kitchen
Telethon Home 2006

Stay Focused

The kitchen is the heart of the home, which means it’s an active and generally busy family space, irrespective of how big or small your house may be.

So, our second tip is to make sure you keep checking that your kitchen design and layout is functional. Space optimization is critical here, as an empty kitchen will feel smaller once all the appliances take their place. A good point of comparison is to do a quick evaluation of your current kitchen. What works? What doesn’t? What could be better?

Don’t get carried away purely on the design of your kitchen as practicality and ergonomics are just as important. Here are some questions to help you put your dream design into perspective if you’re ever feeling a little stuck:

  • How many people will be using the kitchen at any given time?
  • Are you an aspiring home chef or a no-fuss diner?
  • Is the layout functional?
  • Do you have enough bench and storage space?
  • What features do you want?
  • What features do you need?

BONUS TIP: Make sure your major appliances don’t block any paths. Fridges and dishwashers should always be accessible. Don’t forget about electronics like coffee machines, toasters and kettles, either! Even smaller appliances will affect the size of the kitchen.

Telethon Home 2012 Invogue - Design your Kitchen
Telethon Home 2012

Lay It All Out

And our third tip is about ensuring you’re confident with your design before going ahead.

If this is your forever home, then it makes sense to spend that little bit extra to get durable, high quality finishing’s that will last a lifetime.

Consider whether your kitchen dream is going to be aesthetically compelling, low maintenance or primarily practical. Make sure your budget is clear, but always keep in mind the value a well-designed kitchen adds to a property. It’s not a bad idea to put an extra 20% aside to cover unexpected charges too.

Telethon Home 2017 Invogue - Dianing Table
Telethon Home 2017

Find A Dream Team

Your builder will assemble the sales and design team to develop your ideas and bring your new kitchen to life, so it’s undeniably important to make sure you select experienced, trustworthy and reliable professionals.

When looking for a builder, it’s always best to speak to them in person. You need to trust that they care about your home, so make sure you’re 100% comfortable before sealing the deal. It’s also a great idea to walk through their display homes to view some inspiring design examples.

That said, the award-winning design team here at InVogue are confident that we deliver your dream home. Here are a few reasons why our clients think we’re the Dream Team of all Perth display homes:

  • The team have more than 20 years of experience designing modern, stylish and intelligently arranged homes.
  • We’re the experts in two-storey living who work closely with new home buyers who want to make a stylish statement.
  • Quality service and cutting-edge design for two-storey homes in Perth.
  • InVogue are proudly part of the JWH Group, which also includes well-established building companies such as Oswald Homes, the Rural Building Company, WA Country Builders – Western Australia’s largest regional home builder, and New Level Homes – Telethon’s builder of choice.

Finishing Touches

The other reason it’s so important to find a superstar dream team is so that you can get down to the overall look of your sleek new kitchen (without getting distracted!). Any finishes you can think of – from colours, to cabinets, bench tops and drawers – this is where you can really add a personal touch and create a stunning kitchen to your liking.

Don’t rush, pay attention to the smallest of details and always be looking to enhance the overall look of your kitchen. Handles and lighting features can often be overlooked, but they are essential to consider as part of a cohesive design so everything is absolutely perfect – especially if you want your kitchen to be the talk of the town.

If you’re looking for inspiration, information and an award-winning design team to create the kitchen of your dreams, get in touch.