A big part of any kitchen renovation is to figure out what kitchen design style you want to create; after all, this is the kitchen you will potentially be using for the next 10 or 20 years so you will want to get it right! Our tips will help you create the perfect kitchen design style that will suit your home, taste and lifestyle.
The most popular kitchen design style or kitchen colour scheme is of course, the classic white kitchen. An all white kitchen is a very safe option – It will always be in style, doesn’t show dust and marks quite as readily as other kitchen colour options and is easy to add unique touches to and mix things up whenever you like. You really can’t go wrong with an all white kitchen design scheme however, if you are looking for something different and you’re not quite sure where to begin then you’ve most certainly come to the right place!
Scrapbooking Kitchen Design Style Ideas
I find that the best way to figure out the style and colour scheme of your new kitchen is to scrapbook your favourite options; whether you opt to use an actual scrapbook with magazine cut outs or a digital scrapbook (such as Pinterest – a GOLD MINE of kitchen design inspiration!) this is the very best way to figure out which way to go.
Spend some time either flicking through kitchen design magazines, browsing Pinterest Kitchen Design Boards or a good ol’fashioned Google image search – save every image that catches your eye.
In no time at all, you will notice a distinct pattern starting to emerge; You’ll see you’ve collected a whole list of images containing a marble benchtop or black cabinetry for example, or that super trendy timber feature door. You’ll notice that there is something similar about every image you’ve collected and BOOM – you have developed your very own kitchen design style!
Select an Accent
Your accent could be a colour or a pattern that you would like to be the continuous theme throughout your new kitchen design scheme. For example, black tapware and handles, brass tapware and handles, all blue kitchen appliances or a funky chevron floor tile and splashback solution.
Selecting an accent for your new kitchen design will also help you to select your accessories around this style later on down the track when it comes time to decorate your newly built kitchen as this key design element will act as inspiration for the adjoining areas of the home.
Create a Kitchen Design Mood Board
Collect all your favourite bits and pieces together to create a mood board of awesome ideas for your new kitchen. All the magazine cutouts, the best ideas you’ve sourced from Pinterest and your selected accent colour or pattern, any samples you may have picked up along the way – all of it!
Seeing everything together will help you to visualise the space and better judge if this is the right design style for you. You’ll easily be able to see which elements may not quite fit into your kitchen design scheme and swap them out if need be, making the decision-making process much less overwhelming.
Set a Kitchen Renovation Budget
Setting a budget is perhaps one of the most important factors when embarking on any home project: This is where you set your boundaries!
Consider just how much money you are willing to spend on your new kitchen and discuss your options with your Kitchen Designer to ensure your preferences will fit into your renovation budget. Your Designer will be able to help you budget for the project and ensure things stay on track during the installation process. As a precaution, it is always wise to create a list of ‘Must Have’ items for your new kitchen design and items that you would be happy to compromise on just in case!
Finalise your New Kitchen Design
Once you’re happy with your colour scheme and kitchen design style, present your ideas to your Kitchen Designer who will help you source the materials and products to complete your design as well as guide you in terms of sticking to your renovation budget. If that glorious marble benchtop will blow out your budget, no need to fret – working with your Kitchen Designer, you’ll be able to find cost effective alternative solutions that will help you keep things on track. Now you can finalise your kitchen design and specifications for accurate quotations from installers with all the necessary information listed out. This will ensure all the quotes you receive are accurate comparisons, allowing you to make the best decision possible for your kitchen renovation project.