Upgrading the kitchen is currently the most popular home improvement and the organisers of The Kitchen & Bathroom Show, at the Harrogate International Centre from 5th to 7th November, have come up with some great top tips to help you create that dream kitchen.
Also if youâ€™re looking to extend, improve, enhance or even build your own home, then pay a visit to the co-located Homebuilding & Renovating Show with over 200 exhibitors.
Tickets to The Kitchen and Bathroom Show give entry to both Shows.
Create a Personal Storyboard
Start by imagining yourself in the kitchen and think about the way you like to cook, entertain or spend time with friends and family. Cut out pictures of kitchens that inspire you, collect samples and build up a storyboard of styles, appliances, colours and materials. Add an outline plan of your kitchen with dimensions and positions of windows and doors. Now youâ€™re ready to speak to the experts.
Get Advice from the Experts
Take your storyboard to one or two kitchen design experts â€“ most good kitchen companies offer this service; the best ones ask you lots of questions about your home, lifestyle and tastes, to build up a clear picture of what you are looking for.
Then Visit The Kitchen & Bathroom Show and book a one-to-one consultation at The Kitchen & Bathroom Design Experience, an individual design, advice and information centre with experts from The Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom Specialists Association.
Consider the Golden Triangle
The golden triangle connects the three main work areas â€“ the sink, cooker and fridge and the principle of the ideal â€˜work triangleâ€™ is that these appliances are no more than 2.7 metres from one another. The space between should be kept clear of obstructions and cabinets so that you have no restriction of movement when youâ€™re cooking.
Working the Surfaces
Choosing the right work surfaces is an all important decision, as they often define the â€˜lookâ€™ of a kitchen. And remember you can never have enough!
Creating the Mood with Lighting
Separate your lighting into zones to meet the needs of the different areas in your kitchen. Bright lights should be focused directly over your work triangle with the option of softer lighting over the dining and/or relaxation area.
Your dream kitchen should reflect your personality and lifestyle and meet your future needs. Having a bespoke kitchen isnâ€™t always a more expensive option so do consider the individual kitchen design companies that canâ€™t be found on the High Street.
If youâ€™re looking for the latest innovations and inspirational designs, then a visit to the UKâ€™s only dedicated Kitchen & Bathroom Show, at the Harrogate International Centre from 5th to 7th November is a must.
Tickets to The Kitchen & Bathroom Show are Â£5 in advance and Â£8 on the day (children under 16 go free).
For more information please visit the show website.
Tel: (0844) 5811306.