Buying a new kitchen is a big decision. When you choose to remodel or renovate a room in your home, there’s some research you should do beforehand. If you want to invest in a nice kitchen, you should shop around and ask lots of questions. When we have clients shopping for Italian kitchens at Multiliving, we always encourage them to pose their questions to us. Before you head to the kitchen showroom, though, you have 3 important questions to ask yourself.
What’s Your Budget?
The budget is a big factor in your new kitchen. You need to consider how much you’re willing to spend to have your dream kitchen. While you shouldn’t let budget restrictions hamper your vision, you should try to be realistic about what you can afford. When you know how much you have to spend, it makes design decisions much easier.
Furthermore, kitchen showroom experts will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to budget. They can show what’s possible for every price range, helping you realise your design vision. When deciding on your budget, it’s good to have a range in mind. This lends you some flexibility in your design choices, plus it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much everything will cost.
Budget preparations should take place at this early phase. In addition, you should also think generally about what you like and what you don’t like in kitchens. Is there something about your current kitchen you can’t stand? Does a friend or a family member have something about their kitchen you absolutely adore? Take note of these features and use them to help you shape an idea of your future kitchen.
Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to the budget is just how much work is involved in your renovation. Are you just looking to update the appliances and replace the worktops? Or do you have a full-scale redesign in mind, with potential plumbing and electric work needed? These are all important aspects to consider when preparing your budget.
How Does Your Kitchen Function?
The next thing to think about is the functionality of your kitchen. There are a whole host of questions to ask yourself to determine how your kitchen functions best for you. The first is how you consider the kitchen in your home – is it just another room or is it where you and your family spend most of your time? Relatedly, ask how many people will actually be using the kitchen on a daily basis?
You should also ask yourself if you want space for dining in the kitchen, and whether it’s more formal dining (with a table and chairs) or casual (like an island with seating). Furthermore, will you entertain guests in the kitchen? If so, then dining options are certainly worth consideration.
Additionally, ask yourself how your kitchen will be used. Is it only for preparing meals or is it also where you have your home office? Your activities in the kitchen will also inform the type of storage space you need. Do you plan to store non-kitchen items in the kitchen?
How often you go shopping will also impact storage space. Do you need a large cupboard to store a lot of food, or do you go to the supermarket frequently? Finally, ask yourself how you prefer to cook. Do you use many ingredients and spread out across the worktop, or do you usually prepare ready-made meals?
All of these questions will help you visualise exactly what you need your kitchen for, making design ideas much easier to come by.
Which Kitchen Aesthetic Do You Prefer?
The last question you should ask yourself before visiting a kitchen showroom is about style. What do you like in a kitchen, and which designs appeal to you? Do you want something minimalistic or more eclectic? And what about the rest of your home? Should you continue the same style or would you like to try something different?
Think about aesthetics in a general sense, but don’t leave out the details. What’s your ideal colour palette? Do you like woods, tiles, lacquers, granite, marble, metal? These are important elements in your kitchen design aesthetic as well.
Before heading to the showroom, it’s important to answer these questions. While the experts at the kitchen showroom can help and advise you on buying a new kitchen, the decision will ultimately be yours. If you have a solid idea of what you’d like in your new kitchen, then the buying process becomes much easier.