As a designer for many years now I have had lots of discussions with clients about how to the get the best out of their rooms. Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes and are usually unique and individual to that home, as are the people using it.

I would advise discussing your ideal kitchen with your chosen kitchen company and their designer in detail.

Make a ‘wish list’ on paper, on your laptop, tablet or try pinterest and create a board of all the ideas that take your fancy. Don’t be worried about putting outrageous ideas in there, you never know where it will lead with a creative designer on the job and you are less likely to end up with a fairly run of the mill design!

Any Kitchen Designer worth their salt will spend a lot of time getting to know how you use the room, what you like to cook, how many people will be using the space, also if there are any pets to be considered.

I would always ask what issues you have with the current kitchen design, layout, finish or style. Only then would I be able to start making practical suggestions as to how we can improve this for them.

Don’t be afraid to challenge the designer’s suggestions. Remember, only you know the nuances of your home and preferences. Your designer will probably welcome this input, and enjoy the challenge of finding another solution that works even better for you.

Tell your designer your thoughts and allow them to make suggestions, even if you already have an idea of what you want. They’ll most likely have been in the business for a while, so may have some clever ideas you hadn’t even considered.

A great designer will listen to you and work with you to find the perfect solutions for your project in design, style & finishing touches.
Heather Johnson.