Buying a new Kitchen?

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The Kitchen showroom

Decision is made, your having a new kitchen yippee! Finally the chance to have the kitchen of your dreams…

Now that’s the easy part over, now for the hard part. Finding the right showroom for you. Let’s face it; a new kitchen is a pretty big financial commitment so once the decision is made and the kitchen fitted, there is no going back. It’s highly important that you try to incorporate what you want at the design stage. There is so much to consider, hubby may want the TV that rises from the worktop, you may be after the pretty pink splash back, and budget is a big consideration.

So where do we start? Search the internet? Look at magazines? Or straight out to trawl the high street and retail parks for ideas? Now I visit a lot of showrooms and at almost every one I see a kitchen display I like… how on earth will I make the final decision!

A good starting point is to think about what you don’t like in your current kitchen, do you, like me have a really awful corner cupboard, are the wall cabinets too high to reach without a step and are you desperate for more storage? Start to collect images of kitchen ideas/colours/materials you like and make notes on the important things you want and don’t want. This will be a big help when you visit showrooms.

Now the journey to a new kitchen is quite a long one, there are many important decisions to make for example worktops, doors , handles, lighting and storage solutions and that is just the beginning. If you consider this before you start you can be prepared to take it a step at a time. A good studio and designer will be there to guide you all the way and make the journey as stress free as possible.

So we get to the showrooms – what are we looking for?

Is the environment inviting, clean and tidy? Are the displays finished well, showing good ideas for storage and lifestyle? A display finished badly does not demonstrate good fitting skills.

People – do the staff engage you? Are they happy to demonstrate products and offer advice and share their expert knowledge with you. Most importantly are they listening to you and offering options and solutions? A good designer will help you to create your vision. You want to feel comfortable with them as you will be spending some time with them over the next few months and trust is important.

I will be starting my own journey in search of my perfect kitchen soon, I will keep you informed, let me know how you get on and happy shopping!

Some pictures of Kitchen Showrooms on my travels…

Optiplan in Swindon

Optiplan in Swindon

Optiplan in Swindon

New Kitchens & Bathrooms in Northampton

New Kitchens & Bathrooms in Northampton

Mirrorspan in Great Barford

Mirrorspan in Great Barford

Kitchen Kraft in Poole

Kitchen Kraft in Poole

Kitchen Kraft in Poole

Dadens @ Unitplan in Chelmsford

Dadens @ Unitplan in Chelmsford

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About Andrea Hillier

Andrea Hillier
Andrea is part of Blum's successful Retail Services Division, a very keen cook & an expert in showroom design

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