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10 Important Things To Consider When Planning Your Kitchen Project

Embarking on a kitchen renovation journey can seem like a daunting task given the multitude of factors to consider and it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Here at Tolle Kitchens, we want to inject excitement and creativity into planning your upcoming project without being burdened by inevitable concerns you may have when planning a kitchen renovation. Hence, we’ve developed a set of 10 crucial factors to provide you with a clear roadmap during your planning phase, ensuring you proceed with the knowledge of what aspects demand attention. Recognising that your kitchen is the hub of your household, where cherished moments unfold, we deeply value the significance of each detail aligning perfectly with your tastes and lifestyle. With this in mind, we are here to guide you through the crucial aspects, providing insights that serve as starting points for your upcoming project.


1. The Layout

From the classic L-shaped kitchen to the modern allure of the one-walled layout, the structure of your kitchen serves as the blueprint of your design journey. Begin by surveying your space, a canvas upon which culinary dreams will materialise. Delve into the very essence of your kitchen, pondering its intended purpose, your envisioned interactions, and the art of optimising every nook and cranny. Not forgetting those often-ignored corners –the hidden gems of your kitchen, which are waiting to shine. Perhaps you could elevate your corners with cabinetry or embrace a more minimalist aesthetic. Whether it’s cabinets, islands, or tall larders, your layout forms the foundation of your kitchen transformation.


2. Lighting

Lighting plays a vital role in your kitchen design, as it is not only functional but cultivates the atmosphere and mood. Your first step is to consider where natural light can be accessed within your space. It’s important to harness this natural light to your advantage, noticing how it illuminates the room and where dark shadows may need addressing. In terms of adding electric lighting to amplify every detail of your design, from sumptuous spotlights to gentle ambient lighting, there are plenty of options to explore. You could use statement lighting to create a dramatic impact or subtle integrated lighting to highlight discreet alcoves. Curating lighting arrangements and effects can completely alter the ambience of your space. Whether your needs involve illuminating your cabinetry to reveal every kitchen essential with bright lighting, or you envision a soothing, soft glow in the evenings to create a relaxing ambience, our designers are here to cater to your exact needs.


3. Appliances

Appliances are the core of your kitchen’s functionality, the performance of your kitchen hinges on the appliances as they ensure that everyday tasks are effortlessly managed. It’s crucial to discuss how these appliances are integrated into your design, and how they can seamlessly blend into the wall or worktop. Maintaining a balance within your essential kitchen work triangle and contemplating how to navigate your space is a priority, ensuring you have smooth access and movement to all your necessities. Additionally, considering the positioning of your electrical outlets and their accessibility – they operate as hidden assistants, infusing life into your kitchen setup. Distinguished as NEFF 5 Star MasterPartners, at Tolle Kitchens, our pride resides in offering state-of-the-art appliances that have been carefully selected by our experts. Our knowledgeable team can provide insightful advice as to which appliances may be the best fit for you.


4. Kitchen Traffic

Whether you have a busy family kitchen or a personal sanctuary, think about and imagine the direction of movement and how you require your kitchen to work. For effortless ergonomics, there must be plentiful room to move around comfortably. Especially in areas where you have the dishwasher and sink. It’s necessary to diligently survey your space, thinking about your desired layout and beginning to understand the movement of traffic. A wonderful way to experience this first-hand would be a visit one of our showrooms or Experience Centre, where you can move around the displays and get a sense of the natural ebb and flow of your potential kitchen design.


5. Seating

It’s becoming increasingly evident that the purpose of seating within your kitchen design is not solely that of a place to eat, seating is the hub of connection. From banquette seating to charming breakfast nooks, there are many styles to choose from for your upcoming project. Thinking beyond just eating, how do you want your kitchen seating to elevate your design? Your seating space can be a cosy area to share coffee with a friend or even a designated spot for when you work from home. From standalone seating, booth seating and custom-made options, you can explore a variety of ways which can facilitate your lifestyle.


6. Storage

Smart storage solutions can transform your kitchen into an organised haven. Imagine pull-out larders, hidden pantries and discreet shelving banishing clutter, leaving your space beautifully pristine and inviting. Whether your kitchen is large or small, cabinetry can truly work wonders when selecting the perfect storage solution for your design. From intricate inserts and deep sliding drawers, units can be installed with ergonomic mechanisms that will make your day-to-day chores feel effortless.


7. Heating

In the chilly months, keeping your kitchen warm is essential. It’s important to consider air circulation and comfort as you decide on your heating units. Explore your options on how to optimise heating within your potential kitchen; industrial-style radiators and column radiators can maximise your space, adding a sense of height and grandeur to your kitchen. Or perhaps embrace underfloor heating for an extra touch of cosiness. Our experts are happy to guide you and outline possible ideas to ensure your space is warm and inviting.

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8. An Island

An island has the power to revolutionise how you use your kitchen space, while also serving as a captivating centrepiece in the heart of your design. However you plan to utilise it, is entirely a matter of personal preference. Whether you envision incorporating your sink and appliances within the island design or intend to keep it solely as a seating area, the choice is yours. Islands also have the potential to become a striking decorative statement. Whether adorned with luxurious marble waterfall worktops or enhanced by lavish lighting, you can shape the aesthetic to your liking. The versatility of a kitchen island is remarkable, seamlessly elevating your kitchen space to new heights.


9. Worktops

Worktops play a pivotal role in shaping the essence of your kitchen design. Beyond their functional purpose, they contribute to the overall aesthetic and ambience of the space. A carefully chosen worktop material can set the tone for your kitchen, whether you desire a sleek modern look, a rustic charm, or timeless elegance. Furthermore, worktops are required to withstand the rigours of daily kitchen activities, making durability a crucial factor to consider. The worktops also map out the various zones of your kitchen worktop, sectioning off food preparation, cooking and cleaning. Keep these elements in mind whilst reviewing your initial design concept. As with thoughtful consideration, worktops transform into the canvas where culinary artistry flourishes and cherished memories unfold.

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10. Colour and Décor

Once the main elements are in place, it’s time to infuse your personality. You can reflect your unique style whilst selecting splashbacks, finishes, and colours. Either go bold or keep it serene with a neutral palette, whichever your style or taste, our experts are ready to help you express your unique flair.

We hope these ten points have shone some light on where, to begin with your upcoming project and you feel confident about how to move forward with those initial steps. Take a close look at your available space, contemplate its purpose, and allow your creative instincts to unfold. At Tolle Kitchens, we stand by your side, guiding you in making well-informed choices at each step. Your kitchen is a blank canvas ready to be filled with your creativity.

If you’re ready to embark on this journey, you can reach out to us today by calling 01422 747 980 or sending an email to [email protected] and let’s begin your design journey together.

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