Can you believe that the first month of 2019 is already behind us? It really does seem that what everyone says is true: each year passes more quickly than the one before.
So if you have not already made any particular plans for 2019 you had better get your skates on! Whether it’s a change of job, a holiday, house move or home improvements – now is the time to start that ball rolling.
New kitchens from Stone and Chrome
It is an exciting time for us at Stone and Chrome as we will shortly be branching out into kitchen design! This is something that we have wanted to do for a very long time and we are very excited to launch this part of the business.
We will be focusing on luxury inframe shaker kitchens featuring a range of styles from classic contemporary to a flat slab front. All our kitchens will contain high end appliances such as Siemens, Neff, Sub-Zero & Wolf, Miele and Smeg. Work surfaces will either be made from the natural stone that we love or high quality man made alternatives such as Cosentino’s Silestone, Dekton and Sensa ranges. Naturally, all our kitchens will also be painted to the highest standard.
We can’t wait to share this side of the business with you!
What kind of kitchen do you need?
So how do you go about planning a new kitchen? What kind of things do you need to consider?
We would suggest you think through the five factors below to get an initial idea of what kind of kitchen would best meet your needs?
How much do you want to spend on your kitchen? At Stone and Chrome we can work with all budgets, but having a clear idea before you start can help you to make realistic decisions about what will and will not be possible.
- What is the purpose of your kitchen? Do you need it to be purely for food preparation, a flexible entertaining space, or the cosy hub of a family home?
- How long do you plan to stay in your home? Is this a dream kitchen for life, or an updated functional kitchen that will help you to sell your home in a couple of years or so.
- When your new kitchen is being installed will you be living in the house and trying to continue business as usual? Or is there somewhere else you could stay for some of the time? This can help to determine the scale of change and disruption that is feasible.
- Are there any accessibility or allergy issues that may need to be taken into consideration regarding either the design of the kitchen or the materials used?
What kind of kitchen do you want?
Once you have determined the boundaries within which your kitchen refurbishment can take place, you then need to think about the styling of your kitchen. There are five further things to consider:
- Use of space. Whatever the size of your kitchen, how do you want to use the space? Are you after a minimalist look with lots of space to breathe? Or would you prefer to maximise the storage and fit in as many units, surfaces and shelves as possible?
- Workflow. Related to the above you need to think how you most use the kitchen and what is the best configuration for that to work well. For example, ensure that everything you need while cooking is able to be stored within easy reach.
- Style. Think about whether you want something contemporary and minimalistic, or something warmer and more traditional.
- Materials. Linked to the above is whether you prefer a matt or glossy feel to your kitchen, and which materials you therefore prefer for the worktops etc.
- Colours. Careful choice of colours can add the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen. You need to decide whether to stick to one colour or whether to use a mixture – and if so whether that mixture should be matching or contrasting.
Armed with the above information, your next step is to pay us a visit at our Camberley showroom? We would love to meet you and to show you our new kitchen designs. We can help you to firm up your ideas for your new kitchen, and make that dream a reality during 2019.