Kitchen Design And Lighting
If you have just moved into a new, old house, one of the first things that you will probably
decide to do is refurbish or remodel the kitchen, especially if you like cooking or spending a lot of time in
the kitchen. If you use a kitchen a great deal, you will probably already have a good idea of what you want the
kitchen to look like in the end.
One of the first decisions to make is whether you are going to do it yourself or supervise it yourself.
There is a lot of work in a kitchen refurb and I have seen amateurs spend years, literally years, doing what a
builder could have completed in weeks. This always leads to family tensions.
Once that I know of, it even led to divorce. It seems that everybody wants to brag that they are having
refurbishments done, but no one actually wants to go through the hassle of having it actually done.
If you are not entirely sure what you want your kitchen to look like, it is a good suggestion to visit show
kitchens at home improvement stores and even pick up brochures there to study at home. You could also buy a few
magazines and surf the Internet for suggestions.
Once you see a few examples that you like, be sure to cut out the pages and print off the image files after
downloading them. This way you can build up a dossier of the things that you would like to incorporate into
your new kitchen..
Once you are happy that you have all the components you like, you have to collate them. This does not have
to be to scale or exact, but just as good as you can do with what you have. Take a large sheet of paper, say
A3, and mark in your kitchen's windows and doors.
Then cut out the pictures of the items you want from the magazines and brochures and stick them in place. If
you think that this is not feasible, draw them in and label them unmistakably so that you can refer back to
your picture file.
You need not stop at one drawing, you can play about with it. If you cut the pictures out, but do not glue
them down, you can move them around until you are happy. You may also want to get the input of other members of
the family and have a brain storming session
When you have finished, decide how you are going to illuminate the kitchen. Do you want a pendant light over
the table? Do you want spots pointing at the cooker and the sink? Do you want concealed down-lighting to shine
on the work surface? How are you going to see what you are doing? It is a very important question. Wall lights
are great for ambient lighting.
Lastly, you have to pick a colour scheme and you are almost ready to begin, unless you are using a
contractor and then you will have to select one first, but that will make up the contents of another