5 Secret Design Tips For An Awesome Kitchen

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Hello darlings!
Starting from scratch when designing a kitchen in a new build property is pure joy! You are not constrained by the existing structure and location of services and you can let your imagination run wild. This, however, does not guarantee you success. Things can turn out wrong when you are using a blank canvas if you don’t follow certain design conventions.
Chat your ideas through with UlfBuilt to ensure that your ideas are practically possible, safe and within budget. Then follow these secret design tips to get a kitchen that will be the envy of all your friends.
  1. Decide on the shape of the kitchen.
The majority of new kitchens are square or rectangular. These spaces can then be separated into zones but will remain open-plan. If you opt for an L-shape arrangement instead, it allows for a natural separation of the food preparation and dining space. This may work best for you if you are a messy worker in the kitchen! No-one wants to see pots and pans cluttering up the sink when they are sitting at the dining table. This will be a problem if you entertain guests on a regular basis.


  1. Carefully design your artificial light
Kitchen-diners are highly complex areas to light because so much goes on in them. Bright light is needed for food preparation whereas subtle lighting is required for a cozy and relaxing dining experience.  In design terms, this means that you will require three distinct lighting systems. You need ambient or general lighting for everyday use. This will be supported by task lighting (which can be under-cupboard lighting) to give a safe environment for food preparation and, finally, accent lighting to give a soft mood and highlight attractive features.
  1. Ventilation is vital in a kitchen
However good your kitchen looks, it will still produce a lot of moisture (steam) and odors from the cooking process. If moisture is not effectively and quickly removed from the air in your kitchen it will form condensation (water droplets) on cool surfaces. Over time this can cause damage and lead to unsightly mold growth. Stale odours are very unpleasant, particularly if the kitchen is also used for dining. An efficient extraction system solves both of these problems.  Ducted hoods are best because they remove moist and contaminated air to the exterior of the building. A recirculating hood will simply filter it and release it back into the room.
  1. Let natural light flood in
A naturally lit kitchen is more pleasant to spend time in and will save you money on electricity bills. If you would rather not lose wall space by installing loads of huge windows, banks of roof lights or a large roof lantern above the dining table are popular options.
  1. Don’t forget the floor

The floor is often last in the queue when it comes to kitchen design but it can make or break your final effect. The ideal choice is a hard-wearing, low-maintenance floor such as slate or tile. Underfloor heating will make it feel warmer underfoot.

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38 comments

  1. I cannot wait to design my kitchen!
    I always see the open plan kitchens but never thought about the idea of people seeing my dirty dishes... definitely something I'll need to reconsider as my kitchen is always a mess!
    One thing I'd suggest is not using slate unless you have a rubber mat, I grew up with a slate floor and when it comes to events like Christmas, my legs are aching after being in there a while!

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  2. Kitchens are a bit complicated to design. I have an open floor plan and I'm not convinced I'm finished.

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    1. The cool thing about owning a home is that you never stop "playing" with it!

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  3. These are some great tips! I totally agree on point 3 and 4, ventilation and light are absolutely the most important things for me.

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    1. Yes, ventilation is a must for me too!

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  4. These are some excellent and innovative ways to design the kitchen. As described in point no. 4, we must allow natural light to come inside and join us. Liked it :)

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    1. If you have it flaunt it! Natural light I mean ;)

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  5. some great advice, especially about natural light, it really give you the feel good factor in your kitchen space

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

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    1. Thanks I am glad you found it useful

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  6. I'd love to be able to design my own kitchen one day. These are some valid points you made here! Thanks for sharing.
    Lea, xx

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  7. Everything I agree, #3 is SUPER important!!! I see so many homes that they don't ventilate the kitchen or the house and I feel so stuck!

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    1. I agree! Especially if you cook with spices it can turn a nice house into blah

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  8. This is really great. As a chef, I'm often asked about how to set up kitchens and I do consulting for new businesses. I particularly like the section about lighting -- people often just think about what looks good and not what's practical!

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    1. I am so glad you like it! Coming from a chef is so flattering!

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  9. These are some great ideas. I always think it is a great idea to allow in natural light. Not only does it make your room brighter, but it helps feed the soul as well.

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    1. Exactly! I am sun depended and I need it to thrive!

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  10. I love all the tips especially the first one. I've noticed that everything I entertain we are in the kitchen! So at crucial to keep that in mind when designing ur dream kitchen!

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    1. My dining table is also in the kitchen and I know how important it is to keep it tidy

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  11. Great tips. I completely agree with your point on natural lighting. It can really change the look of a room, so ensuring that your other colors and wood choices work well with natural lighting is also something to consider. Thanks for your post.

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  12. Ventilation and natural light are two things that make a kitchen look bright, beautiful and inviting. Loved your 5 secret design tips :)

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  13. I love the color scheme. I definitely can't wait until I start building my own house.

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  14. I'd love sleek kitchen, I agree #4 natural light will save so much of money. I'd love to design my own with a mini herbs garden!

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    1. We love our small herbs garden! You will too!

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  15. I must admit every time I am considering buying a house I never think about redecorating the kitchen or even starting from scratch but nice tips

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    1. You don't need to do it all at once. Just have fun with it!

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  16. What great tips! I designed my kitchen many years back and I love it.

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    1. See when you design it you self you never tire of it!

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  17. I love the color of those cabinets! My dream kitchen would be a small, cozy one.

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  18. Natural light helps all spaces! I love those cabinets too!

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  19. This is a great guide for when I move into my own space. It's really informative. My biggest is making sure my kitchen has a lot of natural light. Something about the sun coming through the doors/windows just gives me life.

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