I’ve written quite a lot recently about planning a new kitchen, and how to go about choosing the correct appliances to go in one.
Remodelling a kitchen is a challenging, but an incredibly rewarding project. Mistakes can be expensive, so careful planning is so important. There are so many decisions to make along that way, starting off with budget, and the way in which you are going to divide that up, I wanted to try to find something that might help anyone going through this process at the moment. I’ve been testing out a really interesting on-line kitchen planner from Wren Kitchens, which helps you to make some of those important decisions, as it gives you the ability to visualise the kitchen. Visualising a final look, is I think, a real talent, and I’ll be honest, one that I struggle with sometimes.
Let me talk you through the FREE Wren Kitchen planning guide.
There are three main price points that are covered in the guide, extra value, designer and the Linda Barker range. Once you have made that decision, and of course you can look at all three, you then get to make choices on the cabinetry, work tops, walls, floors and tiles. I thought it would be useful to look at the three main price points of kitchen and show how the choices you make, on the Wren kitchen planner can really give you totally different look and feel to a finished kitchen.
First up extra value :
On this kitchen I choose very simple cabinet, but made the end panels contrast to the fronts of the cupboards. Instead of tile I went a matching wood effect as a splashback. As the cabinets are very modern, I wanted to warm up the look, with the wood and the paint colour.
The second look is from the designer range, I decided to go for something a little more classic in design, with shaker cabinets all in a solid oak, and in this cabinet I choose handles for the doors. I went for a granite worktop, and a contrasting blue on the walls, with a large cream tile on the floor. It has a family welcoming feel to it I think.
The great thing with this tool, is you can really play around with colours and styles, quickly and easily, it takes moments to change the whole thing, as the tool works so quickly. I think you can really see a sharp contrast between all of the kitchens, and I especially love the look I achieved with my Linda Barker kitchen, as I really played with the colours of the cabinets, choosing a different one for the island, as well as the tile. I think if you are wanting to push the envelope a little with a design, this kind of planner really does come into its own, and would definitely help you be braver with your choice of colour and pattern.
How about printing your design off, and then bringing it with you as you go accessory shopping, or use it on a mood board?
Once you are happy with the design choice, its simple, just give your local store a call (you can save the design if you need to) and before long you should hopefully be enjoying your dream kitchen!
So what do you think, which is you favourite of the designs I created?