The time has come for a new kitchen. So what do you need to make your hub of the home have that wow factor you want, combined with the practical storage solutions to make your neighbours green?
Five kitchen experts have come together to give their watertight wisdom on what to consider when it comes to your dream kitchen.
These will make all the difference between mediocre and fabulous.

THINK CURVES

How about adding internal and external curves into your design? These will help create a focal point while softening the overall look of your kitchen.
Jess Broadhead, content stylist, B&Q

BE STREAMLINED

BE STREAMLINED
For sleek, streamlined kitchen design, opt for integrated appliances, eliminating crumbs and dust collection.
Hayley Kelly, kitchen expert and training academy manager, Wren Living

EFFICIENCY FIRST
Grouping units and appliances around three sides of a room, the U-shaped kitchen is safe, efficient, offers maximum storage and is suited to both medium and smaller rooms. In a larger space, however, the work areas may be too far apart.
A kitchen should be both efficient and functional. Many professional chefs prefer galley kitchens due to counter space on both sides with no through corridor down the middle.
Debbie Goodge, Home Design Adviser, John Lewis

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPACE
Bigger is not always better, especially when we’re talking kitchens. Space and good design aren’t exclusive to a large kitchen — all you need is some creative decorating ideas that keep your space organised, functional and beautiful.
Paul Kenney, head of kitchens and dining UK & Ireland, IKEA

WATCH YOUR KEY AREAS

Make sure it’s a safe and user-friendly design. When planning a kitchen first think about the main working areas such as the sink, hob and the fridge. These are the three key areas which need to be close together to make movement around your kitchen easier.
Think about how you use your kitchen. Do you need a space for formal dining or should a breakfast bar be included into the design? This will help to determine what you need and your ideal layout.
Robbie Ajayi, Manager, Planning Services, John Lewis

SPACE OF WASTE

Recycling is now a key consideration for most kitchens and many people look for an area where they can have a multi-bin unit. These can be built-in units and offer you a great way to sort out your waste, easily and out of sight.
Robbie Ajayi, John Lewis

SEE THE LIGHT
Consider using under cabinet lighting to add soft ambience and accentuate the beautiful angles of the cabinetry in your new kitchen. White marble laminate worktops are a must-have for any family with young children. The surfaces are easy to clean and the material helps bounce light around the kitchen, keeping it bright and airy.
Jess Broadhead, B&Q

A STORAGE FEATURE
Hang pots, pans and dish towels to create extra storage on surfaces. Neatly hang items on a bare wall to create a feature or below cabinets so they are easily accessible.
It’s best to store items by their use in your day-to-day life, so arrange your space by frequency of use, with everyday dishes on an easy to reach lower shelf and then special-occasion pieces higher up.
Interior fittings help turn chaotic drawers and hard-to-reach corners into areas of efficiency. Shelf inserts can help to make the most of the area above pots and pans to store smaller items otherwise easily lost.
Paul Kenney, IKEA

SINK SPOTS

Think about choosing a composite sink. They are hard wearing, and not prone to water marks like their stainless steel equivalents. They also don’t tarnish with scrubbing and can create a high-quality aesthetic to any kitchen, without the price tag.
Hayley Kelly, Wren living

STORAGE AND CHARGING

Maximise your kitchen storage space with a walk-in pantry or a corner larder unit so you can
do away with a number of wall units and integrate as many appliances in your kitchen as possible to do away with needless gaps.
Plan extra double sockets into the right areas of your kitchen so your worktops do not become overloaded.
Consider plug sockets with USB ports, which are ideal for charging mobile phones and cameras and help to free up your sockets for other devices to be plugged in.
Simon Burton, expert design consultant, Wickes

REDUCE CLEANING
Go for a flat door style, or perhaps a handleless design to limit the time spent cleaning in between grooves and panelling. Choose a splashback to be fitted behind the hob, instead of tiles. This saves time and energy on cleaning so there is no more scrubbing in the gaps.
Ensure you fit a plinth seal and protector on your décor end panels, to limit damage during cleaning.
Hayley Kelly, wren living

DON’T BE RUSHED
It’s easy to be duped by limited time offers. Many of the leading retailers now offer everyday great value, rather than fluctuating prices with sales, so take the time to consider your purchase and make a choice that’s right for you.
Jess Broadhead, B&Q

BOOK IT

Open storage is very on trend as it makes a kitchen feel more casual and relaxed. It’s also a great way to display your wonderful collection of recipe books!
Jess Broadhead, B&Q

BETTER ACCESS
Think about the type of storage you need. A trend we are seeing more of is for deep pan storage. This makes it easier for you to see what you have and offers better access and storage than a standard base unit.
Robbie Ajayi, John Lewis

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