Interior Design

Designing a Kitchen

A little update on the new flat we’re buying in Croydon… we’re not getting it. Various things went into the decision– you may have seen my instagram about the mistake the builders made with our design choices. I won’t go into it too much for now, but we decided not to get the flat and I’m 100% happy that was the best decision. That does, however, bring us back to being on the prowl in one of the world’s toughest housing markets (eek!).

In looking at flats, you can’t help but to size up what you’d like to change about the property if you were to buy it. Knocking out a wall, changing the floors, hanging wallpaper… all of that fun stuff. One thing I’ve been thinking about is redoing a kitchen from scratch. Apparently this is something that a lot of people do when they buy a house. It’s a pretty important room, so I can understand the desire, but it’s also expensive to do!

One of the things I’ve been weighing up is how to design a kitchen that can stand the test of time. I feel like I internalise trends without even realising it sometimes and I want to make sure that, with something as important to a house’s value as the kitchen, I pick something that isn’t too trendy and will still make sense long into the future. It’s a tricky line to walk because it’s not always easy to determine what looks will be timeless.

I’m feeling really attracted to plywood kitchens, and have been for a few years, but there is something to be said for a simple, white kitchen like the last photo. I feel like the white Shaker cabinets like we see here can fit in traditional and contemporary style homes. That suggests to me that it has the potential to stand the test of time. If kitchens can make or break the sale of a house, how much should you go for your (potentially trendy) tastes, and how much should you think about what future buyers might like?

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader. Thoughts and opinions are all my own.

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