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Contemporary kitchen designs: the family kitchen


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The kitchen is usually the heart of the home for many families, a place where the children can do their homework and where you can have family meals together. As the kitchen is used constantly it is essential that you put much thought into planning and designing what is frequently the busiest room in the home.

Contemporary kitchen designs nowadays include a wide range of colours and textures with something to please everyone. One of the greatest considerations is maximising space, especially if you have a large family or enjoy entertaining friends. Entertaining at home is a must for many families, with barbecues or Sunday lunches where all your friends and family can gather and share the latest news. The room where many guests tend to congregate is the kitchen, which should therefore be stylish and yet, practical.
Building a new kitchen will also add value to your home and is known to be a popular selling point as many people consider the kitchen to be the most important room in the home. If you have a kitchen that is stylish, spacious and yet functional, you will attract more potential buyers and so it is important the planning and design is well considered.
A larger well planned kitchen will usually combine a practical area for meal preparation whilst incorporating space for dining. However, for those with less space, they will find that in today’s contemporary kitchen designs much emphasis has been placed on space saving ideas, such as built in shelves or cupboard carousels where everything is conveniently placed but ultimately out of sight, leaving a clear area without unnecessary clutter.
As many kitchens are not as large as you would like, a creative kitchen designer will suggest many ideas to take advantage of every available inch of space so you can create the illusion of a more spacious area. The materials used when building your new kitchen are an important aspect in this respect but should also take your lifestyle into account. For instance, if you have pets, small children or teenagers who are constantly in and out of the kitchen, an easy-to-clean surface for your units is essential.

It is of course possible to build your own kitchen which is a less expensive option and offers you the freedom to make alterations to plans whilst you are working. Here at Wickes we have a professional designer who will be happy to help you design your perfect kitchen, using all space available and implementing the latest space saving tools in store. We have a wide range of contemporary kitchen designs with many different materials and surfaces for you to choose from.

Selecting a kitchen from a reputable manufacturer is advisable to ensure the utmost in quality, as you will want your kitchen to be hardwearing and keep its appearance for a considerable period of time. Many of the latest materials such as stainless steel keep their appearance for many years with minimal care as well as being hygienic for all the family.

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