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Whether you are planning an entirely new kitchen design or simply reviving your existing one, in this article we are offering our advice on what to think about when redesigning your kitchen or refreshing your current space.

Kitchen planning

The planning stage should be the first step before making any changes to your kitchen's design. This is your opportunity to think about how you actually use the space currently and how you would like to use the new one. It's important to think about how you move around the space and what elements you use most.

For example, usually, the fridge will be located close to the worktops so that you don't have to keep walking around to get your produce. In turn, the worktops should be in a well-lit part of the kitchen with easy access to the hob, making it easy to transfer your prepared food to your cookware. It's important to remember to keep your water together, so place the dishwasher near the sink and for extra ease, put your bin area near your sink too so it's easier to reach.

Understanding how much storage space you need is very important. Do you need more than you currently have, do you want open shelving or deep cupboards to hide away your appliances and utensils? If you are going to use the space for entertaining, you may want to consider a breakfast bar, kitchen island or introduce technology to connect your music devices to play in your kitchen.

Fully tailor-made kitchens at RB12

Phew! That's a lot to think about, so let us do the work for you.

At RB12, along with our trusted kitchen suppliers Minacciolo, Binova and Miton, we can provide a full kitchen design and fit-out for your home. We have recently added our very own 'RB12 Mini Kitchens' to our portfolio which we developed for smaller spaces such as studios, bedsits, self-catering holiday lets and student accommodation.

A design will carefully be put together from your brief and once agreed, the kitchen is built from scratch. It will then leave the manufacturing facilities, go through strict quality control and finally carefully packaged for dispatch. We can then organise expert fitters to ensure a perfect fit, followed by installation of any kitchen appliances and additional features adhering to appropriate safety standards.

Refreshing your existing kitchen

If you aren't in your forever home, you may not want to invest in building a new kitchen from scratch. However, there's no doubt you'll still want to inject your own style into it, so refreshing your kitchen with some more cost-effective updates might be a better option for you.

Take a look at some of our top tips for transforming your existing kitchen...

A fresh lick of paint

Repainting your kitchen unit doors and the walls is a less expensive way of giving your kitchen a refreshing new look and feel. Make sure to use paints that are suitable for kitchen environments and are moisture-resistant and washable.

Replace your existing worktops and unit fronts

This gives the impression of an entirely new kitchen without the full cost of redesigning the whole layout. Pictured above are some of the kitchen worktops and unit options you can choose from at RB12. Even just changing your kitchen door knobs which can transform the space and can give an kitchen a real lift.

Update your lighting

Adding a new light fixture to your kitchen can change the entire feel of your room, especially if you are short on space. Spotlights or under-counter lights add a modern touch, but for a bit more character you could think about a statement pendant light, like the ones from Brokis pictured below.

Replace the kitchen floor

Whilst vinyl flooring is generally the cheapest option, natural materials such as stone and wood are a great option for a more modern, elegant kitchen space. Both stone & wood have long been used in kitchen areas and can be beautiful, durable and long-lasting. These are a sound investment as long as you choose a robust and practical product.

Decorate with tiles

Installing a stylish tiled backsplash behind your cooker or along the back of the worktops is a wonderful way to transform your kitchen. Tiles are easy to clean and water-resistant making them perfect for cooking environments. At RB12, we have a huge range of contemporary tile suppliers for you to choose from including Botteganove, Fornace Brioni, Gypsum, Huguet, Made a Mano and Ornamenta.

Our top 5 kitchen units and worktops

Lavastone worktop by Made a Mano - These amazing natural lava stone tiles are sourced from active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily. They are extremely durable making them perfect for the kitchen and provide long-lasting beauty in many different styles and variations.

Mina Kitchen Units by Minacciolo - This kitchen collection is a successful blend of highly innovative technology and sleek Italian beauty. So full of character, this kitchen is delicately crafted and has exciting details, like the bright red temperature knobs that contrast beautifully with the range's contemporary dark grey finish.

Metal worktops – At RB12 we love the professional and stylish look of a metal worktop but we've also seen a rise in distressed metals as well as the more traditional polished steel.

Natural Skin Kitchen Units by Minacciolo - Natural Skin is a practical kitchen range, intended to allow versatile use of any living space and is now available in a stunning copper finish.

Fenix worktops – This is an innovative and hygienic man-made material that is durable, anti-stain and also heat-resistant. In fact, should the surface have any superficial scratches, heat actually helps to repair it. The surface composed of a dense grid of crosspolymers with their own memory, which can be reactivated by the application of heat. Pretty amazing if you ask us!

We hope we have inspired you to think about some of the simpler ways to update your kitchen but also to see that your perfect bespoke kitchen is totally achievable too. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help you accomplish this.

Come by the RB12 Design Space & Shop, give us a call on +44 (0) 207 1352246 or drop us an email for more information.