There’s so much choice. It’s easy to get locked in kitchen limbo.
This article will take you from stuck, to sautéing squid in no time.
plus a free resource to download, to get your project started.
This’ll give you everything you need to talk confidently with your interior designer. So they can create your perfect minimal kitchen.
Let’s start with the golden rule . . .
That’s right. Banish all thoughts of money.
Because at the beginning, it’s not relevant.
Right now you need to be in dream mode. And in the land of dreams, money’s no object.
You might think I sound crazy, but this is key.
If you’re telling yourself . . .
'I can’t afford a Gaggenau steam oven AND a Miele wine cooler'
you’re limiting your options.
You’ll miss out on loads of great ideas.
This stage is about creative thinking, not budgeting.
A good designer will achieve more than you can imagine. So let them worry about getting everything in budget.
To move your project forward, put money aside and answer these two essential questions.
Are your elBulli books more decorative than useful?
It’s ok not to love cooking. Perhaps entertaining’s your thing?
So chilling champagne’s more important than sweating over a six burner hob.
It’s important to be honest, or you’ll end up with a kitchen that’s totally wrong for you.
The key question is ...
What will I use my kitchen for?
This can be hard to answer. So to help you do this in a fun and easy way, we created
The Perfect Kitchen Discovery Sheet
It’ll give you clarity, and all the information your designer needs to create a totally tailor made kitchen.
Download yours in the 'Simple Steps’ section below.
As well as cooking and entertaining, the modern kitchen can be designed to do anything.
Does yours also need to be a dining room, a place for relaxation, a utility room, or somewhere you can work?
It’s essential to know these extra functions from the start so
Here are some questions to get you thinking about what else you may need.
Brainstorm away and jot these down on your discovery sheet.
Now here's how to use the sheet.
Trying to imagine everything you want from your perfect kitchen can feel impossible.
It's much easier to notice what you do, as you do it. Then use this to generate a list of your requirements.
This sheet will help you do just that.
Print it, put it in your kitchen, and over the next 2 weeks fill it in.
There’s a space to write down each thing you do.
For example, you might jot
There’s also a section to note down tasks that were awkward, or you couldn’t do. This will highlight other things you’ll need.
By the end you'll have a clear idea of EVERYTHING you'll do in your new kitchen.
Your interior designer will love you for this. They’ll be able to identify exactly what you need.
(instant download, no sign up!)
A client came to us stuck in kitchen limbo.
The back of her house had a traditional layout with separate kitchen, dining and living rooms. She’d recently had the garden redesigned and told us,
'I love the garden so much, it’s the best room in the house!
How can I get rid of this horrible kitchen and enjoy the garden more without ruining it with a nasty conservatory?'
Time for our discovery sheet.
As she started to fill it in, the project came to life. It got her thinking in a totally different way. Here’s what emerged.
The kitchen was badly configured. There was nowhere to eat, entertain, or for guests to relax. She loved the garden because it was contemporary and looked beautiful all year round, but it was inaccessible in the winter. She also loved opera but the sound in the kitchen was tinny.
Transform the back of the house into an open plan kitchen | living space. Create a modern minimal style to match the garden. Replace the rear of the house with retractable glass giving her a seamless view and an entertaining area for all seasons. Integrate a state of the art surround sound system.
'to think all this started with your discovery sheet Dan, it's genius'
Now you've a list of everything you do in your kitchen, it’s time to let your imagination run wild. This is about how your kitchen will look.
For this, Pinterest’s your best friend.
Create a board called ‘Kitchen’.
If you’re not sure how to do this here's our step-by-step guide.
Now pin everything kitchen related that you love.
This could be finished kitchens, but also inspiring details like tiles, taps, flooring, cabinets and appliances.
Start by following our kitchen board. This'll give you loads inspiration.
We’ve already curated the best minimal kitchens for you.
Your finished board will show your designer at a glance, how your dream kitchen should look.
Like cat hair is to corduroy, the kitchen’s a magnet for gadgets and clutter.
You’ll be surprised, what you can get rid of.
That pasta mangle you bought 3 years ago . . . it’s time to donate it.
With Marie Kondo in mind, sweep through your kitchen and for each item ask yourself
Have I used this in the last year?
Yes - keep it
No - donate it
This goes for everything from Tupperware to eggcups. Simple as that.
So roll up your sleeves and get going.
The less you have, the more minimal you can go!
From cooking and eating to entertaining and working, your kitchen's a totally versatile room.
To get everything you want, while keeping the minimal style you love.
Now you’ve got clarity on what you need, you can talk to your designer with confidence.
Start your dream now by downloading your Discovery Sheet.
And bring your perfect minimal kitchen one step closer.