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KITCHEN DESIGN

How to select a designer for your dream kitchen…

10TH FEBRUARY 2012
How do you avoid choosing the wrong kitchen designer? Someone that’s more interested in making money than designing a kitchen that’s right for you? We asked three industry insiders for advice on selecting a designer who will work effectively with you…

Ysanne Brooks, editor at Beautiful Kitchens magazine, says it is important to make use of the services available to you. This applies whether you are looking in the budget DIY stores or the high-end kitchen specialists.

She said: “Always make use of on-line or in-store design systems and visit several kitchen showrooms in your budget range to get quotes. Price can vary dramatically, too. Don’t always assume a kitchen specialist will be more expensive, as many of them stock kitchens in a range of budgets to suit all needs. Often, it’s their advice and expertise that can make the difference.”

Ysanne also highlights the importance of making your wish-list clear to your designer. “Make your requirements for your new space as clear as possible. Only you know how you’ll use the space and a good designer will ask about you, your family and how you envisage using the space, as well as more practical things like style, design and cost.”

John McNeil, of In-toto Kitchens Newcastle, echoes the importance of making your requirements clear. He says: “Be honest with your designer and you will be handed a wonderful kitchen. You need to be able to trust this person and let them guide you through all the options.”

A good indication is how much information your designer asks you for, says Ruth Ward, Marketing Director at the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA). She suggests: “Choose a kitchen designer that asks a lot of questions. A modern kitchen has to perform many duties and the best kitchen designers will want to understand how you want to use and live in that space.” She adds: “You can buy with confidence from a KBSA member as they are renowned for their top quality design and installation service.”

John advises it is also important to make sure your designer is designing for you, not for themselves. He says: “Of course I have my own personal preferences, but being a kitchen designer shouldn’t mean you impose your style on others. I try to understand the style and ideas of the client first and ensure I guide the client in terms of what’s on trend, what works or what doesn’t work.”

How did you choose your kitchen designer? What advice would you give to others?

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