Inspiration from David Lisle

How to match your kitchen to your personality

Now it might sound a little strange, but every kitchen has a personality. Just mull this over for a moment. Your very own kitchen, inherited or installed yourself, will reflect the taste and style of the person responsible, and the decade it hails from. Ideally, it should also suit the home it belongs to.

The question is, does your kitchen suit your style now? Does it add something special to your household and the aesthetic of the building itself? All too often, this is where the problem lies. Your kitchen may have bags of personality. It’s simply not yours. Or it’s not one that’s flicks your switch.

Rather than feel slightly deflated by this realisation, consider it as an opportunity. It’s a chance to turn things around and transform the most important room in the house into a multifunctional showpiece. Where do you start? Read on, and we’ll tell you.

1. Mood boards aren’t just for designers

Quite often it can go either way. You’re brimming with ideas and you don’t know where to start. Or, you hit a mental wall, and you can’t think what you actually want to achieve. Both scenarios can be helped massively by a mood board.

Whether you prefer the old fashioned way of cutting things from magazines. Or trying a site like Pinterest. You’ll certainly get the creative juices flowing once you start to riffle through your options and whittle down your preferences. Not that you have to do the job of a designer here. They will always be best placed to give your style solid foundation. But it’s a fun, and practical way to kick things off before you start those conversations.

2. Don’t forget the details

We love details! And we talk about them a lot. With good reason. Handles, lighting, finishes, materials. Even bespoke pieces of furniture like our favourite, the Butler’s Pantry. All these elements are essential when it comes to pulling everything together and making your new room a hit.

So swot up on your options. Make sure to ask your designer about it. See what they’d advise and nosy around their showroom to canvass ideas. Again, you can even add bits like this to your mood board

3. Remember to accessorise

No, we’re not talking about your new outfit for that annual event. It’s important to think about the accessories for your game changing new kitchen.

By that we mean gadgets! A good way to start is by thinking about how you want to use the room. Most kitchens these days are multifunctional living spaces. So remember to cater for all your needs, tastes and little whims. Whether that’s bread-making, smoothie whizzing, or spiralising.

4. Pay homage to the home you’re in

To create that wow factor, always plan your kitchen to complement your home. Now, there’s a lot to be said about sticking to the golden rules. Cottagey kitchens for traditional homes. Modern kitchens for contemporary pads. And so on. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you’d like to mix it up a bit, hire a kitchen designer that really understands your preferred style, and has bags of experience. That way, you can be sure that if you would like to try something more adventurous, you’ll have an expert on hand to ensure the final result packs a punch, rather than making an incongruous addition to your home.

5. Hire a professional

And that brings us neatly to our final point. Getting the ball rolling and those creative juices flowing is a great way to start. It means you’ll be better placed to comprehensively brief a professional, and get their view on whether your ideas are workable.

Then, with a specialised kitchen designer on hand, you’ll be able to really put your more abstract thoughts into action. Ultimately your finished room shouldn’t just speak volumes about what a stylish individual you are. It should also stand the test of time, add value to your home, and complement your lifestyle. And a consummate kitchen designer will be able to achieve all that and more.