Five fab design tips

Make a wish. A wish list.

Initially you will probably spend a lot of time looking at kitchen ideas online, in magazines, and in showrooms. Gathering your resources is an important step in the creative process, even if you plan to dump it all on a designer’s desk and say ‘make it work!’. When researching, make sure you keep a note of the various ideas, including brand names and product descriptions. If researching online, Pinterest is a great resource for assembling your favourite images.

Don’t worry if your various images don’t gel at this stage. Our job as designers is to help you work through your ideas and identify the combinations that will work well, and the ones that don’t. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have a range of ideas you like, rather than definitive selections.

Think about the future you.

How is your life going to change over the next ten or so years? Will you be doing a lot of entertaining? How many family members will the kitchen need to cater for? How will your needs change? When you finally sell your home will your decisions translate into a more saleable property? Keeping an eye on the future will pay dividends.

Go with the flow.

Think about the general style of your home and property. Think about the colours, fittings and themes that could flow into your kitchen from the rest of the house. The views from your kitchen should be considered as part and parcel of your home’s character. Finally, don’t forget to add your own splash of personality, after all, it’s the heart of your home.


Unless you have just won lotto you are likely to need to consider cost. On one hand, you don’t want to over-capitalise, especially if selling up is a possibility. Conversly, the kitchen is the heart of the home and you don’t want to regret a less-than-desirable outcome as the result of cutting too many corners. If you do need to balance the books carefully, we suggest investing in quality cabinetry, bench tops, and then appliances in that order. Invest well in the hardest-to-change options first.

Get the professionals on the job.

If you think it’s costly getting a professional on the job just wait until you get an amateur! There are numerous kit-set options on offer but the end result, regardless of your ability, may prove to be more costly. Remember you may have to pay for any breakages, or reworking. You’ll need to consider your time investment, and the capital value you are adding to your home. You may find a full service, design and install, may actually be comparable to purchasing a kit-set. It’s a good idea to engage professionals who have the experience and the specialised tools to do the job. Mastercraft also add a ten year warranty which adds invaluable peace-of-mind.

Eager to get started? Talk to one of our Mastercraft Kitchens professionals today.