Read all the practical information you will need to redesign or update your kitchen.
...and lots of stories, ideas and photos from readers of this site.
If you get stuck you can even ask your own question...
Thinking about your kitchen...
I think it is the most important room in your house - especially if you have the space to squeeze in a seating area, to eat at.
What Do You Want From Your Kitchen?
I guess you will want your kitchen to look good - even fantastic.
But, it is equally important that it is practical and functional.
There are a lot of jobs that need to go on in your kitchen - so it is worthwhile taking a little time to plan it well...
Particularly so if you are lucky enough to be planning a whole new kitchen re-fit.
If you've got a lovely large kitchen you can really take the opportunity to make your kitchen into a warm and welcoming family room, where friends and family gather while you cook, for a lovely chat...
...if you're very lucky they might even help out, or offer to do the washing up!
Gathering around the kitchen table used to be a family tradition, to do our homework, eat tea, and chat to mum while she washed up or cooked...
We're trying to create the same feel in our kitchen at home, but I think we need to clear a bit more clutter before we can get the same relaxing feel sitting around our kitchen table!
Even if you've only a got a very small kitchen, the kitchen is still a very important room in your house - we all still have to eat, after all!
And with a very small space to still do all the same tasks, your storage, design and layout will all be of even more importance!
So definitely check out some of our helpful kitchen decorating tips for more ideas...
Whether you are having a whole new kitchen design, or just want to re-vamp and update your existing kitchen, read on, for my best tips for decorating kitchens, to help you make an easy job of it.
Starting your Makeover
For any kitchen makeover, or complete re-design, planning is all important - far more than for any other room in the house, in fact!
There's so much you'll need to consider, from practicality, safety, layout and logistics - and that's without even starting on style yet...
Firstly, let's take a look at the six crucial questions you need to ask yourself before you start any interior decorating kitchen project.
Next, it's one of the best kitchen decorating tips to concentrate on your layout.
Perhaps you've inherited a layout in your current kitchen? ...we have - and we don't think it's the most practical design someone could have chosen.
However, it does cost a lot to completely gut your kitchen, and either move units (with considerable scope for damage and mistakes!), or start again from scratch.
So, for now, we've learned to live with it...
Whether you are thinking of a cosmetic makeover (just changing cupboard door handles, or a coat of paint can make a huge difference!), or a complete re-design, it really pays to think the layout through...
For a complete re-design it's very important to get the layout just right for your needs...
Creating your Kitchen
Here is some more information on positioning your appliances and fixtures, storage, designing your kitchen and decorating ideas for kitchens.
Choosing the best quality materials you can afford are excellent kitchen decorating tips - we all want to choose materials that will last.
Quality (expensive!) items usually last longer though - so if you can afford it, it could be a false economy to buy cheap, and hope it will last!
Not only do we need to look at quality and practicality when decorating a kitchen, but style and looks too...
...if we're spending all that money on a brand new kitchen, we definitely want it to look stylish, and reflect our tastes and interior design styles from the rest of the house too...
These kitchen decorating tips for style and design can really help...
Read more kitchen decorating tips for fixtures, finish, style, design and decor in your kitchen decorating project.
You might like to do the work yourself, it's not so hard for a reasonably competent DIY-er...
...particularly if you go for cosmetic changes only, without actually moving the whole kitchen layout around...
Doing it Yourself
There's actually lots you can do yourself to interior design your kitchen, without having to go to a lot of expense or hassle...
Quick and Easy Kitchen Decorating Tips
There are even lots of quick and easy kitchen decorating tips that you can use to make a massive difference to makeover your kitchen...
Without making it into a massive project (with all the associated expenses!)
We've used plenty of the following ideas, several times, to create the kitchen style we want, quickly, easily and on a strict budget!
If you're looking for inspiration we've got lots of that too - take a look at photos and styles to help inspire your own kitchen makeover...
Look at photos for kitchen decorating themes and ideas, on these gallery pages.
Our Own Makeovers
Take a look at my own country kitchen decorating project...
Readers share their own kitchen makeovers, problems and photos...
Get inspiration form the Q&A - or ask your own...
Question or Comments about your Kitchen?
Do you have kitchen concerns? Stuck for color and style ideas? Do those tiles go with that floor? Really?
Other Readers' Kitchens...
Click below to see kitchen projects from other readers of this page...
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