How To Design a New Kitchen From Scratch

Design a new kitchen

If you’re looking to design a new kitchen from scratch, the prospect can seem rather daunting.

Where do you start? What do you need to look out for? What are the most important factors to consider? There’s a lot to think about. In this short guide, we’ll be covering some of the essential elements to include as you design a new kitchen.

Assess Your Needs

There’s no particular place to start when designing a new kitchen, but one of the most important steps is to assess your needs, so this is as good of a starting point as any! Yourself and those you live with are the only ones that know what you need in your kitchen – if there are any essentials you can and can’t live without, and how you use this space. Start by discussing key features that you feel you absolutely require and even those you really don’t.

Plumbing and Heating

Two things many families don’t consider early on when they look to design a new kitchen are plumbing and heating. These are easily overlooked or left until later, but you should explore your plumbing and heating options early on to avoid blowing your budget. For example, it might be that a large appliance such as a dishwasher or even your boiler needs moving to fit around your new design, these can be quite pricey changes which is why it is important to consider them early on.

Lighting and Colour Schemes

As you design a new kitchen, it is important to look at lighting and colour schemes together. If you have a lot of natural light, you may be able to get away with a darker colour scheme. Similarly, if you’re having to create lots of artificial light, a lighter colour scheme may help illuminate some areas of your kitchen without the need for additional lighting, thus saving you some money!

Inspiration and Ideas

Try to gather inspiration and ideas from similar spaces to your own. Everyone would love to build a huge, all-singing, all-dancing kitchen with endless amounts of storage and an industrial sized dishwasher…unfortunately that’s not always possible. It’s important to be realistic and to think in terms of practicality as well as looks – there’s no point in having an island in the middle of your new kitchen if it’s not practical to use!


Similarly, look at materials from a practical perspective as you design a new kitchen. For example, if you’re interested in a ‘wood’ finish for worktops, iroko and teak wood are ideal for using around the sink area due to their high oil content and water resistance. Worktops and surfaces can make up a large part of your budget, so again it’s important to think about materials early on in the design stage, as this may affect how much budget you have to work with for other aspects of your new kitchen design. It’s important to do your research when looking at materials, and ensure that you incorporate your findings into your final kitchen design.

Consult the Professionals

Finally, show your ideas or new kitchen design to an industry professional (like ourselves!) who will be able to give you some expert advice on how your completed project will all come together and pick up on anything you may have missed! Our team are here to help bring your vision to life, with a wealth of knowledge gathered over many years, we can help you design a beautiful yet practical kitchen to complement your home.


Good luck, and we’re sure you will be able to design a new kitchen to suit your family brilliantly!

After a crazy 2020, a lot of people are looking forward to getting back to normal in 2021. For many, that means revitalising their home interiors.

The kitchen is often the heart of any home – a place for food, drink, and socialising. Even if we can’t do that last one as much as we’d like this year, you can still refresh your kitchen with a bright new look for Spring/Summer 2021.

Make magic with monochrome

Black and white doesn’t have to be boring. Some people feel that if they don’t have bright colours in a room, it can be too plain. However, this trend offers beautiful clean lines, bold contrasts, and a really fresh look – perfect for any kitchen.

Find the right balance of dark and light for you, depending on the size of your room. Smaller kitchens benefit from more white shades, while large rooms can get away with more contrasting blacks and greys.

Quartz adds some sparkle

Stone worktops also add a touch of luxury to a kitchen, and white quartz is the stone of choice for summer 2021. Sleek, smooth, and with a glossy finish if you so choose, white quartz gives a really distinctive finish to your kitchen redesign.

Light, bright, and effortlessly classy, white quartz is both durable and eye-catching. It offers enough variety in shades and patterns to give your kitchen a unique feel, while being affordable and available at most stores.

Shades of grey

Don’t let the current influx of Instagram pics put you off – grey tones have not gone out of style yet, and are still a big hit with interior designs this year, especially in kitchens.

Because the kitchen is a room you want to keep clean and fresh, grey tones work really well. It’s a good colour to balance light and dark, so if you have a very bright kitchen, it can help tone things down, and if you have a dark room, it can add some brightness.

The authentic stone look

Sometimes only the genuine article will do, and that’s why real stone floors are slated to be big in summer 2021 (no pun intended!)

And real stone gives you so much choice! From limestone and sandstone, to porcelain and flagstone – there is a colour, shape and texture that’s perfect for your kitchen. And don’t worry about the winter months once summer is over, stone won’t leave your kitchen freezing cold. You can even get underfloor heating if you really want to keep things snug!

Keep it simple

The big overarching trend for kitchens in spring/summer 2021 is KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid! Don’t go overboard when something more subtle will have a much better effect.

As we’re spending more time at home at the moment, you want your kitchen to be a haven in your home. Keep worktops clutter-free, simplify your appliances, and tone down the colours to give your kitchen a clean and fresh feel every day.

If you would like help choosing a new look for your kitchen for Spring/Summer 2021, contact Handsons Interiors and speak to one of our expert team.

When you are looking for inspiration for a new kitchen, the sheer number of choices available can be overwhelming. What do different styles of kitchen look like, and how can you achieve that look in your own home?

What do different styles of kitchen look like?

If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty, there are hundreds of different design choices you can make for your new kitchen. However, many of these share similar traits and so it can become confusing differentiating between them.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered together the main styles that influence the most kitchen designs, giving you a simple way to pick the right one for you.

Modern kitchens

Sleek and stylish, modern kitchens offer an uncluttered and minimalistic for your kitchen. If you are looking at modern kitchens, expect to see flat cabinet doors, often without visible handles, and reflective surfaces such as marble, glass, and stainless steel.

They will typically have a lot of storage that isn’t always obvious. This is because modern kitchens are designed to keep things tidied away and off worksurfaces.

In terms of decorative elements, they avoid ornaments and unnecessary clutter – so everything usually has a place to be put away, including small appliances and cooking utensils.

Key elements:

  • Minimalistic
  • Clear worksurfaces
  • Lots of hidden storage
  • Sharp lines

Country-style kitchens

Countryside, or Traditional, kitchens will incorporate more natural elements into their design, as well as soft colours and furnishings. The focus of a country kitchen is about making it the heart of the home, and so focus goes on cooking, and family elements, such as having seating available.

Worksurfaces are typically made of wood or stone and there will be visible cooking items on display, including appliances, utensils, and ingredients. Choosing the right worktop to match your look is important, so think about how it will look as well as the best functionality.

One very common feature of a country kitchen is a tiled or stone floor, giving the impression that the kitchen and the outdoors are more connected with this style.

Key elements:

  • Soft furnishings (curtains, tea towels)
  • Visible cooking equipment
  • Items on display
  • Natural colours and woods

Industrial kitchens

To truly create an industrial look for your kitchen, you need to focus on a combination of strength and style. Exposed brickwork, bare bulbs, and old-fashioned pipes in full view are key elements to this look.

Everything is exposed in an industrial kitchen so visitors can see the inner workings. You’ll also find a lot of metal, such as copper and brass, as well as natural stone and wood. A lack of polish is essential, so the stone is rough, glass is unpolished, and wood looks untreated.

You may also opt for old-fashioned elements such as rustic sinks, vintage lamps, and retro appliances in order to bring the look together.

Key elements:

  • Stripped back materials
  • Stone or brick
  • Copper or brass
  • Bare lighting

Scandinavian kitchens

When you think of Scandinavia, you are likely to think of snow, forests, and cool, crisp air. When bringing those features into your kitchen design, you should be thinking about bringing in as many natural elements as possible.

Scandinavian kitchens are typically light in colour, such as cream and white, with touches of natural wood for worksurfaces and tables to break it up. You’ll usually find plants and ingredients visible in the kitchen, with fruit bowls, jars of cereals, and coffee cups taking centre stage.

Ther will be more visible clutter than a modern style kitchen, but less than a country-style one. It’s more about functionality – if it serves a daily purpose, it is likely to be out on display.

Key elements:

  • Bright and airy
  • Light colours
  • Natural light
  • Natural wood

Mediterranean kitchens

Brighter and bolder than most styles of kitchen, the Mediterranean design is for those who like bold colours and flavours. The Mediterranean aesthetic is all about food and family, so a focus on dining and entertaining is key.

A large dining table or kitchen island is popular, as well as plenty of worksurfaces for prep and cooking. Commonly used materials are rustic in style – so wood, stone, ceramics, and tiles are popular choices.

You’ll also find patterns incorporated into the designs, with splashback tiling often including designs and colours to bring a touch of colour and individuality to the look. Floral patterns, woven fabrics, and terracotta colours are also great choices for a Mediterranean kitchen design.

Key elements:

  • Food and family-focused
  • Lots of colour
  • Ceramics and tiles
  • Lots of storage

Eclectic kitchen

To truly master the eclectic style of kitchen, you must be able to let go of preconceptions and embrace the unique. They often feature a blend of different styles; so country meets industrial, for example.

Eclectic kitchens are bold and bright, with strong colours, patterns, and distinctive features taking the main focus. Many of these types of kitchens have one big focal feature, such as an unusual table, dramatic lighting, or a contrasting colour scheme.

You have to be brave to go for an eclectic style – there are no half-measures. But if you do it right, it can be one of the most memorable styles of kitchen available.

Key elements:

  • Bold colours
  • Asymmetrical
  • Blended styles
  • Unique features

If you would like help choosing your new kitchen, contact Handsons Interiors and speak to one of our expert team.

The kitchen is often the heart of a home; a place where people can dine, socialise, entertain and relax.

While most kitchens must have a lot of functionality in them in order to fulfil their purpose, that doesn’t mean they can’t also be visually appealing.

One of the key things to think about in order to get the perfect balance between form and function is your lighting. Unlike other rooms in your home, the lighting in your kitchen needs to be useful, not just decorative.

Before choosing a new lamp or light for your kitchen, you need to think about the room itself, and how you want to use it.

Does your kitchen have a lot of natural light? Is it easy to see your work surfaces while you cook and clean? Do you have lots of wall and overhead space? These questions will help you pick out the right lighting for your kitchen.

Task Lighting

Aimed at providing light for specific work areas, task lighting allows you to brighten up the key areas of your kitchen, without flooding the whole room.

Places within your kitchen where you might want task lighting are your hob, sink, prep areas, and the seating spaces. Any place where you need good lighting to perform a task is where you need this kind of targeted lighting.

The kind of bulb or lamp you want to choose for this is a focused style, with a narrow beam of light or angled lamps that can give you illumination from multiple angles.

In particular, spotlights and downlights are handy for these situations, allowing you to switch on a targeted light just for those areas.

Under-cabinet lighting is also a good choice if you have a lot of worktop space and need it all illuminated.

Ambient Lighting

As well as focused lighting to specific areas and tasks, you will likely want some overall lighting to brighten the room.

This is known as ambient lighting and is a soft, diffused type of lighting and gently illuminates the room. This lighting is ideal for when you are just relaxing in your kitchen, maybe enjoying a cup of coffee with a book, rather than doing a specific task like cooking.

When choosing the right fittings for ambient lighting, look for clusters or groups of bulbs together. These help create a larger pool of light, which covers more of the room.

You should also look for lower power bulbs so the light isn’t too harsh. A dimmer switch here would be a bonus, allowing you to have reduced light for early mornings or late nights.

Ambient light should also make the most of natural lighting, so if you have a good amount of light coming from a window or skylight, try and place your bulbs away from there. This will help fill the gaps where it is darker, and spread the light around the room.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is similar to task lighting but instead of highlighting areas where you will be working or prepping, this lighting targets features or decorative touches in your kitchen.

If you have a vaulted ceiling or beams, for example, you can use accent lighting to bring those features to your visitors attention, casting shadows in some areas and brightening others.

Accent lighting also works wonders for reflective, shiny surfaces, so if you have a glossy worktop or a particularly stunning glass vase you want to show off, the right lighting can really make it glow!

Decorative Lighting

Once you have all the other types of lighting established, you can start playing around with your lights! This is where you can look at lamps and unique features to bring your kitchen to life.

For dining areas, you may want to look at getting a feature lamp to stand in the middle of your table or kitchen island. An elegant and decorative lampshade can double as a lighting source and a focal feature for your dinner parties.

Or perhaps you want to add some colour via your lighting with coloured bulbs such as red or orange which could contrast well against a cream or white kitchen layout.

You can also look at using unique lighting fixtures to bring some personality to your kitchen. For example, industrial style kitchens with exposed brickwork and natural wood finishes look amazing when paired with bare bulbs suspended from chains or copper pipes. Let your imagination run wild!

For help choosing the right lighting for your kitchen, speak to the experts at Hansons Interiors.

When you’re looking for the best type of kitchen worktop, chances are you are also looking for a full kitchen overhaul so you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. You don’t want to be lumbered with an expensive mistake if you choose the wrong type of worktop for your needs!

Your Kitchen Requirements

Before you even start looking at materials and colour schemes, you need to think about what function your kitchen serves in your house. Is it the heart of your home where the family gathers every day? Do you love to cook and need plenty of space and functionality for this? Do you have small children and want a kitchen that is as easy to clean as it is visually appealing?

All of these factors will influence which material is best for your kitchen worktops.

Popular types of worktops:

  • Granite
  • Wood
  • Quartz
  • Laminate
  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Stainless Steel

Your Time and Money

Knowing your budget from the start will help steer you in the right direction, but bear in mind that your kitchen worktops are a large focal point for your kitchen and so you want to make sure you choose the right look. Cutting corners might save you pennies in the short term, but long term you could be left with something that doesn’t meet your needs.

Hiring a professional fitter will save you the hassle of doing the work yourself, but also costs more. You also need to be honest about your skill level – can you do the job to the level of quality you would require, or do you need skilled help?

Additionally, think about how much time you can realistically live with your kitchen in disarray. In order to have beautiful new worktops, you need to have the old ones removed, so you’ll need to allow time for a bit of chaos before the calm.

Kitchen Worktop Functionality

Different materials have different functions, depending on your needs – it’s not just all about looks!

Some materials are more heat resistant than others. For busy people with busy lives, you might not want to have to be worrying about putting hot pans on your worktops, so something with full heat resistance is key.

There are also materials that require more aftercare than a simple wipe down. They may need proper treatment with wood stainers and preserves to stop marks showing. Ask yourself how much time you want to invest in keeping the quality of your worktops shipshape.

There’s also a space vs material ratio to consider – how much flat worktop space do you want? And do you want no visible seams or joins showing? If so, you’ll need to think about the side of the materials you are using and how they fit into your new kitchen.

Colour Schemes and Styles

Now you can start thinking about the fun stuff – colours and styles!

There are literally thousands of images on Instagram and Pinterest of gorgeous kitchen styles to browse through, and you can find some really stunning selection right here of Handsons kitchens as well.

Take your time and start compiling ideas on how you want your finished kitchen to look. Think about how much space you have to play with, whether you need additional lighting, and what colours you like best.

Once you know the look and style of your chosen kitchen, the worktop material will soon become obvious as the right one will fit in perfectly with your vision.

Best Type of Kitchen Worktops

1. Granite

If you’re looking for a stone worktop, then granite could be a perfect choice. It has a luxurious look, is extremely durable, and gives a high-quality look to a kitchen.

Advantages of Granite Worktops:

  • Excellent heat resistance – no worries about placing hot pans on this
  • Available in natural variations and shades to fit your look
  • Really easy to clean – a simple wipe down with warm water and a mild detergent is all that’s required
  • Suitable for both traditional and modern style kitchens

Disadvantages of Granite Worktops:

  • If you accidentally damage them, it’s not a simple repair job – you might need to replace the whole thing
  • Very heavy so this will factor into where they are placed if they are on top of cupboards or used as a breakfast bar
  • They do require some maintenance and will need to be resealed every few years to prevent damp from getting in

2. Wood

Solid wood worktops have a very distinctive look and can totally transform your kitchen, especially if you are aiming for a traditional cottage style or something with a rustic feel.

But don’t let that put you off if you want a modern look – wood is adaptable and can also fit in very well with contemporary styles.

There are different types of wood you can use oak, ash, maple, teak, beech – the list is varied and each type brings something different to your kitchen.

Advantages of Wood Worktops:

  • As long as you keep them maintained properly, they can last for years and years
  • Even if you do make a small dent or scratch, it can be easily sanded and varnished away
  • Hygienic and resistant to mould

Disadvantages of Wood Worktops:

  • They do need regular maintenance in order to keep them in good condition
  • Will require regular treatment from oils and waxes to prevent stains or marks from forming
  • Not heat resistant so you’ll have to be careful with hot pans and plates

3. Quartz

Unlike granite, quartz is a man-made stone and so comes with advantages over its natural counterparts. It is scratch-resistant, low-maintenance, and is easy to look after, making it perfect for families.

Additionally, for those looking for greener alternatives for their home, quartz is made using some waste materials so it’s a good choice for the environment.

Advantages of Quartz Worktops:

  • Because it is man-made, it can be customised to your needs
  • Low maintenance and don’t require regular sealing for protection
  • Stain-resistant which is handy for spills and those who love to cook
  • Super tough – great for active homeowners!

Disadvantages of Quartz Worktops:

  • Not as heat resistant as natural stone so hot pans may leave marks
  • More expensive than natural stone
  • Better suited for modern styles as they don’t have the ‘natural’ look of real stone

4. Laminate

A cheaper choice for many but highly versatile and easy to maintain, laminate is a very popular option for many looking for a new kitchen worktop.

You can get them in virtually any colour or size so they can fit with any style, and should be suitable for any budget.

You can even get laminate in styles that mimic the looks of other materials, such as stone and wood.

Advantages of Laminate Worktops:

  • Very affordable so suitable for most budgets
  • Water-resistant so great for regular spills!
  • Versatile and don’t require a great amount of maintenance to keep in good condition

Disadvantages of Laminate Worktops:

  • Can be damaged by heavy knocks and scratches
  • Not heat resistant so hot pan will leave marks
  • Doesn’t have the high-quality look of some other materials

5. Ceramic

Ceramic worktops are a very popular choice when it comes to kitchen worktops as they are versatile and hygienic – you can match them to virtually any kitchen style!

It comes in different colours, textures, and be cut in various ways to suit your needs. The biggest advantage it has over other materials is that despite being tougher than most other materials, it can be cut quite thinly, making it more lightweight and stylish.

Advantages of Ceramic Worktops:

  • Customisable so you can get the specific look for your kitchen
  • Less expensive than natural stone or wood and lasts for years
  • Durable, heat-resistant, and protected against damp

Disadvantages of Ceramic Worktops:

  • You won’t get a completely smooth surface and they can get small scratches easily
  • If they take a strong hit, they can crack and you’ll need to replace the whole section

6. Glass

This is the material of choice for the hyper-stylish who want something extremely modern and contemporary.

They are also very adaptable, allowing you to customise them exactly to your needs. You can get creative with colours, textures, and even cracked glass to achieve the look you want.

Advantages of Glass Worktops:

  • Despite what you may think about glass, they are very durable, as well as being heat and water resistant
  • Super customisable – get it cut in any shape or style you need!
  • Very easy to clean and hygienic – resistant to stains and mould

Disadvantages of Glass Worktops:

  • Generally very strong but the edges are prone to chips if hit without excessive force
  • The glass can be damaged if exposed to hard chemicals or acidic spills over long periods
  • Can be quite expensive, especially if you want a lot of customisation

7. Stainless Steel

For those who love to cook and want a kitchen worktop that suits their passion, then stainless steel might be your best choice.

Very easy to keep clean, they are also stain and heat resistant and don’t require much maintenance to keep looking good.

Advantages of Steel Worktops:

  • They don’t stain so regular spills and splashes won’t make a difference
  • Protected against water as well as heat, and don’t need treatment to keep protected
  • Can be custom made to match the look of your kitchen

Disadvantages of Steel Worktops:

  • While they are resistant to heat and water, they can be scratched with utensils and sharp edges
  • Can be dented with sufficient force
  • Because of their material, they don’t muffle the bangs and crashes of a busy chef – they can be quite noisy!

Your Perfect Kitchen Worktop

Choosing the right worktop material for your new kitchen isn’t something you should rush into – take your time and think carefully about what you really need.

If you need some objective, expert advice, you can always call the team at Handsons Interiors to get tips on what would work best for you.

Kitchen Planning

Kitchens are the most used room in the home. They are the place where families can get together, eat, socialise and cook together. For many, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home and those lucky enough to have space it is often used as a relaxation place too.

The kitchen is a multifaceted area, used for cooking, cleaning and washing. Therefore, for many, being the place they spend the most time, it should also be the most practically designed and well-decorated room. People use their kitchen in different ways depending on the amount of space they have to play with and their individual lifestyle. However, there are a few basic guidelines that apply to any kitchen design and will provide the groundwork for designing the perfect kitchen.


Begin with separating your kitchen into different zones. Based on different activities, some examples of this include food preparation, cooking, washing, cleaning, working, doing laundry, relaxing. This process will allow you to work out the space needed for different items for example pots and pans or even where the fridge-freezer or dishwasher should be situated.  These should all be placed in a methodological space based on the activity.

Utility room

If like many, you do not have a separate utility room, you will need to factor in a washing area for your washing machine and tumble dryer. These are best placed together, or for a real space-saving tip; purchase a combined washer-dryer and integrate it into your kitchen cupboard for a neat appearance.


Choosing your layout usually comes down to space, but can also help with increasing space. A U-shaped kitchen is one of the most space-efficient designs and is perfect for small kitchens. While an L-shaped kitchen works well in open-plan kitchen design. If you’re a keen chef, a galley kitchen layout might be perfect for you. Combining two aisles next to each other creates a super-efficient working space.


Always ensure you have enough kitchen storage to meet your demands. There is nothing worse than cluttered workspaces. The ideal storage level should allow for a minimalistic looking kitchen space, with useable worktops and a cupboard for everything. Ideally, pots and pans which are easily accessible without having to remove other items first.

Once you have decided on all of these aspects, your dream kitchen shouldn’t be hard to be build and it will be the most optimised working space available, bespoke to your every need.

The key to a great looking kitchen has to be storage. Regardless of style or design, if your storage solutions aren’t working for you, your kitchen can look messy and cluttered. The age of the minimalist look is definitely here, so we took the time to explore the different options when it comes to getting your kitchen looking great and being organised!

DIY storage

If a new kitchen isn’t within the budget right now there are plenty of quick and easy options you can implement without breaking the bank. Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration when looking for organisation tips and clever hacks.

Plate Organisation

You can pick up a simple tiered plate rack from most supermarkets and homeware stores. This just help organise your dinner service and reduce the amount of space it takes up in your cupboard.

Under sink organisation

We’ve all been guilty of it at some point. In fact, many of us still harbour a messy, cluttered under-sink cupboard. Packed full of cleaning materials, bin bags and washing powder and a whole host of other unmentionables. The power of the basket – If you’ve been witness to the phenomenon of Marie Kondo, you’ll know that the queen of organisation loves using baskets to compartmentalise belongings to keep them in order.

Make use of cupboard doors

Believe it or not, there’s many a missed opportunity to utilise kitchen doors for storage. A simple rod across the inside of the door can act as a great holder for pan lids or spray bottles.

Built-in storage

Built-in storage is quite simply the easiest and most effective way to solve your storage woes. Modern kitchens have the most amazing solutions when it comes to keeping your kitchen organised.
From the smallest of additions like a fitted cutlery drawer with dividers to a purpose-built pantry, there are so many innovative space saving and organisational storage solutions available.
If you are thinking of remodelling your kitchen, why not speak to Handsons about our amazing space saving, organisational design features.

Utility Rooms

The ultimate in storage is the utility room. It allows your kitchen to be just that, a kitchen. All the washing facilities, cleaning materials and even boots and coats can be stored away, freeing up space in your kitchen for your food and utensils.

Our designers are on hand to make your organisation dreams a reality. Why not contact us today?

The 2019 trend is open plan kitchens. Whether this is integrating your kitchen and dining area into one clean and airy space or opening your living room into your kitchen area too.

Create space which eliminates barriers

If you are short on space in your kitchen, or just like the idea of making your kitchen the large centre and gathering point of your home. You can opt for creating an open plan kitchen space. The open plan kitchen concept is a popular trend of 2019 and is the perfect solution for your storage needs. Opening up an area gives you the opportunity to design something out of the norm. Creating space for a kitchen island or even those dreamy curved designed workspaces.

The best way to make the open plan kitchen concept work is to add to the space, don’t keep all your kitchen cabinets flush to the wall. You have the room to bring them out and make the most of quirky storage ideas which are built to your requirements. There is nothing worse than not being able to store all your pots and pans out of sight, but with an open-plan space, this is no longer an issue.

Keeping your kitchen space clean and clutter-free will make your open plan kitchen work.

You don’t want to be sitting in your living space, relaxing in front of the fire and seeing clutter all over your worktops. This reason is why many opt for keeping these two spaces separate, but why would you? If you can stay on top of the mess.  It is vital that you do not make the counter space your drop off spot as this just adds to the clutter, so include clever storage systems, shelving or racking spaces to ensure everything has its own home – out of sight, out of mind.

An open plan living and kitchen space can create a more functional home life. Instead of shutting yourself away in a kitchen, your whole family can experience meal times and meal prep together, whether they are directly involved or not, it is the perfect place for some family bonding. In addition, it is the optimum space for entertaining, who wants to try cram 12 people round a dining table fit for 8 on Christmas day? This will no longer be an issue with your extending living and kitchen space. This home improvement will certainly make you more social.


So if you’re considering opening up your home or need help redesigning your home due to a small kitchen. Speak to Handsons Interiors who can arrange a full project management service. All works carried out including any building and utilities, all with the added peace of mind of Handsons guarantees of quality.



There is nothing worse than having your heart set on your dream kitchen, but being stuck by the choice of colour.

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Many modern kitchens now come in their own colours. So gone are the days of wood fronted cabinets, now there is a whole range of different finishes and colours to choose from.

So how do you decide on the perfect colour scheme for your kitchen?

Go with your taste


The first place to start is by selecting colour swatches that you love. The kitchen is the heart of the home and in many households is the place where you spend the most time. So you need to make sure your colour scheme is your preference, not just because it is hot right now. 2018-2019 is a big trend for grey, but it won’t be around forever. Just because your new fitted kitchens is a 2018-2019 kitchen, it doesn’t mean you have to select grey as your only colour.

Begin with your cabinets

Always choose your cabinet colour before your paint, backsplashes and accessories. Those are far easier change and they are also often the areas where you can use your imagination with. Cabinets are going to have to last, for a while at least and perhaps you will be selling your home before replacing the kitchen again? So think about the colour which will age the best and have the most resale appeal. Usually sticking to neutral tones of a pale grey, white or cream works well and can cater to nearly all tastes and other colour palettes.

Handsons Interiors has an ever-growing range of different colours, finishes and textures to make sure you can pick your perfect match.

Keep Countertops Neutral


Worktops or counters are often the first things people see when they walk into your kitchen. They are the biggest area of space (providing they are not cluttered) so they don’t want to be too overpowering. Black worktops can look very nice in a monochrome kitchen, but be aware of the watermarks and dirt which black as a colour can leave behind. On the flip side, try not to match your worktops, contrast is great, so don’t go white on white. Counters or worktops are usually pretty expensive and you want them to last so think about the long term appeal of the colour and one which will continue to work with other shade should you update your decor later down the line.

Go wild with accessories and splashbacks

This is the place where you can let your personality run wild. Paint colors in bright choices can make you smile every time you walk into the room, while your backsplash can be as unique and creative as you are. Also, consider the benefit of an accent wall, which will allow you to use a favorite paint color without it taking over the entire room.


Decorating your kitchen can change your entire view of your house. W


hether you’re considering a full renovation or just freshening up the paint, adding a fresh splash of color will improve your home and add to its appeal.

It might only be August, but many people are already muttering that dreaded C-word.

Christmas is actually in full swing from the 20-week countdown, which falls at the start of August! That means many workplaces have already started organising their Christmas parties, friends are organising their get-togethers and restaurants are filling up their seats.

Christmas is always a frantic time, especially if you’re the one left doing the cooking – so be sure to be organised this year.

Organise Your Fridge

If you’re going to be cooking up a storm this Christmas you need to accommodate the big Christmas shop. If your fridge is naturally well-stock throughout the year, you might be left wondering where all the additional Christmas dishes might go. But fear not, a bit of clever organisation will help with this. Be sure to be utilising the space correctly, so if you have a built-in egg rack for example. Make sure you use it, egg boxes on shelves can be a waste of space. Stand sauces in the doors to free up space too and those wasted foods which always appear at the back of your fridge – get rid early.

Have A Mess-Free Party

Recycling is key any time of the year, but make the most of it at Christmas. Make sure with any festive gathering you sort out the recycling by integrating aesthetically-pleasing bins into your kitchen decor. This might be on the inside of cupboard doors, or just invest in some interior recycling boxes which don’t look out of place.


It’s all about ease when entertaining – you need to make sure you and your guests are relaxed. Getting creative with your seating arrangements can be a real help when entertaining, as letting tired feet rest will mean no complaints and more drinks!

A great way to incorporate seating into your kitchen is around your island or an extended breakfast bar. Can you move a sideboard out of the way and free up some extra space or perhaps moving your dining table onto an angle will make for a more pleasing layout?

Create An Inviting Atmosphere

Whether you’re throwing a small, intimate dinner party or a glamourous Christmas get-together with all your friends and family, make sure you choose the right lighting as it can dictate the mood of any room – your kitchen is no exception.

For your dining space you’ll want an overhead light to gently illuminate the room whilst you dine. For festive party soirée, make sure you dim to lights and use candles, tealights or fairy lights to create a festive ambience.



And be sure to have a great Christmas!

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