Planning a kitchen redesign can be stressful. It’s a big purchase and one you’ll have to live with for a fair amount of time, during which even smallest missed detail can become a major annoyance.

According to Richard Davonport, MD of kitchen designers, Davonport, the trick is making the space fit your lifestyle. He said: “Designing the perfect kitchen is so much more than simply creating a beautiful space, it needs to be able to meet the demands of busy family life and be as practical as it is pretty.”

For Davonport and his kitchen designers, there are seven factors you should consider to make sure you get it right:

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1. What’s the focal point?

Whether it’s a stunning island, statement larder or standout splash-back, make sure your kitchen has a focus that grabs the eye.

2. Get clever with cutlery

A handy trick is to have two drawers to separate your knives and utensils from your table cutlery. Position the cutlery near the dining space and the utensils right by the cooking area, for maximum efficiency.

3. It takes two

Try to plan enough space for more than one person to use the kitchen at a time. So, if you’re adding an island, leave no less than 900mm distance to the nearest wall or cabinet.

4. How high?

The height of your cabinets should be in proportion to the room. Standard cupboards will be dwarfed in a room with a high ceiling. While tall ones max your space, they will dominate a low-ceilinged room

5. Avoid style over substance …

Plan your space around your lifestyle needs, not the latest trends you’ve seen on Instagram. Think about the practicalities of the materials and colours you choose based on your family and their habits. You need your kitchen to last, so if you desperately want on-trend features, keep to freestanding items or ones that are easily refreshed.

6. …and form over function

You want your kitchen to look good from the outside, but don’t lose sight of those all-important storage needs. Think about how you’ll use each cabinet and the shelving it will require for its purpose. If you’re big on entertaining, for example, check that your shelf heights will accommodate different sizes of glassware.

7. Mix up your cabinetry

Lots of full-height solid cabinets, especially in dark colours will make a room feel smaller, and even be a bit depressing. Consider adding open shelves, glazed cabinets or more than one colour.

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