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How to design your kitchen from home (with Form)

Thinking of a kitchen renovation project? Dreading the endless inconclusive showroom visits? What if we told you that you can do it from the comfort of your home, in your own time, with the help and guidance of an experienced kitchen designer? Read on for our three-step plan: 1. Get inspired, 2. Get organized, 3. Get connected.

FORM Design Team

March 30, 2020

kitchen design

Thinking of a kitchen renovation project? Dreading the endless inconclusive showroom visits? What if we told you that you can do it from the comfort of your home, in your own time, with the help and guidance of an experienced kitchen designer? Read on for our three-step plan: 1. Get inspired, 2. Get organized, 3. Get connected.

Step 1. Get inspired

No doubt you already have ideas swirling around your head about what it is that you are looking to create in your new space. After all, we live in a visually saturated world and have easy access to an abundance of images of beautiful homes. There are some great sites you can browse, and a selection of kitchen and home magazines worth picking up too. Our Inspiration page may give you some additional ideas.

You will come across many images that appeal. Save these (Pinterest is one great tool for this); and try to pinpoint in each, exactly what it is that appeals to you. The cabinet style? The color scheme? Accessories such as handles and light fittings? It is easy to get lost in all of our inspiration, given how much material is out there today. If you are able to interpret your own likes and dislikes, you will end up with a coherent understanding of where you are going aesthetically.

Have you considered which interior style or styles are the most ‘you’? Traditional? Boho? Scandinavian? There are plenty of ‘named’ and well-recognized styles. And while we don’t suggest that your personal style will neatly align to one of these, you will likely be able to relate to some better than others. It is also worth considering the rest of your house, because your new kitchen won’t be an island unto itself, but should integrate seamlessly with the rest of your home.

Having said all that, inspiration does not only refer to aesthetic elements, and is just as important when considering the practical elements of your space. Your own existing kitchen is a good starting point. Are you planning to replicate the layout and existing storage solutions, while updating the look? Or does it altogether fail to serve your current lifestyle, meaning that a complete overhaul would be the best direction to take?

We suggest that you make a list of everything you like and dislike about your existing kitchen, as a starting point. Your kitchen designer will be able to help you address your dislikes, while ensuring that all the good bits of your current kitchen are retained (perhaps even taken to the next level).

When you visit friends and family, check out their kitchens too (as long as they don’t mind!) In their kitchens, they might have solutions that you weren’t aware existed. No doubt, this will give you food for thought. Speak to people; ask them how they feel about their kitchen, what they like and what they wish they had done differently. People are generally happy to talk about their home, in particular about what they like and what is working well.

Step 2. Get organized

Once you feel inspired enough, it’s time to get organized. For a lot of people, this is where the panic sets in. We believe that this absolutely needn’t be the case. In fact, we set up Form to prove that the renovation process can be enjoyable and enriching, rather than stressful and draining.

At the top of our list for getting organized is tackling the budget question early on. How much can you spend, and what is that likely to get you? Be realistic and honest. A kitchen that leaves you skint, even if it comes with all the bells and whistles, is not the route to ultimate happiness. In fact, you’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve on a limited budget.

When thinking about the budget, you should be clear about your priorities. Are full-height cabinets a must for you, to make the most of limited floor space? Or a large island with plenty of seating for family gatherings? Or the roomiest fridge-freezer out there? Everyone’s needs are different, so be clear about what it is that you care about the most. By the same token, it is worth identifying the areas that you would be willing to compromise on, the ‘nice-to-haves’.

At Form, we are transparent about prices and want to guide you to a price as early as possible. That’s why we have created a Budget Estimator tool, which you can use for free from the comfort of your own home. Of course, an estimate is only as good as the information it is based on; the more specific and accurate you can be, the closer to the final price the estimate will get.

Budget aside, there are other things to consider as you are getting organized for your project. Designing your kitchen does not only involve picking colors and finishes, or deciding on handles and worktops, but also involves considerations about the space more broadly. Is there a kitchen layout that lends itself particularly well to your space and lifestyle? How many people will use the kitchen, and in what capacity? You will want to consider circulation in the kitchen, as well as ergonomics i.e. factors of comfort in space.

As part of getting organized, you will also need to measure up your space (it’s easier than you think), and take plenty of photos to share with your kitchen designer. Which brings us to the next step…

Step 3. Get connected

Our kitchen design process at Form is different. You will connect 1-on-1 with your kitchen designer virtually. This means that, irrespective of where in the country you are located, you can have access to a top designer who knows the process inside out.

Creating a project brief will be among the first things that you and the designer will do on your journey together. Remember all that research we recommend that you do, to try and tease out what you really like? Here’s where it will come in handy, allowing your designer to propose concrete design solutions for your space, and encourage the two of you to start talking specifics.

With any interior design project, it helps to visualize the new space before fully committing. The kitchen is no different. Simple moodboards and basic renders do not quite have the photo-realistic effect that homeowners are increasingly looking for today. Real Form visuals, however, are our proprietary life-like images that are as close to reality as it gets. Together with the samples of fronts that we will send out to you, the visuals will help you get a good feel for your new kitchen before it even goes into production.

As with any design, there will be iterations to work through; it is a normal part of the process. You can expect to start working on the broad strokes first, getting ever more granular, until all the design details have been ironed out. As there is no Form kitchen range to choose from, every little detail in your kitchen will be tailored to your needs. We don’t simply sign off once the order is placed, but also offer installation plans and videos, as well as a service to connect you with reputable local contractors. Guided Renovations is a journey we are on together.

"We believe that good design improves people's lives. We focus on personalization, performance, and peace of mind."

Co-founders Danny and Tom

Danny Soos & Tom Sherman

FORM Co-Founders

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