What is a wow factor kitchen?
The definition of wow factor is… ‘a quality or feature that is extremely impressive.’ This is often something a little out of the ordinary, which in turn makes it eye-catching and memorable. But for a wow factor kitchen, the quality must extend far beyond an impressive appearance. In the case of a kitchen it is equally important it impresses in terms of function too. Otherwise the kitchen’s ‘wow factor’ will quickly fade if it is difficult or awkward to use. The only time when it would be acceptable to forgo this is if designing a wow factor kitchen intended for someone who doesn’t cook, and who is express in their intent that looks trump functionality.
Decide what ‘wow factor’ means to you
Not all people are one and the same which means your perception of ‘wow factor’ will often differ significantly from someone else’s. Consequently, taking time to understand your tastes (and needs) is absolutely key to a designer being able to meet them; they can then cultivate a kitchen design which is just right for you. This includes an understanding of where you place the most value within your kitchen – as this is typically where you should focus your budget to achieve the wow factor you want. For example, cooking with a top of the range oven is sure to impress, except in a kitchen where nobody cooks! This would be a waste of the oven’s ‘wow factor’ technology…and of your money. Instead you would be better choosing a more modest oven, and spend the difference on another element of the kitchen which is more significant to you. This might be lighting solutions which brighten the space, or else a feature splashback which draws attention as you enter the room.
Affordable kitchen wow factor
Also key to bear in mind is that a wow factor kitchen doesn’t need to cost the earth. A good designer should always have the client’s budget considerations in mind, and utilise materials, products and appliances accordingly. Just as men and women can successfully blend designer labels with high street fashion in their choice of clothing, similarly, you don’t need the most expensive of every kitchen material to achieve wow factor. Instead you just need to know how to make it work so the most valuable materials stand out above the rest. Blending and layering different materials in this way means clients shouldn’t have to pay more but can still achieve the wow factor kitchen they desire.
How and where can you introduce kitchen wow factor:-
Choose a focal point or statement pieces
A careful design with effective use of space is essential to a wow factor kitchen look, and whilst there are many beautiful products and finishes available it is better not to ‘overdesign’. Instead choose just one or two stand out features, rather than numerous pieces which might compete for attention. This might be a beautiful kitchen island in a different tone from the rest of your furniture, a vivid splashback, a streamlined bank of appliances, or a piece of artwork taking centre stage. There are endless possibilities for kitchen design, and which can be achieved using an extensive range of colours, materials and accessories.
Lighting is really important within any kitchen and this is especially true if you want to achieve a kitchen with wow factor. A clean and bright space brings its own ‘wow factor’ and can be achieved through flooding a kitchen space with as much natural light as possible. This is particularly true of white kitchen finishes and gloss surfaces which reflect light to create the impression of more space. A glazed ceiling or skylights will enhance this effect. However, if not a possibility, this look can still be achieved through artificial lighting elements.
Statement and decorative lighting can contribute wow factor and can be an inexpensive way of doing so. LED lights are effective for kitchen task lighting but can also be used playfully, injecting a burst of light or boost of colour which enlivens a kitchen’s look. Alternatively, stylish pendant lighting over an island or oversized lamps can bring elegant wow factor.Statement lighting can also act to separate different working kitchen zones or else to mark a distinction between different parts of a room.
Timeless kitchen furniture and finishes
A classic style such as black and white, or all-white furniture brings effortless kitchen wow factor. A handleless finish effects a minimalist look which is clean and sophisticated, whilst white also enhances the feeling of space. Both styles are timeless and ensure the kitchen’s look won’t fade or date with the passing of time. But don’t forget, an all-white kitchen is a great platform for letting feature pieces stand out, such as a statement splashback, in tiles, coloured glass or porcelain. Through such accents you can easily convert enliven the look of an all-white kitchen and put your own personal stamp on it.
The worksurface you choose make a big impact on a kitchen’s overall look. And it doesn’t have to be expensive granite or marble that will make a statement in your home. Instead, engineered surfaces such as Quartz or Corian® are expertly finished so they can rival these more expensive stones, equalling them in the wow factor stakes. Whilst both are available in an extensive range of colours, Corian® is particularly effective in achieving wow factor for kitchens as it can be moulded to form stunning shapes, including curved worktops or breakfast bars.
Wow factor kitchen appliances
As mentioned earlier, perceptions of ‘wow factor’ differ from person to person…but if you are an enthusiastic cook you will more than likely appreciate the wow factor technology of modern cooking appliances. From self-cook and self-clean functions, to accelerated cooking programmes, or ovens with steam cook capability.
Of course, as well as their function these appliances are becoming increasingly streamlined and attractive. You can even choose appliances to match your kitchen units such as Miele’s Brilliant white, Black or Sepia brown kitchen appliance range.
Want the ‘Wow Factor’ for your kitchen?
If you would like a wow factor kitchen for your home, contact LWK London. Our experts will produce a stunning design, whilst also accommodating your wants, needs, lifestyle and budget.
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