The three pieces of advice Karon would give to anybody investing in a new kitchen are:
Think about the materials
Not just in terms of their strength and performance, but also their versatility. I always recommend going for a high-quality, natural timber because not only is it infinitely reliable and robust, but if you choose tulipwood, for example, you can repaint it should you want to in years to come. It gives you an opportunity to reimagine your kitchen in a big way.
Remember that it’s a living space
When we talk about designing for life, it’s a phrase that has three meanings to it. Yes, it’s a case of endurance in terms of strength as well as enduring style, with materials and finishes that won’t fall out of favour, that are timeless rather than trend-driven. But it’s also about remembering that your kitchen is a living space. Think about it as so much more than a place to cook, but a space for entertaining, for eating, for retreating to, for reading the paper, for doing homework—it has the potential to be a secondary living room.
A kitchen project isn’t something to rush into, so, for the elements of your room that are relatively fixed, such as the flooring, take your time deciding and go for something neutral. The elements that you can change over time—such as wall colour or accessories —are equally something to ponder, but don’t forget that these can be altered should you want to as the years go by.