Ex­pert ad­vice

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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.

Act slowly

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.

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