Before you remodel or build your kitchen, you must have a plan. An expert interior designer is ideally present in this process. Together, you will assess the kitchen to redo or they could do it independently. In the case of a new kitchen, they will almost always come up with a 'gallery', a collection of sketched drawings, plans and most often, actual photos of typical kitchens that your kitchen will resemble after the work is done. These series of blown up and standard size photos are sometimes meant to work both ways: to awe and persuade the enthusiastic consumer and to guide / inspire and challenge the mind of the keen one.
Granted, all collections of interiors are magnificent. The lighting is strategic, the angling is perfect, the placing of appliances is intentional. Look at your floor plan, right to the location of your counters and drawers and compare with what is presented to you or may be observing on your own. If you were to construct a new kitchen from the ground, would the idea being sold to you work with the space you have? Can the proportions and dimensions be adjusted up or down so your kitchen near or perfectly resembles the one that inspired it?
These are by far the greatest selling points of a kitchen. What is presented on paper may not be practical on the ground. For the keen mind, feel free to suggest more accessories. In any case, you are to be the user and owner of the kitchen. Discuss the pragmatism of every little accessory you see. A drawer handle, a knob, a light fixture, question its ease of use, cost, expense, durability, and yes, it's value. The devil lurks in that kind of detail. Assess the need of extra storage if any seems to be included before you get carried away by the beauty of the virtual kitchen.
They seem so insignificant yet could work wonders for your kitchen. But just how is that steel door better than a wooden one? And what's the one thing that makes that oak door stand out from one made out of birch? Go beyond its easiness of the eye. Or, be 'vain' enough to insist you need a golden handle on that door. Ask for a soft close door to be put up, because this is definitely not a feature you can deduce by looking at a glossy photograph of a setting in a showroom.
4. Counter Tops
Depending on the space you have, make it as large as possible, in terms of girth, so preparing your food is easy. A long counter top on the gallery may look appropriate but may be a waste of space on the ground
Typically, an interior designer is supposed to influence you to use the best material and fixtures in your kitchen, while trying as much as possible to save you extra costs. The Design Institute of Australia's Code of Ethics at section 4.1 directives that a designer will act in the client's interests within the limits of the designer's professional duties.
This may not always be the case so be ready to question the practicability, usefulness and necessity of whatever inspires you when you look at photos of kitchens, be it flooring, roofing, walls and interior decor.