Interior design is an area which has traditionally been done by professionals, but the development of the internet has allowed more people to get great results themselves. In this article we have teamed up with Bespoke Interiors, an experienced interior design company specialising in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, to help you identify areas where you can use the internet the help design your own kitchen. 

The main aspect of kitchen design is understanding the space you have available and how best to use this space with the cabinets, worktops and appliances you want to install. There are now sites online where you can create a virtual representation of your kitchen and change the cabinets and other features to suit your preferences. The internet has allowed users to get a great idea of how their kitchen will look without having to consult specialists or experts. However, it is worth saying at this point that while it is possible to design your own kitchen online, there are risks which come with it. The most obvious of which is the risk that you overlooking an area of the design you come up with, which could cause issues when installing or living with the kitchen every day. Having an expert check over your plans with you is always advisable. 

One area of design where you can have more confidence in a choice you make online is with kitchen flooring. Choosing flooring is really about understanding what you need depending on the room and then what style you would like. For kitchens, you want a floor which will be durable considering the heavy foot traffic the room experiences and also the increased likelihood of things being spilt on the floor. Furthermore, you will want a floor which is easy to clean. Because of these two factors, vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for kitchens. Not only does it have the benefits of being durable and easy to clean, luxury vinyl tiles now offer a huge range of design options. There are stone and wood styles available and with a variety of laying patterns to choose from you can create beautiful designs for your kitchen floor. 

The final area of designing your kitchen online is choosing the appliances to install in your kitchen. Making the correct choice with the appliances is crucial as these will be things you use in your kitchen throughout the day, every day. As such, you want to make sure they are fit for purpose, and you can enjoy using them. Ovens and fridges are the most important appliances for the kitchen, and the internet allows you to compare hundreds of options very quickly along with filtering out the ones that don’t have the features you want or are out of your budget. You can also find detailed reviews of specific appliances based on customer satisfaction and how they are to live with. For items in your kitchen, which as mentioned, will be continuously used, making sure that what you’re buying has good reviews can be really important. You may also wish to protect your appliances with a warranty from someone like First American Home Warranty, which will cover any professional repairs that they may need in the future.

Overall, it is definitely possible to design a kitchen which you will love online. Some areas of kitchen design are easier than others, but you should always keep in mind the risks of making, what can be, a very expensive purchase without speaking directly to an expert. As online tools for designing kitchens and working out the logistics of designing and installing cabinets, benches, etc. continues to improve, there may be a time when the technology is so fool-proof that all interior design is done this way, however, we’re not quite there yet.

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