5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Kitchen

We all know that the kitchen is the beating heart of any home, so it’s only natural that you’ll want to get things 100% right the first time around! March is Kitchens Month here at Oxford House, so what better time is there to pop in and make your dream kitchen a reality? Today we’ll take a quick look at what you need to know before buying a kitchen, and how to make the process as simple as possible with one of our friendly sales consultants by your side.

Step 1: Do your homework

When you commit to doing something as major as buying a brand new Nobilia kitchen, it’s fundamental that you do your research ahead of time. When visiting our showroom you should have a clear vision of what kind of style you’re after. What kind of kitchen captures your personal taste? What colour scheme do you have in mind? Do you fancy yourself a bit of a ‘Christina Tosi’ or a ‘Gordon Ramsay’ in the kitchen, or are your needs a little more understated than that? Do you picture yourself entertaining friends and family like Joe Bastianich with sumptuous dinners and fabulous soirées, or do you prefer to keep your meals more low-key than that? If you’re not sure what kind of style best captures your personality, here are a few key terms and colour schemes to get you started:

Popular Kitchen Styles

• Cottage/Classic
• Industrial
• Contemporary
• Modern/Ultra-Modern
• Minimalist
• Mediterranean
• Traditional

Kitchen Colour Schemes

The colour scheme you choose for your kitchen should say something about your personality, but if you’re looking for a little inspiration, take a look at these classic combinations:
• Vibrant blues and greys
• Warm neutral tones (browns, oranges, tans, natural wood textures)
• Cool grey and pure white
• Grey tones/slate with red accents
• Clean white
• Cream and fresh blue/green tones
• Classic Monochrome
• Concrete look

Step 2: Don’t forget your floor plan

This is where the fun starts. When you’ve got a clear vision of your dream kitchen in mind, the next step is to grab your floor plan and bring it over to Oxford House! With your floor plan in hand, our friendly sales and design consultants will have everything they need to configure the design of your kitchen in innovative ways to maximise the storage capacity as much as possible. This is particularly easy for us as of this year, with the launch of Nobilia’s new XL cabinets, which provide 10% more storage space than standard ones. Plus, thanks to our swanky design app, we can plan your kitchen together and give you a realistic 3D preview of your kitchen. Once the kitchen is confirmed, our sales team will iron the finer details, like the necessary electricity and plumbing points, and our installers will come over to check site and mark the points for you. So, what we’re basically saying is… no floor plan, no (dinner) party, so to speak.

Step 3: What kind of cook are you?

Your kitchen is an investment, adding value not just to your home but to your lifestyle too – it’s the heart of any home. Think long and hard about what you want from your kitchen; are you a MasterChef hopeful or maybe a busy little bee looking for efficiency over creative power? Do you like hosting loads of people or do you tend to keep things intimate? This might seem like a small detail, but knowing what kind of home cook you are, will determine what kind of facilities and appliances you need to kit out your kitchen and tailor it to your personality.

Step 4: Time to be extra

We’ve already mentioned how important it is to customise your Nobilia kitchen to suit your lifestyle. With that point in mind, it’s time to think about what kinds of extras you’ll need to make your life easier on a day-to-day basis. From kitchen lighting to help set the perfect atmosphere, to swish pull-out tables, breakfast bars, open shelving, sophisticated MosaiQ railing systems, pull-out larders and beyond – the choices are practically endless. Not sure what kind of extras you’ll need? Just talk to one of our in-store advisors about how you command your kitchen, and they’ll help you figure it out!

Step 5: Accessorise with the best appliances

At Oxford House, we want to make sure you fall head over heels in love with your Nobilia kitchen – that’s why we stock Bosch and Neff, two of the best leading brands when it comes to kitchen appliances. Neff specialises in creating products for the foodies and MasterChef’s out there, while Bosch is a brand renowned for its quality and stands as the name of choice for anyone looking to equip their kitchen – no matter what your abilities might be. It’s Kitchens Month here at Oxford House, so you can choose from a range of FREE Bosch appliances when you buy your kitchen, including a built-in refrigerator/freezer, electric oven, gas hob, cooker hood, sink and mixer, and, as of this year, you even get a free Bosch dishwasher this March!

Why wait another moment? Grab your floor plans and we’ll see you in our showroom!

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Check out the Oxford House Kitchens catalogue here!