Looking for advice on choosing a kitchen designer, planning a kitchen layout, as well as selecting kitchen appliances, floorings, worksurfaces and storage solutions…?

This probably sounds familiar if you’ve decided that this is the year to get the kitchen of your dreams!

It all started so well. You were excited. You went to a few kitchen showrooms, marvelled at the designs and functions now available to you and then became bewildered by the huge number of choices to be made in securing the kitchen of your dreams.

Decisions, decisions…Modern or country style? How much will it cost? Which worktop to choose? Which sink? Or taps, tiles or splashback….!

A sense of dread sets in, brought on by all those decisions.

Don’t be disheartened. Ruth Streets, one of the friendly designers here at Ripon Interiors has made it her mission to make the process as simple as possible for all her clients.

Ruth says: “An inspiring kitchen is more than just picking the right style and products. It’s about the lighting, the contrasting textures of finishes – the very feel of the room.

“Kitchens are often the biggest investment we make when renovating or improving our homes and so people want to be certain they are getting it right.

“Since my design career started (12 years ago), I’ve designed and overseen the installation of kitchens all shapes, sizes, styles and budgets. During that time, colour trends changed, door styles have altered but there’s one constant – the kitchen is still the heart of the home.  A place where we cook, eat, entertain and socialise, so it’s important to create a kitchen design that ticks all these boxes – and more.”

At Ripon Interiors, we do things differently. We listen to your needs and aspirations, we then translate them into the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.

Says Ruth: “Before coming into the showroom, many of my clients have tried to consider all of these choices too early on. The discussion must start with the room itself.

Plan what you want from your kitchen

Before you decide anything it’s best to make a list of what you like and dislike about your present kitchen. Look closely at the room to see what works and what doesn’t. Then ask yourself the following questions, to help you visualise how you intend to use the space:

  • Who is going to be using the kitchen on a daily basis?
  • Do you cook every day?
  • Do you want a dining table/area or breakfast bar?
  • Do you entertain often?

What other tasks will be undertaken in the room? Will it be used for entertaining, laundry, homework or relaxing?

Once you’ve established what you want, for example, a room with an eating area for the children and plenty of workspaces, then we can look at how we might achieve that perfect space. Think about any restrictions you might have, including existing features such as chimney breasts, beams or supporting pillars.

When it comes to details, if you’re using a kitchen designer, expect us to ask questions.  We may want to know how many dried goods you keep, how many pots and pans you own, whether you want items on display or everything behind closed doors.

Plan your kitchen layout

Now you have decided what you want from your kitchen, we use that information to detail where everything will go. Of course, the way we plan your kitchen will be influenced by the shape of your room. We won’t be afraid to experiment with a variety of arrangements until we find the one that works best for you.

Choose your style

Clever planning and an ergonomic layout are essential in making a kitchen work, but how it looks produces the ‘wow’ factor.

Shaker designs are timeless. Painted doors are very popular, with a range of 27 colours, something for everyone to choose from. Compliment with a large range of handles, wooden, quartz or granite worktops, in a myriad of colours. Timber or tiled flooring with simple furnishings will complete the look.

Shaker Kitchen

Hi-gloss modern cabinetry in anything from cool white to grey remains popular, particularly when teamed with stainless-steel appliances and accessories. Contemporary favourites also include unfussy handleless designs and earth matt colours.


For period properties, traditional kitchens range from simple Shaker painted designs to more detailed options. These can incorporate open plate racks, old-fashioned range cooker, ceramic butler sinks and bridge mixer taps.

Finally, don’t agree with a quote for your kitchen design and installation until your designer has looked at the space. Once the design has been completed, make sure you have a full quotation for all the units and installation. Check what is included? Will lighting be part of the job? Here at Ripon Interiors, we will oversee the project from start to finish.

So, whether you’re ripping out and installing a new kitchen, moving your kitchen into a new room or updating your current kitchen, we have all the inspiration and practical guides you need.

Have you got a question for our designers? Contact us via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ripon.interiors) or try the old-fashioned way of calling us on 01765 603502.