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Fitted kitchens buyer's guide

The kitchen is the heart of the home; providing a space in which to prepare meals, complete laundry and maybe even tuck into delicious dinners.

For this reason, getting the style and design of your kitchen perfect is vital. A wide variety of colours and styles, combined with ever-changing trends, can make it difficult to know where to begin but luckily we have put together this simple guide to help you find the perfect kitchen for your home.

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Budget

When it comes to a major purchase like a kitchen, your budget is likely to guide you. We understand how our customers think and have separated our kitchens into two ranges:
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Kitchen Style

Style

The look of your kitchen is important. It should appeal to your tastes, but also be in keeping with the property as a whole and add value to your home. When designing your kitchen, the three main styles you'll need to choose between are traditional, modern and shaker.

Traditional

The appeal of traditional kitchens is in the balance between style and longevity. The primary purpose of this style of kitchen is to cook and so it is common to have appliances, utensils and ingredients on show, adding character to the room.

View our complete range of traditional kitchens here.

Modern

The modern or contemporary kitchen celebrates the fact that the kitchen is no longer simply a place to cook; it is now an important living space. Modern style kitchens offer clean lines, sleek finishes, striking designs and are often open-plan. Unlike a traditional kitchen, clever storage ideas are required to hide clutter away so it doesn't deter from the minimalist look.

View our complete range of modern kitchens here.

Shaker

This style of kitchen has a very utilitarian design – that is focused on simplicity and functionality, rather than ornamentation. The Shaker's traditional beliefs are central to the design of the shaker-style kitchen, but it has proved to be a timeless design as it remains a popular choice today. Thanks to its clean lines and practical layout, it is suitable for both modern and traditional homes.

View our complete range of shaker-style kitchens here.

Kitchen Finish

Finish

It's not just the style that can determine the look and feel of a kitchen; the finish also plays an important role. Once again, you have three main options to choose between: gloss, matt and wood.

Gloss

Most commonly associated with modern and contemporary kitchens, a high gloss finish is sleek and elegant. It conforms to minimalist ideals with most units having a smooth finish, with no intricate designs or handles.

Matt

A matt finish is soft and smooth, while elegant and understated. It is most commonly found on traditional and shaker-style kitchens, but can also be used alongside gloss for a contrasting and contemporary look.

Wood

Wooden kitchens complement traditional and shaker-style kitchens perfectly. They provide a certain level of warmth and character that is not possible with a gloss finish.

Kitchen Colour

Colour

Once you have selected the collection, style and finish, it's time to think about what colour scheme you are looking for.

Modern kitchens tend to be black, white and all shades of grey in between. However, they also lend themselves well to a splash of colour, giving you the opportunity to show some personality.

As wood and matt finishes are most likely to be found on shaker-style kitchens, you will likely be choosing between creams and browns within these styles. However, they also suit deeper colours, such as charcoal or aubergine.

Wood features heavily in traditional kitchens too where light pastel shades also work well.

Kitchen Size and Shape

Size and shape

Perhaps the biggest deciding factor in your kitchen design will be the size and shape of the room. You can only work with the space you have available so it's important you identify what type of kitchen you have and consider how best to design it.

The main types of kitchen layout are:

Gallery

If you have a small or narrow space, a galley kitchen is the perfect solution. Rather than cluttering the kitchen with too many wall-mounted units, it makes the most of the height of the room with tall cupboards and floor units.

U-shape

For larger kitchens, a U-shaped kitchen helps transform the space from empty and lifeless to multi-purpose. The shape provides plenty of room to cook, while offering space for children to play or an entertainment area.

L-shape

This shape provides plenty of workspace and storage space, making it ideal for larger families. It gives you the perfect opportunity to showcase stylish worktops and units.

Wren Kitchens offers a free home measuring service enabling you to get accurate measurements and a better idea of which shape kitchen suits your home.

Kitchen Worktops

Worktops

Choosing a kitchen worktop is about more than just the look, it has to be practical as well. There are four different surfaces to choose from, each with its own pros and cons:

Laminate

Suitable for a range of styles as it allows you to imitate wood, stone and quartz. However, it can get burned or scratched quite easily.

Granite

Hard-wearing and cool to touch, granite is great for food preparation. However, it's heavy and also quite expensive.

Quartz

Quartz is easy to clean and cheaper than granite, but it's quite heavy and you should avoid placing on pans on it.

Timber

Wood is fairly cheap and easy to maintain, but it can get damaged by hot pans and is easier to scratch and chip than stone.

You can find out more about each type of worktop and what they're most suitable for in our guide to kitchen worktops.

Kitchen Appliances

Appliances

The final step to kitchen design is selecting your appliances. Wren has a wide range of styles to choose from so that you can ensure your oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and other appliances fit seamlessly into your kitchen.

Take a look at our buying guides to find out more information about how to choose the right appliances.

Kitchen Installation

Installation

When you buy a kitchen from Wren, you can choose between installing it yourself and having an approved fitter do it for you. If you choose to do it yourself, you will still need to hire qualified professionals for the plumbing, gas and electricity.

You can find more information about how to install a Wren kitchen in our installation guide.

Kitchen - Getting started

Getting started

Before you order a new kitchen we recommend booking a showroom appointment. Here we will map out a ball park plan based on your requirements e.g. range, size, colour scheme.

A qualified kitchen designer will then work on a full design and 3D model of your chosen kitchen before we meet again to agree the final touches, such as taps, appliance, handles, and installation.

Your Wren kitchen will then be built and delivered in approximately four weeks.