Showrooms are hugely important when researching kitchens. It’s all very well looking at thousands of beautiful designs on a website but in the end if you’re investing a lots of money it’s no substitute for actually going to visit somewhere in order to see products up close and talk to the people who may, ultimately, be helping you create your dream design.
It’s all about the feel of the showroom and the kitchen layouts that are on show. Do they look inspiring? Have they lots of features you’d like for your own scheme. The chances are that if the company has spent time recreating lots of different schemes packed full of great ideas then it will do the same with your kitchen. More to the point, what are the people in the showroom like – the salespeople and the designers? How approachable and helpful are they? One of the things that we hear again and again from our featured owners was that they knew who they wanted to design their kitchen because when they met them, ‘we just clicked’.
That’s why I’d always recommend shopping around as much as you can. Go to showrooms and have as many conversations with designers as possible and look at lots of options. The more you do that the more you’re likely to find someone who is in tune with you and the way you want your dream kitchen to be.
One brand that recognises how important first impressions are and has totally refurbished it’s flagship store is John Lewis of Hungerford. Their Hungerford showroom features brand new displays covering many styles and featuring lots of surface options, ideas for sinks and taps and plenty of those all-important storage solutions. They’re open from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday so if you’re in the area pop in.
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