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Welcome to the ideas and inspiration section of the Kitchen Compare website. The Kitchen is not just the place where we prepare meals, it's at the very heart of our homes, where we meet with our family and friends. For most of us, looking for a new kitchen is both an exciting and daunting experience and it's our mission to help and guide you through the multitude of decisions that need to be made.

The ideas stage is often the most fun and here we've brought together the best kitchen ideas and inspiration to help you find your dream kitchen. Because there's so much to think through, we've provided a range of guides to help you understand everything from the materials and finishes available, through to finding the right shape of kitchen for your home.

Kitchen Style Ideas

The first decision to be made is what style of kitchen are you looking for? There are many different styles, finishes and a wide range of fantastic colours available and choosing your dream kitchen is a very personal choice. Making the right decision at this stage is really important, as you can then move onto choosing the functional requirements of your dream kitchen.

Kitchen Models Explained

The comparisons we make and the prices we publish on Kitchen Compare are based on three model kitchens: a 'Galley', an 'L-shape' and a 'U-shape' design. Our model kitchens include all of the components required and the prices shown therefore provide a good indication of the retail prices you will pay today for that style of kitchen.

Understanding Kitchen Function

After choosing the perfect style, deciding on the layout and the functional requirements of your dream kitchen are probably the most important part of the design stage. Here we explain more about the key functional aspects of your kitchen, including doors, cabinets, worktops and storage.

Latest Trends

Kitchen fashion can change quickly and everyone likes to think they have chosen a new kitchen which will look as good in ten years as it does today. Here we consider the latest trends and show you that whatever your taste, budget or space constraints, there's a design that's going to be perfect for you.

Need More Ideas & Inspiration?

We're constantly adding new pictures and ideas to Pinterest and Instagram. Check out some of our latest boards here.

Now to FIND your Kitchen

Once you have a clear idea of the style and colour of your perfect kitchen, now is the time to find the retailer that can best meet your requirements. If you're choosing to buy the kitchen yourself, as opposed to using a builder or installer, then there are really two options, one of the well known national retailers or a local kitchen specialist. In this next section of the website, we take you through each of the options available.