10 Tips For Designing An Ideal Kitchen
10 Tips For Designing An Ideal Kitchen
1 Good Lighting
The kitchen is one room where you can’t afford to have poor lighting. It’s not only a matter of design and atmosphere, but also safety when it comes to handling sharp knives and other kitchen tools. Plus, the more light you have in the room, the better you can show off your design elements.
Use pendant lights or a series of mini-pendants to enhance the beauty of the kitchen. Pendants look great above kitchen sinks, while a series of mini-pendants work well over breakfast bars and kitchen islands. Install under-cabinet lighting to ensure that the counters have sufficient lighting for common kitchen tasks.
2 Understand your style but be brave enough to push the boundaries
While it is tempting to go down the safe road of an all-white kitchen, it is more rewarding to push the design boundaries. You should aim for a brilliant renovation instead of an average one. Playing it safe is great for investment properties, but creating your dream kitchen allows for more creativity.
3 Select colored cabinets
4. Sink placement
Don’t place your sink on the island bench top, particularly if you are a drip-dryer because a cluttered island bench makes for a chaotic looking kitchen. Instead, construct the bench around the sink to conceal the clutter.
5 Storage Space And Organize
Kitchens typically contain lots of stuff. Not only that, but items often concealed behind kitchen cabinets can be oddly shaped and require a lot of space, such as food processors or stand mixers. Finding a home for your appliances while keeping them easily accessible can be tricky.
Because built-ins are expensive and the overall size of the area may be limited, one big design mistake is not including enough storage. Almost every kitchen has wasted space, but this can be minimized with adequate planning and forethought.
If your kitchen is small, consider installing extra-long upper cabinets with molding for extra storage space. Place lighting or greenery along the molding to draw the eyes up. Always install cabinets over the refrigerator; not utilizing this area is a waste of storage space for large or seasonal kitchen items. Finally, install shelves across the backs of the lower kitchen cabinet; this could add up to 4 square feet of storage space.
When designing a custom made kitchen, it’s crucial to provide cautious thought about how space will be utilized. Some questions that you need to answer would be:
While cooking, do you want people to be with you in the kitchen?
Would you want people sitting on the other side of the bar to talk with you while you’re cooking?
How a kitchen should work is a personal matter, and your kitchen design should reveal that.
6. Clear the kitchen space
If you are able to place items away or store them out of sight, your kitchen will be a much better place to work. Like all the things, you have in your cupboard, you need to plan where to keep each one in the new kitchen so that the work can be done efficiently; for example, oils and spices near the cook top, chopping boards and platters near the work-space and baking trays close to the oven. Access to cutlery and dinnerware should be kept away from the working area so others can help in setting the table or dishing up.
7 Make sure you source a custom manufactured kitchen
There is nothing worse than designing and installing your dream kitchen and it doesn’t fit the space. Some companies use modular cabinets, therefore leaving the spaces in-between to be filled with fillers and panels. Not only does this look bad, it is a waste of space too. Make sure your chosen kitchen company custom make their cabinets. Beware, some companies use the words “custom designed kitchen” which differs from custom manufactured kitchens.
8 Choose durable materials that need little maintenance
It is tempting to look at kitchens you see in magazines and dream about white marble filled spaces. While they are stunning, your kitchen is likely going to be a 20-year investment, so you will want to choose materials that are durable. While marble can look great, it is also porous, it can absorb stains and needs maintenance. Stainless steel looks great in photos too but it scratches easily too. Choose materials that suit you and your family’s needs.
9 Don’t forget your appliances
You will want to enjoy your new kitchen with new appliances too. Appliances can be a significant part of your kitchen budget, but remember they will get used everyday. You don’t have to choose the most expensive appliances but choose brands that are well known so they can be serviced if need be. It’s a good idea to purchase extended warranty too for peace of mind.
10 Dont Ignoring Your Recycling
As recycling has become more prevalent, dealing with trash in kitchen design has gone beyond sticking a bin under the sink. Be prepared to manage your trash efficiently incorporate sorting bins for recyclables into your kitchen design.
When designing your dream kitchen, it is easy to get excited and forget about the nitty gritty daily needs of the space. If you are tight on space, use the under-sink area for pull out bins, which come in a variety of designs and sizes. If you have more room and need something larger, consider adding a full-length pull out bin. The best place to keep a bin is near the sink.