Today’s kitchens are often the heart of the home. Therefore, careful planning is required to ensure a kitchen is both beautiful and highly functional. Here are some tips to consider when designing your kitchen.
Eliminate wasted steps. Think about how and where you use items. Store breakfast foods and bowls near the breakfast table. Keep wraps and plastic containers in one handy spot near a work surface for wrapping leftovers. Locate dishware near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading.
Direct traffic. For kid-friendly kitchen designs, keep the cooktop out of traffic areas so children don’t catch handles and cause spills when running through. Also, make the refrigerator accessible to both passersby and people working in cooking and cleanup areas.
Stay clear of corners. To make cabinet and appliance doors fully functional, plan space for the door’s clearance and swing direction in your kitchen design. Keep appliances away from corners, and make sure doors won’t bang into each other if open at the same time.
Find the right height for the microwave. The correct height and location for a microwave oven may vary depending on the chef and available space. For adults, 400mm above countertop level is a good microwave height.
Determine the island’s function. When it comes to kitchen islands, form follows function. If you want to cook and eat on kitchen islands, plan enough space so the cooking surface is safely separated from the dining area.
Plan landing space. When designing your kitchen, allow 400mm of worktop on each side of a hob and refrigerator. Landing space is also important near the microwave.
Consider a larder and utility to free up room and to move the noisy appliances out of the kitchen
Consider the worktops. Chefs who like to cook require more work space – ideally between the oven and sink – than those who cook infrequently
Remember to leave space for a bin, or have a bin that fits in a cupboard to save space.
Think short. Put kids’ favorite dishes and snack foods on shelves they can reach.
Add a message center. Establish a message center near the kitchen telephone. Put a bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard on the wall, and store a calendar, notebook, and writing utensils in a nearby drawer.
Plug it in. Install multiple outlets along the splashback and on the island so you’ll have electricity wherever you need it.
Cut cleaning time. Careful design decisions make cleaning easier. Glass refrigerator shelves catch spills that wire shelves let through. Flush-set or undermounted sinks don’t have a crumb-catching rim to worry about. Matte finishes don’t show dirt as much as glossy ones do.
Break up cabinetry blocks. Avoid boring, heavy blocks of doors and drawers by adding interesting details such as glass doors and display shelving. Or try wine storage or windows.
Use light colors in a small kitchen. Dark colour schemes shrink an already small space and make it less inviting. Use soft shades on kitchen cabinets and natural light to visually expand a small room.
Find a focal point. Splashy tile, fancy floors, sizable range hoods, bright kitchen cabinets, and busy worktop patterns give the eye too much to look at. Pick one focal point in your kitchen design and complement that area with a few other quieter, eye-catching details.
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