Getting a new kitchen is an exciting thing, but designing it to look great and be practical can be difficult – especially if it’s your first time. Here, we offer some great tips to make the process easier and more fun for you;
Designing A Practical Layout
No matter how big or small your kitchen is, keep in the mind the optimum working triangle – sink, worktop and oven. Or, if your kitchen is super-tiny, have these in a linear layout.
In addition, look practically at where and when you use certain items. For example, including a breakfast bar is a great choice but make sure things you would use in the morning are stored close by. Similarly, try planning cupboards for plates and cutlery close to where the dishwasher will be so it will be so much easier to unload the dishwasher and keep baking essentials in a cupboard near to the worktop that you’ll be using to bake.
In addition, make sure to include wide walkways. Paths through the kitchen should be no smaller than 36” wide and they shouldn’t go below 42” wide in the cooking zone. Make it 48” wide in the cooking zone if it’s likely there will be two cooks in the kitchen at one time and you’re sure to avoid bumping into each other, making cooking with the kids a little less stressful.
Use Quality Materials
The kitchen is the most commonly used space in the house. And it is the heart of the home. Remember that quality doesn’t have to mean expensive, it just means making sure that you buy the best quality materials available to you. Not only will it look so much better but it will last a lot longer.
Fixtures such as granite worktops look amazing and will last a lifetime, even if you decided to change the cupboard doors in a few years time. These worktops, available from suppliers such as Mister Marble also last a long time – and they’re likely to be still be on trend for years to come. In addition, they’re practical as well as stylish -easy to clean, granite worktops don’t stain or break during day-to-day use.
Pick A Colour Scheme
Pick a colour scheme early and stick to it. A great way to get ideas and inspiration is to look on photo-rich social media platforms such as Pinterest or Instagram to get an idea of what colours work together and how you can best use colour in your space. One trick to make a small kitchen appear bigger is to keep the same colours on the walls, ceilings and across the cupboard fronts too. This gives the illusion of the space. Using glossy front cupboard doors also helps to give the same illusion by reflecting light, both natural and ambient, about the space.
Unfortunately, if you have pets and small children, sticky marks on your glossy cabinet doors may drive you to distraction. Although simple enough to wipe away, a good compromise would be to have glossy finish on higher cupboards but a matte finish on low-level cupboards and drawer fronts.
Many people neglect the lighting when designing their kitchen. Adding spotlights to the ceiling or the underside of cupboards really brightens up the room and keeps lighting fixtures out of the way. Alternatively, opting for feature lighting over a breakfast bar is a great touch that is sure to add the wow factor to this area.
Above all, your new kitchen should be designed to meet your needs – and that means planning your new kitchen in detail before you hit the shops.
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