Kitchens are the busiest rooms in homes around the world. They have become more than a place to cook food, they are a place to gather before and after a long day of school and work, or to socialize in the evenings with dinners or parties. Kitchen design has evolved to match this demand and the professionals who make a living from their ability to make a kitchen dazzle and impress have some key tips that just keep popping up no matter who you talk to. Five of the most common answers from professionals regarding top kitchen layout tips are below.
Don’t Scrimp On Storage
A point shared by anyone from any niche of the kitchen sphere – from interior designers to cabinet experts to even Martha Stewart – is to make the absolute best out of the space you have available. One of the best ways to do this is by utilizing storage solutions during the planning of your job. There are plenty of ways to add extra storage to your kitchen without doing anything out of the ordinary.
Think of the quick wins first. If you have a lot of larger, cumbersome pieces of cookware, invest in deep drawers for your base cabinets to keep them collected and organized rather than having them go wherever they will squeeze. Your wall cabinets can reach right up to the ceiling rather than leaving dead space above them. Drawers and cabinets can surround your range to store everything you could possibly need while cooking.
Map Out Your Kitchen Layout Space
If you’re building or renovating a kitchen you have a great chance to throw in some extra conveniences that your old kitchen couldn’t offer you. We have more appliances at our disposal now than ever, from slow cookers to blenders to bread makers and fryers. Choosing a kitchen layout should incorporate these features into the room so they aren’t sat on the countertops taking up valuable space when you aren’t using them.
One excellent modern trend for storing larger appliances links back to making the most of storage solutions. It is a growing trend for people to fit cubed shelving on a free wall to make a handy grid that their appliances can sit in. You can either leave it open so you can see exactly where everything is or cover it over with a curtain or sliding door to keep a minimalist vibe. Plan in advance what appliances you want and where they will be stored neatly. It’s also worth pointing out that adding appliances may require extra outlets so bear that in mind when considering a redesign.
Always Think Triangle
A regularly heard expression in the kitchen design landscape revolves around the three main components of any kitchen. The work triangle consists of the range, the sink and the refrigerator, and choosing a kitchen layout should begin with the relationship between these three. Working with any designer on your kitchen will result in them drawing in the triangle to make your life easier once the project is complete. Take them through your evening cooking and cleaning family routine and let them draw you up the most efficient solutions.
The flow of your kitchen and how you tend to cook can affect the nature of the triangle. You can even set up more than one work triangle to each serve a different purpose and make the process of laying your designs down easier. Your ideal kitchen layout should be the three busiest areas working closely enough together so that you aren’t running a marathon every time you make dinner, yet with enough space between them to accommodate two cooks or more, depending on your dynamic.
Bring The Party To You
It’s no secret that kitchens are becoming ever more central to hosting and entertaining. A standout kitchen can set the tone by dazzling your guests and accommodating them with an open plan inclusive feel. As the host you are more than likely going to be spending a little time preparing food, whether a family meal or party snacks, and you can bring the party to the kitchen with some cleverly designed layouts.
Open plan kitchens are popping up in more and more new homes because of how versatile they can be. A great idea for frequent entertainers or those with bigger families is installing a kitchen island with a seating area set back from your work triangles. This keeps everyone together and engaged while not interfering with the person cooking. Professional designers will look for ways to make the kitchen functional yet relaxing, stylish and inviting.
Get The Lighting Right
The kitchen is the most important room for effective lighting. Getting the lighting right means covering a range of different functions and situations. You will want bright white task lights to surround your worktops and keep you safe while using knives and ensuring any meat or fish is cooked fully before serving. Task lighting can also bring your countertops into sharp focus when contrasted with the warmer light elsewhere in the room.
Along with your task lights and your general lighting – typically a warmer tone than you would use for tasking but should be brighter if your kitchen doesn’t see much natural light – you have accent lighting for the other side of the modern kitchen. A relaxing and peaceful kitchen is what you will get with well-placed accent lighting. LED under-counter lighting is great for breakfast nooks and islands to show off and accentuate the places where people are gathered around and gives the design an extra flashiness. Miniature chandelier style pendant lights look best on an island to create a laid-back yet classy atmosphere.
Now you know what the pros keep in mind when prioritizing kitchen layouts you should be in a better position to plan out your own new kitchen. You should always enlist professional help when it comes to any renovations, but by following these tips you can lay the groundwork of a project any designer will want to jump on.