When it comes to designing your new kitchen, there are a lot of things to consider. The kitchen is a place not only for cooking, but for socialising and relaxing too. There is quite a lot to consider when designing the layout of your kitchen, from walkway width to appliance space, and even decoration! Our guide will list some important points on what to think about when designing your new kitchen.
Having one thing or a common theme in your kitchen that creates a focal point and draws the eye is a great feature to have in your kitchen. Whether you choose to have colourful cabinets, unique cabinet handles, or even eye-catching backsplash tiles, these are all options to make your kitchen your own and gives you the chance to complement your eye-catching features with complementary decorations and accessories!
If you have lots of spice jars, or you like to bake and have lots of ingredients in your cupboard, then plan for keeping them neat and tidy! Have a fitted spice rack on the inside of your cabinet or use dividers or storage baskets to keep your foodstuffs tidy and your cabinets clean. This will also stop your cabinets from getting any stains or crumbs!
Will your island be used as a preparation space, or more of a socialising place? If you’ll be preparing food on it or using it as extra counter space, consider having a sink on the island, or having drawers on the island for extra storage for your cookware. If you’d prefer to use your kitchen island as a space to entertain and socialise, install warm lighting above it and have a wine rack or cooler installed in the base of the island.
If you have a large family, think about whether you need more than one oven. Most ovens/hobs come with either four or six cooking rings, but if you’re a bit of a connoisseur in the kitchen, you might want more, or more special types such as a wok ring or a top-grill. As well as a kettle, you might also want a coffee machine that matches your kitchen’s colour scheme if you like a nice latte or flat white without the hassle of doing it all yourself. If the kids feel snackish after school, but you don’t want them going through the cupboards or near any hot appliances, consider a mini-fridge!
Imagine waking up first thing in the morning, you go to switch on the kettle, but then all of your mugs and brew-making stuff are in a cupboard on the other side of the kitchen! It might seem trivial, but your tired self might thank you by skipping those steps when you’re half-awake. Have your mugs hanging or stored near the kettle/coffee maker, and all other things such as coffee grounds, tea bags, sugar and teaspoons in one area of the kitchen. Convenience is king!
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There are decisions you can make when it comes to the worktops, appliances and more that will make cleaning your kitchen so much easier. For example, under mounted sinks won’t have a rim that will usually catch crumbs and bits of dirt. Choose a fridge with glass shelves rather than wire shelves so that any spillage doesn’t go over any food underneath and instead can be wiped up instantly.
Choosing your counter tops is another thing to consider before going ahead with your kitchen design. Matte counters can be easier to clean than glossy ones, and won’t show any cleaning streak marks or dust. Choosing lighter colours rather than dark is also a benefit, as you will be able to see any crumbs or spillage easier, as well as making your kitchen look lighter, airy, and more spacious than dark counters and cabinets.
We hope some of these tips will guide you on designing your new kitchen! If you visit our showroom, we can also offer advice on how to get the best out of your design. If you’re ready to get started, don’t hesitate to get in touch!