Having a spacious kitchen, complete with all the latest cooking and baking equipment and other necessities, is the dream of all chefs and home cooks who always want to whip up a selection of delectable savory and sweet dishes.
But aside from investing in various accouterments so that you can produce your scrumptious creations, you also need to have the right kitchen design. This is because your choice of kitchen layout will play a crucial role in its functionality and overall look.
As such, it is important to put some thought and extra work into coming up with your kitchen design if you want to have the perfect cooking and/or dining area.
Coming Up With the Perfect Kitchen Layout
If you’re having your kitchen renovated or you’re still designing one for your new home, here are five key factors you need to take note of when coming up with the final design:
The kitchen is first and foremost the place where you cook. However, there are other things you can do in this room – eat, watch TV, help your kids while they study or do their homework, etc.
If you want to have a kitchen that everyone in your family can use, you need to choose a design that prioritizes workflow.
The simplest but best layout for a functional kitchen is the classic triangle wherein the stove and sink are the two legs of the triangle, and the refrigerator is at its tip.
This plan ensures that the gap among the most used equipment and fixtures is closed, making it easier for the cook to work smoothly.
Storage is another essential provision you need to have in your kitchen, and you absolutely need to have plenty of storage options. As such, the number and type of storage options you want in your kitchen are also important factors you have to consider when designing your kitchen.
To correctly decide on the number and kinds of storage, take note of the free space in your kitchen and your requirements. If you don’t have a large kitchen but have lots of kitchen appliances and wares to store, you can opt for custom-built kitchen cabinets, cupboards, and benchtops to be sure they will all fit in the space.
Lighting is another essential component you have to factor in when coming up with your kitchen layout. The best light is always natural; as such, make sure you have the right number and sizes of windows.
A typical yet useful kitchen design is to have the sink (a fixture that is frequently used) placed under a window.
When choosing lighting fixtures, brightness, and shades, pick ones that don’t make your kitchen look too utilitarian, shadowy and unwelcoming. Keep in mind that the best kitchen lighting finds a balance between practicality and style. This means that the light is enough for the cook to see what he or she is doing and, at the same time, creates an ambiance that makes people feel at home.
Later on, you can add some decorative lighting fixtures to make your kitchen look more appealing.
The color or hues that you select for your kitchen can make or break the overall look of this room. It can be hard to choose the best color schemes for your kitchen, so the best way to get go about this is to first think about the overall design of your home, and the ambiance you want to achieve. You can then consider these points when planning the look and feel you want your kitchen to have.
Custom kitchen designers say that white, yellow, blue, grey, red, and green are colors that can make a kitchen shine. These hues can help create a warm and welcoming ambiance in the kitchen.
White, in particular, can energize the room – something that can serve you well if you often start your day in the kitchen.
In color psychology, warmer hues like red help stimulate one’s appetite and therefore are also superb options for kitchens. In addition, red is exceptionally versatile and there are several shades that would really pop in a kitchen.
5. Your budget
Lastly, your budget for your kitchen will also have an impact on its design. You can easily go overboard with a kitchen renovation or design project if you’re not careful because the prices of certain fixtures and features can quickly inflate or increase without prior notice.
Before embarking on this project, make sure you set a budget. You can then stick to the said amount by buying the more expensive, important features first such as materials for flooring, cabinets, furniture, etc. Once done, you can then get on with the other small matters.
If you are having a hard time coming up with the perfect kitchen layout, you can always get help from kitchen design and renovation experts. These pros will ensure you have a functional and attractive kitchen – one that you and everyone will love to spend endless hours in, day or night.
Toby Walker is the Director and Operations Manager of Zesta Kitchens. With over 30 years of industry experience (having previously operated Nobby Kitchens and Bunnings Warehouse Kitchen Centres in Melbourne). Toby’s passion is providing a unique customer kitchen renovation experience, and this filters through the business to ensure a quality product with an on-time kitchen renovation.