Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home as the whole family spends time there doing different activities such as cooking, enjoying a meal together, watching TV, or doing homework. Since this is the case in many homes, the kitchen design and layout should be carefully considered. Before deciding on what changes to make, we need to consider the features that fit our lifestyle and that we need in our kitchen. That will highly depend on the actions we perform with our family. When you have a beautiful, practical, and functional kitchen, you’ll definitely enjoy more spending time there. People even report having started to like cooking because of their new, freshly-renovated kitchen! If you’re yearning for a new kitchen design, take a look at some useful tips for designing the kitchen of your dreams.
Think About the Function You Want Your Kitchen To Serve
This is the most important aspect to start with as it will dictate the size, layout, and prominent kitchen features.
It might sound odd at first, but if you think about it carefully, you’ll see that there are many things we can do in our kitchen, besides fulfilling its basic role – cooking. For many modern families, the kitchen is the place to cook, hang out, chill, enjoy a meal, or perform some simple tasks. Such as doing homework, reading mail, or reading the news. Some people also use their kitchen for entertaining and having people over for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Think about these things carefully – it will help you narrow down the features that you need in your kitchen. It’s fine if you want to do all these things that we mentioned, but it is also okay if you want to use your kitchen only for cooking, just make sure that you plan accordingly.
Have Your Budget Limit in Mind
When doing any kind of renovations, it’s crucial to have your budget in mind as it helps you choose items efficiently, without exceeding your fund’s range. Kitchen renovations can be quite costly, so it is key here. You should let your designer know your budget limit as well as the design you’re going for. It will help the designer choose items accordingly, having in mind both your style, wishes, and finances. Prioritizing is also an essential point in kitchen design. Designers are often able to give a quote to their clients, so you can know ahead how much money you need approximately.
Consider the Essential Appliances You Need and the So-Called ‘Kitchen Work Triangle’
Before deciding on the layout, you need to make sure that you know what appliances you need in your kitchen. We all have different needs, so it will highly depend on us. Of course, the basic elements of every kitchen include a stove, sink, and refrigerator. The position of these three should be carefully considered in terms of their proximity and accessibility. It’s important to establish the so-called ‘kitchen work triangle’, which means that you have an easy workflow between these things.
You can consider other useful appliances such as a microwave and a place where all the family members can reach it. A coffee maker or an espresso machine, blender, toaster, chopper, mixer – the options are countless. Make sure to include only those that you need and find a place for them. Other, bulkier machines include the dishwasher and perhaps a washing machine if you don’t have a separate laundry room. It’s important to note that you should buy appliances which you can easily find parts for, in case they get broken. For example, opt for a washing machine for which you can easily find spare washing machine parts for. It will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money in the future.
Remember To Include Some Savvy Storage Options
One thing is for sure, we need a lot of storage options in order to have our kitchen look neat and tidy at all times. There are many smart storage options that can do wonders even for a small kitchen. You need storage for pots, plates, glasses, cups, and other utensils, as well as a place for small kitchen appliances that you use daily, or weekly. It needs to have easy access. There are many modern options including pull-out shelves and drawers, walk-in pantries, sliding doors, and many others.
Don’t Forget About the Kitchen Lighting
The kitchen is the place where lighting plays an important role. You need to take into consideration three types of lighting. Firstly, general lighting (lighting that lights up the entire space) includes some ceiling lights, chandeliers, and even pendant lighting. You can add dimmers to these in order to be able to control the amount of light and make an atmosphere. Secondly, task lighting is used to light up when performing certain tasks. It includes all kinds of cabinet lighting as well as lighting over the sink. Thirdly, accent lighting is there purely for decorative purposes. Its main function is the highlight your beautiful kitchen. Uplighting is just one example.
In order to create a dream kitchen, we need plenty of time, effort, thorough research, some creativity, and careful consideration – without any of these, we might easily overlook some essential features, which would later be costly to add.
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