Of all the rooms in the house, creating or renovating a new kitchen is a real challenge. Not only is it significant in being the central food hub of the house, but the diversity of appliances and devices means there is a host of key elements to consider. This doesn’t mean the process should be stressful though. Whether you’ve hired a designer or are designing the kitchen yourself, there is always help and guidance out there, and we really hope this post gives you some good advice towards your new planning project!
Ideas and Inspirations for your new kitchen
Within the kitchen, there are three main working areas: the cooker/hob, the sink and the fridge. Planning your kitchen with these in mind creates a ‘working triangle’ – an area that places all three of these in a layout that ensures they are both convenient and close to one another in a triangular formation. From this, you can build a U-shaped, L-shaped, linear or gallery shaped kitchen, and designate certain kitchen zones: food storage, cooking, and washing.
If you have extra space, consider whether it would be best for living space, a dining area, or an island for extra cooking and food storage. Contrastingly, if you are a bit space restricted, consider integrating your bin, having sliding drawers (e.g. in the bottom of a larder) or open shelves.
Additionally, if you have a good source of natural light, then you should aim to utilize this as much as possible. Don’t forget the practicality of electric lighting though, and plug sockets – both are very important in the kitchen!
Planning your kitchen storage space can be deceptively tricky as you need to ensure you have enough. You need to think about food, pans and pots, electrical appliances, plates, bowls, cutlery – the list is extensive! But we all know there is nothing worse than opening a cupboard and having half the contents fall on you…
Start planning your kitchen storage by making a list of all your objects, grouping them together and deciding what size and kind of storage space you need. This can be in a more display-style, such as an open wine rack and hanger for frying pans (see image), or hidden behind cabinets and drawers.
When choosing between storage spaces, think of how their size and proximity to other appliances may be useful in its function. Also consider doors with glass insets to break up the appearance of a long run of units, but make sure you have good-looking pieces to store inside!
The kitchen space is a lot more than just a space for preparing and cooking meals. It can be a great place to work, relax and socialize too, so it is important to create your new kitchen in a style suited to you. Think carefully about the theme you are after – is it more country-style? Or white-sleek contemporary? – And align your design, color scheme and decor around this.
There is an incredible diversity of kitchen styles available at different budgets out there, so it is advisable to do a bit of research. Have a look at online brands, blogs, go in store, or make a Pinterest board. Take frequent notes of your inspirations and what really works for you, in both finance and style. Also bear in mind that this room is going to take a fair amount of hammering over the years (especially if you have children!), so it is advisable to invest in durable materials that will withstand this.
So, once you’ve calculated your space, layout and storage facilities for your new kitchen, it’s time to think about the finishing touches. Think about what appliances you’d like to leave exposed and readily accessible– such as a coffee machine, kettle or blender – but be sure to minimize clutter so that your worktops remain clear.
Also plan ahead for your displays. Are you one to show beautiful crockery on a shelf, for instance? Or are you a fan of wall art? A kitchen can really lend itself to the color and design of walls too; whether they’re a statement with a fun pattern, or cool and sophisticated with a single pale color.
You should also further consider the electrical and natural lighting. Think about where extra light is desirable, but also remember to include blinds/curtains – that beautiful sunlight can sometimes be blinding! Blinds can also be another way to inject a color or pattern into a room, similar to the effect of plants. These can be aesthetically pleasing, or practical herbs used for cooking!
The kitchen is the perfect place for you to express your style and personality, but try not to rush into anything too quickly. Consider each of the planning stages carefully, before moving on to the next.