The kitchen is often considered to be the focal point of any home. We spend a lot of time in the them so it’s important that they’re well designed, both in terms of functionality but also aesthetically.
There are a few dos and don’ts to designing a new kitchen which we’re going to share with you in this article.
The primary function of any kitchen is providing an effective space to cook meals. Unless you don’t cook, this ethos should be at the heart of any design decisions you make.
Your kitchen should feel bright and welcoming but there is no point in locating your fridge 10 metres away from the nearest surface. This just makes it a hassle to use.
- As boring as it sounds, consider how easy your finished space will be to clean. Your design should incorporate access for cleaning as well as the maintenance of any appliances present.
- Make sure you locate all appliances within easy reach of each other as you would expect them to be when in use.
Let There Be Light
Lighting is everything in a kitchen. Natural light should be present in abundance and available exactly where it is needed. For those rooms where natural light is at a premium, it is even more important to make use of efficient artificial lighting.
We suggest you consult the experts to assist you in combining both fluorescent and LED lighting where they can best be utilised. Everybody loves hidden, under cabinet lighting so be sure to incorporate those wherever possible.
Define Your Centrepiece
This is usually the stove, cooker or the range. One of the most important appliances within your kitchen, you should purchase the best you can afford. It’s the largest and most visible appliance within your kitchen so make it count.
Second to the stove is the island. They haven’t quite gone out of fashion yet so feel free to incorporate one if you have the space.
Decide on Your Countertops
The types of countertop available to you are endless. There literally is a choice of material for every occasion. Marble or granite are past and present favourites whereas timber in the right colour and grain is sure to add a touch of class to any home.
We actively avoid stainless steel these days as it can be a nightmare to clean.
No Flaws with Your Floor
To top it all off, your floor surface of choice needs to compliment and accentuate all of the other design decisions you have made.
Avoid any floor surface that can trap food to keep maintenance requirements low. Stone tiles always work well and can be found in a range of sizes and colours.
You’re not alone in this grand undertaking. There are several kitchen showrooms in the South-West of England so take the time to visit a few. Kitchens in Wiltshire for instance can be supplied by some of the most high-end designers and suppliers in the country. Make use of their expertise and your kitchen will be the envy of all of your friends.
Designing a kitchen can be simple when you know how, and if you don’t, there is no shame in calling in the experts.