Choosing the right kitchen can be a daunting process.
Not only do you need to consider the size and functionality of the kitchen, but you also need to think about what fixtures, finishes and appliances will best suit.
As they say, the kitchen really is the heart of the home. It’s often a place where the family comes together to eat, entertain and catch-up.
A well designed and presented kitchen can add immense value to your home and make your time cooking more efficient and more enjoyable.
First and foremost, get the design right. If you’re a passionate cook be sure that your kitchen design has ample bench space. Some of this space will most likely be lost due to appliances like your toaster, coffee machine and food processor. However, try to allow for extra space for things like food preparation, entertaining friends and family and the addition of any decorative elements you might like to show off, like flowers.
The distance between the sink, stove and refrigerator is often referred to as the kitchen triangle. It’s important that this space works cohesively. For example, inconvenient swinging doors, narrow aisles or cut-off access can result in a space that is unsystematic.
Designing a kitchen that has sufficient storage is vital. Therefore, ensure your kitchen has a lot of overhead cupboard space. This makes things easy to locate and retrieve.
Open shelving is a big trend at the moment. This option can significantly decrease the amount of storage however.
Appliances are the workhorses of your kitchen. Choosing the right ones for your kitchen can be confusing due to the vast array of products on the market. Consider investing in products that have a high energy rating. These products will be better for the environment and are likely to save you money when it comes to your household bills.
Also think about the positioning of your appliances when you’re designing your new kitchen. For example, placing your refrigerator next to a warm appliance will result in the refrigerator drawing more power in order to keep cool.
When choosing your appliances also think about your cooking habits. For example, if you’re a keen baker you might require a built in double wall oven that will give you more space. If you eat out most nights you might only require a small fridge.
Having a gas or electric stove is purely down to personal preference. Traditionally, gas has been the most popular choice but the introduction of induction technology is quickly changing this mindset.
When choosing your finishes be sure to keep to the style of home you have in mind, thus flowing this through the entire home.
Choose a benchtop that’s durable and easy to clean. Granite, reconstituted stone and marble are great options, however they can be quite costly. For a cheaper option consider a quality laminate with various edge finishes. This can give the effect of stone. Aim for light neutral colours that are soft on the eye.
When choosing kitchen cabinetry choose something that won’t date quickly. Look for light coloured cabinetry to keep the space open and light, using other things like wall hangings, flowers and lighting to create texture and decorative accents.
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