You and I both agree that the kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s the hub of all delicacies. But, truth is: no one enjoys cooking in a poorly designed or cluttered kitchen. Or is there?
If you want to know how to design a kitchen, or are you simply looking for ideas on how to remodel your kitchen, this article is for you.
Read on for easy and practical steps on how to create your dream picture.
1. Start by Looking At The Bigger Picture
Are you building a new home? Or do you want to upgrade your current kitchen?
Whatever the case, begin by visualizing the end product. What kitchen layout would you want? How big will your kitchen be? We will look at the various kitchen layout options shortly. Also, take note of all the things you wouldn’t want in your kitchen.
Then, consider the positioning of your kitchen to the other rooms in your house. Is it an open plan kitchen or closed kitchen? The design of the kitchen you choose should blend in well with that of the rest of the house.
Look at the type of kitchen appliances you intend to have. Also, consider their sizes. Now draft a sketch of your dream kitchen on a paper.
Here are the five main possible layouts of a kitchen.
• Galley Kitchen
There are two variations of the galley kitchen design: a single or a double gallery. A single galley kitchen is designed such that everything (including the cabinets) is on only one side of the wall. This design is popular in small l kitchens. On the other hand, a double galley kitchen design has two units on two opposite walls, which creates a passage (or galley) between them. This design is simple yet extremely efficient.
• U-shaped kitchen
In the U-shaped kitchen, units are arranged around three adjacent walls to form a U shape. This type of kitchen design is ideal for larger kitchens. You can create lots of storage space. But, it is recommended that upper cabinets are installed on only one or two sides of the U shape. Otherwise, the kitchen may feel too closed with cabinets on all three sides.
• L-shaped kitchen
This is one of the most common kitchen layouts. It is perfect for both large and small kitchen spaces. Here, the units are arranged along perpendicular walls. If you want to achieve a more elegant and less cluttered L-shaped kitchen design, consider installing wall cabinets only on the longer side of the L shape.
• Open-plan kitchen
As a general rule of thumb, an open plan kitchen should be in the darkest side of the space. It should be close to the dining area and farthest from the main door. Another trending variation of an open plan kitchen is the inclusion of sliding doors to somehow separate the living area and the kitchen.
• Island Kitchen
This type of kitchen design is common in open-plan kitchens. It is also often incorporated in large U shaped kitchen designs. In an island kitchen, an extra working surface (the island) is included in the middle of the kitchen.
You can as well add one or two seats to your island to form a small kitchen hangout joint.
When designing your kitchen, ensure that you create as much storage space as possible. It will come in very handy. But, if your kitchen cabinets will utilize even the corners spaces and other curvy areas in your kitchen, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
First, ensure all cabinet doors can open freely without inhibiting the adjacent doors or shelves. Also, make sure that these cabinets do not block the natural light in the kitchen.
In case feel the kitchen is a little tad too dark, consider adding extra lights.
2. Have The kitchen Triangle In Mind
Irrespective of the type of kitchen design, be keen to maintain the golden kitchen triangle. The sink, stove, and fridge should form a triangle. The triangle increases the efficiency of the cook. The smaller the triangle, the better the navigation is in the kitchen. However, it is recommended that no side of the triangle should be below 4 feet.
3. Choose a top-quality kitchen worktop
When it comes to the choice of kitchen countertop, it all narrows down to your tastes, preferences, and budget. Remember that the type of countertop you select is going to be in your kitchen for years. Thus, it must be durable. It should also match the style of the other sections of your home.
One of the most elegant options of a kitchen countertop is granite. It is attractive and classy, extremely strong, and very durable. However, be ready to spend a few extra dollars. Other cheaper options include quartz, concrete, glass, marble, tiles … the list is endless.
4. Consider The Location Of Lighting And Other Electrical Features
Next, consider your preferred type of lighting in your kitchen. Where would you want lighting fixtures to be? A good idea is to install different types of lightings at different height levels. You can even have some of the lights integrated with your kitchen cabinet.
Also, consider the best position of electrical sockets and switches. Generally, a kitchen needs plenty of sockets. The sockets should be in proximity to the areas where your fridge and other electrical appliances will be.
5. Choose The Best Services Providers
Research shows that an average American spends more than 13 hours per week in the kitchen. Thus, there’s a need for using the best service providers available.
Choose the best architects and interior designers. Select the topmost cabinet manufacturers within your budget. And, also, hire only top-notch contractors. You will not only get the ultimate value for your money but you’ll also love the output.
The Bottom Line,
There is no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to how to design a kitchen. It all depends on the available kitchen space, budget, and personal preferences.
However, you can achieve an elegant kitchen design by following the simple steps outlined above.
I hope this article helps you design your dream kitchen!