A kitchen is no longer just a cooking area in today’s new style homes. It is being planned, designed and designed more and more around not only its functional context but also according to the decoration of the house, personal comfort and a place where even guests can be welcomed. When there is so much to accommodate in your cozy space, kitchen design should be well planned and designed accordingly.
Whether you have the luxury of a grand and spacious kitchen or are confused about how to design something in that small kitchen space, there are always great options with the ever-increasing products ready to fix. What you choose should not only depend on your space, but also on the functionality of your kitchen. This is because a functionally challenging kitchen can make the cooking process cumbersome and wear you down.
Your kitchen style comes much later, so stick to those amazing themes you’ve planned. First and foremost make sure your basic sections are clearly laid out and the hardware associated with those sections carefully planned. The following sections are critical in kitchen design and should be well planned:
1. Floor plan: First and foremost is the floor plan. A floor plan can be U-shaped, L-shaped, Galley or one with an Island in the middle. Again which plan you choose depends on the space. For example, an L shape and an Island would be best for a large kitchen; while for a small kitchen, a kitchen plan is suitable.
2. Storage: The second point of focus should be storage. Since storage is a major concern, it should be planned efficiently. Try to use every inch available for neat storage space. This would involve not only planning your base and wall cabinets but also vertical wall storage such as wall organizers, mobile trolley storage etc.
A large kitchen can have the luxury of many base cabinets and a few wall cabinets. But in the small kitchen where every inch counts, you can try an equal number of base and wall cabinets (avoid twisting though). The small kitchens can use more folding equipment and ready to mount type of storage equipment rather than permanent ones, which can make it uncomfortable. So a vertical plastic shelf with 4-5 drawers can be used instead of extra cabinets to serve the purpose as well as fit in a small space.
3. Kitchenware: Mostly people like to keep their appliances like fridge, microwave and oven in the kitchen itself. But if space is a constraint, you can keep only the most regularly used appliances like the refrigerator while keeping others in the dining area or store room etc.
4. Dining: If you wish to eat in the kitchen itself, again you will have to consider your available space (after designing the one mentioned above). Large kitchens can accommodate a large stylish dining table but small kitchens will have to make do with folding tables and chairs. A double table (butterfly) saves quite a lot of space.
5. Theme: After setting up the basic kitchenware and tools in place, you can then design it around a particular style or theme. This can be the same as your home decor or a different color scheme. With a wide range of kitchen decoration accessories, you have many places that you can beautify. Kitchen cabinet doors, handles, knobs, backsplash and laminate tiles, floor tiles, ceiling lights and work area lights, wall accessories such as innovative wall organizers, pull up window curtains and other decorative pieces can be arranged in an appropriate way to make your kitchen a designer one. However, do not over clutter, whether a small or large kitchen, as there is enough that is generated during the day while you cook. So keep an organized look for an enjoyable cooking experience throughout the day.
6. Durability: While choosing the above hardware, accessories and materials for your kitchen design, you should keep in mind the durability factor. Cabinets, drawers, backsplash tiles or glass are all high on investment and require time for installation. You definitely want it to last long as well. Therefore a a careful selection of durable and easy-to-maintain materials should be made before the final purchase.
Kitchen designs can be varied – depending on space, budget and family dining requirements. However, designing it on paper or preparing a computer generated layout before setting up the actual is always better… it will help prevent costly mistakes and also help to estimate costs. So happy designing and happy cooking!
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