5 Design Tips for your Kitchen Master Piece
February 22, 2021
A kitchen carries the soul of a home. This is where family and friends come together to enjoy a comforting home-cooked meal.
It’s where your little ones learn how to make brownies and cookies for the first time.
The kitchen usually holds great memories and deserves elaborate planning through the design process.
While looking through these tips, think about how the kitchen should harmonize with the spaces around it, including your 1 bedroom house plans and 2 bedroom house plans.
Also, think about your preferences and how this space will work for your family’s needs.
1. The Almighty Triangle
When designing your home, one of the best things you can do is incorporating the kitchen work triangle.
The idea is to create a triangle that connects your refrigerator, sink, and cooking elements in a way that diminishes kitchen traffic.
This design concept allows the cook easy access to cooking supplies, storage areas, and washing facilities. It also provides ample spacing that reduces regular traffic in the kitchen.
During meal times, there are usually multiple people helping out in the kitchen. This design concept accommodates this aspect of modern-day living.
Remember, the almighty triangle is a guide, not a law so you can adjust the guide to suit your individual needs.
2. Storage Guru
A frustrating kitchen is one without ample storage. Limited storage can lead to a cluttered, messy kitchen which can be very dangerous.
Imagine lifting something hot off the stove, bumping into something, and spilling hot oil all over. Yikes!
These accidents can be mitigated by incorporating storage space into your kitchen design.
If you have space, consider adding a pantry, placing a pot rack on top of your kitchen island, or doubling up on appliances.
If your kitchen space is limited there are some ideas you can use to create storage. You can hang a pegboard to a wall and can be adjusted based on your needs.
You can use window sills to store spices, use the top of your fridge as a mini pantry or hang a magnetic knife rack on your pegboard.
3. Light it up
From cutting vegetables to washing dishes, there are a lot of tasks in the kitchen that require plenty of light.
A great kitchen is positioned in a way where there are loads of natural light coming in from multiple directions.
At night artificial lighting should be done in such a way that the whole kitchen is illuminated. There are three types of artificial lighting; general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
General lighting includes lighting fixtures that light up the whole kitchen. They aren’t overly bright and you can generally see what is happening in the kitchen.
Task lighting is light that hangs overhead and is used to perform certain tasks. An example of these lights is pendulum lights that go on top of islands. These are used when chopping vegetables or mixing spices.
Accent lighting is used to accentuate the details of your magnificent kitchen. These lights aren’t very important but if you’d like to show off your great kitchen, they are a great choice.
4. Don’t be an appliance miser
One of the most important things about a great kitchen is state of the art appliances.
Think about the kind of appliances you would like for your home and incorporate them into the design.
For example; maybe you would like a dishwasher under your kitchen island. You need to think about the dimensions of the dishwasher and the dimensions of the island.
This is why thinking ahead is important because it mitigates frustrating sizing mistakes.
If you have a large family, think about doubling up appliances that are used often.
If you have space, you could set up a small kitchen area for your kids with a mini-fridge full of snacks, a microwave, and a small sitting area to keep them out of the main kitchen area while you’re cooking.
You’ve heard of the age-old adage, cheap is expensive. When scouting for kitchen appliances, buy high-quality brands. Not only do they look good in your kitchen but they work better and last longer than your average brands.
5. Battering your budget
At the end of the day, your priority should be your budget because your kitchen is not your entire house.
Many expensive fittings go into a kitchen and you need a firm budget to keep you centered.
Figure out how much you’d like to spend on building your house and out of that, figure out how much money you are willing to allocate to kitchen expenditures. This can save you a lot of fiscal frustrations that won’t damage your finances.
These considerations are just the tip of the iceberg when designing and building your dream kitchen. You can plunge some Modern home plans to gather some ideas.
At the end of the day, designing a beautiful kitchen that works for the whole family is the end goal and I hope these tips have been helpful!