Planning on designing a new kitchen but don’t know where to start? We have the answers you were seeking. Here is how you can get functionality to the most used part of your home.
Are you planning to build a new kitchen or remodelling an old? Are you looking for a dream kitchen that is so flawless in appeal and functionality? Does the thought of designing a dream kitchen become a daunting task? Well you are a step away from achieving that because we have a checklist of things to consider so you can design the perfect kitchen.
How Do I Choose A Kitchen Layout?
The most important factor that determines how functional your kitchen will be is the layout. It is imperative to plan the right arrangement. If you are remodelling the kitchen, decide if the current layout works or needs modifications in terms of placement of equipment and storage. The top six kitchen layouts include: L-shaped, U-shaped, Island kitchen, Parallel or Galley, One Walled and G-Shaped. The general rule of thumb is to have a work triangle. This is the relationship between the cooking area, sink and refrigerator so you can switch between workstations effortlessly. Also some layouts like one walled kitchen are good for homes where there is less cooking or entertaining (such as for singles) while others like island kitchens are great for large families. And of course you need to choose a layout based on the amount of space available.
What Materials And Colours Do I Need For My Modular Kitchen?
Many elements make up the perfect kitchen. The right material is the first and foremost factor to make up a perfect kitchen. Remember this is a wet zone and therefore you need material for flooring, countertops and cabinets that are durable and long lasting. There are a plethora of materials available including granite, laminate, wood, quartz, or concrete. Stick to materials that look stylish and are comfortable to maintain and clean. Pick a colour palette for your kitchen. This scheme runs through your cabinets, backsplash and flooring.
An all white kitchen is a classic, as you see in this image. However, two toned colour schemes work as well these days with modern homeowners.
How Can I Increase The Storage Quotient In My Kitchen?
Cabinets, drawers, racks, and shelves are a vital addition to your kitchen. This helps organise everything from condiments, pots and pans, cutlery, crockery and your appliances. A tall unit is great to store crockery and glassware, cabinets with in-built racks for daily dishes, an oil pull out for bottles, a pantry for dry food items. You can also store spices and condiments in drawers built with organisers to protect seasonings from harsh sunlight or moisture. Drawers are convenient to store your large pots instead of racking them in a pile in the back of a cabinet. Tandem drawers are great for heavy utensils or a shallow roll-out to store lids and trivets. If your kitchen has an island built cabinets, wine racks or shelves on either side to store bottles or dinnerware. As you see the possibilities to maximise storage space in your kitchen are limitless.
How Much Light Does My Kitchen Need?
The simple answer to this is – lots! When it comes to light, natural light is the best, as it is eco-friendly and you won’t rack up exorbitant electricity bills. There are three types of lighting:
Ambient Lighting: The primary source of light for your kitchen. You might want to cast as much light as evenly possible from the ceiling. Your ambient lights can be chandeliers, pendant lights, and recessed lighting.
Accent Lighting: Accent lightings can be considered the ‘icing on the cake’ to your well-designed kitchen — wall sconces, floodlights, recessed lights, torchère lamps, or track lighting to accentuate your favourite elements.
Task Lighting: With task lighting your working area is adequately lit so you can prepare meals safely, read recipes, and spot ingredients on your shelves. Examples of task lighting can be strip lights and puck lights.
Adding funky pendant lights over an island bench will make your kitchen look luxe so do not underestimate the power of good lighting.
What Kitchen Appliances Do I Need?
A kitchen will not function without appliances. To have a proper functional working space you will need to include equipment and appliances that will last you for years to come. Some of these include a cooktop, refrigerator, a microwave and an oven. If your kitchen can accommodate other appliances mixers and wine racks then do build them into your design. To make your life simpler do ensure essential appliances are at arm’s length or maybe two,so you can easily multi-task.
Designing a kitchen is never easy and as you see there are several things to factor into its interior design. Thinking through everything will save you from making costly mistakes. A kitchen designed with the right functional elements will make your kitchen a pleasure to work in. Design Cafe offers a wide range of kitchen designs for every taste and budget. Visit our nearest experience centre to find your million dollar kitchen today.