What to look for when designing your kitchen
❖How do you use a kitchen? The kitchen layout should be designed to perfectly fit your lifestyle.
❖Is it an open-plan space? Focus on the layout of the working part of the kitchen first, but also on its relationship with a dining table, if there is one, or – in an open plan kitchen-living-diner – the other zones.
❖Don’t forget the working triangle. To plan the preparation and cooking space, use the design concept of the working triangle of the kitchen. The three points are the fridge, sink and hob with imaginary lines between these forming the triangle shape. The three points should be near enough to each other to make meal preparation efficient but each workstation shouldn’t feel restrictive.
❖What will work best with your kitchen’s shape? Think of the triangle imposed on the possible layouts a kitchen can take. These are galley kitchens, U-shaped kitchens, L-shaped kitchens, curved kitchens, and open plan kitchens.
A. Modern Kitchens: Choose chic minimalistic cabinetry for a contemporary kitchen design.
Contemporary kitchens can work in modern or period homes, but they do look most at home in light-filled, simple spaces. Think elegant, minimalist cabinetry, carefully selected color simple schemes and perhaps a few feature pieces in there too. You’ll see that modern kitchens often have fitted storage and built-in appliances to keep that minimalist look. If you want to design a kitchen that is clutter-free, a modern kitchen is the best kitchen design for you.
B. Modern Kitchens: Choose chic minimalistic cabinetry for a contemporary kitchen design.
Traditional kitchens fit perfectly if you live in a period home with traditional features and lovely quirks – but can also really suit modern homes in need of a touch of character. There are plenty of kitchen styles that come underneath the umbrella of ‘traditional’ so you can find a style to suit your tastes.
C. Modern Kitchens: Choose chic minimalistic cabinetry for a contemporary kitchen design.
Freestanding kitchens will work in modern or period homes, and are less about that new, built-in kitchen look and more about mixing and matching one-off pieces to create a one-off kitchen design. This kind of kitchen design takes more thought because it’s not as straightforward as just choosing a fitted kitchen.