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Kitchen Design 101: Function and Elegance

By Realty Times

Designing a kitchen for remodeling is a fun, exciting task, but it requires a lot of thought. You could have an idea in your head, but you need to know whether your inner vision will be functional. If you are inexperienced, you might want to hire an interior designer to help. However, this article will give you some tips on kitchen design so you can balance aesthetics and functionality to create the space of your dreams.

Layout

Choosing the layout of your kitchen should be one of the first steps you take, and the size of your kitchen will significantly determine what you can do with it. For example, if your kitchen is too small for an island, but you want one for cooking ease, consider getting a rolling microwave stand that you can store to the side until it’s time to cook. This way, the kitchen isn’t too cluttered when you’re not cooking. 

Color Scheme

Choosing a color scheme is a lot of fun. Black and white are popular, but adding a splash of bright color can make your kitchen come to life. Of course, you don’t have to stop at a splash, either. If you want a specific color to dominate your kitchen, black, white, or grey accents can make it all come together. Plus, an interior designer can work with you, so none of the colors clash.

Appliances

The placement of your appliances is essential. You may not think it’s that big of a deal, but you know that location matters if you cook a lot. So your stovetop, microwave, and oven should be located near your preparation spot. If you have a dishwasher, put it close to the sink so you can quickly load it after you rinse the food off. The refrigerator should probably be located near the pantry or food prep area. Focusing on accessibility will improve your cooking experience later.

Storage

Making the most out of the space is critical, especially when it comes to storage. If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, you may want to get custom kitchen cabinets to maximize your storage capabilities. Just ensure that you have enough room for food, cooking supplies, and anything else you plan to store in your kitchen. If you still don’t have enough space, consider keeping the plates, bowls, and utensils in a case in the dining room.

Traffic

The kitchen is often a hub for families. In the morning, the kids are there eating breakfast, getting lunches for school, and pestering mom the entire time while she prepares everything. This can be constant if your kids are home for the summer. In addition, if you like to host parties, you’ll have a lot of traffic in the kitchen. So you need to make sure that you have plenty of space to cook while people are coming in and out.

Accessibility and Convenience

You should design your kitchen to work for you. If you have a disability that requires accessibility features, you should have an interior designer conveniently incorporate these things. However, convenience also means placing items in locations that accommodate your daily routine. For example, if you like to make coffee every morning, you should ensure enough space for your coffee maker, cream, sugar, and mugs. Keeping everything in one spot will streamline your mornings.

Doors, Knobs, and Where to Put Them

You must be wary about where you place cabinets and doors, particularly in corners. You want to make sure none of the doors or cabinets will hit each other if they’re both open. Likewise, if you want knobs or handles on your cabinets, make sure you don’t put them in corners where they can get caught on each other. 

Families With Kids

Kids are destructive, and they never grow out of it. If you have a large family with kids, you may want to incorporate child safety features into your design. In addition, you’ll want to make sure none of the materials used for your new kitchen are too fragile. You may think it won’t happen, but they always find a way to destroy things. Therefore, granite may be your best bet to make the countertops last.

Conclusion

Designing a kitchen is exciting, but it’s more work than most think. Many people don’t consider functionality, traffic, and storage because they’re most concerned about aesthetics. Plus, trying to design a kitchen without the help of an interior designer could be a waste because they can help you make the most out of your space. However, if you can’t afford to hire one, you could simply update your existing layout.