A good kitchen design is very important for any home. The kitchen is where you’ll be spending much time in food preparation, and if it is not able to accommodate you in all the tasks, then this could lead to frustration. Usually, when one enters a kitchen, the flooring, cabinetry, sinks, furniture and color catches his attention, overlooking the thing that matters most – function. No matter how good your kitchen looks, but if it does not suitable for regular kitchen tasks, then nothing will come out of it but disaster.
The first thing you should do in choosing a kitchen design is to assess its current situation. Identify what you hate or love about it, what you want to keep and what you want to change. Recall certain tasks and ask yourself if your kitchen was able to accommodate you in it. Determine if you have a hard time with getting from one corner to another because of the vast expanse of space, or if you can’t move a lot because of a lack of space.
Next, do a field-test on your kitchen. In order for you to truly assess what you need your kitchen to be, pretend you’re going about a food preparation process. In doing so, be aware of the following:
Do you have enough counterspace?
Do you have to go in zigzag patterns and move your way around many things just to get you to the refrigerator and back to the sink?
Is your food preparation area too small?
Is the stove too far from the sink or refrigerator?
By recreating cooking experiences, it will be easier for you to identify what really are your problems in the kitchen.
Next, consider storage. This highly depends on your lifestyle. If you shop constantly and have eating habits which require a large amount of food to be stored, then you should get adequate food storage.
Kitchen lighting also has to be looked into. You should be able to see what you’re doing even in the night. You can get under-cabinet lighting, where the counter areas are illuminated more.
Counter arrangement is also important. You can go for the usual galley-type, which is most efficient. You can also go for an L-shaped counter, especially if the size of your home is not too big. If however you do have a big house, you can get an island counter. Just make sure that it shouldn’t be more than 42 inches from the main counters.
And when you’ve achieved function, proceed to aesthetics. This is very important in making sure that all factors of kitchen design go well with one another to achieve a solid and unified theme.
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