The kitchen is central to the home, in fact, many people are opting to remove walls in their home for a larger kitchen in replacement of a separate living room. This kitchen is an important communal space, so it makes sense to pay attention to the interior design of your kitchen. Even if you are planning on selling your property later, a kitchen is a good investment.
The ‘perfect’ kitchen depends on you, your family, your needs, and your aesthetics. There are several ways to approach a kitchen renovation, however, the functionality should be prioritised over the aesthetics, when planning the kitchen layout.
Some find it useful to make a mood board. You can brainstorm what kind of materials and atmosphere you want to have. We have a range of free door samples and colours that you can order and test with your design. When making your mood board, create an outline of your kitchen with measurements, then cut out on another piece of paper your large furniture and appliances (such as fridge, oven, and dishwasher) that will be in your kitchen. Then you can move these things around until you find the perfect arrangement. Think about what appliances you use and in what order, and what your priorities will be. The golden rule is to keep the places you frequently use close together. For example, the placement of sink should be near the dishwasher and bin, but also close enough to the food preparation area and your oven and hob.
Different layouts offer different benefits. For example, an L-shaped kitchen where the counters and appliances are built into a corner offer a good amount of counter space. Another classic option is a U-shaped kitchen; this is when the counters and appliances surround you like a U-shape on 3 sides. This is great if you want everything to be easy to reach when you cook.
The installation of an island is another popular choice for people wanting an ultimate multitasking surface and storage-utilizing space, and therefore in many cases an island should a priority in any design. Make sure you incorporate walking pathways into your kitchen layout plan. Hazzard free navigation is vital in the kitchen due to safety risks such as fire, hot water, and electricity.
If you are thinking of renovating your kitchen there is no need to completely redo it from scratch - especially if your core layout is functional. In this case, you can give your kitchen a new lease on life with a few small changes like a splash of paint or some new doors, which can make a world of difference.
However, if you have no design background or training you may feel overwhelmed and not equipped with the appropriate training to renovate your kitchen. If this is the case, find out more about our design service, and our team will be happy to help you.