The Do’s and Don’ts of Kitchen Design
According to a 2020 study, the average spend on the interior renovation of a kitchen is around £10,000 — making the kitchen the most expensive remodelling space in a house. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as the kitchen is full of pricey appliances. It is also a high-traffic area that requires more durability and, as a result, more expensive materials. While approaching any remodelling project, careful planning and budgeting is important — when redesigning a kitchen it is vital! So, we have put together a little cheat sheet to help you avoid costly mistakes.
DO — Plan out the functions and workflow
Each kitchen, irrespective of its size, has to serve a number of functions: storage, cooking, food prepping, cleaning, refrigerating, etc. Each of these activities requires a dedicated space and a certain logic to their arrangement. Before you make a single purchase, create a list of your kitchen activities and sketch out the location of each zone based on your routine to ensure a smooth flow of these activities.
DON’T — Leave small things for later
One of the most common mistakes we see in interior design is not accounting for the tiniest of details. For example, imagine buying expensive appliances, painting the walls, and putting up an expensive mosaic tile backsplash, only to realise that you have nowhere to plug in the new stove. You then have to damage parts of your newly renovated wall to install a power outlet. Eliminate these completely unnecessary expenses by thinking through every single detail and integrating them into a bigger picture.
DO — Use durable materials that require minimum maintenance.
Between cooking, eating, and washing dishes, a kitchen is a high-traffic area that gets dirty much faster than the rest of the house. That’s why quality and easy maintenance should be at the top of your list of factors based on which you make purchasing decisions. For example, pick high-gloss or semi-gloss paint for your walls, doors, and windows in the kitchen. They are the most durable and the easiest to clean. Check out this guide for paint finishes for more information.
DON’T — Underestimate the amount of storage space you need
Did you ever hear anyone complain about having too much storage space? Probably not. That’s because no matter how much storage space we have, it’s never enough. When it comes to kitchen design, you must get creative and think long and hard about your storage needs. Don’t let any square centimetre of your space go to waste. Open shelves, plate racks, ceiling-height cabinets, pull-out pantries, crockery drawers – think of storage as a Tetris game.
DO — Maximize counter space
It is difficult to enjoy cooking if you are constantly frustrated by the lack of counter space. It is inconvenient and messy. However, even if your kitchen is tiny, you should try to squeeze in as much counter space as possible. You can maximise this space by removing all other items from it and putting them on easily accessible shelves.
DON’T — Ignore the design of the rest of your home
We’ve seen so many home owners get carried away by the high-tech nature of their appliances, ignoring the style of the rest of their house. While it is tempting to give an industrial or high-tech feel to your kitchen, make sure that your home has a unified feel to it.
DO — Plan big appliances first
It is much easier to neatly put up cabinets, drawers, and shelves around a fridge than to find a fridge that’s both the right size for your needs and perfectly fits into a dedicated space.
DON’T — Get carried away by trends
Stainless steel appliances, smart tech, dark paint colours, quartz countertops, ceramic flooring, delicate pastels, gold accents, open shelving, multiple ovens. On their own, they are all stunning ideas if executed correctly. However, don’t turn into a blind follower of trends as they are bound to go out of style sooner or later. Instead, focus on your style preferences and create a design that you can see yourself being happy with for a long time with just a sprinkle of trendy accents.
DO — Make a plan for lighting
Lighting is important... A kitchen is a workspace, and, as such, it should be well-lit. Incorporate natural light, design layers of lighting, think of the size of the fixtures, consider paint colour — there are a dozen factors that you should carefully plan out as lighting plays an important role in setting the mood of a space.
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