No matter where you live, a lot of your home’s activity revolves around your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking a meal, preparing breakfast, or socialising, the kitchen is often the hub of it all. It’s one of the places that needs to be functional and beautiful and that means you need to think about the layout and design.
Here are our top tips for making sure your kitchen meets all the needs of your lifestyle and stays both practical and stunning.
The Kitchen Triangle
The refrigerator, stove/oven and sink are the most functional part of any kitchen and the triangle they create should always be unobstructed and small enough to move across quickly but not so close that cooking feels cramped.
Always include more than you ever think you’ll need. Make sure most of it is accessible but do utilise all the space to the ceiling for less used bulky items. Put in lots of drawers at lower levels which makes access to everyday items really easy for all the family.
Remember to think about all the appliances that you want to store or display on your counter tops when working out how much you need. Try and fit as much horizontal working space into the kitchen as you can because, just like storage space, you will always need more than you first think.
Your kitchen needs lots of light, both for looks and safety reasons. Consider adding lighting above all the main working areas, including the sink and stove. You can also install under cabinet lighting to ensure your counter tops have enough light for the tasks you do there.
Not having a backsplash can save you money in the short term but is bound to cost you in the long run. Ideally your backsplash should run behind your stove, your sink and all your counters to protect the walls behind from the steam and grease in every kitchen.
A good kitchen ventilation system will improve the quality of your air and keep your kitchen so much cleaner. They can also extend the life of your kitchen cabinetry and appliances by removing grease and steam from the room.
Manage Your Rubbish
These days everyone sorts their rubbish and recycles so make sure your kitchen rubbish system allows you to include sorting bins into your modern kitchen.
Use A Professional
Designing your own kitchen from scratch might seem like a great money saving option. But there are some jobs where, for safety and quality work, a professional is the only option. Kitchen designers have the latest trends, ideas, and manufacturer’s details and can help you identify your specific needs and translate those details into your dream kitchen.
Call us here at Liteco Kitchens if you’d like to discuss any of these, or your own, ideas about your new kitchen please contact us. We’re always happy to help.