28 Jul 10 Tips for Designing a Better Kitchen
Cautious planning is required to ensure your kitchen is both beautiful and functional. Here are some tips you may not have thought about when designing your kitchen to ensure all bases are covered and you get the most out of your kitchen.
If you have a large space to work with, ensure you design wide kitchen walkways and adjust your kitchen island with enough room for two cooks.
- Kitchen Island Function
Decide on the function of your kitchen island. If you wish to prepare, cook and eat on kitchen islands ensure you plan for space under the counter for kitchen stools and plan enough space so the cooktop is away from the eating area.
- Shorter Steps
Think about the steps you take during food preparation and clean up. Add storage cabinets for your dishware near your dishwasher for easy unloading, keep breakfast foods and utensils near your breakfast table and preparation appliances near your work surfaces.
- Direct Traffic
Design your cooktop area away from busy traffic areas and walkways to ensure children running through the kitchen don’t cause spills or knock pots and pans when cooking.
- Focal Point
Design a stylish kitchen by finding a focal point such as a fancy kitchen splashback, bright kitchen cabinets or classy bench tops and design your kitchen to complement that area.
- Kitchen Lighting
To make your kitchen appear bigger, design your kitchen to make the most of natural lighting. A lighter kitchen appears more inviting so build your kitchen cabinets around your windows, add sky lights or add a transparent splashback to let the sun shine in.
- Electrical Outlets
Add multiple power points along your kitchen splashback and on your kitchen island so you will have access to electricity whenever you need it.
Design a cabinet near your kitchen sink which includes separate compartments for glass, plastic and general waste.
- Hide your Sink
If you hand wash a lot of your kitchen utensils and are a drip dryer, it is best that you avoid placing the sink on your island bench to minimise a messy looking kitchen. Alternatively, build a higher bench surrounding the sink to hide the dishes.
- Practical Kitchen Materials
Use durable and low-maintenance kitchen materials such as Caesarstone or stainless steel for kitchen bench tops, and timber or natural stone for kitchen flooring.
Harrington Kitchens consider your whole lifestyle while designing your dream kitchen. If you need help renovating your kitchen, our experienced staff at Harrington Kitchens can help with the design and installation of a broad range of kitchen styles.
Harrington Kitchens offers a wide variety of kitchen designs and styles including:
- French Provincial Kitchens
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