The kitchen is a social hub, used for cooking, drinking and cleaning so creating a layout that is both functional and beautiful is essential. We have outlined the most common layout mistakes that you need to avoid to create a long lasting kitchen. Discover if you are making one of these layout mistakes below.
- Not Enough Lighting
An adequate amount of lighting is essential not only for atmosphere and design elements, but for safety as well. Being able to easily see when handling sharp objects like a knife or using kitchen tools like a mixer is essential to avoid injury. Illuminate all key workstations where common kitchen tasks are completed. Place lighting above the stove, sink, under cabinets and the kitchen island to illuminate the space. Additionally, by adding natural lighting through skylights or windows near the sink will open up the kitchen space and make it appear larger.
- Missing a Splashback
When planning your layout a splashback can slip to the back of your mind. Those who forgo a splashback regret their decision later on after their walls are stained from cooking. Installing a splashback, particularly above your stove, is a smart idea for easy cleaning and also adds colour into your kitchen. A splashback will save you money, time and effort in the long run.
- Obstructing the Work Triangle
The sink, stove and fridge are known as the kitchen work triangle as they are the most frequently used parts of the kitchen. These essentials need to be positioned in a triangle for optimum functionality and easy access. The best layouts typically position the sink in the middle to maximise its use, and have the stove and fridge on either side for accessibility. Regardless of your kitchen’s size, shape or layout the work triangle cannot be too close together as others in the kitchen will be in each other’s ways and if the work triangle is too large then food preparation can become an inconvenient task.
- Choosing Form over Functionality
When trying to create the perfect kitchen many gather images as inspiration. Though some can take a trend too far and recreate an exact trend without thinking about how they will actually be using their kitchen. This leads to poor functionality and not utilising all the space available. When planning, take into consideration how you will use your kitchen. For example:
- Do you cook often?
- Are you a red wine drinker?
- Do you have a large family?
- Do you entertain often?
These are a few questions to ask yourself to help identify your kitchen size, style, material and layout.
- Not Using a Professional
Taking on a kitchen project without any professional assistance can become costly in the long run, and waste your time and energy. Professionals know about design, construction and have experience in the field, which is extremely beneficial to offer advice. At Harrington Kitchens, our designers will work with you to discover how you will use your kitchen and take into consideration your style to create your dream kitchen. Contact us today!
For guidance on choosing the right design that best suits your needs, seek the advice of the professionals in kitchen designs at Harrington Kitchens. We will ask the right questions to figure out your needs prior to giving you advice, to be sure that we design the best kitchen for your family and your lifestyle.
Harrington Kitchens offers a wide variety of kitchen design and styles including:
- French Provincial Kitchens
- Hampton Style Kitchens
- Modern Kitchens
- Classic Kitchens
- Laminate Kitchens
- Timber Kitchens
- Polyurethane Kitchens
- Country Kitchens
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Modern Farmhouse Kitchens
For more information on our various kitchen designs, please visit our Gallery. Our Gallery brings together a selection of our custom kitchen designs ranging from traditional to contemporary kitchens. Each kitchen style has the flexibility to work in any home environment and can be designed to suit all tastes and budgets.
The entire Harrington Kitchens team is focused on designing kitchens that utilise premium materials and offer each and every customer the highest level of service. Harrington Kitchens partners with the best quality kitchen suppliers within the kitchen manufacturing industry and employs experienced and professional tradesmen to ensure the longevity of your custom designed kitchen.
For a free quote and free design consultation Please contact us at Harrington Kitchens on (02) 4647 4474 or submit an online enquiry. Alternatively you are welcome to visit the Harrington Kitchens Showroom at 12 Graham Hill Road Narellan NSW or 5 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong NSW.
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