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Top 4 kitchen design tips

by emily

in Design & Trends

You want your home to look good and be welcoming. You want to show off your space with pride and hear those oohs and aahs from your guests as you show them your new window treatment, that flawless focal wall in the living room and the quality of your hallway floors. But if you want to be in style, there’s one thing you really need to focus on – the quality of your kitchen.

Updating your kitchen isn’t that difficult and can be easily done. You can give it a fabulous facelift without having to spend a fortune. In today’s modern world, people appreciate the finer details, materials and layout.  This is the place where you should be able to explore and experiment with new things. When you’re thinking of designing a kitchen for the first time, one of the most important steps is to plan the layout in a way that makes the best use of the available space. Think carefully about how you plan on using your kitchen.

Your kitchen reflects the way you choose to live. Dining rooms are becoming increasingly redundant. They’re often sacrificed to create a single, larger space where people can gather.  A place you’re supposed to love and enjoy spending time in. Here are a few design ideas to get the most out of your kitchen space.

Give thought to size and layout

When you build a home or extend and remodel an existing one, you have the freedom to decide on the shape and size of the kitchen you hope to create. Large square or rectangular rooms are arguably the norm. But you should remember this shape works best when carefully zoned. Another option you could opt for is an L-shape arrangement. It can be readily achieved by extending to the rear and knocking through to an existing hallway or entrance . This layout allows separation between the kitchen and dining space. It also often means the kitchen mess isn’t visible when sitting at the table.

Take a look at the lighting

As with multi-functional rooms, the kitchen is arguably one of the most complex spaces to light in the house. A well-designed lighting scheme features layers of ambient, task and accent lighting. Think about other activities which may take place in your dining area. For instance, while pendant lights look stunning above a table, it might be a problem for when kids’ want to do their homework in the evening. So consider an additional source. Or you should at least ensure the pendants are dimmable.

Your kitchen is likely to be the most-used space in the house. So maximising potential for introducing natural light is a great idea. The daylight will reduce reliance on artificial lighting too.

Think about the style and interior design

It’s best to use a similar palette of materials and a unified colour scheme across the entire space. It’s especially effective in creating a cohesive interior. You should also take a look at your kitchen appliances – the style, colours and how they’ll add modernity to the kitchen. Compare the models of gas stoves with electrical ones and see which one works for you. You could also create cabinets for the dining space which match the furniture. And if you make use of the same accent colours you used in the kitchen for the dining area, it’ll help tie spaces together. It’s important to take a look at all this when designing your kitchen.

Think about the flooring too

The flooring can require some considerable thought in the kitchen and dining area. You could let the same floor run throughout, creating a sense of cohesion across the entire room. Or you could lay a hard-wearing, low-maintenance floor in the dining area. While using something softer underfoot in the other areas, such as wood or carpet. Stone flooring, such as slate or limestone, will be a practical choice if you want the same flooring throughout the area. Luxury vinyl tiling is another option which is a little softer underfoot.

Whether you have a big or small kitchen, it’s the hub of the home.

It may seem like a daunting task at first but it’ll be worth it in the end. Designing and creating a space that works for you doesn’t have to cost a fortune. And remember, there’s no rush. Take all the time you need to design the perfect kitchen for you and your family.

 

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