4 Things to Consider When Designing a Practical Kitchen
Above everything else, a kitchen needs to be practical – you could have the most beautiful design in the world, but if it’s not easy to navigate and cook in, you’ll end up resenting your time spent there. The practical things you need to consider are often small, but get them right and you’ll make a world of difference to your everyday kitchen experience.
1. Generous storage space
A lot of older homes were designed with many smaller cupboards that aren’t really that practical. Today, homeowners are starting to realise the benefits of larger, more generous storage space that allows them to easily locate what they’re looking for.
A word of caution: Be wary of cupboards that are deeper than they are wide, as you don’t want to lean right into the dark cupboard to rummage around for items that might be in the back.
Large, deep drawers are a perfect counterpoint to this problem – as you can pull them right out, even items stored at the back will never be hidden away.
Install more than one light source – and incorporate a mixture of natural and artificial light – to make your food prep much easier. Think about a combination of:
- Stylish pendant lights hanging over the island or breakfast bar
- Functional LED downlights or strip lights under the cabinets to combat the shadows
- Large windows that let floods of light in during the day
- Automatic lights in the pantry that activate when the door is opened
- Large ceiling lights and track lights so you can have a superb light source for the whole room.
If your dining area is also in your kitchen, you’ll want a few different light sources there to set the mood and enhance your guests’ experience. Try attractive pendants and a couple of modern candle holders to add visual texture.
3. Power points
It’s not the most glamorous of topics, but it’s perhaps one of the most infuriating: power points and electrical sockets. One of the most common complaints homeowners make when they move into a home with an un-renovated kitchen is the sheer lack of power points. When thinking about your kitchen overhaul, plan your placement of electric sockets carefully. Some in each corner of the kitchen would work well, as well as in the fridge cavity.
Also consider installing some inside your larger cupboards so you can plug in your kettle and toaster and hide them away after use. Avoid clutter and get a nifty new home for your appliances.
4. Appliance Placement
We’ve written about it before: the work triangle of kitchen design. Essentially, the golden triangle is a guide on how to place your sink, fridge and stovetop to make moving between the three much, much easier. Ideally, where you place these three main appliances will reduce the number of steps you need to take moving between them, making your cooking experience more enjoyable and efficient.
On a related note, ensuring your dishwasher is located just under (or next to) the sink ensures you won’t be traipsing dripping dishes across the kitchen just to load them in.
At Apollo Kitchens, we’ll work with you to decide on every element of your renovation, so you can nail the smaller details.