What You Should Include in a New Kitchen Design
When it comes to planning a new kitchen, layout and design go hand-in-hand. There’s an art to striking the perfect balance, so no feature overshadows the other. You wouldn’t install a mammoth island bench in a small space, it’s not physically possible.
But there’s more to good kitchen design than just a clever layout – here’s what else you should include for a well-designed, modern kitchen.
After layout, storage is the most important element to consider when thinking about how you’ll use your new kitchen.
Your kitchen storage options will not only be dependent on the space you have but also what you need to store. Make a list of all crockery, utensils, containers and appliances you have and ensure there’s a space for everything you plan to keep.
From here, you’ll be able to consider space-saving storage options for your custom kitchen cabinets like deeper drawers and making use of awkward in-between spaces within your kitchen to ensure that the storage available meets your needs.
Having a well-thought out plan for your storage will allow you to further build upon and optimise the space you have with additions. New storage options can be tailored to your kitchen joinery like a drawer peg system for storing plates and bowls, pull-out spice racks and even small, modular shelves for your pantry to create space and visibility.
Yes, you’ll need things like flooring and a benchtop. But not all materials are created equal, so again it’s important to make note of how you use your kitchen before you make decisions on finishes for your kitchen joinery.
If you have kids or pets, a hard-wearing floor that’s easy to clean will be a must. Popular finishes, like marble or wooden benchtops, may have more maintenance involved; so if you’re someone who doesn’t want to have to worry about scratching surfaces every time you cook, take this into account.
Some popular flooring materials to consider include terrazzo and quartz. These are natural stones that are hard-wearing and can come in beautiful shades to match practically any custom kitchen design you go for.
Low-cost flooring options such as tiles and linoleum will save you to begin with, but will ultimately date and are more prone to damage. Considering the cost of repair or replacement, choosing a natural material is a more sound investment.
It’s one we’ll continue to bring up, as lighting is one of the most under-considered elements of great kitchen design.
Not only a great design feature with the right fittings, lighting should also complement the different areas within your kitchen according to how you use them.
Preparation and washing up areas should have bright lighting to illuminate what you’re doing. Consider installing a strip of LEDs under upper kitchen joinery to spotlight the bench. The breakfast bar may work better with more subtle pendant lighting to make a statement without blinding those sitting there.
And for overall illumination, downlights with a dimmer switch will help your lighting adapt to different times of day and fluctuations in natural light.
Feature lighting pieces will also create a sense of vibrancy and complete the space, design-wise. These could include a large pendant hanging over the island bench (if your kitchen is open-plan, you could have a matching one over the dining table), some well-placed sconces or even a row of pendants in the centre of the kitchen.
This is just a snapshot of the elements to consider when designing the perfect kitchen. Luckily, the award-winning Apollo Kitchens team has years of experience in helping homeowners to create a kitchen that reflects their needs. Read more about our services here.