It's easy to get carried away with the anticipation of having a beautiful new hub for your home. You need to make time to carefully consider the design of the kitchen and any potential issues that you should be aware of.
Getting a new kitchen in your home is exciting. It's a chance to get the great cooking, eating and entertaining space that you want. The design of your new kitchen is important because you need to make sure that the finished product is practical and suits all of your needs.
Think about the width of walking areasYou need plenty of space to walk in a kitchen, especially if there is cooking going on. Not having sufficiently wide walking areas can be dangerous. If you are planning to have an island in your kitchen there should be at least 42 inches of space around it. All walking areas should be at least 36 inches wide - 42 inches if they pass by a cooking area.
Be careful with cabinet designIt's not just the colour and materials of cabinets that you need to think about. Make sure that all cabinet doors can be fully, and safely, opened and closed, without coming into contact with obstructions.
Think about children in cooking areasIt's a good idea to design your kitchen in such as way that the hob is not likely to be a hazard to children. It's very easy for children to knock a pan of boiling water over themselves, if the hob is not situated in the right place.
Position the microwave in the right placeIt's usually recommended that the best position for a microwave is 15 inches above the kitchen worktop, but this depends on the height of the person who will be using it most often. If you have kids who are old enough to use the microwave they may need it to be at a lower height for them to be able to use it safely. You may want to think about having a second microwave, specifically for this purpose. A second microwave can also be useful if someone wants to cook a quick snack while you are in the middle of cooking a meal or baking.
Make sure there is enough space to place thingsThere is nothing worse than taking something hot out of the microwave or oven and not being able to put it down straight away. You need to make sure that there is at least 15 inches or work top space either side of the cooker and fridge and close to the microwave.
What style of worktops do you need?You do not just have to think about what material to choose for the work tops in your kitchen; you also need to think about how much space you need and what height the work tops need to be. If you are serious about your cooking you will probably need a lot of space. If your children love to cook, or help you prepare meals, some of the work top space may need to be lower in height.
Do you have enough power sockets?A common kitchen design fault is not having enough power sockets for all the appliances that you need to use. This includes power sockets for any island you are going to include; they are often forgotten. The positioning of power sockets also needs to be considered. You should not have a lot of cables trailing across your kitchen.
Be creative with kitchen cabinetsA wall full of kitchen cabinets of the same colour can look plain and boring. Think about breaking up the block of colour by using materials such as glass. You may even want to opt for open shelving instead of wall cabinets. Shelves can add interest and colour to a kitchen and they can make it a lot easier for you to locate items of crockery and glassware.
Use the right colour scheme for the roomThere is nothing wrong with using warm dark colours in a large kitchen, to make it feel cosier. However, using dark colours in a small kitchen is not a good idea. It's a better idea to use light shades, which help to create a feeling of more space. If you want to use a bright darker colour to add interest, use a splash of it in accessories such as seat covers.
All of these tips can be useful when you are designing your kitchen. Do not forget to have fun and enjoy the experience.