1. Make it functional and family friendly
Most families start and end their days together in the kitchen. That’s why it’s important to make it a space that everyone can use and enjoy. You should design a space that feels comfortable, open, and inviting so that everyone will want to spend time in the kitchen. Open plan kitchen/diner areas are a great way to create an open and multi-functional space where the whole family can spend time together. Kitchen islands create the perfect place for socialising as they provide a place for the family to gather and chat while meals are being prepared. Children can also use the kitchen island to do homework or other activities when they get home from school, meaning you can keep an eye on them.
2. Plan the layout carefully
It is important to think carefully about the layout of your kitchen and how you’ll move around the space. The best location for a kitchen-diner tends to be at the back of the house, overlooking the garden, with sliding patio doors to maximise views and natural light. The right design will create an efficient space that is safe and comfortable for all the family. That’s why it’s important to research the most common kitchen layouts and pick the one that’s right for your space and the needs of your family. In most cases, the shape and size of your room will determine the most suitable layout and design. Remember to use the layout of your kitchen to steer the traffic flow away from hazardous spots and towards user-friendly areas instead, such as the fridge or seating area. This helps to ensure that your kitchen is safe, sociable, and practical for everyone.
3. Choose a simple colour palette
Colour is a powerful design tool that can completely change the mood of a kitchen. It can change your perception of the space, making it feel larger, and it can draw the eye to feature worth highlighting. This is why it’s important to carefully consider what colour palette you will use in your kitchen. It is a widely known fact that light colors make a room look bigger and brighter. Light walls are more reflective, which makes a space feel airy and open. This helps to maximise the effect created by natural light. Whereas dark colors tend to absorb light, making a room look smaller and less inviting. To make your space look larger, select a simple palette of soft tones, and always remember that brighter rooms looks larger and more inviting.
4. Use layered lighting to highlight key parts of the kitchen
Use a variety of lights to define and illuminate key features in your kitchen such as, over your island and under your cabinets. Adding light layers to your kitchen will provide all of the lighting necessary for cooking tasks, while creating a more attractive and welcoming space for your family or guests to enjoy. Use ambient lighting to provide general illumination and comfort, task lighting for practical jobs, and accent lighting to decorate the room.
5. Utilise the work triangle
All kitchens should be designed with the kitchen work triangle in mind. The work triangle is a concept used to determine efficient kitchen layouts that are both aesthetic and functional. The work triangle theory states that a kitchen’s three main work areas - the cooker, sink, and refrigerator - should form, you guessed it, a triangle. The idea is that when these three work areas are close to each other (but not too close) the kitchen will be easy and efficient to use.
Kitchens are no longer simply a space for preparing food; nowadays they are the social hub of your home. It is therefore important to consider the design and layout of your kitchen space carefully, in order to create a functional and inviting room that your family and friends will want to spend time in. Use our tips above to create a light, open kitchen and the perfect social space!
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