The kitchen is the heart of any home. You start your day there with your morning cup of coffee and spend some of the best quality times with your family members there. It is where wholesome meals and memories are made, to the sound of laughter and joy of your loved ones. Even when guests arrive, the kitchen works as the main hub around which all the entertainment and meals are planned and executed. Last but not least, the kitchen holds a considerable weight when it comes to the resale value of your home. A functional and beautiful kitchen in a home has the power to elevate the quality of life while boosting the value of a home at the same time.
Here are some practical tips to consider when you are designing a kitchen from scratch or renovating an existing kitchen.
Efficiency of Movement
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When it comes to space such as the kitchen where lots of small movements happen during a short period of time, efficiency is key. Therefore, when you plan your design, aim to eliminate wasted steps as much as possible. Think about how and where you typically use items. Store breakfast foods and bowls near the breakfast table. Keep wraps and plastic containers in one handy spot near a work surface for wrapping leftovers. Locate dishware and flatware near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading.
Bright and Airy
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A kitchen should have good lighting and ventilation for safety, convenience, and hygiene. Dark colour schemes can shrink an already small space and make it less inviting. Use soft shades on kitchen cabinets to visually expand a small room. Outfit large windows with simple window treatments to ensure the space receives plenty of natural light. You can use recessed lighting to further enhance the value of the kitchen space. Ventilation is important to keep any unpleasant odors out and keep the area smelling and feeling good.
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Form follows function when it comes to islands in the kitchen. Think about how you’d like to use the island within the space before you consider the design. If you want to cook and eat on the kitchen island, for example, plan enough space so the cooktop is safely separated from the dining area. The island can also house other elements such as a sink or dishwasher for added functionality. It is also a good place to include a nice chandelier-like lighting fixture to add some glitz and glamour to the kitchen area.
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The kitchen is a highly shared space, and often an area a family usually hangs out casually while cooking or eating at the breakfast area. Other than ensuring that there is enough seating nearby kitchen to socialize, you can add a bulletin board for better communication and even a laugh or two. Establish a message center in an easily viewable spot, such as next to the refrigerator. Put a bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard on the wall to create a spot to jot down reminders or grocery lists. Store a calendar, notebook, and writing utensils in a nearby drawer or wall-mounted baskets.
Multiple Storage Options
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A kitchen simply cannot have enough storage areas. From kitchen utensils and groceries to serving china that you keep just for special guests, there is always something that needs some space in your kitchen. Make sure your storage spaces have good ventilation and light when opened. Make them easy to partition with simple tools so they are easier to organize. Adding several smaller drawers makes it easier to neatly organize items rather than having one or two larger drawers.
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