There are several things to consider when it comes to kitchen design but here are my top 3 picks.
1. Plan your kitchen. How will you use the space?
I know this sounds like a silly question but just because you have a kitchen doesn’t mean you like to cook.
Do you like to cook or do you prefer to entertain more?
This question forces you to decide things like How much counter space is needed, Do you need a seating area, Do You really need to splurge on that commercial cooktop…
Planning out your needs and wants will help you figure out whats important.
One of the first things we learn about kitchen design is the ” work triangle”.
It’s a concept that helps you create an efficient kitchen layout by connecting the 3 main work areas.
- -The stove or cooktop
- -The sink
- -The refrigerator
Try planning your design using this concept.
2. Make sure to account for Storage.
Don’t underestimate storage space. Storage is one of the most important things in kitchen design.
Once way to expand your storage space is to go up. Let me explain…
You can install upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling. YES, I said all the way to the ceiling.
You will most likely need a step ladder to get up there but think about all of the storage space you’ll have for the dishes that only come out for special guests or the Kitchen aid standing mixer that only make an appearance around the holidays.
Full length cabinets are also a great option. They can store brooms, mops and any other skinny and tall things you have laying about the house. I can only speak for myself on this but I can’t stand seeing brooms and mops just hanging out in the open.
3. Lighting can make or break the whole design
Lighting can make your kitchen feel light, bright and airy or dark, dull and scary.
There are different types of lighting that you can have in your kitchen
- General kitchen lighting – This is the main light that illuminates the entire kitchen. Some options are pendant light fixtures, recessed lights, low profile LED’s and chandeliers
- Task lighting – such as under cabinet lighting which lights up specific areas “under the cabinet”.
- Accent lighting which draws your attention to a specific detail. An example would be lighting up a display or artwork.
There are so many details that go into a great and functional design but these are 3 of the most important factors.
If you have any questions or would like to send me a note. I’d love to hear from you.