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#7 Choose your materials wisely
From your countertops to cabinetry or handles, make sure you choose your materials wisely. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen and have a family growing around you, make sure you choose materials that have a long-lasting life and are resistant to wear & tear, balancing it with the design and styling aspect.
#8 Create an internal design that’s bespoke to your needs
Do you have a massive collection of pans and pots? Is your knife collection a standout? Is your porcelain very precious to you? When designing the interior of your cabinetry, make sure you make a conscious plan for all you own. Create divisions for your cutlery, a variety of scales for your drawers, and maybe leave your most beautiful pieces out on shelves so that you can show them off.
Have a look at how to make the most of your space with these ten tips.
#9 Pay attention to details- electrical outlets
Paying attention to design and livelihood details is mandatory when designing a kitchen. The first one is planing your electrical sockets with care. Make sure you have quite a few ones adjacent to your worktops so that you can use or place certain appliances there; don’t place them too close to your sink; if you have an island, try to include them in its design…
Overall, think wisely about where you place them and how many you can incorporate in your design.
#10 Pay attention to details- Waste and recycle bins
With kitchen use, comes a lot of waste and recycling. Make sure you leave quite a bit of space for this waste and make it so that it is not too far from your sink and cutting surfaces.
#11 Make your cleaning easy
Yes, you will want to make the most out of your beautiful kitchen by hosting quite a few dinners for your family and friends. But know what comes after hosting? Lots to clean and organise. Think about how to minimise what you have out in the open on your surfaces- the cleaner your worktops are, the easier they are to clean!
#12 Have fun with your choices
From finding the right worktop to finding the best colours for your space, make sure you have a lot of fun designing a kitchen that suits you and your family. Have a look at our favourite details to use in a kitchen as inspiration.
Overall, there are quite a few things to consider when designing your dream kitchen. Breaking it down per chapter will help you set your priorities and discuss them with your designer. Make sure you create a kitchen that stands through time and accommodates the changes in your family life, as well as great design, finishes and styling.
There are countless factors to take into consideration when designing your dream kitchen. Looking at inspiration boards or doing any kitchen research can sometimes be overwhelming when they make you fall in love with multiple styles, colours or finishes.
The wisest thing to do, in this case, is to simplify your options through a list of must-haves and preferences. So, to help you with this process, we created this guide with absolute top tips that should help you make the right choices when designing your dream kitchen.
#1 Identify your style
There are multiple styles to choose from for your design- from traditional to shaker, modern or rustic styled kitchens. But which is more appropriate to your lifestyle? Which best represents who you are, how you want to live your space? And on a broader scale, where is your home-based? What can you take from your surrounding environment that you can bring into your design, not just for your kitchen but your entire home?
These are all questions that can help you select the perfect style that fits your space and life.
#2 Identify your priorities
How much time do you spend in your kitchen, and how much do you cook or prep your meals? How can you functionally use your space? Where do you store your breakfast cereal or your pans and pots? What needs to be close to the sink? What should go below the hob? And so on…
Make sure you understand how your kitchen must work to accommodate your use before going too far into other choices.
#3 Define the layout
Merge your logistic priorities with your ideal layout that fits your space. Will you be making the most out of your walls but adding cabinetry adjacent to them, from bottom to top? Do you want to install an island? Will your kitchen plan be connected with a dining space? Is your space L shaped or a square?
Maximise your space through smart use of cabinetry.
#4 Leave enough circulation space
There’s nothing worse in a kitchen than not having enough space to move around, open all your doors or take your hot food from your oven without knocking into your island. Make sure you leave enough space so that you and your family can move comfortably without bumping into each other.
#5 Plan your cabinetry according to the perfect height for your appliances and incorporate them
Your cabinetry is not just there to impress your guest with beautiful design but should be the element that makes your kitchen super functional. Not only will it allow you to have a good amount of room to store your kitchenware, but it will also help you position your appliances at the right height, giving you a safe and comfortable placement to use them.
Make sure you plan their positions with care, letting them become an asset and not an annoyance.
#6 Make the best use of your natural light
Prioritising natural light, especially in the morning and early afternoon is always a must in a kitchen. Not only does this help you enjoy your time in your kitchen, but it also helps illuminate the best assets of your kitchen, from its colour to your chosen design elements.
Next month we'll continue this topic with another 6 tips you should follow when designing your kitchen!