You’ve been talking about it for years, but you are finally giving your kitchen that well-needed upgrade. How exciting! You can already picture yourself cooking up an impressive spread in celebration and making good use of all your new fancy features in your dream kitchen. Before you get too ahead of yourself, make sure you have considered these seven aspects that will make a huge difference to both the practical and the overall look of your finished kitchen.
Walkways and locations
Squeezing around the kitchen and feeling like everyone is on top of each other is not what you dream of when you think of your new kitchen, so give yourself enough space and large walkways. Be strategic about where you place things and store items; storing plates and cutlery close to the dishwasher can save you a lot of time and effort.
Make use of corners
You don’t want dead space and areas that have no purpose; there are so many creative ways to make use of corners with innovative storage designs. But be mindful of cupboard doors; you want a fully functioning kitchen without doors banging into each other or being unable to open at the same time.
Consider creating a family corner based on your hobbies and interests. For example, if you enjoy your family get-togethers in the evenings, create a cozy gathering spot in the kitchen. Select a few favorite teacup and teapot designs, and choose a variety of tea flavors so that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Finally, add some finishing touches like a comfortable chair, a reading lamp, and some pretty tea towels that coordinate well with the kitchen’s color scheme.
Design and style
You want the finished look to be everything you ever dreamed of. Not only do you want sparkling countertops and on-trend cupboard doors, but you need simple, well-designed appliances that match, like those from Smeg. Sit your Smeg kettle next to the matching toaster to bring the whole look together. Kitchenware from Smeg is iconic, functional, and instantly recognizable.
Easy waste systems
Bins are unsightly, unhygienic and to be avoided. Instead, have a waste system that is carefully contained out of sight. Be environmentally conscious and include a recycling system as well – one that is simple and easy so that it encourages you to use it.
Heights of appliances and worktops
Think practical. You don’t want to be bending down or standing on your tiptoes to reach the microwave, just as you don’t want to be leaning over the countertop to chop vegetables. Think of your posture!
One annoyance in a lot of kitchens is the location or lack of plug sockets. Your appliances want to be strategically placed in the kitchen, so make sure you have enough places for them to be plugged in.
Cleaning is just something that has to be done, whether we like it or not. So, try and make your life that little bit easier by choosing finishes that are easy to clean.
This one is particularly important if you have children. Storing kitchen appliances, knives, and other potential hazards safely and securely is essential. Make sure anything that could potentially cause harm is out of reach of little fingers. Having slots to store sharp knives is a clever way to avoid potential injury. You want a safe and user-friendly kitchen.
Remodeling your kitchen is full of opportunities for ease and style; and if you keep these eight points in mind, you’re sure to be satisfied with the finished product.