Before you begin exploring kitchen plans in magazines, online publications and shops ask yourself, what are the main ingredients of a stylish kitchen? We would say organisation, hygiene and a simple yet graceful décor. Does it sound too simplistic? May be, it does. But think of all the kitchens that you have seen till now and come to adore. You will find a presence of exactly these three elements in every kitchen that you come to appreciate.
You can certainly add one or two more criteria, but being clear about this aspect of kitchen design will enormously help you to streamline your searches for suitable kitchen plans. A healthy and happy home needs a kitchen that is designed comfortably and tastefully, or should we say deliciously!
You can consider this to be a mini social joint of your home too. Besides, cooking and relishing hearty meals, this space is also used to interact with the other members of the family and, in case of open plan kitchens, with the guests too.
Nowadays, a new kitchen come fitted with various facilities. You get add ons like pre-installed storage space, kitchen island and worktop. Appliances like chimneys and ovens are sometimes included in the package too. While this may help you to offset some of the additional costs during purchasing a house or apartment, it also reduces your chances of experimenting with the layout or making arrangements according to your needs.
If you have an opportunity of doing so, try to ensure that a fully fitted kitchen follows at least some of the specifications stated by you or makes future modifications easier.
Plan your kitchen design according to the available space. Before you begin designing this space measure this area correctly. Determine how much space you intend to devote to the cabinets, island and work area. If you choose to have a breakfast or dining area here, you will have to leave enough space for that. An L-shape or horseshoe shaped layout can be followed in a reasonably sized, square or slightly rectangular space.
It is always better not to sacrifice comfort for the sake of following an ongoing fad. When it comes to the selection of proper materials for flooring, furniture and countertops you can reasonably expect to be flooded with a mind boggling number of choices. Choose only those items that are suitable for installation in this high moisture zone, easy to maintain and affordable. Go through our kitchen ideas and inspirations and find out what works out for you and what does not.
If you have a small space, follow galley or Pullman – also known as one wall – layout. Choose a colour scheme that keeps your small kitchen bright and cheerful all day long. Install sufficient storage units to neatly organise everything you need in a modern kitchen without creating any kind of clutter. Arrange sufficient lighting to keep your kitchen properly illuminated. This would also help to give this space an expansive feel.
Refurbish the interior and address structural weaknesses if any. Make changes in the layout to suit your purpose. Ventilate the space properly. Try to have enough natural and artificial light in this area. A sunny and airy kitchen can address many of your concerns regarding maintaining hygiene in this space.