Having a well organised and tastefully decorated kitchen is a prerequisite for every home. This is not a space that you can easily and frequently renovate, as the costs of doing so are also considerable. So you need to plan well for this special space of yours!
It would be better not to consider this room merely a place for cooking food and washing dishes. Nowadays, with open floor plans in place, kitchens share the same status as the living or dining room when it comes to sociability. It is in this area where family members meet over a hearty meal, sharing their stories with each other.
Due to the sheer number of options available, when it comes to choosing an appropriate layout, many people start to feel slightly clueless. A smart layout can improve the efficiency and substantially reduce your workload. In other words, with right layout you will have less running around to do.
To choose a proper layout, think hard about the space you are about to decorate. When space is not a constraining factor, it is better to honour the classic triangle between sink, oven and refrigerator. U-shaped and L-shaped kitchens can help you to make optimal use of the corner spaces.
Small contemporary apartments or one-room apartments can make efficient use of one-wall design.
A deliciously decorated kitchen must have the right combination of flooring, furniture and colour scheme. For easy maintenance, choose the right materials for this space. From porcelain tiles to wood, terracotta to stone, vinyl to cork the available flooring choices are many and varied.
An elegantly decorated space should also include a stylish breakfast table and chairs, with bar stools placed alongside the counter. Most importantly, make room for ample storage space in this area. Colour coordinate, and give each section a chic appearance.
For the health and wellbeing of your family, you may be interested to design your kitchen based on the traditional wisdom of feng shui. Feng shui recommends a well balanced interior décor and easy flow of positive energy throughout this area. Access to natural light and air is highly essential for any feng shui-compliant space.
Specific design requirements change and configurations differ considerably from one place to another. These elements depend on your personality, the location of the house and direction of the space itself.
Feng shui discourages the central location of a kitchen, as with its energising presence it is capable of interrupting the peaceful ambience of the house. Kitchens occupying east, northeast or southeast corners of a building are highly favoured.
According to its design philosophy, the doors must not open towards bedrooms or toilets. Feng shui also recommends use of earthen shades in combination with other more energising colours to offset the already warm atmosphere. Using eco-friendly and sustainable materials is also preferred for this space.
The market is replete with trendy kitchen cabinets. But the best ones for you would be those that improve the efficiency of your space. Going for a fully customisable option is best, but not always affordable. However, in the long run, cabinets customised to your needs may yield greater benefits. Besides, they reduce the costs of repeated remodelling.
Use elaborate drawers under the worktop and island, and utilise these drawers to store items that are frequently needed. Wall-hung cabinets and shelves increase your storage space. Wall cabinets extending to the ceiling can be used to tuck in those items that are required only occasionally.
Cabinets made of natural or engineered wood are highly cherished. Mahogany, maple, walnut or bamboo can be used to build durable and stylish cabinets. Storage units with lacquered finish give a lustrous makeover to any cooking space.
Decorating a small kitchen can be a significant headache to the modern homeowner. But as you start designing this space, your worries are bound to dissipate! Choose a layout that is suited for your small space. One-wall, L-shaped, walk-through or galley kitchens are some of the preferred options for small homes.
Install wall-hung cabinets and shelves, and build pot racks to store your utensils. Replace your bulky island with a modish and lightweight table. Avoid all kinds of clutter. Use mirrors or glossy surfaces to give an expansive feel. Add LED strips to illuminate the space. Chic pendant lighting can be used for its decorative presence.
In an extremely narrow space, the use of roll-out cabinets and drop-down or wall-mounted tables can prove to be more functional. Foldaway tables, chairs or backless stools that can be easily tucked under the countertop can help you make more efficient use of the available space.
Outdoor entertainment zones should always boast a well decorated outdoor kitchen. When available space is small, extend a portion of your existing kitchen to the outdoor area you are planning to decorate. You can also build a simple barbecue area in one corner of your terrace.
When you are not plagued by such concerns, you can build a standalone and fully furnished space to serve sumptuous dinners to your guests. Remember to arrange for the basics first; a grill, minimal worktop, outdoor refrigeration, simple shelves and elaborate seating arrangements are all that you require.
As you can see, the requirements for an outdoor kitchen are in no way as extensive as for its indoor counterpart. Unless you plan to use this space every evening, consider having portable ovens, a side burner or pizza oven. If you don’t like carrying dirty dishes inside, install a dishwasher here.
Buy appropriate lighting fixtures to brighten up the area and set the right tone, and opt for furniture that is capable of withstanding the elements of nature. Choose weather-resistant canvas covers for cushions and upholstery.