It’s so difficult to know where to start when you decide to redesign any space within your home. But for some reason, re-designing the kitchen is the most intimidating. Maybe this is due to the amount of time we seem to spend in this room, as a family. Or maybe because it's supposed to be the heart of the home. Or even that there seem to be hundred of appliances, gizmo’s and gadgets you have to fit into one modestly sized room. Whatever it is, hopefully these tips will help the room look great and functional well too.
After you have used a room in one format it is really difficult to see an alternative option. However, using software available online, or at your local DIY store, you'll be able to the see the room as an empty space which you can then start re-designing from. If you are having an extension of some kind, then consider where your natural light sources will be. Could you build in sky lights to help the space look larger? If you are struggling for space have a read of our post on maximizing it.
Zone your Space
Making sure the different areas of the kitchen are clearly zoned is important so that you understand how it will work for you and your family when it’s finished. Ensuring there is some seating as well as preparation areas are key. Plus, where you’re going to grow your herbs, have a cosy reading corner, not forgetting where your appliances would work well.
Maintain the Magic Triangle
When re-designing, the magic triangle and its importance can't be understated. If you try to move the three aspects of the triangle around (the oven & hob, sink and fridge/freezer) it is proven that the space won’t work as efficiently. It may mean you and your better halves will constantly be bashing into one another. Don’t sacrifice the functionality for style; you’ll come to regret it.
Pick Focal Pieces
Choosing stand out pieces that aren’t going to date within a few months is important. Try neutral units, as you can then amp up the accessories and paint or even wallpaper around it, which is much more straightforward to change. Also, if you ever decide to sell the property the units will appeal to a wider demographic unlike acid yellow with polka dots would.
Invest in Clever Storage
Storage is definitely worth your investment when re-designing your kitchen. You're always going to want more whether you are a young couple, single person or older family. All of the technology and short cut machines we buy nowadays need somewhere to do as do all of the fancy ingredients we spend our hard earned cash on. By thinking of your kitchen as an empty box and gradually adding in where new units could go you will see opportunity for new, clever storage ideas. We have a lengthier post containing lots of storage suggestions so go on over and have a read if you’re interested.
Stand out Lighting
Finally, lighting. Having a couple of different options is great for zoning your space, as mentioned earlier. However, don’t clutter the room by having lots of large, low hanging shades. Good lighting will enhance the space. Consider you might want spot lights for preparation and a floor or table standing lamp for relaxing with a glass of wine.