If your old kitchen could do with a makeover, here’s how to do it right
As the old saying goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where many of us start our days, enjoy family meals, work, entertain and generally spend most of our time. So a stunning and functional kitchen is an absolute must in any family home, but creating the perfect kitchen doesn’t happen overnight.
If you want to turn your dream kitchen into a reality, you need to plan effectively and put the work in. To make things easier for you, we have put together this handy guide of all the factors you’ll need to consider in order to create the perfect kitchen for your home. Using a mix of fashion and function, put all of these elements in place and you’ll be well on your way to a new, stunningly redesigned kitchen. Let’s take a look.
The golden triangle
You may have heard the term ‘golden triangle’ thrown around occasionally over the years, or this may be the first time you’re hearing it. Either way, let’s first make it clear what it actually is.
The golden triangle refers to the space in your kitchen between your fridge, sink and cooktop. These are the three elements which you’re likely to use most often, and so you need to think carefully about how you’re going to design a layout which complements the way you move around your kitchen. A good golden triangle is the first step to a good overall kitchen design.
This relates to your golden triangle, but is significant enough to mention as a standalone point. The way you and your family move through your kitchen should be a vital component in deciding what the optimum layout would be. Consider what the busiest time of day is for your kitchen (often the morning as people rush for breakfast or coffee before heading off to work or school). Is there enough space for household members to get to where they need to be without causing kitchen traffic? If one person is cooking breakfast for the kids, can the other make their way through the space, grab a coffee and head out the door without getting in the way?
More than any other room in the house, the kitchen needs substantial storage. From pots and pans to cutlery and crockery, there are endless things which need to find a home in the kitchen, and that’s without mention all the food items you’ll need to store too. Thinking carefully about smart storage solutions can help you create a kitchen which doesn’t feel cluttered or chaotic. Pans are often hardest things to store effectively, so consider deep drawers or even a hanging rack to turn your storage into a homely feature.
Work and play
The ideal kitchen is a place of practicality and entertainment. Of course, there are very clear functional reasons for why the kitchen is important — it is where you prepare all your family meals and, for many families, it is where you eat them too. However, the kitchen should also be a recreational space that you can enjoy spending time in. Elements such as light colours, soft furnishings, greenery and plenty of natural light can transform your kitchen from a purely practical space to the hub of family activity. If you have the space, a kitchen island can create a designated socialising zone within your kitchen which feels separate from the cooking area.
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