Main Principles of a Practical Family Kitchen
If you plan a kitchen makeover, you’ll probably love the closing phase more than every other part of the project. And the last phase is designing the interior. Of course, it appears to be a much more pleasing job compared to the main reconstruction work and the cleaning of what’s left of your old kitchen: scraping off wallpapers, removing tiles and the like.
In case you don’t want to look for an interior designer, I’ve prepared a few simple tips to help you achieve an easy-to-use cooking area.
Kitchen Cleaning & Usage
First and foremost, there is huge advantage of planning the kitchen remodeling by yourself versus having a dedicated designer do it for you. That’s due to the fact that you and the other members of your family are the people who know best how the kitchen will be used.
You can say how much time you’ll spend there daily, who will cook and who won’t ever do that, will the children have access to the cooking corner, do you frequently host big parties and so on. All these questions and their answers are essential for the right placement of appliances and the use of the interior space in general.
You should also take cleaning into consideration when creating the concept of your new kitchen. It’s important to carefully plan the position of range hood(s), air ducts or other ventilation elements. All of them will help you get a spot-free kitchen cleaning for your home in the future. These features may seem to be secondary, but they are deciding factors for the quality of indoor air and will assure less grime on all surfaces as well. When choosing the type of your cooking appliances, keep in mind that a stainless-steel finish may seriously reduce the time you’ll spend cleaning up.
Other Elements of Kitchen Design
If you really strive for a functional kitchen, then storage is the next big thing to ponder. You can ask yourself how many appliances you will need, what size they will be, are they going to have a traditional design or will rather be built-in. Will you buy pre-built furniture, or you will order specially made pieces? Also, how much space will you need to store all your utensils and still have a quick and easy access to them while cooking.
Depending on how often you cook and for how many people, you can decide on the number and size of cabinets, cupboards and the main counter. Some will be placed low and other will be on the level of your eyes.
As for the lighting, functionality is the top priority here. Will you only enter your kitchen to prepare food or it will be used as a dining area, too? Will you need to control the intensity of the lights and maybe even dim some of them? Once you’ve figured out all little details, you can finally start looking at kitchen interior magazines to find the equipment that will best suit your requirements.