When it comes to kitchen design, there is a little more to it than meets the eye. Luckily for you, our kitchen design team knows a thing or two about creating the perfect kitchen. In this article, we will share a few tips that will help you make the most of your space.
Think About ‘Space Planning’
Space planning is a fundamental aspect of interior design. Space planning ensures all available space is optimised. It also includes thinking about the flow of the room. The main elements of space planning are function, physical limitations, furniture, size and flow.
Space planning should be the responsibility of your kitchen designer/interior designer. But, make sure you quiz them on it so you can understand their rationale.
Here are some elements you/your kitchen designer should consider when thinking about space planning:
- Is the gap between cabinets wide enough?
- Is there sufficient room for all doors to open fully?
- Are appliances grouped together appropriately, eg. is the dishwasher near the sink?
- Have you got the right direction of traffic, eg. is the layout natural? Have you ensured the cooking area isn’t the main thoroughfare?
Think About Colour
Naturally, colour is a big player in kitchen design. As with any room in a house, you should choose the colour depending on how it will make the room feel. One thing that is often overlooked by novice designers is the aspect of the room and how this affects the light.
The amount of natural light in the room will hugely determine the look and feel of your kitchen.
If you have a kitchen with a large sliding door overlooking the garden, you might want to reflect light from outside into the darker end of your space. For this, you would choose light coloured cabinets.
On the other hand, if you have a very bright, south-facing kitchen, darker colours can make your space feel more homely and welcoming. If you have a tricky space you should consult with your interior designer who will be able to tell you how to get the most out of your kitchen.
High gloss? Mid sheen? Or matt? Obviously, the finish of your cabinets will have a huge effect on the feel of your space. If you have a modern property, any finish can work well, depending on how you style the rest of the space. If your home is more traditional, a high gloss finish probably won’t fit in.
If you do go for high gloss, aim to use natural wood or muted stone in other areas, to avoid a clinical feel.
Want To Find Out More?
If you would like more input from our kitchen design team, get in touch to speak with us. We would be more than happy to chat through ideas for your kitchen, so we can start to plan the perfect space for your home.