Well, what is the “wow-factor kitchen” anyway? Firstly it has to be the right design for your needs in both the practical and emotional terms for you and your family. It has to be a space you enjoy and feel comfortable in, whether socializing, cooking or entertaining. The more we can push the borders of creativity the more wow -factor we achieve.
Here are 7 kitchen design tips for the year 2017 that will help achieve wow factor in any kitchen
1. Size & Shapes
Take a look at different sizes and shapes which are possible in your kitchen space. If you look into the theory of kitchen design you will find different forms such as the U or F or G shape kitchen, which are often dictated by the type of cabinets you use. You could also go for a gallery or classic work triangle style, and look into different zones in the kitchen, particularly how you might want to mix or separate different uses for example cooking and dining and social area. Also worth remembering is what standard sizes the various kitchen units and items often come in.
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The right sink will need to combine practicality with just the right look for your kitchen. You will need to think out of the box on issues such as:
Do you need additional sinks? Maybe a separate drainer in a separate utility room.
Can it be in a different position to where it is at the moment? You can then see how its position works better when in use, even looking at a location in a central island.
How much draining space do you need, and will you be splashing lots of water around (the sink that joins with the counter top is therefore important)?
3. Colors & Patterns
Having featured items will help bring a central focus to the kitchen and emphasize whatever design you’re wanting to get, both in terms of appliances as well as fixtures – so for example a feature stove appliance, or maybe a feature extraction canopy above it. Look at what colors complement each other as opposed to clashing. Look at what other parts of the kitchen design will help reflect this design for example tiles and splash backs, cabinet design.
4. Walls & Openings
Linked to the layout of your kitchen, you will need to look at whatever walls you currently have in your kitchen to see if there is any way to remove or improve these – this is one of those areas where you will naturally assume them to be unchangeable. With a careful thought and planning these can be altered for the better.
On one side you may want to remove them to increase light and open-space living – maybe opening up rooms, or placing archways in walls with doors to split where needed. You’ll need to carefully look at removing structure walls of course. On the other extreme you may want to include more to help split areas – maybe temporary screens, or small waist height partitions or breakfast bars to help visually split areas off.
The kitchen can soon become full of cooking and other odors that need ventilation for safety as well as smell purposes. The most obvious method is through an extraction unit above the cooker which can be turned or moved on when cooking – you’ll need to make sure there is room for any extraction ‘tube’ from this through.
These units can be decorative and made a feature of the kitchen, and there can be other versions in different areas of the kitchen, possibly around the eating area.
6. Pantry & Larders
A good-sized pantry or larder is important to store food and appliances etc out of the way in a clean, safe, and good-temperature area. Ideally these will be separate rooms with a secure door to keep visually ‘hidden’ away, and to stop say kids trying to raid food. There will need to be good lighting, and plenty of shelves and compartments to store goods. Be careful to place the items at the right height for easy access for everyone, will plenty of moving-room inside and around.
You can also have in-built kitchen units as a smaller version – one tip is to make sure it’s practical to use and you’ll often continually need to be in and out, for example where it is in the kitchen but also down to what side the door opens and whether it needs a lock.
7. Curtains & Fabrics
The use of fabrics in the kitchen will help soften the look and add finishing touches to your design. Curtains are the obvious one, but there can be other uses of fabrics for example table coverings, throws on chairs and sofas, and door hangings.
Remember that more expense does not necessarily mean better – flush and grand curtains with ornate designs and ties and rail coverings may be good for say a country-look kitchen adding age and depth, but you can easily create a great look with simple cheap and standard curtains by adding say special color ties, or accessories on a table and otherwise bland table cloth.
So these were the 7 design tips that are necessary for deciding the right kitchen design. Apart from this, don’t forget to figure out the function and use of your kitchen before choosing a design.
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