How to Design Your Ultimate Dream Kitchen
We all know that the kitchen is the heart of our home. It’s one of the most occupied rooms and where much of the cooking, entertainment and the family’s connection time happens. It’s a space where combined with both style and functionality can make it the winning area of your home.
So, if you’re looking to update your outdated kitchen, we’ve got you covered —regardless of your budget.
1. The Layout
Whether you are renovating the kitchen or building new, the first thing you need to consider is the layout. If new, make sure the layout is practical. You might want to have interaction with other spaces or have a view of the outdoor area. If you’re renovating, decide whether the current layout design works for you or needs a little change to incorporate what you think a kitchen should have.
You have three different layout design options that you can choose from:
- The old way to design a layout was to have the stove and sink in one spot, your oven in another, and then your fridge in a third spot. More like having a triangle shape.
- Modern kitchen designs use zoned areas such as the prep zone (island benches used for prepping a meal), the cooking zone (for the stove, microwave, and oven), the storage zone (for cabinets, cupboards, and fridge) and lastly the cleaning zone (sink and dishwasher).
- You can even incorporate both layout designs to create a suitable design that fits you entirely!
Do what works best for you.
Once you’ve decided on the best layout, you can start finalising the details. Decide on what style of kitchen you want. This could be anything from ultra-modern to a beach-style kitchen. Whatever you choose, take into account the style of your house. Do your research to find out exactly what style of kitchen suits your taste and lifestyle. For instance, if you have children, wipe-clean units will be easier to keep clean than painted style ones.
Since you’ll have to live with the design for a few years, it’s worth spending time researching on styles that you like. Use interior design magazines, kitchen company catalogues, and design books to create a mood board of styles that you like.
3. The major details
Here are the other major details that should not be left out when designing your dream kitchen:
- Colours and Materials: Make sure the colours and materials go well together. Go for more neutral colours as it makes the space feel more airy and spacious. As for materials, durability is important. To stand the test of time, you want low maintenance, easy to clean materials that don’t stain or scour easily – especially if you have kids.
- Cabinetry: Make sure your choices are suited to your circumstances, for example, if you’ve got children or you’re planning on renting out the property, you might be best off with vinyl wrap or laminate.
- Handles: You could choose knobs, pull handles, chrome, matte, gloss, coloured, black, white– the list goes on forever. There are many types of styles, colours, shapes, and finishes available that you can choose from.
- Benchtop: There are numerous styles available out there. You could go for a moderately priced white with flecks style to a plainer, but more expensive option, with a vein running through it. Don’t restrict yourself to a white benchtop though, other neutrals can work well.
- Lighting: You can do a very general lighting plan, but keep in mind the overall look you’re trying to achieve. Putting two large or three smaller pendant lights over an island bench can really add a bit of pizzazz, so don’t underestimate what lighting can do to set off the kitchen.
4. The Do’s and Don’ts
Here are the do’s and don’ts of kitchen design:
- Analyse your current kitchen space and create a list of its pros and cons.
- Draw plans to scale the kitchen.
- Research design rules.
- Replicate what you already have in your old kitchen with a different style in your new kitchen.
- Try and add in as much storage as possible. The kitchen would look relatively cramped if you do.
- Just copy what is trendy now. To avoid it out dating quickly, try and have a broader understanding of where kitchen design is heading or stick to classic concepts.
Ashley McKayla is a lifestyle blogger and content creator at Living Space Hauz, and she aims to explain the lifestyle and interior design concepts in the simplest terms possible. Simplicity is the Best & The Art of Living.