Follow some simple design tips to ensure your kitchen is a space that is easy and pleasant to work in.
Whether you have a new kitchen or are starting a renovation, consider the following tips to create a space you'll love for a long time.
1. Ample bench space
If you’ve ever suffered a kitchen with minimal counter-tops, you’ll know it can really limit the food you prepare. More is definitely more when it comes to bench space.
2. Open-plan layout
Having an open-plan kitchen will encourage the family to come together in the space, rather than dispersing into their rooms only to emerge for their already-prepared meal.
3. Take note of the kitchen triangle
Interior buffs refer to the sink, stove and refrigerator as the kitchen triangle – the area we move between most while preparing food. Be mindful not to obstruct this space.
4. Storage know-how
Ensure you have adequate storage that is easily accessible. If you’re building with kids in mind it’s crucial to have some areas that are out of reach, but make sure not to go overboard with the height.
5. Light it up
A kitchen is not the place to skimp on lighting – it is absolutely necessary for both safety and atmosphere. Aim for energy efficient general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to cover all your bases.
6. Incorporate a kitchen island
A kitchen island will help make the space a little friendlier and can add sneaky storage too. Just be mindful of the kitchen triangle (the working space between the sink, refrigerator and stove top) when laying it out.
7. Go green
When shopping for appliances, aim for green options that switch off automatically and have lower energy expenditure. You’ll be saving the environment and your hip pocket in one fell swoop.
8. Gas versus electric
Any keen cook will tell you gas is the way to go for better-prepared food, but is it worthwhile if the rest of the house is electric? Before you start to contemplate, ensure gas is available in your area. You could use our online energy calculator to find out the best gas and electricity rates.
The kitchen really is one of the most important rooms of the home, both as a space for the family to come together and in terms of selling down the track.