The kitchen is the heart of the home, and most important room in your house, a place to entertain friends and family, bake Christmas cakes, wipe muddy dog paws, and bathe scraped toddler knees. It is a room where memories are made but it needs to be practical as well as reflect your lifestyle and taste.
Most people spend a great deal of time in the kitchen and it acts as a casual gathering place in most homes. Therefore, it needs to be homely but workable at the same time.
Experts agree that a great kitchen design will add value to a property and will return almost 100% on investment when the house is sold. The real estate industry state that the kitchen is if not the most important then certainly one of the most important rooms in the house. In fact, it can be a deal breaker.
When designing a kitchen there are no real set rules. What suits one person may not suit another. Someone wanting an ultra modern chrome kitchen with an urban edge would disregard the classic farmhouse family kitchen loved by many. Therefore, lifestyle and how your family uses the kitchen are unique to your situation. Many people have definite ideas and a vision of what the result is to look like, others may need the guidance of a professional interior designer who is familiar with dealing with kitchen companies and can bring some unique flair to the project and take you through the process systematically to find out exactly what is needed in this vital space.
Kitchen design centres around the space where the new kitchen is to be installed. It may be re modelling an existing kitchen or taking a room from the start in a new build or renovated home. Ask yourself what you actually need in your kitchen and identify the jobs you perform day to day. Determine how many people the room needs to accommodate and if the kitchen is to be the main dining area in the house.
Involve family members in the discussions. Kids may want a hang out corner where they can study while the evening meal is prepared. If you have pets or live in the country, you may want more than one sink in the kitchen. Will you have freestanding appliances or built in? If you are a great cook who loves to cook for a hobby too then it will be important to have good food preparation areas and an easy layout to go from cooker to refrigerator to sink – the classic kitchen triangle. Think about where to place your appliances so there is not too much walking back and forth from the preparation areas.
Do you want to display and show off a collection, some china, or crystal wear? Will you want your recipe books on shelves? Do you need a television or laptop computer in the kitchen? Do not forget to decide on lighting for preparation areas, kitchen cabinet back lighting, and general ambient lighting. Always write down any ideas you have in a large notebook where you can accumulate colours, pictures from magazines and ideas so your design will evolve from your book once you visit your interior designer or kitchen specialist when you purchase your new kitchen.
It is important to decide upon budget. If you do not intend to stay for long at the house then a very expensive kitchen may not give you the return you expect. However, if it is a family home for the long term then you can afford to spend more. Sellers should choose a more economical option.
The days of dark and dingy kitchens have gone and these days even in old style country kitchens light coloured wood or natural wood cabinets are being used as they brighten and enlarge a space and open it up. Plenty of lighting under kitchen cabinets and over workspaces gives a bright cheerful ambience, which is pleasant and enjoyable to work in. The kitchen cabinets will give the overall style and theme to the kitchen and there are ultra modern brightly coloured kitchens, sleek black cabinets, and varying shades of white, cream in traditional styles, and contemporary. There are some beautiful wood cabinets in oaks, cherry woods, pines with handles that can give a period or modern touch.
Kitchen design is one of the most important, fun projects you will ever undertake in your home so take your time and enjoy the process. It is a significant investment so if you need some assistance with the design we are always here at Absolute Academy School of Interior Design to help with a no obligation chat on the way to the kitchen of your dreams.