Kitchen Design Tips

Below are some simple tips on how to get the most out of your kitchen refurbishment. From being tech savvy to adding some simple lighting solutions.

THE KITCHEN WORKING TRIANGLE

The three most important elements of your kitchen design are the hob/cooker, the refrigerator, and the sink. Cooking and cleaning your kitchen can quickly become a needlessly arduous and joyless task if you need to run laps around a poorly designed layout.

good kitchen layout will allow you to move easily between the three while cooking. It should also provide enough space so that if you are cooking alongside someone else, you won’t constantly be knocking into each other. 

PRO TIP:

When working in your kitchen, you should never have to take more than two steps to get from one of these key elements to the other.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

Kitchen lighting design needs to have the most flexible interior lighting scheme in the home to reflect the wide range of functions which kitchens are now used for. Kitchen lighting needs to adapt from a bright, general light for the day, especially in dark kitchens as a supplement to daylight, to children’s tea and home work at dusk, to an intimate light for dining in the evening. Good positioning of light fittings is key to achieve this.

 

PRO TIP:

You can sync your kitchen lighting to your phone or even an Amazon Alexa or Google Home which means you can control all of your lighting from your mobile device or using just your voice.

MAKE COLOUR WORK FOR YOU...

Deciding on a colour scheme for your kitchen is as much about the size and shape of the room as it is your preferred palette.

If you have a small, narrow or low-ceilinged kitchen with little natural light, any dark shades will make the room feel oppressive and unwelcoming. Therefore, you should choose a colour scheme that incorporates a light 'tint', as this introduces elements of white within the colour, making it brighter, even when there are touches of darker shades included.

 

Those with a large kitchen, which features lots of natural light and has a high ceiling, can experiment with darker shades, as the amount of light and space the kitchen has will ensure the room still feels airy. In fact, applying too much white to a kitchen of this size may make it feel sparse, meaning light shades should be balanced with warmer and darker tones.

PRO TIP:

Add a splash of bold colour to your kitchen by using one colour for your base units and a complimentary colour for your wall and tower units. Or, if you have an Island kitchen, why not choose a feature colour for the units on your Island?

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