A kitchen is more than just a place to prepare and store food. Integrating some creative planning into your kitchen renovations can help you to turn this space into a functioning liveable and enjoyable area for your family.
Here are some great tips to make the most of your renovation:
Mise en Place (Everything in its place)
Think about how and where you use kitchen items, and store them accordingly. Planning your storage space around the way you plan on using the room will save time, and frustration.
Design with Usable
Space in mind Paths through your kitchen should be at least three feet wide. Paths in your cooking area should be four to five feet wide. When planning, adjust your kitchen island layout in view of that.
When designing your kitchen, allow 20-30 inches where possible of countertop on each side of a cooktop, microwave and refrigerator.
When it comes to kitchen islands, decide what its functional purpose will be. If you want to cook and eat on kitchen islands, plan your space to suit. Don’t forget to add power points.
Plan the amount of space around the type of cook you are, or plan to be. If you are someone who prepares easy, small meals, a small counter space might be all you need. If you host a lot of dinner parties or have a large family to feed every night, you will certainly benefit from creating a large fully functioning counter space.
Place a shelf beside or behind the range to keep cooking oils, utensils, and spices handy. Place S hooks on the side of the range hood to hang frequently used pots and pans.
Power Up & make clean-up easy
Install multiple outlets along the backsplash and on the island so you’ll have electricity wherever you need it. In this modern day of technology, you really can’t have too many power outlets.
Equip a cabinet with separate containers for glass, plastic, and metal. A spare drawer could hold old newspapers.
Careful design decisions make cleaning easy. Tiles are easier to keep clean and are more durable than other floor surfaces. Matte finishes don’t show dirt as much as glossy ones do.
Address the little details
You’ll be amazed how much of a difference it can make to change things like power-point and light-switch covers, handles and taps. None are costly in themselves, but together, they’ll really modernise your kitchen.
Use Light Colors and a focal point
Dark color schemes make a small space look smaller. To create a room that feels larger than it is, use light colors in your tile choice and paintwork, and use natural light to enhance the room and your color choices.
Fancy tile floors are great, but make sure they don’t clash too much with other designs you may have added to your renovation. Think of the rule less is more when it comes to design