6 Unbeatable Kitchen Design Tips For Functionality
When it comes to designing or renovating your dream property, creating the perfect kitchen is top of the list for many people. A great kitchen blends elegant design seamlessly with functionality that simplifies preparing, cooking and cleaning into an art. Impress your friends and family with a clever kitchen design and make your own life easier too. Below are our top 5 tips to consider when planning for a detail-oriented, flawless kitchen.
#1 Design Details: Power Outlets
A beautiful kitchen backsplash can often be interrupted by ugly white power outlets. There are a few ways to work around this, such as choosing coloured outlets with match the backsplash, choosing a creative design such as a pop-up outlet, or styling the items in the kitchen to hide them. For example, if your toaster is always plugged in, it won’t be as obvious that there is an outlet behind it. Consider which appliances you need outlets for and where these will best be placed. See how the outlets matching the backsplash in the design below create an uninterrupted, uncluttered aesthetic.
#2 Lighting Is Everything
The key to designing a beautiful kitchen is in the lighting. ‘Task lighting’ is when the lighting is designed specifically to improve functionality, for example the undercabinet lighting which highlights the counter top where you’ll be preparing meals. If your kitchen features an island cabinet, positioning a few pendant lights above the counter not only improves the lighting where you are working, it also anchors the floating work space and looks fantastic.
#3 Masking Appliances For A Cosier Look
Your dishwasher is a great timesaver but it may not be easy on the eyes. You can use a panel the same colour as your kitchen cabinets in front of the dishwasher to create an uninterrupted design and hide the appliance. You may consider doing this in front of a fridge or microwave as well. Many kitchen designers store the microwave out of sight in a wall cabinet with a lift-up door. That way the appliance is still plugged in and ready to use, but isn’t taking up valuable bench space.
#4 Functional Food Prep Zones
When designing your ideal kitchen, think in terms of how you will use different areas to maximise productivity and prevent double-handling. Ask yourself where will you store the bin? Where are you most likely to be chopping up fruit and veggies and creating scraps? Is there a handy power-point near areas you might use handheld appliances? Where will you place dirty dishes while you’re still cooking? Taking a moment to consider these things before designing and decorating will save you hassle down the track.
#5 Storage Ideas
Creating a functional, elegant kitchen should include storage solutions which simplify everyday kitchen use. We love custom storage solutions such as a wine rack drawer or a spice rack built into a cupboard. One of our favourite design hacks is to plan for saucepan and pot lids in your drawers, as seen in the picture below.
In addition to these there are a number of suggestions a professional can provide you for the kitchen of your home in Noosaville that will fulfil your specific requirements.
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