Beyond the obvious, a kitchen may be used for different reasons – an area for socialising, for showing off the latest cooking gadgets, for preparing large meals for groups or even just making your friends envious of the luxury fitted kitchen you’ve just had installed.
If you are thinking of remodelling your kitchen design, start with analysing your requirements. The first step to suit your lifestyle is to gauge personal preferences, such as defining:
- cooking area
- storage space
- placement of dining table
- traffic area
- dishwasher installation
- telephone and answering machine set up (if you spend a lot of time there)
- access to food waste and recycle bins
- display racks for silver or glass-ware
- lighting requirements
Once you have discovered all your requirements, invest time in market research. Read home décor magazines or watch home improvement television shows to have a better understanding of what products are available in the market.
Alternatively, you can search over the internet. Read through the articles from expert interior designers or watch home décor videos from the comfort of your home.
Make a list of products that are essential for remodelling to match your lifestyle. This will also allow you to prepare a rough estimate of the remodelling expenses.
With a better understanding of kitchen design requirements and available products, you should sit back and prepare a detailed layout. The key is to choose the most desirable items and find interesting placements for those items to add to the aesthetics of your design.
Traditionally, the appliance-triangle structure was considered as the best approach where the sink, the fridge and the cooker are placed at three different points to form a triangle.
For example, one can place the sink and the cooker at two ends of the counter. Install the fridge parallel to the counter to form a triangle. However, the microwave has now become an integral part of modern kitchens.
If these geometrical figures are hard to decipher for you, simply prepare a layout that allows free movement between the devices that are extensively required for preparing daily meals.
After the basic homework, it is time to dwell upon the aesthetic details. Select textures, colours and styles for every component of the kitchen. Remember, flooring and the counter texture make the greatest impression. Every investment also gets translated into the overall resale value of your home.
Interior designers can provide expert consultation on the best combination for your lifestyle and daily needs. However, if you are facing a serious time crunch, consider buying predesigned luxury kitchens. These are available in a variety of forms to suit the individual requirements of every customer.