Many years ago kitchens had one sole purpose and use and that was to cook in, whilst this is still the most important aspect of a kitchen, they have also become much more than that! Some might say the kitchen is the heart of a home.
Kitchen design has come on leaps and bound and because of this, kitchens are where people and families spend a good chunk of their time. Kitchens are now seen as a place to cook, eat, entertain and even relax in. There are so many features that are now being incorporated or utilised when it comes to kitchen designs, such as breakfast bars, open plan kitchen/diners and even the additions of seating areas. This is why when planning and designing a new kitchen you need to consider the main purposes of your kitchen and what you expect from it.
A well designed kitchen is so incredibly important nowadays, not only to help busy families function in an effective and orderly fashion, but also this is something prospective buyers will be looking for when or if you decide to sell your property. An organised and cleverly designed kitchen can be a very attractive pulling force to potential buyers.
So what do we actually mean when we talk about a ‘well designed’ kitchen?
Firstly, it’s important to know that the needs of a kitchen will be completely unique to each individual and family. For example, an open plan kitchen is very good for busy households and families. With busy work and school schedules it’s important for families to find time to spend together. Open plan kitchen/diners provide the ideal opportunity for this as it offers a place for families to gather whilst the family meal is preparing at the same time.
Secondly, if you are an avid cook and enjoy whipping up new masterpieces on a regular basis then it is vital you design a kitchen that can boost your creativity in the kitchen. You need to think about your routine as you cook and plan where certain appliances, storage cupboards and draws should go to maximise it’s practicality.
Another important aspect to consider is the amount of storage you need within your kitchen. Especially if you don’t have a huge kitchen, you need to make sure you use the space available as best you can. There are some extremely clever storage ideas out there so ensure you do your research beforehand.
If you don’t have enough space for an open plan kitchen/diner but love the idea of utilising the space in that way then you should consider a breakfast bar or an island, as this provides an ideal space for the family to gather but takes up less room.
The most important thing when it comes to designing or updating your kitchen is that you get exactly what you wish for and the designs are your ideas and ones that work for you and your household.