Not only is a kitchen supposed to be a beautiful backdrop of cabinets and drawers, it’s also supposed to be a space for both function and convenience. Check out the tips below on how to achieve this.
Keep everything close
Arrange which items go where depending on what their uses are. For example, store breakfast foods and bowls near the kitchen table and keep dishware and flatware near the dishwasher to simplify the process of unloading.
Plan traffic routes
An especially important tip for family-friendly kitchen designs is to keep the cook-top away from traffic areas so children don’t catch handles or cause spillages when running through. Also ensure the fridge is easily accessible for those passing by and those cooking and cleaning.
Who can reach the microwave?
Determining the height and location of a microwave depends on how child-friendly the kitchen is going to be. For an adult-only kitchen, 15-20 inches above the counter-top is an appropriate height. And for those with children, below the counter-top will be safer and easier to access.
Create landing spaces
When planning your kitchen, have at least 15 inches of counter-top on each side of a cooktop, microwave and refrigerator.
Consider countertop space
Ensure there’s enough counter-top space; remember that those who cook frequently usually require more space than those who cook infrequently.
Store knives carefully
Ensure there’s a nominated area to keep knives. This makes it easier to find the right knife for a job and also keeps them out of reach of children. This could perhaps be a specific drawer or a countertop rack.
Recycling can be made simpler with a dedicated space to store recycling bins. Perhaps have a cabinet with separate bins for glass, metal, plastic and paper.
For the sake of modern day convenience, why not install several electrical outlets in your kitchen? This is so you have extra outlets of electricity whenever you need it.
Softer shades in smaller spaces
If you’re going to have a smaller kitchen try to avoid using darker colour schemes as this can make an already small space look even smaller and less inviting. Instead opt for a lighter palette, to attract more natural light and make a smaller room feel bigger.
Create a focal point
Whether it’s a pattern-tiled floor, bright cabinets or a kitchen island, create a focal point that gives your kitchen a little personality. Don’t overdo it though as more than one will make your kitchen look too busy and give the eye too much to pay attention to, instead opt for a single focal point and complement it with cleaner and quieter details.
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