Thinking of Giving Your Kitchen a Facelift? Consider These Fab Tips First!
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We get it - you've been looking at that kitchen with the 1995 decor for too long, it's time for a makeover!
Well, before you race off to get the latest look, have you considered the potential pitfalls or issues you've experienced in your current layout or the functionality of where the new fridge will be positioned? Perhaps you'd like to follow some of the tips we've managed to put together from pros, experts, and kitchen design aficionados around the world. After all, this is the chance to wipe the slate clean and get that kitchen you've always wanted...
1. Direct Traffic Through Your Kitchen
Traffic flow is such an important consideration when designing a kitchen. For child-friendly kitchen design, keep the oven top out of traffic areas so that children don't catch pot handles and cause spills when passing through. Another consideration is to make the fridge easily accessible to both passersby and people that are working in the cooking and cleaning areas.
2. Invest in Good Lighting and Position it Correctly
Planning your kitchen lighting really needs to be done right in the beginning – at the extension design stage or when you're considering your kitchen's layout. Task-specific lighting is a given, but don't forget to build in ambient lighting, with dimmable options and good-looking pendants: your kitchen shouldn't just be about how it functions; how it looks while you're eating or socialising in it is important, too.
3. Place Drawers on the Left and Right of the Oven
Anyone who has had to get down on their knees to dig around for pots and pans in lower cabinets can appreciate that drawers (allowing for a full view of and easy access to their contents) are a wiser choice for cookware that, quite frankly, doesn’t stack well and can be clumsy. Stuck with lower cabinets? Try installing wire or wood drawers inside your cabinets to gain the utility of drawers.
4. Pick a Colour Palette and Stick With it.
From the very beginning, choose the colours you want to work with and stick to them. Introducing too many colors in a small space will feel overwhelming. For example, you may select natural wood tones with white and grey elements. You could add in dark appliances and brass hardware. Sticking to this scheme all over makes the space feel larger than it is and more inviting. Regardless of the colours you choose, keeping it consistent throughout is a good way to go in a small kitchen.
5. Splurge on Hardware
Kitchen remodel costs can escalate extremely quickly! If you're working with a tighter budget, splash the cash on quality lights, handles and taps instead of cabinetry and tiles.
6. Consider the Countertops
Think through what you may need for meal preparation in order to help guide your countertop choices. Chefs who like to cook require more counter space (ideally between the oven and sink) than those who cook infrequently or who prepare simple meals. Additionally, incorporating two countertop heights can make baking easier and help children who are involved in meal preparations.
7. Think About the Plug Points
Ensure your kitchen includes plenty of plug points in areas where you plan to use a kettle, toaster, blender, and other countertop appliances. Install multiple points along the backsplash and on the island so you'll have electricity wherever you need it. For extra customisation, consider outfitting a drawer with outlets and USB ports to create a hidden charging station for devices.
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