When you’re planning a new kitchen, the layout is, of course, key to making the space work efficiently. But there are other things to think about. Take a look at this checklist to ensure that you tick off seven essential elements of a well-designed space.
1. Sufficient Storage
If you want your kitchen to be functional, one of the most important features to consider is storage space.
Think carefully about what you need to store, and choose cabinets that work with the size and layout of your kitchen. Research space-saving designs, such as pullouts and tall wall cabinets.
It’s a good idea to take an inventory to figure out exactly what you need to store. Be realistic, and if there are any unused items that are cluttering up the space, now’s the time to recycle them. Once you know what items you’re storing and where you’re going to use them, you can consider the best options for your space.
2. Strong and Stylish Counters
If you like to cook, your kitchen work surfaces will see some action, so besides good looks, they need strength and durability. To help you decide which type of countertop to go for, consider exactly how you use your kitchen.
Think about how much wear and tear particular areas in your space will get, as this will determine how durable your counters need to be.
3. Efficient Appliances
The appliances you choose also will depend on how you use your kitchen and the size and layout of the room. For example, if you entertain often, a large oven and a dishwasher may be a priority.
When you’re searching for appliances, consider how energy-efficient they are. One thing you can do is look for products with an Energy Star label, a U.S. government-backed symbol of energy efficiency.
4. Layered Lighting
As soon as you’ve planned your kitchen’s layout, think about where you’ll locate the lighting. Complement functional spotlights with strategically placed task lights to create a lighting design that adds depth and practicality to your space.
6. Durable Flooring
In a heavy traffic area like a kitchen, the floor needs to earn its keep. There are many surfaces you can go for, including natural stone, concrete, ceramic and porcelain. You also can choose beautiful wood, but be sure to get advice on how to seal it and protect it from water damage.
Think about how your floor will look with the rest of your design and whether you’ll want to change it in the future. Classic stone tiles will work with most styles and colors. However, a patterned floor also can look stunning and, if you really love the design, it could be worth being brave with your flooring choice.
written by Amanda Pollard