The kitchen is the heart of the home.
In Australian households, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Far from just being the room where food is cooked, the kitchen is a popular communal space in its own right, enabling families to come together to bond and converse over the preparation of their daily meals.
Having a well-equipped and thoughtfully designed kitchen will not only improve your culinary skills, but also enhance the family quality time spent in this area of the home. To this end, Porter Davis’s interior design experts have compiled a list of what is most important to consider when creating your dream kitchen.
1. Plan ahead
Having a clear and thorough plan of action before you design your perfect kitchen is crucial.
- Get a head start by listing what you like and dislike about your current kitchen, which will help to ensure your new kitchen meets your needs.
- Kitchens can be beautiful and interesting as well as functional. Choose colours, appliances and furnishings that reflect your personal style; whether you prefer a Contemporary, Classic, Resort Designer style, discover which one suits you.
- Be realistic when balancing what you want versus what you can afford.
2. Be Practical
Design your kitchen with practicality in mind and your future self will thank you for it.
- Define separate zones for prepping, washing and cooking, to ensure there are plenty of efficient work spaces.
- Finding that switches and sockets aren’t in convenient locations after your new kitchen has been completed is truly devastating, so make sure to factor this into your design plans.
- Research which surfaces are easiest to clean and maintain, such as stainless steel and Silestone and incorporate these into your kitchen where possible.
3. Bench Space
A lack of bench space in kitchens is a common design problem that can be highly frustrating.
- Strategically position benchtops close to aspects of the kitchen such as the stove, sink or pantry, to make food preparation and cooking more efficient.
- Installing a kitchen island will not only increase your bench space, but provide an additional area for family and friends to relax.
- Consider marble look benchtops, as these are timelessly elegant and look beautiful in classic or contemporary kitchens.
Good lighting is one of the easiest ways to make your new kitchen appear bigger, brighter and more appealing.
- While natural lighting is the preference, other lighting options will help to set the mood and define the style of your new kitchen.
- Aim to incorporate several sources of lighting, including task lighting and general lighting, to cater to the various activities that take place in the kitchen.
- Lighting can drastically affect the atmosphere of your kitchen. For added ambiance, consider dimmer switches, pendant lights and under cabinet lighting.
One of the most common kitchen design problems resulting from poor planning is insufficient storage.
- Even in small kitchens, generous base and wall cabinets should be achievable, as long as you plan to fully maximise the space.
- With upper cabinets, you can make the cabinet fronts solid and uniform or create a sense of openness with glass fronts. Glass-fronted cabinets create depth and make the kitchen feel more spacious
- Pot drawers and spice drawers located on either side of the oven are helpful when cooking up a storm, while bin drawers hide the mess and smell associated with busy family kitchens.
Balancing form with function is the best way to get the most out of your new kitchen. While practicality is a key priority, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style. Aim to create a beautiful and comfortable space that you and your family can enjoy spending time in.