As most homeowners will tell you, the kitchen is one of the most heavily used rooms in the home. Whenever you have guests over, they often will gather around in the kitchen. It is simply a warm, inviting space that most people find irresistible. With that in mind, you need to design your kitchen so that it is a space that can handle this traffic. Here is a look at five design tips you should implement in your new kitchen.
1. Get a Multi-Use Table
If you do not have a multi-use table set up as an island in the middle of your kitchen, you are really missing out on an opportunity. Get one made of a sturdy, gorgeous wood like walnut that you can use as chopping block and prep station while you are cooking, but that is equally at home as a serving space for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and even full meals.
2. Don’t Cheap out on Two Important Areas
It really is true that you get what you pay for. While this is true for almost anything, it is especially true when it comes to kitchen cabinets and flooring. These are two areas of your kitchen where you should never pinch pennies. Low-priced flooring and cabinets will look bad and break down quickly. Invest the money in some high-quality custom cabinets and gorgeous flooring to give your kitchen a great look.
3. Always Put Function First
When it comes to the golden rule of kitchen design, it is all about function above anything else. Whenever you have to make a choice between aesthetics or function, function should win out every time. One of the most important functional kitchen design rules is known as the triangle. The three points of the triangle are the refrigerator, sink and cooktop. The general rule of the triangle is that there should be no more than six feet between each of these three points in your kitchen to make cooking easier.
4. Let There Be Light
One of the most important rules of kitchen design is that you can never have enough light. The standard overhead lighting is not enough. If you can, add natural light sources like windows, skylights and light tubes. One overlooked way to brighten your kitchen workspace is to add lighting on the underside of the kitchen cabinets.
5. Don’t Forget About the Trash
An often overlooked aspect of kitchen design is garbage location. You have to think about how you want to handle garbage in your kitchen. One of the cleverest ways to do this is to put garbage and recycling bins behind a cabinet door. When the door is opened, the bins will slide out for easy access.