Home design has come a long way in the last decade or so, but one thing remains constant: The kitchen is still very much the heart of the home.
Display homes are an excellent source of inspiration and allow you to get a feel for a variety of styles. Whether you're going for a modern or traditional look, there are a number of elements to keep in mind when cooking up the layout and furnishings of your kitchen.
1. Kitchen work triangle
Over the years, the work triangle has proven to be the most integral element of kitchens around the world. Essentially, this design principle stipulates that you should be able to draw an imaginary triangle between the three major work centres of your kitchen: The sink, refrigerator and stove top.
Why these three areas? Simply put, these are the areas you'll be using the most in your daily cooking and food preparation, and by keeping them easily accessible you'll be to operate much more efficiently.
2. Open shelving
Storing your glassware and ingredients behind closed doors might make your kitchen look more organised, but it can also make the space less functional. Instead of cupboards and pantries, consider opting for open shelving. This practical storage solution allow you to nearly organise and manage your everyday ingredients, glassware and crockery while keeping them within easy reach. Remember, if it's too difficult to access, you probably won't use it.
3. Kitchen island
Kitchen islands have long been a popular design feature in modern kitchens and will probably continue to be for years to come. They provide you with additional surfaces for preparing food and more storage space. However, before you commit to installing an island, take a careful look at your house floor plans to determine whether your kitchen can accommodate it. The island needs to be large enough that it's practical for working on, but you'll also need room surrounding it to support the flow of people moving in and around the kitchen.
If space is at a premium, it might be more practical to forego the island and instead focus on building the most efficient kitchen you can given the room's constraints.
For more advice on how to create a beautiful kitchen, get in touch with your local G.J. Gardner home builder.