Moretti Blog • May 23, 2018
When it comes to design a kitchen the choices to make are many and they involve layout, cabinets style, appliances, storage, worktop and so on.
But where to start?
Here some tips to design your dream kitchen.
Our habits should be the common thread when designing a new kitchen.
The first thing to do is think how we use the kitchen. If we use it only for cooking, or also to entertain guests and if for us aesthetics is more important than the practicality.
Habits of the person the will use the kitchen have a big impact on how to design it and will make a big difference once the kitchen is completed. So, think carefully how you use the kitchen and the time you spend in there, this will be the starting point of the project.
The shape, or layout to give to the kitchen is the first choice to make. Even if we do have a favorite kitchen layout in mind we need always to start with the shape and dimensions of the room to decide which is the best layout and not vice versa.
In most of the cases, the size and shape of the room will determine the most suitable kitchen design.
As a starting point, you have some classic kitchen layouts to use as a template, such as:
- Single or double galley, they have one or two continuous runs of cabinets.
- An l-shaped kitchen that is built into a corner and offering excellent counter space.
- U-Shaped kitchen which surrounds the cook on three sides with everything within easy reach.
- Island kitchen that provides additional work surfaces and can also include a breakfast bar, sockets, bookshelves and vine storage.
The island can also delineate the kitchen zone without cutting it off, a plus if you like to socialise with guests while cooking.
When it comes to the functional part of the room a good layout will make the most of the available space and keep everything well organized.
When planning a kitchen layout flow is an important consideration to keep in mind, especially if you have an open plan space. Use the layout to keep away guests and children from dangerous hotspot so that they will naturally go towards a more user-friendly area instead such as a drink fridge or a seating area.
A rule of thumb that it is always helpful to consider is the classic “working triangle rule”. This concept is designed to minimise effort and walking distance between the three main kitchen elements: the sink, fridge and cooker. It is about keeping these most-used areas of the kitchen in close enough proximity to each other. So, install them in an area that will form an imaginary triangle, by placing them on the three points of the triangle.
Even if this rule is always helpful, nowadays, with the different and larger use of the kitchen that it is not considered only for cooking, you can consider the space also in terms of creating different working or tasking areas. They will include for example keeping all you need for cooking, for making breakfast, emptying dishwasher together so to make the experience more practical.
The fridge and sink need to be connected but the cooking section can be a little more isolated or independent
Worktop and splashback are surfaces that get dirty quite easily when you cook.
So be careful when choosing them, avoid trend materials even if very appealing in terms of style but not so easy to take care of, and opt for an easier to clean and durable surfaces. If you want to know more about splashback, read our previous blog.
Storage, storage, storage! Kitchen needs to have a good amount of storage solutions. A well-planned kitchen takes into consideration all the storage needed for the different items and tasks.
Consider for example deep drawers for easier access to pots and pans and include enough storage for the appliance that otherwise would clutter up the worktop. Put overhead cabinets right up to the ceiling rather than having an empty gap on top to maximise the use of the space (pic below from Tom Howley Kitchen)
Moretti Interior Design can help you to create beautiful spaces. For more information or to book a consultation in our West London studio, contact us today.