You’ll notice I’ve talked a lot over the past few blog posts about kitchen design, finishes, layouts, appliances and how to get the best out of your space. But what I haven’t talked about are the mistakes that we often see as Designers. I don’t like talking in the negative when it comes to my blog posts, but I think in this instance it may be relevant. And look out for my bathroom design mistakes coming very soon too!
Really work on your layout when working with your kitchen designer or joiner. Its where good design starts. Think about prep space, access to pantry, fridge, ovens, and sink. Try and locate your bin and dishwasher as close to the sink as possible. It’s less about the working triangle these days and more about zones, prep zone, cooking zone, clean up zone. If you cluster your activities and therefore appliances and joinery design under these 3 zones it will be a good layout.
Also think about space and flow into and out of the room and between joinery. I like to have at least 1200mm flow around the kitchen, and sometimes reduce that to 1100mm in between say and island and back run of joinery.
CHOOSING FINISHES IN ISOLATION OF EACHOTHER
This is such a big mistake that happens all the time. You fall in love with a stone benchtop and then everything else just must fit in with this. Rather work through your joinery finish, benchtop, splashback, flooring, hardware all together. Each selection massively relies on the next to be cohesive. For instance, if you choose a natural stone benchtop with brown and beige tones throughout then your backsplash finish should pick up on those warmer tones, the worst thing you could do is to try and bring a cool grey tile into the mix.
Lay out sample options, have a couple for each application and choose in unison that way everything will hang well together.
CHOOSING THE WRONG BENCHTOP MATERIAL
Now this has more to do with function and care than anything else. The most common material here is still engineered stone, but I am seeing a resurgence in natural stone and a good uptake on porcelain too. Less and less timber coming through here.
The thing is if you are a natural stone lover and have the patience to care for it (resealing it every couple of years, and don’t mind the odd mark or staining in between) then this is right for you. If you want your benchtops to always look perfect, then opt for engineered stone or porcelain. These are the lowest care options.
This you have to get right. There are so many task areas in the kitchen, if all you think about it feature lighting (which is often the case) then you will end up with areas of the kitchen in shadow where you should have effective overhead lighting. So, start with your downlights and concentrate those over the task areas that I mentioned before. From there you can layer your lighting.
From under cabinetry led lighting, through to pendants over an island or breakfast area through think about all levels of lighting for cooking and dining.
Get in touch if you’re thinking of designing a new kitchen, we can work on best layout, functionality, look and feel, lighting and finishes. You can reach me through [email protected]