How To Design A Kitchen To Suit Your Lifestyle

Nowadays the kitchen is the heart of the home, a social hub, a place for conversions and homework as well as the place you can cook up new creations. We all use our kitchens slightly differently, which is why it’s so important that the layout really works for our lifestyles. There’s no point in having a kitchen that looks picture-perfect if it’s not functional. Take a look at the ideas below to make a more informed choice when it comes to designing a kitchen that truly suits your lifestyle.

What Do You Need Your Kitchen To Do For You?

To figure out how to design a kitchen that truly works for you, you need to understand what you need your kitchen to do for you. How do you use your kitchen on a daily basis? Are you a keen cook or do you prefer takeaways? How much preparation surface do you need, where (if you need to) will you store your pots and pans? Do you like to proudly display your crockery and utensils, or do you prefer to hide everything away? Does your kitchen need to work for ‘family life’? Start asking yourself all the questions you need to figure out how to make your new kitchen best work for you.

It’s also really important to think about:

  • Storage
  • White goods
  • A kitchen island
  • A dining table
  • Areas for pets
  • The use of technology
  • Lighting

What Layout Do You Need?

Once you’ve thought about what you want in your kitchen, you need to think about how best to lay it out in a way that works for you. It’s commonly agreed that the triangle rule works well for kitchens. The basics of this rule state that there should be a clear path between your fridge or food storage, your oven and your cleaning area/sink.

Is eating together important for you? Is a kitchen diner more your style, or perhaps a breakfast bar? Think about how these elements will sit in your kitchen. Prioritize what features are most important to you in order to suit your lifestyle, then you can work in other features from there.

Get Inspiration

When you’re planning your dream kitchen it’s easy to get lost and overload yourself with ideas (or perhaps get a little too unrealistic…). Utilise the many resources that are out there to give you some fresh inspiration! Whether that’s social media, magazines, showrooms or by speaking to us for help, you’re sure to find something that floats your boat. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a whole separate blog on where to get kitchen inspiration from!

Think About The Details

As well as thinking about the big picture, the finishing touches and finer details are just as important! Make sure you start thinking about them to begin with to ensure they can be easily incorporated into your final kitchen plans. Some details you might want to think about are:

  • What appliances do you have and would you like to display them?
  • What style of tiles will work with your cupboard material and colour?
  • What flooring will compliment your kitchen? Wooden, tiled, laminate or rubber?
  • What lighting is best? Remember to think about natural lighting available
  • Do you want curtains or blinds?

Remember to think about specifics that will really fit into your lifestyle. Do you like to plan out your meals? Perhaps think about how to incorporate a chalkboard into your space. Do you like to entertain in your kitchen? Think about colour changing bulbs and speakers for the kitchen. There are endless possibilities!

If you’re thinking about a kitchen makeover or a full kitchen overall make sure you use the advice above to help you on your way! 

Posted on: 27th August 2019

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