I’ve seen countless kitchens, and I know that having an efficiently planned space with the best kitchen design is a true workhorse doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice beauty, drama, and luxurious finishes.
Here are some tips that will help you design your dream kitchen like I do.
1. Consider planning
The layout of the kitchen will determine how you move around the space and how efficiently you work. There are many popular kitchen layout ideas, including L-shaped, U-shaped, galley, and open plan.
Each design has its pros and cons, so it is important to choose one that fits your needs and the size of your space. For example, an open concept kitchen is great for entertaining and can make a small kitchen appear larger, but it may not provide enough kitchen storage for some homeowners.
2. Assess storage needs
Once you’ve chosen your design, think about your storage needs. You’ll need to increase your storage space, so think about the types of items you’ll need to store and how much space they require.
Consider adding features like pull-out shelves, lazy-Susans, and deep drawers to maximize your storage space. It’s also a good idea to think about where you’ll store your small appliances, such as a toaster or blender. Built-in storage for small appliances can help keep countertops clear of clutter and make your kitchen look neater.
3. Think: smart devices
Next, think about your hardware. Today’s devices are smarter, more efficient, and stylish than ever before. Some of the latest kitchen technology includes smart refrigerators, induction cookers, and steam ovens.
Smart refrigerators can help you keep track of your groceries and create shopping lists, while induction cooktops use electromagnetic energy to heat your cookware, making them faster and more energy efficient than gas or electric cooktops. Steam ovens are also becoming more popular, as they can cook food quickly and without the need for added oils or fats.
4. Ensure perfect kitchen lighting
Another important consideration is the lighting in your kitchen. Lighting can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your kitchen. You’ll need to make sure you have enough light to work and prepare food, but also enough ambient light to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Consider adding pendant lights on your island or peninsula, and under-cabinet lighting to provide task lighting for your countertops.
The lighting above the island is very important because it is usually where all the preparatory work is done, so it is important that it be clear and bright. I always opt for bright lighting but it can be dimmed for those times when the island moves into a place where drinks and appetizers are served.
It’s also the focal point of the kitchen, so the fixtures need to be elegant and add character to the space. I always focus on the wattage of the light to make sure I can turn it up for ultimate brightness and then turn it down for a moody vibe. If pendant lights aren’t bright enough, layering in some LED lights will help when you’re at work.
The bottom of the light should be high enough above the work surface so you can work below and have a conversation with someone across from you without the light getting in your way.
I love all kinds of lights, but the size of the fixtures has to fit the space you have. If your ceilings are high, you can go big and sexy. If the ceilings are low, you may want to tastefully use a flush mount to keep headroom free for island work.
5. Prioritize high-impact substances
Finally, think about the finishes and materials that you will use in your kitchen. From countertops to flooring, the materials you choose can have a huge impact on the overall look of your space. Some common materials include quartz, granite, and marble for countertops, and hardwood or tiles for floors. You’ll also want to consider the finish of your cabinets, choosing between matte, glossy, or textured finishes.
Since many of our customers want worry-free countertops that look good all the time, I have two types of countertops that I’m looking forward to using. I like to use man-made materials like Caesarstone or Silestone based on their ability to be stain and scratch resistant and for their antimicrobial quality. For natural stones, I love granite, which looks like marble. These granite countertops have the elegant look of marble and are extremely durable and mostly stain resistant. If a customer isn’t hung up on scratches or blemishes and loves a poofy look, there are plenty of balls that bring drama and color through their stunning veining.
Planning your dream kitchen requires careful consideration of many key factors, including layout, storage, appliances, lighting, and finishes. By taking the time to plan your space and incorporating the latest technology and appliances, you can create a functional and stylish kitchen that will serve as the heart of your home. Whether you’re a gourmet cook or a busy parent, the right kitchen can make all the difference in your everyday life. Careful planning will ensure that you will enjoy the results for years to come!