If you are planning a new kitchen, the Kitchen layout is, of course, key to making the space work efficiently. But as well as the position of your working areas, there are a few more essential elements to think about. Take a look at our suggested checklist of features that make up a well-designed space.
If you want your kitchen layout to be functional, one of the most important elements to consider is cupboard space. Think carefully about what you need to store and choose furniture that works with the size and layout of your kitchen. Consider space-saving designs, such as pull-out cupboard racks and tall wall units.
It’s a good idea to do an inventory of all your kitchen kit first, to work out exactly what you need to store. Be realistic, and if there are any unused items that are cluttering up the space, now’s the time to recycle them. Once you know the items you’re storing and where you’re going to be using them, you can consider the best options for your space.
A strong, stylish worktop
If you like to cook, your kitchen worksurfaces will see some considerable action. So as well as good looks, worktops will need strength and durability. Which type of worktop you go for depends on how you plan to use your kitchen.
Think about how much wear and tear particular areas in your space will get, as this will determine how durable your worktops need to be. For instance preparation areas near the oven and on the island can have a tactile wooden surface, but the sink area is fitted with a waterproof stainless-steel worktop.
Once again, the appliances you choose will depend on how you use your kitchen and the size and layout of the room. For example, if you entertain often, a large oven and a dishwasher might be a priority. If your room is small, compact appliances such as a well-designed extractor fan will save space.
When you’re searching for appliances, consider how energy-efficient they are. You can find this out by looking at the energy-rating label – an A+, A++ or A+++ is a good indication of an efficient product.
As soon as you’ve planned your kitchen layout, consider where you’ll locate the lighting. It’s a good idea to complement functional spots with some strategically placed task lights to create a lighting scheme that adds both depth and practicality to your space. A triple hanging pendant light set is a popular option.
Spots have been placed beneath the wall units and extractor fan to brighten the perimeter worktops, while the downlights in the ceiling are perfectly placed to illuminate the centre of the room and the sink area.
It is well worth paying attention to the addition of fittings to raise the quality of the finish. A standard cabinet can be lifted by a beautiful handle, while a basic sink can look high-end with the addition of a well-chosen tap.
The fittings in your kitchen are going to be used a lot, so it makes sense to invest in quality to ensure they’re strong, durable and nice to touch.
A hard-wearing floor
In a heavy traffic area such as a kitchen, the floor needs to earn its keep. There are many different surfaces you can go for, including natural stone, concrete, ceramic tiles and porcelain. You could also choose some beautiful timber, but take expert advice on how to seal it and protect it from water damage.
Think about how your floor will look with the rest of your scheme, and whether you’ll want to change it in the future. A classic design like stone tiles will work with most kitchen styles and colours. However, a patterned floor can look stunning and, if you really love the design, it could be worth being brave with your flooring choice.
A slick splashback
The surface you install behind your worksurface can completely transform the look of your kitchen. Of course, a splashback’s main function is to protect the walls, but it’s also a great opportunity to get creative in your space.
Choose a durable material that you can wipe clean easily, but also go for a design that suits your style. In this minimal space, for example, the hexagonal tiles add interest and texture to the room.
How FABRICO can help
FABRICO’s one-stop-shop approach to helping our customers achieve the home of their dreams includes a free outline design service. We can offer advice and suggestions on how best to plan an island that meets the functional and aesthetic needs of your kitchen layout.
We are always pleased to discuss your plans and give you the benefit of our time and expertise. Feel free to contact us either through our website (click here to contact us) or email us email@example.com.