We all know that a great kitchen is comprised of a properly-designed kitchen triangle, the right lighting, and a good worktop area or space. A great kitchen should also have enough storage area for kitchen appliances and other important items, and you need to have enough space to move comfortably around in it. But along with these aspects, there are other aspects that require careful consideration as well. So what other elements make up a great kitchen that you might be forgetting? Let’s find out.
The incorrect island
Kitchen islands play a central role in any kitchen, as they are useful worktop spaces and can serve as space for eating and doing some paperwork, not to mention socialising as well. But if you’re thinking of an island for your kitchen, the specialists in kitchen design in Sussex such as HKS Interiors have this to say: remember that it has to be chosen carefully and with the proper thought and planning. Even if kitchen islands can be completely useful, know this: they can waste plenty of space as well. It needs to be placed in a good area, and it cannot obstruct the traffic flow, particularly when it comes to your kitchen triangle (the hob, sink, and refrigerator). There should be no bottleneck caused by your kitchen island. The experts advise that unless you have a kitchen which is 2.5 metres deep and 3.6 metres long, you shouldn’t have an island installed. You can opt for a breakfast bar, which is smaller, instead.
To follow or not to follow?
Trends come and go, and there’s no doubt that kitchen trends are plentiful. It’s not a sin to follow a trend or two, but it would be if you follow trends too much. Remember that the kitchen should be a functional space, and some trends may end up making your kitchen inefficient or affecting the flow of activities in it. Some trends, such as bright colours, may not even go with your overall home theme. Additionally, high-end kitchen equipment may look great, but are you really going to use them? It may be better to invest in tried and tested kitchen equipment – equipment which you know you’ll make full use of – rather than spend money on purchases that you won’t use in the end.
Nowadays, recycling has become a priority for everyone. And since it’s a necessity today, you need to incorporate it into your kitchen’s design as well. A rubbish bin beneath the kitchen sink simply doesn’t cut it anymore – your trash needs to be managed as efficiently as possible, and this means incorporating a series of sorting rubbish bins to separate different recyclable and non-recyclable materials.
All that being said, happy designing, and enjoy your future kitchen!
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