When it comes to home improvements, the kitchen is probably the most exciting space to start afresh, but it’s also a big task. That’s why it’s always a good idea to design everything in advance, and if you can, create drawings and even 3D images of how everything will look.

For most people, kitchen design must strike a balance between aesthetics and functionality. We spend so much time in the kitchen that it has to be both a great place to entertain, and a great place to prepare food. Let’s take a look at how you need to take these aspects into account when designing the kitchen.

Functionality

First and foremost, the kitchen is a functional place to prepare food, which means that in the initial design stages, you’ll need to consider what you need, and what you can achieve with the space that you’ve got. Layout is far more important than you might think, and some forethought can help ensure that the space works really well for how you will want to use it.

The first thing to do is to think about what you use your kitchen for. Is it a compact space used only for preparing your own meals, or is it a larger open-plan area that also features dining and entertaining space? Do you cook large and complex meals very regularly, or do you prefer no-fuss preparation? Think about what you’ll need in the space, and how you’ll move around in the kitchen. It’s always good to have plenty of uninterrupted countertop space for example, and you’ll need to plan for a good sized cooker, such as a 110cm range cooker, if you plan to spend a lot of time cooking.

Next, you need to understand what you’re working with. How much space do you have? What electrical wiring is in place? Is there a gas line? Where is the plumbing? Unless you’re going to be knocking through to another room or having major works carried out, these could be hard stops on whatever your plans are, so make sure that you know what parameters you’re working with.

The idea is for you to build a kitchen that makes your life easy, whatever your requirements are.

Aesthetics

Aesthetics will be entirely down to your own personal taste. Perhaps the first place to start is in deciding whether you want the kitchen to have the same feel as the rest of the house, or whether it’ll have its very own style. There’s no substitute here for simply getting as much inspiration as you possibly can. Browse the internet, check out magazines, and visit showrooms if you can. Building up a lookbook or scrapbook of ideas can be a great idea. Bring together all the various design elements that you like, and then use them to create your own aesthetic.

Think about:

  • Colours
  • Style
  • Modern versus traditional
  • Minimalist versus decorative

You’ll also need to consider the various elements of the kitchen and how they’ll look, including:

  • Cupboards and drawers
  • Wall paint
  • Tiles
  • Cooker
  • Appliances
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Worktops
  • Fixtures and fittings

Once you’ve decided on the layout and features that will work for you, combine these with some of your aesthetic choices to come up with your final design options. And remember, if you’re investing money into a kitchen design, then it’s always a good idea to seek the input of professionals.

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