Creating a tidy, open space for a kitchen is always a kitchen designer’s goal. After all, this area of the house is always a functional one as the family spends time here everyday. So, in the design of a kitchen, there must always be a reasonable balance between aesthetics and function. Keeping the space clear of clutter is one way to go about this. But with the onset of busier lifestyles, how do you design the kitchen to help you?
First of all, you’ll need a central counter, whether it’s for catering to guests during a house party or simply giving your kids a place to study while you prepare dinner. For this, you’ve got a lot of options to consider. One is going the traditional route with a twist. An island counter is an obvious choice for a spacious kitchen but why not design it in a way that it allows people to sit down comfortably and work on it as well? Designing one side of the island like a bar counter is the way to go if you want to optimize the space for the entire family to use.
Your other option for your island counter is to go for one that rolls away easily so it becomes a multi-purpose surface. This option is ideal for smaller spaces as they’ll need the extra room to work with.
Speaking of extra room, you may want to also consider laying out your kitchen wisely to make best use of the wall space for appliances. Giving enough space for big appliances such as the refrigerator or range to fit snugly against the wall is a must. For smaller appliances such as microwaves, you can actually save space by integrating them into your shelving, too. Some microwave units can actually be installed above your range, making it easier to do some kitchen multitasking.
Thinking about what to install in your kitchen? Keep in mind that the end goal is convenience. If you don’t feel comfortable working in your kitchen, then it means it’s time to change some things around.
Striking the Balance between Look and Function in the Kitchen