The best kitchen designs strike a balance between form and function. That’s why it’s important to think about workflow and ergonomics in the planning stages.
The simplest way to do this is by incorporating the work triangle rule into your layout. The rule recommends a distance of 26 feet or less between the cooktop, refrigerator, and sink.
A smooth-flow workspace can transform the way you use your kitchen. Getting your work areas in order will make your cooking faster and easier, whether you’re prepping for a dinner party or simply making a cup of tea.
The ideal layout for a kitchen includes an easy-to-access work triangle of the stove, sink, and refrigerator. First developed in the 1940s, this concept ensures that these three points are within reach at all times. You can maximize the efficiency of your kitchen layout by clearing the sides of your triangle and reducing walking back and forth by adding extra storage or organizing tools in the cabinets closest to these three points.
Having an area where you can do your paperwork and pay bills in the kitchen is an ideal solution for many busy households. This cosy corner is smartly designed with bookshelves for display and a desk with two slim cupboards where office essentials can be stowed.
When it comes to kitchen storage, smart solutions are key. From expandable drawer dividers to labeled chip clips and dreamy fridges, there are plenty of smart ways to keep your kitchen organized and efficient.
A kitchen design should consider the flow of movement within the space, not just between work zones but also around the room as a whole. That means ensuring guests and family members do not get in your way when preparing meals, eating or cleaning.
Floating shelves are a good option for replacing traditional upper cabinets as they maintain an open look, while still providing an opportunity to display decorative pieces and essential cookware. Adding a white backsplash to the shelving helps to tie everything together and brightens up the kitchen. Adding a chrome wall sconce above the sink creates a modern touch and adds another source of light for cooking. Alternatively, hang wire baskets to store everything from cookbooks and condiments to pot lids and utensils.
Countertops are the focal point of a kitchen and can make a dramatic statement. From sleek stainless steel to luxurious marble, the possibilities are endless — but it’s crucial to choose a material that suits your lifestyle and budget.
For example, a natural material like wood is hygienic and resistant to heat and scratches, making it ideal for food preparation. However, it can be susceptible to stains and needs regular cleaning with soapy water. Alternatively, a more robust metal can work well. Copper and brass develop a living finish and can stain, but some designers embrace this as part of the aesthetic. Shown above is a bespoke aged copper countertop by deVOL Kitchens.
Another consideration is the edge profile. Rounded edges, such as waterfall or ogee, create a softer look and can be safer for children. Squared or eased edges are more contemporary and clean-lined. Regardless of your choice, the right material and design can transform your workspace.
Lighting can make a huge difference in the way your kitchen looks and feels. While it may seem like an afterthought, it’s actually a very important consideration when considering your kitchen ideas and should be planned with the layout in mind.
Use layered lighting to add visual interest and balance to your kitchen design. Start with task lighting, like sconces or chic lamps above cooking hot spots, then add evenly-dispersed ambient lighting for general illumination and a finishing touch of accent lights to highlight decorative items such as artwork, china or vases.
Keep in mind that while the working triangle is a good guideline, you don’t need to adhere to it. In fact, many designers will use it as a starting point and then build out the space from there, depending on how they think their clients will work and socialise in the kitchen.