Designing anything is tricky business, and kitchens are no exception. There are so many different aspects to designing a kitchen that you need to keep in mind, it can often feel overwhelming, and it can sometimes be unclear as to what we should, or shouldn’t, be doing. Whether you are building your own home, or simply want to consider possible kitchen ideas, there are several things that any would-be designer should keep in mind. So, without further ado, here are some kitchen design do’s and don’ts.
Do: Consider the size of the space.
Many people, when designing a kitchen, will have a list of things that they want, and will feel like they need to have everything on their list in order to be happy with the kitchen. While it’s great if we can get everything we want in a kitchen design, it’s important to consider what is feasible and what will work. This is especially true for space, and we have to work with what we have. While there are certainly many ways to optimize a smaller space, we must be willing to make compromises, as sometimes we simply can’t fit everything we want into one area.
Don’t: Try to squeeze everything in.
While it might be great to have an island in our kitchen, it’s not worth sacrificing room to work when space is limited. This applies for cabinets and appliances as well. The bigger the appliances, the less storage space, which can be a pain further down the line. Consider what you’ll actually use in your kitchen, and remember that a good kitchen is one that is balanced, keeping harmony between all the key elements.
Do: Have an overall theme in mind.
This is the most important aspect of creating a kitchen aesthetic. You want everything to blend together harmoniously, from materials, to colors, to patterns. This means that when you are choosing you counter tops, consider how they will look with splash backs and appliances, and vice versa. Everything should feel like part of a unified whole.
Don’t: Have one element that sticks out.
This goes back to harmony of the design, and it’s important that no single thing stands out from anything else. The last thing you want is a flamboyant, colorful splash back in a modern kitchen. Often time people find a quirky design, or interesting decoration piece, and put it into their kitchen because they can’t bear to sacrifice it to the overall design. This is a mistake, remember: uniformity!
Kitchen design is a difficult, yet extremely rewarding task, if you get right. There are so many different design and kitchen ideas out there, it’s easy to get bogged down in choices, and it can often be a good idea to consult a professional who can steer you in the right direction. When it comes to actually designing your kitchen, keep the above tips in mind, and you will have result that you are much happier with!