virtuves-interjeras-52cc10a0db437Knowing how to design a kitchen can be the difference between an nonfunctional space and your dream kitchen.  Successfully creating your kitchen takes time, patience and careful research. A kitchen should look stylish and modern, but most importantly it should flow easily so that getting around it is quick and simple.

Before you start designing, follow these tips for creating the perfect kitchen:

1. Start with your current kitchen

Knowing what works and what doesn’t in your current kitchen is the first step to designing your new space. Perhaps you love that the microwave is next to the oven, or maybe it’s the ample amount of storage that is your current kitchen’s best feature. Ask around too, and check with friends and family to see what they love about their kitchens. Remember though that everyone is different and a kitchen should be designed to suit your own personal needs.

Think about what it is you want from your kitchen. Do you love to entertain? If so, you will benefit from a kitchen offering two ovens and a large island where people can sit while you create. Are your kids starting to cook their own meals? If yes, the microwave would be best suited nearer the fridge rather than the oven.

2. Talk to the experts

If your budget only allows for either luxury goods or design services, always choose design services. Getting the correct floorplan is a must in your kitchen, and you can always upgrade to more luxurious items later on. Get it wrong, however, and even the most palatial materials can’t save a badly designed floorplan.

Expect your designer to ask lots of questions and if they don’t, find a new one. Your designer needs to have a good understanding of how you live, as well as what you like. Their job is to translate your lifestyle needs into the best product and design solutions your budget allows for.

3. Consider the “work triangle”

Efficiency experts have discovered there is a natural pathway that exists within the kitchen – refrigerator, stove and sink –  and they refer to this pathway as the “work triangle”. The distance between these appliances is commonly used when measuring kitchen efficiency. The sides of your triangle don’t have to be equal but the number of feet between oven and sink, sink and fridge and fridge and oven should add up to something between 12 and 23 feet.

If you have an island, you will need to ensure at least four feet between it and the nearest appliance.

4. Understand shape

There are generally four styles of kitchen that new designs are based on: L-shape, U-shape, G-shape and corridor or galley-shape. An L-shape kitchen works well if entertaining is your goal and there is often two in the kitchen. Your design could include a sink and cooking surface at one end, another sink and cooking surface at the other, with shared access to the fridge.

If considering a galley-shape kitchen, make sure the work area is not a main traffic lane through the house.

5. Plan for your future

You may be newly married and creating your first ever kitchen, but what about the future? If you plan on staying in your home for a long period of time, will your kitchen be suitable should kids come along?

Perhaps you’re soon to be retired and plan to have lots of visits from the grandkids. If you envision lots of baking, will your kitchen work with this in mind?

Considering these five basics is a great platform in which to start designing your new kitchen. Remember, function first, style later.

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