Kitchen Design Tips From Erotas Building Corporation
What To Consider When Designing Your New Home’s Kitchen
Building your dream home can be a roller coaster of emotions, from anxiety and excitement, to relief and satisfaction. It is not until the finished product is finally revealed and you have all settled in that you begin to have second thoughts about your design, or notice things that you might have otherwise planned differently had you known how it would turn out. It’s human nature, or maybe ‘American’ nature: the need or desire to reach perfection only to be disappointed with one small aspect or detail in the end.
The same thing is liable to happen when choosing a college major, buying a new car, or deciding on a new outfit: there is always something that you wish was better, or different about it. So before you go and throw all of your time and money into a design you will only end up hating, first consider these important aspects of design and do your best to visualize the finished product before you start hammering nails and pouring concrete. Today, we will specifically be looking at the kitchen design.
5 Things To Consider In Kitchen Design
Before you begin designing your kitchen layout, you have to first consider exactly what you use your kitchen for. If you have a larger family, love to cook, or enjoys playing host to parties and gatherings, you might want to consider a larger, and more open kitchen layout. This includes thinking about features like an island countertop, a larger-sized, or duel-layered oven, and a dishwasher that can handle larger loads of dirty dishes. You also need to consider the look and design of surrounding rooms, floor plans, and other such factors. Let’s start with the size of the kitchen first.
Kitchen Size and Storage (cabinets and pantries)
The size of your kitchen will need to be determined, again, by how much time you will spend in it and how many people will be utilizing it at once. No one wants to feel crammed while cooking with a hot stove or oven, and no one wants to have too much open space so that you feel like something is missing. Some questions to ask your self in regards to the size of your kitchen are:
How much storage space do you need for food and dishes/silverware?
How often will you cook meals?
How often will you entertain guests?
Do you want corner cabinets? A walk-in pantry? Ect.
The layout and design of your kitchen will also be largely influenced by how often you use your kitchen, and what you use it for. If you tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, either working from home at the kitchen table or bar-top or cooking large, frequent meals, you will want to take practicality and functionality into account. Frequently walking from one end of the kitchen to the other to grab supplies and utensils, for example, will likely make cooking more of a hassle. When you make your design, remember to take appliance location and cabinet placement in account.
Sinks and Appliances
The location of your sinks and appliances like washing machines and ovens will also largely affect the overall layout and design of your kitchen. Once you have an idea of how the kitchen will be laid out, you can start considering various designs for your sinks that will go along with the overall interior design of the kitchen. The decorative design of your sink will also help you decide on what kind of countertop and flooring pattern you want to have in the room, which brings us right to the next point: flooring and countertops.
Flooring and Countertops
Your kitchen flooring and countertop design will do the most to add to the overall aesthetic look of your kitchen. Once you have an idea of where you would like your appliances, sinks, and cabinets placed, you can start thinking about the specific design of the floor, cabinets, and countertops. For example, a ceramic tile floor plan with bright fall colors like orange, green, dark blue, and dirty white will go beautifully with wooden cabinets and a marble countertop. When considering your cabinet design, you should also consider options like glass windows and corner units.
Lighting and Color
Most people might not stop to think about the lighting in the kitchen, but having specific light fixtures can go a long way in highlighting the floor, cabinet, and countertop colors and designs. Having lights in specific locations can also affect the functionality of your kitchen. For example, you will want to be sure there is a light over your sink and countertop to both compliment your design style and also allow you to see what you’re doing when you cook. Take some time to look at various interior design options for kitchen lighting, and then make an informed decision based on your chosen layout and appliance designs to ensure you are pleased with the overall look of the room.
Before you begin making plans for your kitchen, take some time to really research all of your options. Take note of what you like about your family and friends’ kitchens, and have ideas and designs ready to discuss with your designer. More importantly, however, be sure that you are the one making the final decision, and not the designer. Leaving decisions to the builder increases the likeliness that you will not be pleased with the finished product, so be sure to maintain as much control as you possibly can.