If you’re ready to design a kitchen but don’t know where to start, we’ve got some ideas to help. The design of your kitchen is only half of the story. Functionality should factor in your design as well. The function of your kitchen should always come first before anything else. This means having your basics like appliances, counter-tops, cabinets, faucets and sinks in place where they are comfortably accessible to you. However, you can do a few things that will bring a good balance of sophistication and performance. Are you looking for the latest innovations that make meal prep and cleanup faster and easier? What about having more room for storage? Here are some kitchen design ideas that will make your kitchen not only functional but visually pleasing as well.
A counter top that folds can be mounted to the kitchen wall or to the side of an island can create extra counter space or serve as a kitchen table when needed. Wooden bar style stools that are counter height are excellent for using this space as well. An island with counters that overhang also can provide a place for you to tuck the bar stools under to save space. If your kitchen does not have an island, invest in a counter-top height rolling kitchen cart that you can bring out to use when necessary. If you have a breakfast nook, add some benches with built-in storage underneath instead of using chairs that could take up needed space.
Use Your Cabinets for Small Appliance Storage
Small appliances that you use can take up a lot of counter-space. Storing those items in the cabinet when they are not in use allows for more work space when prepping meals. This may seem small but it will keep your kitchen organized rather than cluttered. Blenders, mixers, and toasters can be stored in your bottom cabinet space and pulled out quickly when needed. Also, utilize pull-out racks to in deep cabinets to store baking dishes. If you have pantry space use hooks to hang your pots and pans. Last, use the top of the cabinet to stack away items that you don’t use too often and the lower half for ingredients which you use on a regular basis.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Purchase appliances that are energy efficient that and increase the overall efficiency and functionality of the kitchen. Your microwave oven, convection oven, stove, refrigerator, and dishwashers, should all be Energy Star qualified. Not only will you enjoy huge savings on your energy costs but you will be helping the environment as well.