Top 12 Things to Consider in Designing Your New Kitchen

Have you looked around at your kitchen lately and thought it could use a facelift?

Here are 12 tips to consider when designing your kitchen.

Your kitchen area has a wide variety of important everyday tasks, so it needs to both work hard and look good. We would like to help guide you through the true realities with a number of Things to Consider in Designing Your New Kitchen:

Plan the Layout of your kitchen

Traffic flow is a key consideration when designing a kitchen. For kid-friendly kitchen design, keep the cooktop out of traffic areas so children don’t catch handles and cause spills when passing through.

Ask yourself where do you want to have your fridge? Is this the most convenient place in the kitchen? Try to organize easy access to the fridge to both passersby and people working in cooking and cleanup areas. 

Design wide walkways

Provide wide walkways to open up the design and storage space, so that everything you need is always readily on hand. Otherwise a kitchen area can feel cramped and not inviting.

As a general rule, paths throughout a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Aisles within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration.

Consider landing space around appliances

When designing your new kitchen layout, allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and fridge. Landing space is also important near the microwave and other small appliances, such as a toaster.

Try to Avoid Corners

To make cabinet and appliance doors fully functional, plan space for the door’s clearance and swing direction in your kitchen design. Keep kitchen appliances away from corners, and make sure doors won’t bang into each other if open at the same time.

You need to ensure that not only do you have enough space to walk around doors and corners, but that there’s enough room to open the doors of cabinets and appliances without nasty scratches…or injuries.

Design the Kitchen Island

You will all agree that no kitchen design is complete without a kitchen island at its center.

But the island isn’t just another surface area. They can now include storage, sinks, fridges, cooktops, the sky’s the limit.

In smaller kitchens, an island may not be an option for this reason. The island can be designed as a separate piece in the kitchen, using a different door style & finish. It can be designed to look like a piece of furniture to include paneled sides and bookcases, feet and or turnings etc. It can also house other elements such as a sink or dishwasher for added functionality.

Kitchen islands suck space. At minimum, an island size should be 

  • 4 feet long (1.2 meters) 
  • little more than 2 feet deep (60 centimeters).
Top 12 Things to Consider in Designing Your New Kitchen
Top 12 Things to Consider in Designing Your New Kitchen

Think about Countertop Details

Our kitchen designer here at InHouse Craft will try to get information on exactly how much space the client needs to store countertop appliances and how much you’ll need as a workspace. A busy cook needs ample countertop space, with at least 15 inches surrounding cooktop, sink, and fridge. The most popular countertop surface today is man-made quartz. 

The resin and quartz used in its production make for a durable non-porous surface. Each year, with the expansion of its designs and color palette there are more and more beautiful slabs to choose from. It’s easy to sort out when you pay a visit to our Showroom in South Dublin. Contact us to get more information if you need to.

Try to break up cabinetry blocks.

Kitchen walls that are covered in cabinetry can appear heavy and uninteresting. Try to break up long blocks of doors and drawers by adding interesting details such as glass doors and display shelving. As another option you can also try placing wine storage or windows between cabinet areas.

Organize items in the kitchen within reach

When organizing food storage areas, place frequently used ingredients and snacks easily within reach. Consider the needs of other family members as you arrange items. If you have small children, make sure to put kids’ favorite dishes and snack foods on shelves they can reach.

Plan spots for waste and recycling to make sorting as easy as possible. Equip a kitchen cabinet with separate containers for glass, plastic, and metal. A spare drawer could hold old newspapers and other papers to recycle.

Find a focal point of the kitchen

Choose one focal point that draws the eye or makes a bold statement. Splashy backsplash tile, fancy flooring, a sizable range hood, bright cabinets, or patterned countertops can all serve as the attention-grabbing element. Once you select the focus, complement that area with a few other quieter but still eye-catching details.

Use of Color

If you’re working with a small space, light colors can really open up a kitchen space. The most popular colors on the cape are white, sage green, gray, and blue. The beachy coastal feel is not only perfect for a Cape Cod home, but perfect to make any space feel light and airy. Bright colors can add energy to a room but be careful not to overwhelm the eye. 

Focus on light hues for cabinets and walls and use brighter colors as accents. If you’ve found inspiration for a color, bring it in.

Sage green adds a fresh, organic feel
Sage green adds a fresh, organic feel

Be smart when storing knives

Hang knives on a magnetic strip tacked to the backsplash. Place it above the stretch of countertop you typically use for prepping ingredients. If you do it this way it easy to spot the right knife for a job and keeps dangerous items out of children’s reach.

Consider in-frame kitchen

An in-frame kitchen is where a frame is attached to the front edge of a kitchen unit and the doors are then placed inside the 36 mm frame so that they open within it. This is a feature of traditional cabinetry that has become extremely popular again in recent years. 

InHouse Craft for a number of years has offered in-frame kitchen design to customers in Ireland.  In-frame kitchen is a popular style of kitchen and gives a very unique look to your kitchen.

In-Frame Kitchens in Dublin, Ireland
In-Frame Kitchens in Dublin, Ireland
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