The kitchen is the heart of every home. No matter how comfortable the couch is in the living area or any other part of the house, you’d still find yourself and your guests flocking in the kitchen space to collectively check on how are the cookies doing in the oven or have a quick chat by the kitchen island.
Since you spend most of your time in the kitchen and it’s where you prepare your tasteful meals, might as well make the space warm and welcoming, without sacrificing function. To help you know how you should plan your kitchen layout and what to do with what you currently have, here are the four biggest mistakes you should veer away from.
Disregarding the “kitchen triangle”
The “kitchen triangle”, a well-known rule when planning a kitchen layout should be upheld at all times. Keeping the triangle—stove, refrigerator, sink—well-situated and within the vicinity of each other is best believed to maintain a well-functioning kitchen space. After all, these are the three areas where most action happens.
Unfortunately, not all home builders observe the triangle rule and in turn, the homeowners suffer. If you need to walk further around from the sink to the fridge or to the stove, that’s a bad recipe for function, eats so much of your time, and goes against the supposed to be flowing motion.
Not enough lighting
Lighting is every home’s ultimate best friend. You don’t want to grab a different albeit identical-looking ingredient when you’re cooking, do you? Good lighting calls for safety when in the kitchen. The better you see, the fewer mishaps there could be.
Also, if you have great sources of lighting, there would be little need to switch on the lights when in the kitchen. It can save you a ton on electricity! Another upside to having good lighting is it makes way to showcase your interior style and notable design elements.
Too much open shelving
Sure, open shelving makes space appear organized, spacious, and stylized, but only if done right. Do you want your cup noodles, canned goods, mustard and ketchup up on display for your guests to see?
If you really prefer to have an open shelving in the kitchen, think about which items you’d have no worries putting on display and what items you can maintain well-organized. Essentially, take out the items you are fine to regularly keep tidy open in the shelving unit, and your other not-so-pleasant looking for display items hidden behind the cabinet.
Not paying attention to ventilation
It’s easy to fill the air in the kitchen with horrid odors, it could be last night’s lingering smell of fish paste as a condiment for your dinner or the likes. If you wake up the following morning with the same odor, it’s a clear sign that you need to install a good ventilation in the kitchen area.
Invest in a good ventilation system. This helps effectively circulate the air, good or bad, to improve the quality of air indoors and keep the stale smells at bay. There are affordable range hoods you can check out so there’s no excuse not to keep your kitchen area with good, breathable air—a great importance especially if your kitchen opens to the living space.
What are your favorite kitchen layout and design tips? Any organizational pieces of advice as well? Share your thoughts with us!
Author bio: Chie is fond of interior design and decor. She’s a daytime writer for Plasman UK, a company that continues to strive for further progress as the UK’s leading independent specialist distributor of kitchen surfaces.
May 23, 2018