10 tips for a successful kitchen design
Furniture arrangements, preferred materials, choice of light fixtures. You always need some advice when thinking about the design of your new kitchen. Discover the 10 mistakes to avoid for a practical kitchen that is well thought out.
Error n°1: not respecting the “activity triangle” rule
What, you’ve never heard of this mysterious “triangle of activity“? It’s THE basis for kitchen people to respect. This triangle stems from the repetitive tasks behind the stove: storing, cooking, washing. In other words: the refrigerator, the hob and the sink. Nothing should get in the way of your movements between these three essential spaces.
What to do? To respect this ideal flow in the kitchen and facilitate your movements, make sure to install them close and at equal distance. The rest of the household appliances must gravitate around this famous triangle. Finally, in a similar logic that wants to go from clean to dirty in this room: the sink should be placed near the trash can.
Error n°2: not providing enough arrangement space in kitchen design
It’s better to think big on arrangement. In the kitchen, you have to be able to easily find your way between food, utensils and dishes if you don’t want to spend more time looking for things than cooking!
What to do? To be able to store a maximum of things in a kitchen, opt for cupboards that go up to the ceiling. You can also use the space provided by the credenza to attach bars with hooks and hang your utensils. Finally, think “clever” with corner cupboards to store in the smallest corners, invisible drawers under the oven or glass holders to be fixed under your cupboards so you don’t lose an inch.
Error 3: underestimating the surface area of the worktop in kitchen design
On a worktop, you need to be able to prepare the meal, put away your dirty dishes and small appliances at the same time. In other words, it is the place where you will spend most of your time in the kitchen. So its choice is not to be taken lightly…
What to do? Project yourself in your kitchen, your needs and desires… then take action! The depth of the worktop generally corresponds to the depth of the kitchen furniture. Which varies between 60 and 65 cm. A 65 cm worktop offers more space for your activities, but also allows you to leave an empty space behind the cabinet. You don’t have to cut out the bottom of the cabinet to let pipes through. In addition to the dimensions, you should also bear in mind that the worktop must be durable and easy to clean.
ERROR 4: NOT PROVIDING ENOUGH LIGHT in kitchen design
In today’s kitchen, it’s not just about cooking anymore. Eating, sharing and sometimes even working: activities in this new living room require a certain comfort, hence the importance of appropriate lighting.
What to do? It all depends on the configuration of your kitchen. In an open kitchen, you can bet on several carefully aligned hangers above the worktop. If the kitchen is closed, a central suspension system will be perfect. In both cases, the main thing will be to illuminate the key areas of the room where the main activities are concentrated (sink, cooking and storage) with light spots installed on the ceiling or under the cupboards, LED strips fixed on the furniture…
Error n°5: forget the credenza of the worktop
If you don’t want your wall to show water and grease stains, it is imperative that you think about a credenza. Its presence will protect the wall and give your kitchen a more refined look.
What to do? If the credenza takes up very little space (count on average 8 mm thick), it is just as important aesthetically as the worktop, to which it must of course fit. In laminate, stainless steel, acrylic or glass: you will have a wide choice of coverings. You can even make it even more practical by opting for a magnetic credenza or by adding small arrangement spaces for utensils and condiments.
Error n°6: choosing the wrong range hood for the room
Range hoods have become real little stars in our kitchens! Some of them are very pretty, but you would almost forget their primary function: to limit cooking fumes, odors and grease deposits on the walls. Aesthetic, the range hood must also be efficient and adapted to the layout of your kitchen.
What to do? When choosing your kitchen furniture, keep in mind the presence of a range hood above the hob. Whether you choose a wall-mounted or island range hood, you will have to take into account the measurements of the room and its technical constraints before choosing it. You will also have to take into account your way of cooking when choosing this essential element. Although many range hoods offer both functions, you may have to choose between a recirculating or extractor range hood. The first one exhausts cooking vapors through a duct to the outside. The second filters the vapor-laden air before returning it to the room.
Mistake n°7: opting for a floor that gets dirty easily in kitchen design
When it comes to the kitchen floor, you can’t just do anything, anyhow! This room is subject to your constant comings and goings, splashes of water and grease. In other words: if you don’t want to clean it every four mornings, you have to choose your floor carefully.
What to do? You can rely on the unconditional tile or porcelain stoneware floors, both of which are easy to maintain. Other options: cement tiles, PVC or wood treated for such use. In the case of a small open kitchen, make sure you choose a floor that is different from the rest of the room. This will visually distinguish the kitchen area from the rest of the room. Same for a kitchenette in a studio, if the carpet dominates the floor, think about a vinyl carpet to protect it on the kitchen side.
Error n° 8: multiply the materials in kitchen design
As in any other room in the house, the kitchen seeks harmony. If in the living room, you are not going to mix more than three colors, behind the stove you are not going to multiply the materials. All this is a priori a matter of aesthetics but you will see that it is also a question of practicality!
What to do? It’s simple: use a maximum of three materials for your entire kitchen. For example: opt for wooden cupboards and a quartz worktop. In the same vein, make sure you choose a credenza that is as close as possible to your worktop to – and this is where the practicality comes in – facilitate the connection between these two. Of course, the same advice also applies to the colors: two main colors are sufficient. For example, if your kitchen furniture is made of light-colored wood, choose a black color for the household appliances, from the refrigerator to the range hood, the coffee machine and the oven.
Error n° 9: not providing enough electrical outlets
In the kitchen, you must pay great attention to the electrical outlets… and their location! Between the coffee maker, the toaster and the multi-function food processor, you should be able to plug all your equipment into the worktop at the same time… and preferably keep them away from the sink and its spills.
What to do? Beforehand, calculate how many appliances you have in total: small appliances but also refrigerator and stove. Then, plan for the majority of the sockets on the credenza so that you can plug them all in at the same time. It is advisable to leave a height of 5 cm between the worktop and the socket. Also think about the recessed sockets that are hidden in the worktop.
Error n°10: neglecting the recycling area in kitchen design
It is now impossible to miss out on a space reserved for recycling in the kitchen. Forgetting it in the kitchen is risking the mess by piling up all kinds of waste such as plastic bottles and cardboard packaging. The selective sorting will allow you to be a little bit green without any headache.
What to do? If you have a large kitchen. You should have at least three bins in a large sliding drawer: one for the basic bin, another for plastics and cardboard, and one for glass. If space permits, you can add a bin for all those items that you never know where to throw away such as light bulbs or batteries. In a small kitchen, either you hide these bins in a cupboard, or you only provide a basic bin and a bin with a lid for throwing away the plastics and cardboard, which are very much used in the kitchen.