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An appealing kitchen that is as functional as it is beautiful can be the heart of a home. Depending on space and budget, the design of a kitchen requires a lot of planning.
Kitchen design is usually about making the most of an existing space, which can be tricky. Kitchens should be functional areas, so it’s well worth considering all the activities that take place go on in yours in order to make the best use of the space – see our list of ideas below, and don’t forget food storage, food preparation and hygiene.
A simple way to make a kitchen easy to use is to ensure that the three key elements of food preparation are easy to move between, forming a roughly equilateral triangle. These are:
Recognizing that modern kitchens may have several uses, some of which happen at the same time, some designers now prefer to create work zones.
Work zones are areas that cluster the tools and appliances needed for a particular function. A triangle may be part of a cooking work zone, while the kitchen table may be the focus of a dining work zone, with cutlery and plates nearby. In some kitchens there may even be a homework work zone.
Space to move
While space is often at a premium, nothing makes a kitchen feel cramped quicker than overcrowding of appliances, tools and food. Clear spaces that enable you to move between areas are a key part of kitchen design.
Kitchen Types & Layouts
Residential kitchens suffer from many of the same problems as commercial kitchens, and they are often solved in similar ways. Below are some key kitchen design terms.
Any of these layouts and designs may have:
Other uses of a kitchen
Kitchens have many other uses, which can leave them cluttered with odds and ends. Finding a drawer or a little shelf space for each can work wonders to tidy up the room.