Clever Kitchens

Tuesday, 29th May 2018

Often sited as the hub of the home, the kitchen is one of those areas that will not only wow your guests and visitors, but one that you'll ultimately spend a lot of time in. Ensuring you're including all the right ingredients for your lifestyle will help create the perfect kitchen recipe for your new home.

Firstly, think about the size and layout of your room. If you've got the space, upsize your island bench so this floating piece of 'furniture' doesn't look lost in a bigger room. Alternatively, if you're short on space, think about anchoring one end of the bench to a wall, creating a semi-island.

Consider the functionality and storage space of your kitchen. Think about your routines; how you use the space; and take inventory of your appliances and kitchen equipment. If you like a clean, uncluttered look then perhaps opt for a butler's pantry or hidden nooks to keep the coffee machine or juicer out of sight. If you have a lot of crockery or saucepans, drawers are a better storage option for easy access rather than the frustration of trying to find items in cupboards that are too high or too deep.

If you want the breakfast bar to be a social hub for friends or family, think about an overhang to allow stools for casual seating. Also keep the sink or workspace of the island bench at the opposite end to where people will be seated.

Think about your choice of materials and don't opt for transient kitchen design trends. Often trends will come and go but it's a big expense to change over kitchen benches or cupboards - rather, tie in these trends with smaller, easily replaced features and always make sure your kitchen ties in with the style of the home overall. Also choose materials based on the wear and tear factor your kitchen will see - you don't want to spends thousands on beautiful polished marble only to find the kids have beaten it to within an inch of it's life in the first six months!

Use features like taps, splash backs and feature lights to inject colour and personality to your home and, where possible, make use of natural light as much as possible, as this is one room where you'll spend a great deal of daylight hours.

Take a look at our Medallion kitchens for more ideas and inspiration: