Kitchens should ideally be functional as well as attractive . The design of a kitchen remains one of the truest tests of interior design taste and style. It’s a challenge for anyone, which may explain why many people turn to a professional designer for help in this area of the home.
Where does one begin with a kitchen design? Initially, this room needs to be thought of as a work space, because that’s exactly what it is. And first and foremost, you need to have a good idea of just how you plan to utilize that space in order to achieve the most functional kitchen possible within the confines of your square footage and budget as well as your lifestyle. This is referred to by designers as a work center or work triangle.
The work triangle path is what controls the flow of traffic in your kitchen so that you don’t have to walk too far between work stations and appliances. A work station is simply an area that you will use to do a certain task, such as preparation and cooking. Another station might be for cleanup. All kitchens are designed around this path, which ties the work stations together.
The actual kitchen layout is based on the creation of work spaces. Your design ideas need to be in sync with whatever kitchen shape you ultimately choose – or need to choose due to the aforementioned constraints.
There are four basic kitchen options that you may consider:
Single wall is usually found in smaller homes and apartments as well as in the open space concept often seen in contemporary homes. All appliances and cabinetry are placed against a single wall, where it’s best to place the refrigerator at one end and the counter tops near the sink and never at the other end. The design is simple, fairly inexpensive and the perfect choice for long and narrow kitchens. One drawback is that counterspace is extremely limited.