The kitchen is the heart of the home! It’s a place to cook, create, gather, and entertain. Whether you’re building your dream kitchen, or remodelling your current layout to create more space, planning is key in designing a kitchen that will complement your lifestyle. There are several important elements to consider when planning your kitchen renovation, including the layout, materials, colour schemes, storage, and appliances. Aussie Cut has developed a comprehensive guide that will assist with the planning process so you can create a kitchen that’s both practical, and stunning.
There is an abundance of kitchen layout ideas, however it’s important to find the perfect layout to suit your home and kitchen needs! Depending on the size of your home, there are several shape options to choose from.
U-shaped kitchens are great for fast-paced kitchens and busy cooks! Everything is easily accessible, and the fridge is often placed outside the U to optimise counter space.
This kitchen layout design is a popular option for modern day kitchens. It features a central island and is ideal for multipurpose kitchens. The L-shaped design can be personalised to fit almost any style home; however, it works best with plenty of space.
Galley kitchens are simple, effective, and can be modernised to become a stylish addition to any home. The single-line layout puts everything within close distance to create a functional space.
Once you’ve established which shape will work for you, it’s time to test the practicality of the kitchen design with the “triangle” rule. The kitchen triangle is a useful tool that comes in handy when arranging your appliances. More elaborate kitchens, featuring a greater number of contemporary appliances, can work with a kitchen “polygon”. Things to consider include what you use the galley kitchen for, and what appliances you will use the most. By doing so, you can ensure you create the ideal route between your work centres.
Choosing the perfect layout will ensure your time spent in the kitchen is enjoyable and efficient!
The materials used for cabinets and benchtops are vital in the longevity and appearance of your kitchen. The most popular materials for benchtops include natural stone (granite, slate, and soapstone), solid surfaces, plastic laminate, ceramic tile, wood, and concrete. Cost, maintenance, and aesthetics are all something to consider when deciding on the best materials.
Your kitchen cabinet plans need to include ideas about decorative and functional hardware. Selecting hardware that offers a balance of style and functionality is important in achieving the perfect finishing touches for your kitchen.
Choice of hardware often comes down to personal preference. Consider size, comfort, and style when choosing between knobs and pulls. Sizing and positioning need to be assessed against proportion and balance of cabinetry. Traditionally, pulls are positioned horizontally on draws and vertically on doors. However, if you’re creating a contemporary style kitchen, you may choose to feature the pulls horizontally on doors.
Whichever option you choose, ensure it’s convenient and that it complements the style of your home. Brass, bronze, and stainless steel are durable and antimicrobial, meaning it reduces the spread of germs. Other popular materials include pewter, nickel, and glass. Complement the overall décor of your kitchen with the most appropriate finish. Create a dramatic effect, a bold statement, or a traditional feel with a variety of hardware finishes including polished, antique, matte, tarnished, and more.
Colours & Textures
Personalise your kitchen with colours and textures that suit the style you’re looking to achieve. Options include traditional, contemporary, or casual designs.
A traditional style kitchen draws inspiration from classic European architecture and design. It reflects symmetry, decorative trim and patterns, highly polished surfaces, and traditional/antique finishes. Traditional colours and textures create a calm, welcoming feeling.
Contemporary kitchens are built on the rule that less is more. Sleek, sophisticated colour is used instead of patterns, and textures are smooth and simple. Touches of bold colour can be used against soft colours to create a unique, contemporary statement in your modern kitchen. The simplicity and lack of ornamentation makes a contemporary kitchen functional, and stylish.
Casual style kitchens are composed of natural elements and uncomplicated features. They offer a welcoming and relaxing family atmosphere. The natural soft pastels or warm tones create tranquillity, and the earthy features are ideal for a casual setting.
There is also the option of defining your kitchen’s style with warm or cool colour palettes. The location of your home, the size, and the atmosphere you’re looking to create will all contribute to your choice. Warm colours create a sunny feeling in the kitchen. Reds, yellows, and oranges can be combined with woods and metals such as brass, bronze, and copper to create a natural and homely kitchen. Cool colours including blues and greens are great for creating a calming environment that resonates with the sky and water. When it comes to choosing surfaces, consider which textures appeal to you. You can create different effects by incorporating smooth or rough surfaces, polished or naturally honed, and solid colours or patterns.
Storage is the component that can make or break your kitchen. Storing all of your kitchen appliances and supplies while keeping them easily accessible, can be quite difficult.
Install cabinets that effectively utilise the space you have. Height is useful, and extending pantries and cabinets to the ceiling is a great way to increase storage space. Integrating rubbish and recycling bins into storage cabinets is key in constructing a functional and tidy kitchen.
Installing cabinets above the refrigerator and across the backs of lower kitchen cabinets is a great way to use space, and is often overlooked in kitchen designs. Be sure to establish what kitchen appliances and supplies you currently use, and what you’d like to incorporate in your new kitchen to ensure you plan for adequate storage space.
Incorporating Existing Appliances
Working with your existing appliances can be a great way to keep renovation costs down. Decide whether your appliances are out of date, energy efficient, or if they’ll decrease the value of your home. If you plan on installing new appliances, ensure you record the correct measurements and that there’s enough space to accommodate new appliances in the renovated kitchen. Prepare to sell or recycle your old appliances if they no longer serve their purpose in your kitchen.
The planning process of your kitchen renovation can be exciting if all the phases are properly addressed! Be sure to consider the simple aspects, as they can make dramatic differences in the function and appearance of your kitchen. If you have questions on the planning phase of your new kitchen, contact the team of expert staff at Aussie Cut!