Top Ways to Create a Dream Kitchen

Think it's time for a home renovation? Design your dream kitchen by implementing some of these helpful kitchen design tips!

By Khushboo Jain

 

When creating your dream kitchen, it’s important to keep the home’s architectural design and décor in mind.

 

For most people, a dream kitchen is one where form and function meet in perfect harmony. In other words, a beautifully designed kitchen also has many practical benefits. A kitchen with clean lines, flawless shelving, a well-thought-out color scheme, storage, and the perfect layout can convince even the least culinary-minded person to daydream about cooking lavish dinners.

 

The following tips are some of the best ways to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. To test some of these ideas out be sure to use House Tipster's Virtual Room designer!

 

Choose the Best Layout

Before designing the layout, examine how your new kitchen will relate to the rest of the house. Modern kitchen design currently favors open-concept kitchens. Usually, an open plan is suitable towards the back of the house, preferably overlooking the backyard. Then consider the movement between your kitchen, living, and dining zones. Ideally, your kitchen and dining space ought to be next to one another so that you don’t have to keep crossing the living room to serve food or collect dirty dishes. 

 

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In an open-concept kitchen, you must define different zones within the area. For example, you can install a breakfast, an island, or a partial wall to create a divide between the dining, cooking, and living spaces. In an open-concept kitchen, utility or pantry space is vital for storing kitchen clutter efficiently. You don’t want a kitchen sink overflowing with dirty dishes to be visible from the living room.

 

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Fittings & Fixtures

The cabinetry will dictate how “finished” your kitchen looks. First, decide on your kitchen’s style. Is it traditional, industrial, contemporary, vintage, country, or modern? Think about how it will go with the style and architecture of the home. If you’re considering an open-plan kitchen, neutral fixtures and fittings are easy to use because they provide a coordinated feel and continuity in design.

 

When selecting the cabinetry, choose something that will suit the entire room rather than just the kitchen. Keep in mind shape repetition, symmetry, color, and design. For instance, choose cabinet colors that are used in the sofa and rug of the living room, or the cabinetry can complement the dining furniture.

 

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Lighting

A kitchen should always receive ample light – both natural and artificial. To allow more daylight to enter, opt for glazed windows and doors. You may also consider a roof lantern or roof lights to shine light into the depths of your indoor space.

 

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In terms of artificial lighting, choose a balanced mixture of task, accent, and ambient lights to highlight activity areas for cooking, reading, artwork, etc. Consider installing dimmers to create a cozy feel in the evenings. Don’t forget to light up your garden as well!

 

Flooring

Kitchen spaces always get a lot of foot traffic, spills, and “things” falling on the floor. Therefore, the flooring material should be durable yet comfortable. Installing stone flooring is a good choice, but you will need to install under-floor heating and a rug in the living area. Engineered wood or luxury vinyl are both durable materials and smooth to walk on. 

 

Flooring helps with zoning as well. You can opt for the same flooring in the entire space to give a unified look. You can still use different flooring materials for the kitchen, living, and dining areas as long you transition it properly with, for example, an adjustment in the floor height or a wall divide.

 

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Noise & Ventilation

Your open-plan kitchen must have an efficient and quiet extraction method. A wall-mounted extractor or a ducted hood effectively eliminates odors. Choose appliances with low decibel ratings. Curtains in the living space and rugs on hardwood floors will soften the space’s acoustics.

 

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Now, you too can design your dream kitchen by implementing some these easy and effective interior design tips!

 

 

 

Khushboo Jain is a freelance content writer with over 10 years of commercial writing experience. She has developed a comprehensive understanding of different forms of writing after writing articles, blogs, PRS, web pages, newsletters, brochures, social media posts, meta descriptions, product reviews, etc. for both international and domestic clients. Follow her on her personal blog http://womansaga.com/