The layout of your kitchen can change the entire look and feel of your room. That’s why it’s key to arrange your cabinets and plan a kitchen layout to suit you and your lifestyle as well as your taste.
When it comes to planning, you may (or may not!) have heard of the tried and tested ‘working triangle’?! The idea is that the three most used appliances – the sink, the stove and the refirgerator – are designed within good reach of each other. But now, there’s a new and updated method for your whole kitchen design to make the hub of your home efficient as possible: Zones.
The Zoning Method
A Zone is essentially a dedicated area to define an activity in each part of your kitchen. They include cooking zones, prep zones, social zones and more. They help keep both you and your kitchen organized.
We’ve mapped out different zone ideas so that the next time you reach for whatever it is you need, it’s in the exact right place.
Your appliances are probably the hardest working parts of your kitchen, so they definitely deserve their own zone.
Choosing freestanding or integrated appliances depends on your kitchen layout and design scheme. A smaller kitchen would benefit from integrated appliances owing to their space-saving benefits, offering you a clean finish and an open feel to your space.
Integrated appliances also work especially well in a traditional space with a minimalist esthetic, where you can embed your appliances into your cabinets.
Freestanding appliances work well in a larger kitchen with plenty of floor and cupboard space.
Top Tip: Keep your essential oils, spices and utensils on a shelf or draw nearby your cooking zone, so they are in easy reach as you cook.
If you’re fed up with struggling to find your baking ingredients dotted around the kitchen, now is the time to store all your dry ingredients in one place.
For a great space-saving solution, choose containers that stack well to vertically place your clear jars on top of each other – however, if you choose to do so, it is sensible to use shatterproof or plastic clear jars so you can keep your kitchen safe.
Top Tip: An embossed label maker offers a retro look and makes it easier for the eye to find your ingredients super quick!
When it comes to cleaning your kitchen, you want to make this (dreaded!) task as easy and as quick as possible! Keep your cleaning supplies in an organized fashion, and your house will be tidier for it.
For your cleaning zone, we suggest the easiest spot is anywhere within easy reach of your sink – as this is where you do most of the cleaning. Take a few minutes to evaluate what products and tools you use every week and throw away any you no longer need. For larger cleaning items, like your vacuum and mop, keep them in one cupboard.
From ingenious rotating or floating corner storage that can bring the content of your cupboard to you, we have clever storage ideas to improve how much space you have in your cleaning cupboard.
Top Tip: Larger cleaning tools can be hung on the inside of a door with hooks or clamps.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and you can create a real focal point for family life and friends with a kitchen island. During demanding weekdays, you can socialize with loved ones comfortably and casually and then, on weekends, transform the island into a sophisticated dining space.
As well as this, the kitchen island can act as a study space and workstation too.
Top Tip: Install feature lighting above your island for an intimate dining space. This will provide a subtle ambient layer of light to the room and generate a warm and cosy atmosphere.
If you love hosting, then we’d advise creating an integrated bar area in the hub of your home. From a built-in bar to a drinks fridge or wine cooler, there are multiple options to create your own cocktail bar.
Top Tip: Display your favorite glasses and store the rest hidden away in a nearby cupboard.
Our expert designers can make the most out of any space, whether it’s an alcove or an awkward spot, their expertize and know-how will really maximize every inch to create your preferred and perfect kitchen zones! Book your appointment here.