What are the basics of kitchen design? Workflow (which will determine layout), appliances, storage and materials.
Workflow means how you move in your kitchen. Is your primary traffic pattern to go from the fridge for milk to your pantry for cereal and then cabinets for your bowl and spoon? Or do you find yourself stepping through complex choreography every time you cook one of your elaborate feasts? You’ll want to think about what parts of the kitchen you use most and make sure those areas are easy to access and have all the features you need.
The next step is to decide on your appliances. If you’re a serious baker, you might want to make space for a double-oven. An oenophile would love a wine fridge, and so on. Although your appliances do add to the final look, the same stainless-steel Wolfe range can fit just fine in a French-country kitchen as it can in a sleek, modern space.
The storage, or cabinets, make much more of an impact on the room’s decor. You can figure out whether you want open shelving where you can display all your matching china or closed cabinets to hide the clutter. Here’s where you can blow the big bucks, customizing to your heart’s content with all kinds of cunning nooks and crannies, or go off-the-shelf from your local home goods emporium.
The last step, materials, goes hand in hand with the storage. If you’re going to choose a rustic wood finish for your cabinets, you’ll want earthy pulls and perhaps a wide-plank or slate floor. If you go for spaceship-sleek finishes, perhaps a polished granite floor would look just right. You can have fun with the backsplash materials and colors, the counters, and the floors, and make the kitchen your comfort zone.
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