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How to Design Your Kitchen Like an Architect

If you’re designing a new kitchen, don’t do anything until you’ve read these insider tips from the professionals

By Amy Lewis, 14 December 2015
How to Design Your Kitchen Like an Architect

Whether you’re planning a new kitchen from scratch or just giving the old decor a new lease of life, here’s everything you need to know about designing a beautiful kitchen…

Here's everything you need to know about designing a beautiful kitchen

HOW DO YOU USE THE KITCHEN?

Is it simply a place where you cook meals and prepare food? Or do you need space for dining, relaxing, opening the mail and doing the ironing too? Think about all the things you and your family tend do in the kitchen and then plan accordingly.

LAYOUT IS EVERYTHING

Even the most beautifully decorated kitchen would become a pain to use if the layout isn’t right. And we don’t just mean the big things like sinks, cookers, fridges and freezers. If the tea bags, kettle and mugs are light years apart, even simple things like making a cuppa will become difficult. Planning the layout is the most vital part of kitchen design, so take your time.

USE THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE RULE

The theory behind the ‘golden triangle’ rule used by interior designers is very simple: the most used equipment in the kitchen should be grouped together and laid out in a triangular shape, so that they're easy to get to and in close proximity to each other. For example the sink, the cooker and the refrigerator should all be easy to reach.

BUILD AROUND THE MAJOR ITEMS

Once you’ve decided where your three most used items are going to sit, start planning the rest of the kitchen design by grouping together similar items. The dishwasher needs to be next to the sink for example and storage for pots and pans near the cooker.

CREATE ATMOSPHERE WITH COLOUR

Before you pick the colour scheme of your new kitchen, think about what kind of atmosphere you want to create. Warm and cosy? Bright and fresh? Cool and calm? The colours you use on the walls will influence the feel of the room. Warm, earthy colours like reds, oranges and browns tend to create a warm, traditional vibe. Whereas more tranquil colours like blue, grey and white work very well with modern chrome fittings to create an airy, more spacious feel.

CHOOSE A THEME

If you’re struggling to decide on a colour scheme, look around at themed kitchen ideas for inspiration – Pinterest is in no short supply! If you’re drawn to more rustic, earthy themes such as French farmhouse or country cottage styles, it’s likely you’ll be happier with warmer colours in the kitchen. Having a theme will make hunting for accessories far easier too, as you’ll browse more strategically.

MAKE STORAGE A DESIGN FEATURE

If you’re struggling to find enough storage space, make a statement out of it instead. A well stocked wine rack makes a great addition and adds character, while a hanging pot rack brings homely personality to the cooking area.

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