Kitchen / June 7, 2018 / Richard Odilon.
Large rooms require just as much care and planning as smaller spaces. Keep your work triangle in the kitchen in mind when planning your new open-plan layout (the relationship between the stove, fridge and sink needs to be triangular for easy movement, plus close together to cut down on footwork). Will you need to bring in a kitchen island to shorten the distance where necessary.
Kitchen interior design needs to start from a practical and common sense place, which is why an objective assessment of what absolutely needs to be included and what can, reasonably, be left out is essential. Is an island a must-have inclusion? Will a dining space be necessary and how much storage is wanted? These are all valuable questions that can and will shape the design of any new kitchen. It's so important to remember that the kitchen is one of the more practical spaces in a home, so need really should overshadow want, at least in the early design stage.
As a kitchen is a working zone, you don’t want the extra dining/living space to meddle in with your cooking and baking activities. Think about where guests will be seated while you busy yourself with food prepping – will there be space for a breakfast bar, keeping family and friends close yet still out of your way? Will you move your living room’s chairs and sofas to ensure an easy flow of conversation between seating- and cooking spaces.
Got enough legroom in your kitchen for a few furniture pieces? You’re in luck, as those tables and chairs are going to help bring in the country design superbly. Similar to wooden cabinetry, certain common choices appear regularly, and maple, oak, cherry and pine seem to be the most popular ones. For table- and chair legs and back supports, think rich detailing, like ornate wooden carvings. You know the saying “less is more”? That does not apply to the country style.
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