Kitchen / July 1, 2018 / Richard Odilon.
The time of islands, peninsulas and breakfasts bars is far from over, considering that these surfaces (and their appropriate seating) will continue to ride the trend wave in 2018. It’s all about functionality and practicality. We don’t just mean lessening your carbon footprint, but literally adding greens into your kitchen for 2018. And don’t think you can escape with just a boring little potted plant in the corner.
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.
Don’t overlook the effect that heating one big room can have on those bills. Underfloor heating is definitely worth considering – decide between a ‘wet’ system, which connects to the gas supply, or an electric system. And consider removing radiators to free up wall space and create a clean, seamless look.
Sometimes tearing down a wall is not enough to enhance a room’s brightness factor. If your open-plan layout is still too gloomy, consider bringing in French- or bi-fold doors to steal some of the garden’s natural lighting. And if your new layout successfully includes the terrace/patio as part of the open layout, then more power to you.
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