With just a few clever choices, you can create a functional kitchen in a flash!
The kitchen is often thought of as the heart of the home, and as such, it needs to be a high functioning space.
We’ve gone and done some of the hard work, to bring you the latest ideas and tips to help you create a functional kitchen.
Check out what we’ve got in store for you!
Choose The Ideal Sink
Our first big tip on creating a functional kitchen, is the kitchen sink. Never underestimate just how important this piece is. Because it is used every single day, you need to choose something that works well for you and your lifestyle.
Let’s be honest, there’s no point in choosing a kitchen sink based on the looks, price or style alone. Imagine having a small single bowl sink in a home with a large family, it just isn’t practical.
So, we suggest taking the time to think about how you and your family truly use the kitchen sink. Here are a few questions to help you make a decision:
Does everything get put in the dishwasher straight away?
Do you like to have one side to wash and the other side to rinse or drain your clean dishes?
Is there only space for a small sink?
Do you like a larger double sink with a built in drainer?
Is a deep sink important to you?
Maybe you have been dreaming of a farmhouse sink?
Add Functional Accessories
Our next tip can be a game-changer in helping to create a functional kitchen. Accessories! You might think these little things are purely an afterthought, but here at ABI, we have listened to our customers, and designed specific kitchen accessories to take your functional kitchen to the next level!
Ill-fitting kitchen accessories can become more of a problem than a solution. So we have designed a range of accessories that fit perfectly in conjunction with our range of kitchen sinks.
To ensure you get the most out of your new sink, we suggest that you have these items as well:
Sink basket waste – included in our full range of sinks, this helps to catch all the little scraps of food & debris so it doesn’t end up in the drain
Sink Colander – genius is how we describe this accessory! Use it to rinse food before cooking, drain off food after cooking, or even to drain the washed up knives, forks & utensils…life will never be the same again!
Sink Protector – once you have chosen your gorgeous ( & functional!) sink, you’ll want it to stay that way, so this also comes included with our sinks! This will keep your sink surface in top condition for years to come. Plus, we think it also looks amazing!
Sink Drainer – one of our best selling & most loved kitchen accessories. It’s easy to see why a sink drainer will help to drain off your dishes once washed. Plus, if you leave it over one side of your sink, you can increase the amount of usable space. You can rest bowls, plates etc here, while you prepare and serve meals, perfect!
Think About Lighting
Another important part of creating a functional kitchen is lighting. This is a space where lighting is super important, and you can introduce it in a few different ways.
Natural light or artificial lighting. If you’re not blessed with a kitchen that is flooded in natural light, then artificial lighting is critical. Above all, you need a comfortable amount of overhead and task lighting in the space.
First things first, the all important task lighting. There are many ways to introduce task lighting, for example, try and include a range hood with lighting above your cooktop. The light bulb wattage can also help here. Try upgrading the bulb to the highest wattage possible so the lighting is optimal in that zone. Or if you have a large island bench, perhaps include pendant lighting. They are the ultimate in design freedom, giving you endless options for pendant fittings that suit your personal style.
Next up is ambient lighting. This is the general lighting that you may have on in the space when you’re not actually cooking etc. It provides you with the overall vibe of the space. This is generally ceiling mounted lighting that provides lighting within the kitchen. Maybe it’s a minimal oyster light, or a few soft downlights strategically spaced. Whatever your choice, this should make your kitchen feel warm and inviting.
Finally, you may want to include some accent lighting. Something like track lighting is a great system for accent lighting to highlight your beautiful kitchen sink, or cute floating shelves or maybe an amazing piece of art or family photo that’s near the kitchen space.
How much Cabinetry? Pulls or Handles
Probably one of the biggest dilemma’s when planning a functional kitchen, is how much cabinetry can be included.
As a result, this is probably where most of your budget will be spent, so it’s important to get this right the first time. Here are a few of our top questions to ask yourself when considering cabinetry:
Is there space for overhead cabinetry or only underbench?
Do I want a designated pantry?
Can the fridge, dishwasher & bin drawer be integrated?
Do I want large pot drawers and slimline plate drawers?
Can a docking/charging station with integrated power points be included in one of the drawers?
Once you have come up with your design and colour scheme, it’s time to decide on your cabinetry pulls or handles. This is no easy decision either, as it can have an impact on your functional kitchen! Firstly there’s the style…a knob, a handle, a minimal pull? Then there is the material, solid metals, organic leather, or even timber handles. Each material and style requires different cleaning and care & maintenance, so make sure you choose something that suits your lifestyle.
To Sum it all up…
We wanted to show you that with a few clever decisions and some planning, you can create the best functional kitchen for you and your family.
Not only will it feel like a great space to be in, but it will also serve you well for years to come. We hope these expert ideas and tips have shed some light on creating an amazing kitchen.
Remember, make sure you share any of your recent kitchen pics with us! We are always so impressed by what our customers create…