TOP TIPS FOR YOUR KITCHEN LAYOUT
When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, there are so many decisions to be made.
From budget, size, style and of course the kitchen layout.
So we’ve come up with our Top Tips for your Kitchen Layout to help you along the way and take the stress out of one of these decisions!
We’ll help you to get the most out of your existing kitchen, guide you through a design from scratch, and also give you some ideas if you’re in the planning stage of your kitchen renovation.
Best Laid Plans
If you’re the cook in your home, you’ll understand how important the kitchen layout is. Not only do you need to consider this at the very beginning of your build or reno, you also need to be realistic about the things that will affect the layout.
Unfortunately, planning the perfect kitchen isn’t just a matter of choosing the perfect coloured cabinetry, or your dream marble benchtop…so much of the functionality hinges on your kitchen layout.
Follow our Top Tips for your Kitchen Layout, and we’ll get you on the way to a practical, functional (and gorgeous) kitchen in no time!
That’s what they say right, good things come in small packages? Well, the same thing can be said about a small or compact kitchen.
If you’re renovating your current kitchen and don’t have the budget or space to expand it, then you’ve got to be creative here. Start with the current kitchen layout, are you moving plumbing and the sink? Are you leaving the cooktop and oven in it’s current position?
When your current space is functional and you are happy with the existing kitchen layout, it’s purely about cosmetics. This kind of update or reno will save you money in the long run by leaving the key pieces where they are. So just enjoy the process of choosing new cabinetry, tiles, cupboard handles and maybe new appliances, kitchen sink and tapware. Voila! Too easy!
In some ways, having a smaller space can lead to greater functionality. Because you have to consider carefully where every single element will be placed within the space, so it can lead to innovative ideas.
Take cabinetry for example. Gone are the days where it was just under bench cabinetry – even in the smallest of kitchens, you can create so much storage.
Try corner cupboards with hinged doors, pull-out full height pantries, oversized pot drawers, plate drawers…the list goes on!
Let’s also take a look at the modern take on galley style kitchens, which is commonly used in alot of new homes that are being built.
They’re amazing, they’re functional and they’re family friendly.
Most new kitchens are designed to be centred around an island or galley-style. This suits the open plan living that we crave so much. This is the perfect design for the modern family. An Open Plan kitchen layout allows you to keep an eye on the kids, watch your favourite TV show, or just chat with your family while they sit at the island bench.
Generally speaking, this kitchen layout follows the Triangle Rule of design. The kitchen sink at one point, the oven at the next, and the fridge at the 3rd point.
And it makes sense, everything is supposed to be a few steps away from each other, creating amazing functionality. You can quickly and easily flick from the stovetop to the sink without worrying you’ll spill that pot of pasta along the way!
There is a reason why this floorplan is a classic, because it works. Not only does it flow and have exceptional versatility, it also give you a great base to work around. It gives a modern, streamlined feel, so now you can get on with the fun part of choosing all of the beautiful elements to create your dream kitchen.
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The Butler Did It
While most of us dream of owning a home with a butlers pantry, it is becoming more and more common in the modern kitchen layout.
The modern butlers pantry also varies as much as the rest of our homes. They range from a compact space behind a sliding door, to full-blown second kitchens! But no matter what the size, the goal is still the same – to have a second area to prepare, store and/or cook food.
If you are considering this option, try to include a second sink, you’ll wonder how you lived without it! Having a second area to store and prepare food seems indulgent, BUT it allows you close the door on any mess. The bonus here is that your main kitchen remains the star of the show! You can keep the main kitchen clean and ready for when you have friends and family coming over.
Also, it allows you to have the best of both worlds. You can go cohesive and make the butlers pantry the same style and colour as your main kitchen.
OR if you prefer something more luxurious, graphic, or bold in your main kitchen – go for it! There are no rules that say your main kitchen and butlers pantry need to match! No sir-e! Think of indulgent cabinetry, gorgeous marble benchtops and shimmering brushed brass tapware and sink. Yep, you can have it all!!
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While we know the importance of your main kitchen layout, what about the inclusion of an outdoor kitchen?
With our love of indoor/outdoor living, the outdoor kitchen is pure bliss if you love entertaining in the sunshine and fresh air. So how does your outdoor kitchen layout differ from your main kitchen?
Well it’s best to think about this space as your secondary kitchen. By replacing the oven with a built in BBQ, you get the best of both worlds! If you opt for a hooded bbq, you will basically have 2 ovens. Roast, bake and grill all in one place…you know how much we love multi-functional spaces.
You may also want to think about including an outdoor sink. Rinse off plates, fill water jugs and you and your guests can wash their hands without the need to enter the main kitchen. When you’re not cooking in your outdoor kitchen, fill the sink with ice for your drinks on those hot summer days.
So when it comes to materials and colours of your outdoor kitchen, again, you can create cohesion and replicate your main kitchen’s elements. OR go with a totally different colour and style. The outdoor kitchen layout should feel relaxed and inviting, and functional enough that you won’t have to go inside at all.
Design Tip – Keep your drinks, salads and meats cool until you are ready to cook, with the inclusion of an outdoor bar fridge. It’s a lifesaver in summer! If you have the space and budget, really consider installing one. Then just sit back, relax and enjoy time with your friends and family
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As the kitchen is one of the most important spaces in your home, the kitchen layout is pivotal. It’s something that you want to get right, as you will be living with it for the next 10 – 15 years.
Ensure you explore the style of kitchen you love, and make sure you get the most functionality from every element.
Take time visiting kitchen displays centres, display homes, and large home improvement stores to help you get a feel for which design suits you and your lifestyle.
If you follow some of the tried and true designs, you really can’t go wrong. But also don’t be afraid to try something new!
Show us your pics or share your top tips for your Kitchen Floorplan, we’d love to hear from you.