The home is where the heart is and the kitchen is the heart of the home.
Sounds familiar? Well, because it is true. While your guests might linger in the living room, family and friends tend to hang out in the kitchen. It is a place where family gathers, friends bantering with one another, a museum for children’s arts and crafts, and of course, a place to enjoy a warm cooked feast! The kitchen is the heart of the home because that is where food is being prepared and a good meal will nurture the mind, body and soul. The entire household uses this space, hence it is a must-have in every home.
What is it about kitchens that evoke a mysterious magnetic attraction? How to add more charm to the kitchen? What are the steps to create your dream bustling cooking place?
First and foremost, just like any other part of your home, you must plan the layout of your kitchen before giving it an extra facelift. However, homeowners must remember that these layouts are always unique to one another, so it is best to choose a layout which suits you most. The number one rule is to make sure you’ll have an ample space to manoeuvre around when doing any kitchen activities. The three types of layouts often seen are straight-line kitchens, island living and U-turn; with the first being a space-saver and the later is quite adaptive to large kitchens. To add on, homeowners must make sure the primary pathway is hazard-free, and it should not be obstructed by any appliances’ doors when open.
As your kitchen will be mostly filled with cabinets and cupboards, choosing their colour is as important as choosing their style. Besides, kitchen cabinets are the first thing people notice when walking into a kitchen. Be it a bold red colour, or a cream, off-white; you must decide who will be the main character in the area. A bright colour is eye catching, while white coloured kitchen cabinets allow you more options when it comes to choosing appliances and decors. So take your pick; a kitchen with an intense personality or a classic design that won’t date? (meaning it won’t put off future house-buyers if you are interested in selling your home later.)
Another thing to consider when building your warm heartwarming kitchen is the countertop. Starting off, laminate can take on the appearance of other materials and is easy to look after; woods are pleasing to the touch and give kitchens a warm appearance, but it needs regular care; natural stone countertops are unique and it will create a spectacular presentation; last is the hard-wearing man-made composites that are easy to look after. Of course, there are other materials such as stainless steel, concrete, glass, etc. If you are unsure on which kitchen countertop will work best for you, the first thing to consider is your budget as certain materials can go over the roof.
The kitchen is a place to cook, to be specific; a closed-indoor space where you cook. Nothing ruins a good meal experience than living in a house filled with stale odours or smoke. In fact, it is a part of the safety hazard, especially if your kitchen is connected directly to the living room or dining area; as it will affect the air quality of your home. Due to this reason, good ventilation is a must for any kitchen, and you can install a range hood above your stove to prevent any indoor air pollution.
And it goes without saying, you need tons of electrical outlets. Not only for your airfryer and toaster, but also for your phones (especially those who watch their recipes from YouTube). Regardless, if you are not a fan of obvious electrical plugins, we are here to the rescue. When it comes to designing a kitchen, it is IDW’s forte to create hidden plugs or pop-out outlets. Hence, you do not have to worry about ruining the design of your kitchen or any jumpscare of I-put-my-finger-inside-the-electrical-outlet accident by your child.
Now, many tend to think that they have to give up the practicality of a room when creating a beautiful space and vice versa. But that is not true. A good interior design is when an area is spectacular in terms of its design and functionality. Head over to your local appstore to download our IDW Design SuperApp to book your consultation session with us today and yes, you can enjoy the best of both worlds!