The kitchen is the place where families gather and friends and guests are entertained. Island kitchen cater for this all-important social aspect because have a lively friendly feel about them. Island kitchens were so named because there is a large unit in the middle of the room which includes the base units and often the hob as well.
Factoring an island into your kitchen means having enough space to position it. To get the best out of it, our recommendation is to have at least 110 cm between the central unit and the other counters which will give you enough ease of movement. This way the island will act as a hub for the rest of the composition. It will be where you prepare all your meals and your family & friends naturally throng.
With the right layout, it can become extraordinarily easy on the eye and provide a great visual anchor, forming an important contrast with the living area in open-space areas. Island compositions allow for improved space management as well as increased storage space. Not only, but with the addition of a few bar stools and an eating counter along one or more sides, it encourages socialising - not an aspect to be underestimated in today's contemporary society
A need to maximise on space is a frequent requirement because it seems like there is never enough space in a kitchen. Then, there are times when we simply feel like remodelling our surrounds. One original idea can be connecting a peninsula to your kitchen, or factoring in a new section that includes a table and fits in with the existing units. This will enable you to exploit the available space whilst retaining all the main kitchen functions without compromising on aesthetics.
Quite often, it also acts as a bridge between the kitchen and living areas, meaning you carve more overall space out of your home. A peninsula is a handy extra unit which separates the various zones, clearly marking off the cook's realm whilst giving you endless opportunities to express your own personal style. And on this last point I would like to give you a couple of examples. A peninsula has a great potential for change and can easily turn into a shaped worktop. Its ability to morph into anything opens it up to a multitude of uses.
Remarkably sleek and practical, a kitchen peninsula allows you to maximise on space, express your own personal style and connect the sitting area to the kitchen.
The U-shaped kitchen, otherwise known as the horseshoe kitchen, is an excellent solution in terms of ergonomics and practicality because everything is concentrated in one place and it is easier to cook, wash and clean. However, each unit must be placed with the utmost care to make sure that this boon does not turn into a bane. Poor positioning could lead to cramped spaces and an inability to open doors or drawers properly.
In a nutshell, a good U-shaped kitchen design means recreating the ideal work triangle. The three points of this triangle are formed by placing the range, sink and fridge on opposite sides. The cooktop and the sink must be kept quite close to each other so that pans of boiling water can be quickly transferred - but not too close, otherwise tap water might accidentally splatter onto sizzling oil and cause a hazard. The sink should ideally be kept underneath the window sill so that dishes can be washed in daylight. However, much depends on connections to the existing mains and plumbing.
The popularity of open spaces in home design means that peninsula solutions can be used to give a sense of separation between the sitting room and the kitchen, creating some spectacularly elegant settings.
When space is tight or the kitchen fixtures cannot be moved, sometimes you need to take a second look at a kitchen corner. But sometimes having a bare-bones cooking nook is a deliberate choice for a home-owner who likes a neat stylish corner with everything within reaching distance.
Regardless of our reasons for choosing a small kitchen, it is paramount to position each single unit carefully. The range, sink and appliances must be placed as close to each other as possible so that everything is close to hand.
The corner units will enable us to cash in on all the space available and create a cosy alcove where meals can be easily and quickly prepared. Our corner space naturally creates its own neat triangular layout between the three main points: washing, cooking and food preparation. If the two sides of the kitchen are sufficiently long, there might be enough footage in the middle for a table. This will be a welcome focal point for socialising and dining with friends.
Your design layout for the kitchen area must bridge the gap between ease of movement, practical needs and exploitation of available space. The idea is to come up with a spectacular composition which is easy to work in. A linear kitchen is an excellent and popular choice because all your appliances are concentrated along one single wall or two opposite walls.
From a design perspective, putting all the elements side by side makes for a highly elegant composition because the whole kitchen area is visible in a single glance and the walls are completely decorated. Linear kitchens are also efficient spacewise if you are working with long narrow areas or wide open spaces. Extraordinarily adaptable, they can be readily customised by reducing the number and size of the single units.
Wall units and bookcases add depth and dimension, capitalising on spatial relationship and making the most of all the space available. On the other hand, the colour scheme exalts detailing and finishing touches, playing up or down the sense of space and connecting your kitchen to the surrounding home areas.