Whilst we all want a kitchen we can be proud to show off to friends and family, we must remember that a great kitchen means far more than just an aesthetically-pleasing design. It’s no use having a stylish island, marble benchtop and chrome fridge if they ruin the functionality of the space.
It may sound cliché, but when designing the perfect kitchen, you need to master the balance between form and function. You want the kitchen to look good but that simply serves no purpose if you find yourself running into other people, digging through drawers for hard to reach items and preparing food on a counterspace smaller than your chopping board.
Apollo Kitchens has put together a guide for creating this rewarding balance between style and practicality, because we want your kitchen to look stunning whilst benefiting your cooking.
Think Layout First
The layout is the main concern for designing a highly functional, ergonomic kitchen. You need ample space to move and prepare food, and without careful consideration the design can be ruined and your movements obstructed.
The first mistake people make when designing a kitchen is the obstruction of what is known as ‘the triangle’. This is the sink, stove and refrigerator, and they should always have easy access to one another. The sink receives most of the action before and after cooking, and therefore should have a direct view to the fridge and stove.
Appliances and Efficiency
Effective appliances are pivotal to a functional kitchen. One thing that definitely enhances the functionality of a kitchen is ensuring your appliances are paired with their corresponding product. For example, keep your coffee mugs above or below your coffee maker, and the same with the coffee itself. This will ensure your morning coffee making is a smooth and relaxing process. The same goes for cooking essentials (oil, salt, pepper etc.) being next to the stove, ready to use.
Lighting is Pivotal
A functional kitchen cannot exist without proper lighting. In the kitchen, there are four different types of lighting that illuminate the space and create a functional yet stylish aesthetic: task, ambient, decorative and accent lighting. Whilst ambient, decorative and accent lighting are important for displaying the features of the kitchen, task lighting is the most important for ensuring visibility when cooking.
We’re Here to Help
Need some assistance in creating your functional yet stylish kitchen? That’s what we’re here for. Apollo Kitchens is the leader in creating kitchen designs that are not only amazing to look at, but are perfect for cooking efficiently and without clutter.
Apollo Kitchens are celebrating 50 years of designing and creating award winning kitchens. Take advantage of their celebration sale by visiting one of their showrooms in Beresfield, Erina, Alexandria or Smithfield.
For a free design consultation call Apollo Kitchens on 1300 90 80 90 or visit apollokitchens.com.au and they will assist you with your enquiries for designing a kitchen of the utmost practicality.