Introduction and a Brief History
The very heart of any dwelling lies in its powerhouse; the kitchenette. This space is dynamic to accommodate the invention of cuisines that instantly start trending. However, the success of any cuisine lies in the infrastructure at hand.
A poorly designed kitchen can be a hindrance rather than a facilitator to create the world’s best cuisine. The Kitchen is not only about just making food but it also represents one’s status in society. It is a true indicator of one’s cooking lifestyle. This article shall discuss in detail what an ideal kitchen should look like.
The word kitchen had been derived during the ancient Greek year when the first-ever stove or cooking range and the capability to bring water to homes for cooking were developed.
A kitchen is a dynamic space where families unite under one roof to have food and share their ideas, feelings, emotions, and information of what happened during the day, meals are prepared and guests are hosted to make sure the space remains beautiful and lively.
A well-planned kitchen creates a stellar eating experience. Generally, people tend to stick to the aesthetics of a kitchen rather than the significant purpose of the kitchen as they like to see their kitchen go in sync with their other surroundings.
However, it is a significant purpose that makes the kitchen more functional and user-friendly and not aesthetics and comfort.
Qualities of an ideal Kitchen Design
Here are a few qualities of ideal kitchen design:
An ideal kitchen is spacious and should be capable of providing space for spatial movement without crowding.
Storage has always been an issue in the kitchen, the storage of an ideal kitchen must incorporate well-defined spaces to store utensils and other items of daily usage.
A kitchen must-have sufficient drawers and cabinets that can hold a collection of different utensils meticulously. Fancy storage facilities in a modular kitchen may look aesthetically very beautiful but can be ergonomically is unsuitable for daily usage.
Hence, while making the choice one must define purpose rather than the aesthetics of the design.
Countertops and workspaces play an important role in the processing of cooking food in the kitchen. Hence, these must be designed in such a way that they make cooking an enjoyable experience.
Items such as spices and the food articles that need to be cooked should have a workspace close to the stove and should be wide enough to accommodate any need concerning making food such as: kneading the floor, cutting vegetables, and much more.
The location of the workspace makes cooking more efficient and less time consuming thereby adding value to the efforts put in by the creator of the dish.
The hardest thing to do after cooking is the clean-up hence, it is important that while designing the kitchen, there should not be any hard to reach out corners so that grime, dust, dirt, and water make spec in them. This doubles the effort to keep the kitchen clean and gives a messy look to the kitchen.
Imagine yourself groping through the kitchen for items in the dark, it can lead to disasters while cooking. Poorly lit kitchen openly invites mishaps such as getting one’s figure accidentally chopped off while cutting the vegetables.
Such incidents can be avoided with adequate lighting. Lighting for the kitchen needs to be right as it can either cost one the expenditure of a long electricity bill or one’s fingers.
The material used in the construction of a kitchen and the quality of the same also impacts the longevity of the kitchen. As we know organic materials such as wood used in the construction of the Kitchen generally deteriorate in values due to usage, it should be avoided on surfaces that usually come in contact with water and a damp cloth.
One wouldn’t like to notice mold and mushrooms growing on their chopping counter top hence, tiles should be used.
Placement of the main cooking equipment ensures that there is not too little or too much space between them. It is important to adopt the concept of the work triangle while designing the space for the same.
Flooring is also an important aspect of the kitchen especially if one needs to spend the majority of their time in the kitchen. Flooring can either be composed of tiles or just laminate.
Tiles are a sturdy option but are ergonomically unsuitable if one has to spend the majority of their time in the kitchen.
For this one can use laminates as they are soft and light-duty, but at the same time also hard to maintain as the wood generally tend to get affected by water warping it.
Smart choices for a Smart Design
The discussion so far has might have made it difficult for you to understand what materials can be used to create that ideal kitchen. Here are a few tips to make your choice for your ideal kitchen easy:
Work Triangle Concept
The primary concern for every kitchen is the workspace allocated for performing various functions connected to cooking food.
For spatial recognition and understanding, one must use the work triangle concept of measurement that takes into account the number of people who would be working in the kitchen at a time, the space allocated for the refrigerator, and the cooktop to ensure there is free space to move around the kitchen.
Moreover, one also needs to keep in mind that they provide enough toe space while designing the skirting of the cabinets and drawers so that one can stand in the kitchen for a longer duration of time.
The more organized a kitchen is the better it functions thereby reducing the lead time to cook dishes and help in the post-clean-up activity. Hence, one most incorporate accessories such as Wash clothes, aprons, etc. instead of creating designated spaces for every item in the kitchen.
Use of Durable CounterTops
Counter-top is the place in the kitchen where the majority of the work takes place hence, it needs to be durable and must serve multiple purposes.
Initially, granite was considered the ideal material for counter-tops due to its hardness and durability, but with the advancement of technology, new durable and economically viable options are available for counter-tops that can be used sustainably and will also add to the aesthetics and the need for multi-functionality.
For any kitchen to look beautiful it must project a dado on its walls that go with the aesthetics of the surroundings. Multiple options can brighten up your kitchen and make it look visually appealing.
Adding Lights In the Right Places
One of the most important aspects of a kitchen is the lighting. Lighting needs to be intelligently so that it adds to the aesthetics and also provides sufficient light to perform all the tasks for cooking dishes. To make doing work easy lights must also be placed beneath the upper cabinets so that the task being performed is visible.
The Essential Appliances
Without appliance, people feel like soldiers going to war without a sword. Hence, the kitchen must be stocked with the right appliances to serve multiple purposes and utilize the least amount of space, as not every appliance is made for every purpose, research needs to be done to ensure that the right appliance adorns the right corner of the kitchen for the right purpose.
Splashbacks are also important as they protect the walls from grease, cooking splatters as well as liquid splashed from the sink area. Materials such as toughened glass, tiles, and other materials can help in protecting the walls and are also and easy to maintain, viable option for kitchen décor.
Common Mistakes When Creating Kitchen Layout
When we plan to create a layout of the kitchen there are certain mistakes each one of us commits that have been highlighted as follows:
Ignoring Unused Spaces
While planning one’s kitchen people often tend to ignore thoroughfares especially when the kitchen and the alley are common in terms of movement of people from one room to another.
They tend to use normal doors instead of the sliding ones thereby blocking the space one needs to move around comfortably between two rooms.
Using Walls to your Advantage
Walls are generally ignored while planning the storage of items. They can serve multiple purposes as they are capable of freeing up more space for worktops and storage. A lot of items can be hanged on the walls to create more space.
DIY Storage Ideas
While planning the layout of the kitchen DIY design enthusiasts generally misses out on the utilization of vertical spaces that remain neglected but could have added more storage in the same space. Tall units can be created to organize and store things in their right place thereby freeing up space on and around the countertops.
Individuals prefer to have a kitchen island as it creates more countertop space but it becomes unnecessary when there is a space crunch in the kitchen.
Another focal point of concern is,” garbage disposal”. Imagine entering a kitchen only to encounter the unpleasant smell emanating from a garbage bin kept at the far end of the kitchen below the sink. It leaves a really bad impression on the guests who have come over for a party.
As we know that aesthetics and upholstery are equally important for any room so is the logic applied to the kitchen. It would not look very pleasing to notice an overused electric kettle or an oven kept on the countertop of a newly furnished kitchen.
This indicates that it is time to buy a new appliance. Also choosing furniture that does not go with the theme of the kitchen and other rooms makes it look odd and undermines the beauty of the property.
It is very important to understand what is practically possible rather than aesthetically pleasing. Plumbing is one of the most essential elements for ensuring that the kitchen functions efficiently and remains clean.
The placement of plumbing is the main determining factor while designing space for utilities like dishwashers, sinks, and many more, since moving the plumbing line can cost one dearly.
Choosing the Right CounterTops
The ergonomic design of a worktop is always a blessing for people who tend to spend the majority of their time in the kitchen. Too low a countertop can lead to sore back from stooping and too high a worktop can make it unfeasible to work on it.
For this, the average height of the family members can be a good estimator of the ideal height of a worktop that can vary from 86cm to 100 cm. the ideal height of a worktop is 90 cm.
To conclude Kitchen is that corner of the house that defines your character. It is a representative of one’s culinary habits and one’s style of performing various tasks. A well organized and aesthetically beautiful kitchen made for a purpose helps one in functioning efficiently and effectively.
It is important to understand that an ideal kitchen should always be designed keeping in mind what is practically possible and economically but does not compromise on the quality of the construction.