Photography: Barbara Corsico
Arguably one of the most important rooms in anyones home, the kitchen needs careful consideration, planning and thought. Storage needs, safety, look and budget are all important factors in ensuring your kitchen works for you. We caught up with some of Ireland’s expert interior designers to give their top tips on how you can plan the perfect kitchen.
Golden Work Triangle
The most important tip I can give to anyone remodelling their kitchen is to keep or introduce the Golden Work Triangle to the layout, says Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design.The triangle is a clearway in the heart of the kitchen that connects the three main elements in that space; The fridge, stove/hob and the sink. This method will dramatically improve your kitchen’s efficiency for a hassle free work space.
Make the kitchen reflect you and/or your family. One of the best ways to so this is by using colours. A splash of colour doesn’t necessarily need to be a bright colour. Play around with colour samples on the wall and let them hang for a couple of days to get your eye used to them before making a decision.
The Golden Work Triangle
Making your kitchen multifunctional! Kitchens have stepped away from being a hidden room within the home and they are a great place for social gatherings. By including a kitchen island in your design it can be the perfect place for entertaining as well as cooking.
Consider spending a bit more on Ironmongery! An easy way to change and elevate your kitchen design is to contribute a higher spec cabinet fixtures. A brass finished knob or handle mixed with a darker coloured kitchen is a timeless design. Our favourite on budget ironmongery are from Zara Home and Etsy.
Go Bold with the backsplash as it is usually the focal point in a kitchen. Don’t be afraid of using stone, tiles, bricks or mirror! Roisin Lafferty, Kingston Lafferty Design.
Bring in Natural light
Whether you’re extending, converting or renovating, including roof lights in your kitchen is a fantastic way of introducing more daylight into your design. The higher the light source, the brighter the room will be, says Denise O’Connor of Optimise Design.
If you’re planning a major renovation, installing a roof window is a relatively easy job and can bring in up to 40% more light than a traditional window.
Consider open shelving
Open shelving is a fast-growing kitchen trend, following on from the idea of kitchens spilling into living spaces. Creating more areas for display will help to make your kitchen feel more integrated. However, bear in mind you’ll need to be a relatively tidy person to make this feature work in your own home.
Think about darker shades
Using darker colours in the kitchen is a growing trend and one that’s likely to continue. However, before committing to the latest moody hue, consider the light available in your kitchen, as you could find a dark design too oppressive.
A clever way to give a nod to this style if you think the whole look could be too much is to go for a dark-painted island and keep the rest of the kitchen light.
Add a splash of marble
Marble and marble-style quartz worktops are becoming increasingly popular. They can add real design oomph, particularly when the rest of the kitchen is kept very plain. You could also consider the addition of a splashback, but bear in mind that stone and quartz are pricey, so work out your budget in advance. Denise O’Connor, Optimise Design.
How you use the space.
Think about how you use the space. Do you like entertaining, cooking, having dinner parties? Is the kitchen the hub of your home and do other other activities happen in the space such as homework? All of these factors ultimately have an impact on layout, aesthetic and appliance specification.
Possibly not the most exciting part of planning a new kitchen but definitely one of the most important. Thinking and measuring existing appliances that need to be stored, down to how much glassware and food storage you need. The devil is in the detail and a well planned storage system with ensure your kitchen functions just as you intended. Claire Price & Elaine Regan, House Edit.
Photography: Ruth Maria Murphy
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