5 tips to have a functional and stylish kitchen
Who said that what is functional in a kitchen should subtract points to its style and elegance? That couldn’t be further from the truth. Currently, appliance manufacturers, architects, and designers know how to create the perfect alchemy so that one thing is not at odds with the other.
So, if you have decided to redesign your kitchen or on the contrary, you haven’t decided yet what you want to do with it, here are 5 tips that we have gathered from experts that will help you add a good dose of functionality and style, without losing your head in the attempt to make it perfect.
1. Distribution, distribution, distribution. The distribution of the kitchen is of the utmost importance. This is something that your architect or designer will be able to explain quite well. However, you need to know that, whicheveryou choose to have, you must clearly establish the so-called triangle of work that combines the three focal points of any kitchen: refrigerator, sink, and cooking area. What else do you need to know? Well, the aspects that determine the choice of one distribution over another, here are some notions about it:
- L-shaped Kitchens. The distribution in L is perfect for tight spaces. The triangle of work is linear in this type of distribution. Since this is a distribution that seeks to optimize the space, it’s usually complemented by a bar.
- U-shaped Kitchens. They have a lot of storage capacity and are very comfortable, which also makes them perfect for small spaces. Usually, a high frontal area is located on one of the sides, the sink in another and the heated area on the remaining side. Experts usually recommend that the minimum distance between the walls should be 2.40 m, leaving 1.20 m as passing area.
- Kitchens with an island. These are the dream of many people. The ideal is to have plenty of space so that the island doesn’t prevent the movement. For this to happen, the optimal distribution requires forming a high front that integrates the refrigerator and pantry while locating the sink and cooktop on the island.
2. Include a rack. If you want to combine functionality and style, there is nothing like leaning towards one of the major trends of the moment: the industrial look. In industrial design, racks are a classic that turn the kitchen into a practical and charming space. They come in different materials, but certainly, stainless-steel always wins due to its durability. If you don’t like the industrial style, you can include in your design the use of a surface as a rack where you can keep the tools you always use to have them handy. However, remember that these must be beautiful and of good quality to be exhibited as part of the decoration.
3. Movable shelves. Movable shelves for the pantry are a blessing. You won’t have to search anymore. You could find what you are looking for only pulling or rotating them. There are many options in the market that adapt to the dimensions of your drawers.
4. Don’t underestimate the faucets. Nowadays, the faucets are an important element to consider when trying to harmonize a kitchen. And it happens that the more controlled the water outlet is, the least cleaning will be required as there will be fewer stains.
5. Utilitarian decoration. The decoration adds style to the kitchen, but if the elements selected for that purpose are functional, it’s even better. So, think of slates or boards (very fashionable now), open shelves for books and dinnerware and, why not, plants that, more than being ornamental, save you from going to the supermarket (basil, coriander, mint, spearmint, etc.).
These tips are just a mere reference of how much you can do to make your kitchen suit your requirements without losing its beauty. Remember that the trick is to apply your genius ideas and creativity to it.