Have you ever had a family Christmas or Thanksgiving when everyone (meaning you, your 30 cousins, and 10 aunts and uncles) were crammed in the ktichen, fighting for room to just grab a utensil? And on top of that, you were POSITIVE you were in line but apparently you were going the wrong way. Well, I have. Apparently my mom’s kitchen only has vacany for about 15 people, not 50. The design of the kitchen was not thought out very well.
The kitchen is not only a place for preparing and eating food, it’s also a gathering place for friends and family for casual entertaining. This means that the kitchen needs to be well designed to be able to accommodate these functions. Some of this information might help people who are trying to design the perfect gathering place for friends and family. Warning: take into account how many siblings you have and how many children they may have someday.
Other things to consider:
- Second sink
- separate oven and stove top or one piece range
These aspects may not be the 3 points of the triange but they are definitely connected to them.
1) The dishwasher should be close to the sink so that cleaning dishes is fast and easy.
2) A second sink may be useful so that some one else can move and work in the work space with interrupting your activities.
3) The fridge acts as a storage place for food, but some foods don’t need to be refridgerated. The pantry should be in proximity of the fridge so that when you’re cooking and you need those spaghetti noodles and some sugar for the dessert, you won’t have to go out of your way.
4) Some stoves and oven are completely separate, this could either help the triangle by allowing someone else to cook or interrupt the kitchen triangle depending on where they are placed. A one piece range can be convenient for one person, but not for two.
Now that you have the kitchen all planned out. Its time to use LIGHTS to make the place welcoming! There are layers of lighting that are used in kitchens to create a certain kind of mood.
The four types of lighting are:
- Ambient lighting- This is the general lighting that all kitchens start with; an example is track lighting.
- Task lighting- This lighting is vital for preparing food. These lights are underneath and on top of upper cabinets, over the island, stove, and sink. These make sure the shadows disappear from the corners of your counter tops and create a soft, ambient light.
- Decorative lighting- This includes chandeliers and hanging pendants. With these, you have to make sure that they their size fits the scale of the room or else it won’t look right.
- Accent lighting- These are lights that are pieces of art. This includes wall sconces, lighting in glass cabinets, etc.Below is a kitchen with different types of lighting
I hope that these tips will help you in creating a well-designed, warm, homey kitchen for everyone to enjoy!