The kitchen is one of the revered areas of a house where families spend a lot of time together. Apart from preparing meals, the kitchen is the go-to place of family members for a snack or coffee in the morning before rushing to their daily activities or heading to their bedrooms for rest. Thus, the kitchen is a family junction for the daily meet and greet and small chit chats of members where memories are specially made. It is precisely the significance of the kitchen to a family that must be considered why it is important for us to allocate time in designing a kitchen. That the kitchen serves as a place for cooking food, for eating, and for family small chinwags should be taken into consideration in designing a kitchen.
A basic principle of modern architectural design is that form must follow function. In the same token, the kitchen design must follow its functionalities for the people living in the house. This can be determined by knowing the lifestyle or habits of those who will use the kitchen. If the kitchen will only be used for cooking and preparing food, then the design should be emphasized on achieving efficiency in the different activities associated with preparing food, from cutting ingredients, cooking per se, and washing dishes. However, if family members normally get together to eat, then dining tables and spaces for people should be included. The kitchen must have open or empty spaces to allow movement of people as well as to provide better ventilation, and create a more relaxed or comfortable atmosphere in the kitchen.
A workflow pertains to the coordinated and routine steps or procedures of an activity (i.e. food preparation) assisted by a systematic arrangement of resources used for the recurring activity. The kitchen design should facilitate the workflow of food preparation in such a way that will rationalize the process of preparing, cooking, and cleaning food easier, faster and more efficient. It should consider the different activities involved and structure them in such a way that they support the activity for which they are needed. For instance, the storage for pots and frying pans can be made adjacent to the stove so that it can be easily accessible to the cook for use. The arrangement of things in the kitchen must also consider security and safety because there are activities in the kitchen that involves possible dangers that’s why all the components need to be in the right place. For instance, the LPG gas for the stove should ideally be located outside the kitchen.
Storage is a vital element of kitchen design. There should be sufficient storage allotment for different tools, appliances and wares in the kitchen, namely kitchen utensils, appliances, dining utensils, food/ groceries, perishable food, and spices among others. A walk-in pantry or a utility cabinet is a convenient storage space for dry goods. Storage for said items is important to avoid clutter in your countertops that could otherwise get in the way for you in doing your work in the kitchen. Cabinet drawers may be accessorised and customized to make the most of its space. The style of cabinets must also complement the extant motif of the rest of the house, especially for open floor kitchens.
The design of your cabinets should also consider the integration of modern Kitchen Technologies. For instance, the cabinet may incorporate a built-in under cabinet cell phone or tablet holder so that the cook can watch and follow recipe and cooking instructions in YouTube while cooking.
Lighting and Ventilation
Two of the most crucial elements of a good kitchen design are proper lighting and ventilation. Regarding lighting, the kitchen should have appropriate lighting apt for different tasks for food preparation and meeting and entertaining people. A strip task light located underneath the cabinet may be needed to brighten the countertop workspace for preparing food. On the other hand, ambient lights which help create the correct ambiance and setting can be hung overhead when the kitchen is used for entertaining guests.
The ventilation of the kitchen is primarily used for treating the air in the kitchen and tackle problems arising from airborne grease, smoke or fumes, odors, heat and steam, which result from cooking and food preparation. The ventilation helps in removing these problems by filtering and exhausting indoor air, drawing outdoor fresh air and circulating the air.
Proper space allotment for the different types of people going and staying in the kitchen should be considered in kitchen design. People who are cooking and preparing food should be provided with adequate space where they can move around to carry out their function. People who visit the kitchen to carry out a brief chatter should be provided a proper place where they stay comfortable. Similarly, people who stay in the kitchen for a snack or to eat should equally b given place where they can seat and place food on the table. In both instances, these spaces should be strategically away from the work area of the cook so that they will not get in the way of the cook's work.
The colors, décor, and theme of the kitchen design should preferably be in sync with the color and theme of the house. And since kitchens are rooms that should set a calming a comfortable ambiance for preparing food, eating or holding conversations, a light color for the kitchen has proved to be naturally idyllic. Using light color (e.g. white) in the kitchen helps in brightening the space as it helps reflect light. It also helps show cleanliness of the room which is important in impressing hygiene and freshness. Finally, light colors generally evoke the feelings of coziness and relaxation which makes the kitchen more likable.
A good kitchen design should be functional, clean and beautiful. It should support cooking and food preparation, eating, talking and other activities that are usually performed in the kitchen room. It should take into consideration not just the cook but everyone living in the house so that it becomes a great place to enjoy and stay.