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white-yellow-kitchen_2 tone sprayKitchen Cupboards and Sensible Kitchen Design is part and parcel of what makes a good kitchen

Faced with a choice which rooms most of us would like to renovate, 90 per cent will probably say the kitchen or bathroom. Even property experts echo the same sentiment. It is probably the number one DIY or Décor project that we tackle at home. Styles and trends and new décor ideas are constantly changing. Kitchen cupboards and how they are made, pretty much remain static. It is how it is how the whole process is enhanced.

When it comes to decorating and or embarking on a new kitchen or kitchen DIY project, a clear plan could save you loads of agony, money and frustration.

Kitchen designers often publish information to promote their own service. Hey that is why we are in business. However over the next few articles, I will offer site visitors some insight gleaned from Industry experts, their thoughts, plus ideas on Kitchen Cupboards and Sensible Kitchen Design 

as well as Kitchen décor

What makes a good kitchen?

Article and Image source – Original post at home-dzine.co.za

The layout and design of your kitchen impacts on functionality and how well you are able to move around within the space. Your kitchen designer will ask plenty of questions about how you plan to use the room; how you use your kitchen, what types of meals you cook and what your likes and dislikes are to ensure that the final design meets your needs.

Ask yourself if your kitchen fits the above needs and desires of your cooking lifestyle? If you know the answer then you know exactly where to start…

good kitchen imageWork Triangle 
Central to the design of a kitchen is the work triangle. This design tool measures the space between the main work centres of the kitchen, namely the sink, oven/hob and refrigerator. Careful placement of these items ensures there is not too much or too little space between each.

Worktops 
Your kitchen designer will focus on the allocation of adequate worktop working space and set-down areas, particularly near to ovens and microwaves. Sufficient preparation space is vital in a highly-functional kitchen. To meet this need, some sink manufacturers are including optional extras such as chopping boards to help homeowners maximise the space available.

Islands are a popular inclusion as they provide excellent additional preparation and serving space, particularly when entertaining.

Storage 
Storage in today’s kitchen takes a number of shapes and forms. The most obvious is the kitchen cupboard. Today’s kitchen design sees cupboards mainly installed above the worktop with a range of drawers under the bench. A good kitchen designer will look for opportunities to utilise space for effective storage, which might include additional solutions such as a wine rack, spice drawer and tea towel holders

Great kitchen designs now incorporates in-drawer and in-cupboard organisational systems. These organisational systems manage everything from groceries and pantry goods to cutlery, plates and cookware. Flexibility is the key, with each system able to be installed to suit the individual requirements of the kitchen’s owners.

Flooring 
good kitchen image2The most popular flooring choices for kitchens are tiles or laminate flooring – why?
Tiles are durable and easy to clean but they are a hard surface underfoot, which should be considered if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Laminate flooring can bring beautiful warmth to a kitchen and are often a feature standout. Laminate flooring is less durable than tiles as it is a softer surface and should always be adequately sealed to prevent any liquid spills from warping the wood. This type of surface is very easy to maintain and keep clean.

Splashbacks 
A splashback is designed to protect walls from grease and cooking splatters as well as liquid or water splashes from the sink area. In today's more modern kitchens where floor-to-ceiling tiles are no longer fitted, a splashback is essential.

A new alternative today is using painted glass as a material for splashbacks. Toughened glass is painted on one side then affixed to the wall above the sink and/or cooktop area. The naturally luminescent qualities of glass make it an excellent choice for this application and as paint is available in almost any colour you can choose to match or contrast with cabinetry and surrounding decor.

Stainless-steel is another very popular choice, particularly when choosing all stainless-steel appliances. Keeping the same finish throughout gives a commercial-style finish to the kitchen and provided it is maintained and cleaned properly, will remain sparkling and as-new for many years.

Tiles are often used as a splashback as well, more commonly in traditionally-designed kitchens. Often sporting a motif, they are included to continue the design theme of the room.

Appliances 
good kitchen image3Kitchen appliances can be divided into two large groups – built-ins, such as stoves and dishwashers, or free-standing, such as food processors, mixers and juicers. Both have their place in a well-designed and constructed kitchen.

A kitchen design should take into consideration the placement of the main set of appliances – the oven or stove, cook top, refrigerator and sink. These appliances need to be positioned to allow clear and free access with allowance for adequate set-down areas.

When choosing appliances, think about the style of your kitchen and how best to integrate your chosen items. Most appliances can be fully or semi-integrated with panels to match the cabinets for a seamless look. Or you could choose a finish to complement your cabinets such as white, black or the ever popular stainless-steel. Many manufacturers also have a brushed aluminium finish available. Whilst it is not essential to buy all your appliances from the one manufacturer, it is the best way to ensure a matching set with coordinated finishes, handles, knobs and buttons.

What the preceeding article very clearly shows is that Kitchen Cupboards and Sensible Kitchen Design is a combinataion of different elements that needs to come together.

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Kitchen Cupboards and Sensible Kitchen Design