Lighting and layouts

Tips for rethinking your kitchen

After spending so much time at home over the past few months, you may have come to some revelations about your kitchen. Maybe the layout is clumsy, or that there’s a lack of natural light – or maybe lockdown has just given you plenty of hours to stare longingly at other, better kitchens on Pinterest. These top tips will give you some food for thought if you’re planning a redesign.

How much space do you have?

If you’re living in a city-centre flat with a kitchen you like to think of as ‘Parisian’ (aka, pokey), then you need to not clutter the sides with appliances and decor. There are clever ways of using small spaces, particularly if you have high ceilings that can accommodate tall cupboards or little crannies that would benefit from bespoke cabinetry.

Massive farmhouse-style kitchens obviously offer more room to play with, but again, that doesn’t give you licence to cram every surface with pots, pans, and coffee paraphernalia. Store most items away and be selective about what you keep out. 

Where’s the light?

This should be considered before you start your project – getting it wrong could leave you without light where you need it most. The hob and work surfaces should use natural light from windows where possible, but if not then some well-placed ceiling lights will do the job. Think carefully about the temperature of LEDs – you don’t want something too cold – so aim for a colour temperature of about 2,700K, which is nice and warm for evenings.

What are your priorities?

Is your kitchen a social space? Or is it for serious cooking? Think about whether you need casual barstool seating so friends and guests can hang around while the chef gets to work, or if you need plenty of worktop space for food prep. Make sure the space is economical and that there’s nothing in the way of work flow – place chinaware and cutlery close to the kitchen exit point.

Caitlin Bowring

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