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Five Essential Kitchen Design Tips

When you embark on a new kitchen design there are a number of essential elements you should consider to ensure your dream kitchen is exactly what you imagined. The design experts at Mint Kitchen Group have put together their five essential kitchen design tips that will give your new kitchen a designer finish.

1. Plan the Layout

The layout of your kitchen will very much depend on the space available but your specialist kitchen designer will also take into consideration the size of your family, what type of meals you like to cook, whether you entertain, what functionality you require and how the kitchen is positioned in relation to adjoining rooms. 

The layout will be designed to ensure maximum functionality and will also carefully consider the placement of work zones within the kitchen. Your designer will balance storage space with where the most-used items need to be located to ensure the essentials are always close to hand.

2. Consider Colour

Working with colour is definitely a job that should be left to the experts as the colour scheme of any room should not only reflect the look and feel of your home, but also reflect your own taste and personality. It’s very easy to over-do colour and it’s often what’s left out of the colour scheme that’s more important than what’s put in.

Your kitchen will be with you for approximately 15 years so it’s important to think about a timeless colour scheme and not focus too much on what’s on-trend right now. A good tip is to look for where you can add splashes of colour to add personality and style.

3. Focus on Lighting

The kitchen is one of the only rooms in the home that requires a range of different lighting to ensure it functions properly. You’ll need to consider your requirements for task lighting, ambient lighting and mood lighting to get the right mix.

Task lighting is used to light areas where you are working such as your preparation or cooking surfaces. It’s vital you can see what you are doing clearly without shadows being cast onto your work surface so the type of light plus its position will be carefully chosen.
Ambient lighting is usually the strongest light source in the room and will make sure all areas of the room are lit effectively. Your designer may recommend a warm, neutral or cool solution – but don’t forget, today’s lighting technology often allows you to use a smart device to change between these options to suit the time of day and the activity within the room.

Mood lighting brings life and character to the room. Its intent is to evoke an emotional response – for example, calmer tones late at night to unwind and relax or brighter lighting for when throwing a party.

4. Don’t be too Trendy

Always bear in mind that trends come and trends go so the general approach to incorporating trendy ideas is to look for one or two ideas you love and try to integrate them into the kitchen’s design. It’s great to do your research and bring your ideas to your design appointment with your expert designer but keep in mind that trends are extremely changeable and your once-on-trend space can quickly become dated.

Don’t forget, your designer should be fully-informed about today’s and future trends so take advantage of their knowledge and ask for their feedback on your ideas. It’s their job to know which trends are enduring and which are on their way out.

5. Choice of Appliances

In today’s world of Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules, it’s easy to become caught up in the idea that ever kitchen must have all the latest and greatest kitchen appliances. By all means get the amazing wok burner and top of the range dishwasher that you’ve always wanted, but do consider carefully if you have the type of lifestyle and cooking regime that means you’ll use the appliances regularly. Sous vide drawers and blast chillers may be the latest gadgets on your favourite cooking show but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need them in your kitchen.

Location and position of appliances is something that is very carefully considered by your kitchen designer who will take into account the type of appliances chosen, the height of the users, how the position impacts on the layout of the kitchen, traffic flows into and out of the kitchen, what types of meals are regularly cooked and all manner of other variables.

BIO:  Mint Kitchens are an award-winning team that design and build dream kitchens, bathrooms and laundries for their clients.  Each design and build is completely customised to their client’s desired style and because of that each renovation is entirely unique.  Mint Kitchens operates out of five showrooms across Melbourne.

Photographs courtesy of May Photography