Comfort and ease are the first two words that come to our minds when we think about designing any kitchen. What makes theses two features on top of the list is that we spend long times in our kitchens whether for cooking or eating and to enjoy these times to the max, we should look for a nice and comfortable design.
Taking your kitchen measurements is the first and the most essential step in achieving a comfortable kitchen design, wondering why? The measurements will determine a lot of points and one of these points is the suitable kitchen cabinets that you need to buy that can perfectly fit your kitchen space. Taking the measurements of the places where you will put the big kitchen appliances like the cook and the refrigerator will also help you to design a comfortable kitchen with enough free space to move freely.
The measurements will tell you exactly about the things that you should buy to avoid any crowding or clutter ambience in your kitchen. When you look for your kitchen cabinets, island or table, pay special attention to their height and don’t choose them too low or too high to feel more comfortable when you use them.
Choose your kitchen cabinets in a good and durable material that stands the heat and resist the stains and greases. Materials like stainless steal and aluminum would be the best choice to look for, since they are so durable and so easy to clean and maintain. These materials may not be the best choice if you are looking for something more rustic or traditional, so the best choice you have here will be wood. Cleaning wood may not be as easy as stainless steal, but you can keep it shining like crystal by applying a fresh coat of polish or wax every once in a while.
Make sure to choose a countertop that is durable, easy to clean and maintain, the counter top is usually used in lots kitchen tasks, so it should be comfortable for you. To double the comfort, choose a counter top with raised edges to avoid the familiar kitchen accidents like liquids spilling.
The kitchen appliances like the cook and the refrigerator should be chosen carefully according to your personal needs and the number of your family members. If you have a big family, then a big refrigerator will be a must, but if you have a small one, save more space and go for a small one. Choose a good oven with a big size that accommodates big trays for big family dinners. The size of the kitchen appliances should fit your kitchen size as well to avoid any clutter look, for example, if you have a small kitchen, look for a deep refrigerator instead of a wide one.
The kitchen hood is one of the most essential appliances that should be included in your kitchen if you want to enjoy a dry and cool kitchen atmosphere. The kitchen hoods are the best solution you can use to keep all the smells and the smoke away. Usually the kitchen hoods are placed above the cook or cooking top to directly expel all the smells out.
We can’t talk about a comfortable kitchen without mentioning the lighting. For sure designing a big window to enjoy the natural lighting is necessary, but it’s not enough. Your kitchen should include more than one lighting resource to help you to achieve the different task that you do like, washing the dishes, cooking, cutting the vegetables, preparing the food, etc.
A basic lighting fixture like a pendant or a chandelier should be placed in the ceiling to surround the entire kitchen with light. These lighting fixtures are the best lighting types for eating, so if you have a kitchen table, make sure to place the pendant or the chandelier right above it. Use dimmers or lighting switches to control the lighting level that suits you. If you don’t have a kitchen table or you want to replace the pendant with another lighting fixture, then you are looking for the track lighting fixture. It’s the best warm and soothing lighting fixture that can be placed in the ceiling instead of the pendants or chandeliers.
Most of the kitchen hood comes with lighting option, so you can depend on it and skip adding any lighting fixtures above your cook or cook top. LED strip lighting is such an amazing quite lighting source that can be placed under the kitchen cabinets; they can be used inside the cabinets as well, if you have kitchen cabinets with glass door and you want to enhance the beauty of your precious china set for example.
When you arrange your kitchen stuff, make sure to arrange them according to your daily usage. For example, put the spices rack, cooking tools, pot and pans next to your cook to avoid wandering in your kitchen searching for them and put the plates, mugs and the glasses that you usually use in a place that is easy to reach.
Put the stuff that you don’t use frequently in the wall mounted cabinets and try to hang them in adequate level, so you can reach them easily without dropping anything. Keep the clutter away and put only the things that you use and throw all the other stuff that you don’t to save enough space for you to move freely and enough free space to store the other important stuff.