Why every kitchen needs an interior designer
Kitchen Interior Design | dion seminara architecture
For many people, the modern kitchen is often the hub of the home. No longer hidden away behind closed doors, removed from the main entertaining areas, today’s kitchen is actually more likely to be the centrepiece of the living area around which everybody congregates for work and play. More and more I am asked to make the space more open, with the entertaining area spilling into it, but still, maintain an area for the kids to do homework and the mess to be hidden without too much fuss.
How can an interior designer help?
Interior design is not just about the aesthetics but also focuses on practicality and functionality.
There are many ways to make a kitchen look stunning, however, the real art is in making a stunning looking kitchen that is also highly functional and the key here is almost always – storage.
Think about it for a moment, your kitchen has any number of tools, appliances and implements that it needs to comfortably house. Cutlery, pots, pans, blenders, shredders, cutting boards, sandwich makers, kettles, jugs, teapots, infusers, strainers, slicers, dicers, peelers and those cupboards full of junk you brought off the shopping channel in the mistaken belief they would make your life easier. And we haven’t even got to the food, condiments, spices and seasonings!
And then there are the containers and their lids. In the typical kitchen, a container and its lid are as likely to stay together as a pair of socks.
Now you might think that the solution here is simply more cupboards and drawers, but remember we are creating a stunning looking kitchen, not a warehouse; one that needs to be functional. A well-designed kitchen not only houses all these things, it also allows you to access them when you need to, with the focus being on easier access to those things that you use regularly.
It’s all about what YOU do in the kitchen
Often clients will tell me that they love their friend’s kitchen or a display kitchen that they’ve seen. But when I press them on why they love it, it’s often because of the appearance rather than the practicality. But just because a space looks good, doesn’t mean that it’s going to suit YOU personally.
People who get a kitchen built by a cabinet maker ‘off the plans’ so to speak, have just resigned themselves to a lifetime of compromise, at least for the lifespan of their new kitchen.
You see, your friend’s kitchen, or the display kitchen that you’ve fallen in love with, were not designed for YOU. Sure they might be 100 times better to work in than your current kitchen, with more storage space and larger bench tops, etc., but they weren’t specifically built for your personal needs. So now comes the compromise; now you have to make your own stuff fit into the space that they’ve given you.
Your kitchen should suit your personal needs and lifestyle, whether your priority is master chef style cooking or reheating quick and easy meals. Many people use their kitchen for dining or entertaining space as well as a functional room and so the space needs to blend seamlessly with the rest of your home and your lifestyle.
To get the perfect kitchen for your needs, you need someone with a particular skill set. You need an interior designer.
Creating the ultimate kitchen for YOU
So now that you understand the need for an interior designer to help with your kitchen, let me explain to you how I work and the process that you and I will go through.
Clearly to create the perfect design for your needs I need to first understand what those needs are. And not just your current needs, but future ones as well. For example, you may deep down have wanted to get into a particular style of cooking that will require a particular type of cookware and implements. I need to know about this so we can look at a design that will cater for those needs in the future.
I also want to know what stuff you’ve got already and how you work in this space so I can create a design that puts your most commonly used items right at your finger tips.
You might have heard about the Work Triangle in the kitchen, which refers to the relationship between your fridge (Food Storage), oven/cooktop (Food Preparation) and sink (Cleaning Up) which are the basic tasks that happen daily in any kitchen. This is an important relationship because a well-planned work triangle can eliminate a lot of wasted movement and frustration, keeping everything in a logical place that’s right where it needs to be.
But what a lot of people don’t know is that the work triangle can be subtly different for different people. Now that’s not to say that a kitchen that is designed for one partner will not suit the other partner. But it is important to have a good understanding of how you use the space in order to plan for it correctly.
So as part of my process, I will meet with you to discuss your needs, review the plans and get a better understanding of the physical space that we have to work with. Smaller areas may mean some degree of compromise, but it should be kept to a minimum and certainly shouldn’t impact on your most frequent tasks. Walking into your kitchen should be an enjoyable experience, and definitely not a chore.
We will also discuss appliances and fittings, all of which will have a major impact on your lifestyle and priorities. For instance, you may be addicted to coffee and want the latest and greatest coffee machine on your bench, you may be renovating to sell and want something that will appeal to potential buyers, or you may prefer cooking outside on your BBQ and never use your cooktop inside. Together we can come up with a package that means you are spending your money on things that will benefit you the most.
I will come up with a joinery design covering everything from shelving and bench tops down to handles and drawer inserts such as cutlery trays/spice racks etc to ensure that your kitchen stores your stuff in the most cost-effective and practical manner.
Of course, the entire design needs to work with the rest of your home, which is why I also work with you giving you advice on colours, finishes and material selections. I create the entire design to suit your home, lifestyle and needs, to give you the very best outcome.
Your perfectly designed, built just for you, kitchen is just a phone call away. I look forward to speaking with you soon.