A Kitchen as Fresh as a Daisy
Spring is here! Time to open those windows and let the fresh air burst in. Time to declutter, tide along and fish out those beautiful fruit plates and salad bowls and fill them with all the goodness the season brings.
Time to invite the friends, arrange fresh flowers, stock up on food and drinks and get ready to socialise in spring fashion. Still, for those who are enjoying the season while—at the same time—planning or renovating their Kitchen, here are a few points to take into consideration when creating that all special space.
All Shapes and Sizes
While some Kitchens are designed for dinner parties and socialising, opening straight into the garden and bringing the outside in, others are meant to be cosy, petite and hassle-free cooking spaces. Still, what all Kitchens have in common, independent of shape and size, is their purpose. The main function of a Kitchen is storage, preparation and serving of food. But we’ll all agree it isn’t only that. For us at Richmond Kitchens, planning a Kitchen is about creating—and delivering—a space that celebrates the love and joy of cooking, as well as the love and joy of life.
Large scale Kitchens and open plan layouts are perfect for entertaining and, when well thought out, they interconnect different areas of the living space. They are great for growing families too. When choosing the cabinetry fronts for large Kitchens, it’s important to choose well so that the Kitchen area can be clearly separated from the other living areas. Managing big spaces can be also challenging because there are many aspects to take into consideration, like managing the light, protecting from the elements (too much cold or heat) and the position in relation to the rest of the house. An efficient Kitchen has everything positioned where you need to be. The key is to try to position crucial elements like the sink, the main Kitchen appliances, like the hob/cooker and fridge, reasonably close to each other. In this way, you don’t have to reach too far for the tap, the bin, fridge items, utensils and the pot on the stove, while performing your daily Kitchen tasks.
In a small Kitchen, you have the opposite problem, that is, the lack of space. So, you need to question the use of every single item and have adequate storage units that can accommodate everyday pieces, like knives and chopping boards, as well as the ones that are not used every day, like big pots, trays or the china only used in special occasions. The everyday items of course taking priority to the ones that are only used now and then. These can be stored perhaps in higher shelves or even in a different cupboard outside of the Kitchen.
It has to be said though that smaller and more compact Kitchens have the advantage of everything being within reaching distance. The secret is into creating a space that is practical and functional. By decluttering the working surfaces and keeping only what you really need, you’ll be freeing valuable counter space and that alone will make your Kitchen look fresh and airy. Finally, choose your Kitchen appliances very carefully. For some, a grill or a microwave is absolutely essential, while for others, the coffee machine is the winner. A food processor or a blender, for instance, could be hidden into a cupboard when not in use. Even the electric kettle is losing momentum and rapidly giving way to the boiling water tap, an absolute essential in many households nowadays.
Independent of size or style, at Richmond Kitchens, we treat each project as exclusive. From initial concept and design, to the final stages of fitting and installation, we’ll make sure all your needs are attended to. The end result will be a fabulous Kitchen, springing with life, perfect for all seasons.