Creating the Perfect Kitchen
The kitchen is often regarded as the hub of the home and so it is important to create a space that is inviting yet practical at the same time. The most user-friendly kitchen will often include all of the large appliances, sufficient worktop space to prepare meals and plenty of storage space in the form of cupboards. In addition you'll also want a range of small kitchen appliances and an informal seating area for chatting with friends/family and eating snacks or breakfast.
The Planning Stage
The first step to creating your perfect kitchen is to plan the overall layout. There are hundreds of companies on the internet that offer a planning service however you can also do this yourself, with a bit of thought. If you do choose to plan it yourself then you'll want to make sure your kitchen contains all of the large appliances you want it to i.e. a stovetop and oven, fridge and freezer, dish washer, washing machine etc. Some of these appliances can also go in a utility room if you have one and this will leave more room in your kitchen for cupboards. Make sure you take into account the plumbing and electrics when planning so you aren't left with pipes and wires all over the place.
The overall layout of your kitchen will ultimately depend on the space you have available. You can easily spoil the look and atmosphere of the room by cramming too much into it. You should try to space the cupboards you have evenly around the walls to create a balanced effect. You might also want to think about deep drawers as an alternative to some cupboards. Worktops also need to be chosen carefully as they are the practical part of any kitchen. Some worktop materials are easily scratched and this can lead to them looking shabby very quickly.
Choosing your Appliances
Kitchen appliances used to be called 'white goods' because of their color. However, today you can get most appliances in stainless steel and a range of other funky colors if you prefer. With regards to large appliances, you will need at least an oven or cooker of some description, a fridge and a freezer - or a combination of the two. Washing machines and dishwashers are added bonuses but aren't necessary in every kitchen. All large kitchen appliances today are rated according to their energy efficiency, and it is often much more beneficial to pay a little bit extra for a better-rated appliance - you will save money in the long run.
Small kitchen appliances, such as microwave ovens, toasters, kettles, bread machines, blenders, juicers, coffee makers, etc. are also worth considering. These gadgets make life in the kitchen a lot easier, and most small appliances can be bought very inexpensively today. You can easily mix and match your appliances with your crockery and utensils to help create the perfect environment. Then all you need are a few personal touches and you have your perfect kitchen.