Planning your Kitchen
Designing a new kitchen is an exciting, yet deeply personal undertaking. Good planning is the key in creating a functional kitchen that is both workable and beautiful.
Evolution Kitchens provides exceptional, end-to-end service to ensure your kitchen gives you lasting satisfaction as well as adding value to the home. The following are some key points to consider when starting your planning process:
There are 5 Basic Layouts
- U-shaped kitchen: Versatile, suiting large or small rooms. It is efficient, offering maximum bench and storage space. Ideal for one cook.
- L-shaped kitchen: A workable shape usually integrated into other living areas. Suits long, narrow rooms. Can integrate space for a meals area. Space for more than one cook.
- Island style: Combines any shape kitchen with a separate work bench, creating extra workspace for food preparation, cooking, dining or entertainment yet provides a feeling of openness. Suitable for a large room and allows for more than one cook.
- Single line kitchen layout: Usually needs a minimum of three metres of wall to work efficiently. Best if bench-space is maximised with storage kept overhead and under bench appliances utilised. Perfect for small rooms.
- Galley-style kitchen: Preferred by professional chefs, it allows the most efficient use of space with cabinets down either side of the room. Works best if one end is closed to prevent through traffic and requires good lighting. Ideal where space is limited.
Assess the space you have to work with as well as how you will use it and who will use it.
The Work Triangle
In all kitchens, the placement of three essential fittings either maximises or minimises your workspace efficiency. These fittings are the sink, the refrigerator and the oven/hotplate. Good kitchen designers aim to form a work triangle with the sink along one wall and the fridge and hotplate in the two corners opposite.
Consider what atmosphere and style you would like to create. Achieving your goal will be determined by the materials, lighting and colours that you choose.
Our professional, qualified designer will assist you in achieving the right blend of light and colour to achieve the style you want.
Colours on the blue and green side of the colour wheel are cool and receding (these colours will make a room look bigger). Colours on the red and orange side are warm and advancing (these colours can make the walls seem much closer).
Using the colour wheel you can examine the colour relationships of various schemes. Three main colour schemes exist: monochromatic, harmonious and complementary.
Monochromatic schemes are based on tints and shades of one colour. They are very popular as they are easy to use and create a simple background for other features.
Harmonious schemes are based on the use of adjacent or similar colours not more than two colours apart on the colour wheel. For instance, yellows, oranges and greens. The common colour in the group is yellow.
Complementary schemes are based on colours which are opposite each other on the wheel like yellow and blue violet - they can create a bright cheerful mood.