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Three Key Design Elements Every Kitchen Should Have

Must-haves for a stylish and super functional kitchen

The contemporary kitchen, the cornerstone of everyday family life, sets the scene for the home and says the most about who lives there.

More than just a place to cook, it requires strict functionality so as to accommodate family by day, and dinner, drinks or social gatherings by night. Oh, and it should look super stylish.

Experts reveal the key design elements required to create a kitchen that is not only functional, but stunningly beautiful too.

Unique layout 

Keeping preparation areas clear and clean will enhance your kitchen’s style and functionality.

There isn’t one layout that is efficient for everyone. Consider its primary users. A stunning kitchen is not necessarily a well-functioning one. Today’s kitchen operates in different ways – for kids to do their homework, drinks with friends, and a place to work on your laptop. It needs to tick all the boxes.

Clearly establishing your kitchen’s needs allows you to determine work zones and conjure up generous floor space without having to add to your home’s footprint. If it is used by one person, then the traditional work triangle is great, but if it needs to accommodate more people, this should be addressed in the planning stages.

Good appliances

High quality appliances are the No. 1 must-haves for any functional and stylish kitchen.
To ensure well-oiled productivity, understanding the cook’s habits and requirements is paramount. The kitchen has arguably the most expensive equipment in the house, so clarify who the cook is and what they cook. It will dictate the appliances and workstations they need. Are they entertainers? They may need additional dishwashers, steam ovens, built-in coffee machines or plate warmers. These are the questions and answers that will define your choices.


Avoiding excessive decor and ornamentation will improve the aesthetics of your kitchen. There are products that can simplify life. For example, young families love Fisher & Paykel’s Double DishDrawer because it is a quick fill and run-through. It’s much more practical than one large machine that takes time to fill up and run-through. Smart appliances really make a difference to everyday life.

For optimum functionality, consider regular related-activities. Try and group activities together. Put the pull-out or touch-open bins under your cutting area instead of under the sink, and place the dishwasher near your crockery storage so you can stand in one spot and unload. It makes all the difference.

Given the kitchen’s rise in status and location, ensure its good looks are consistent with adjoining spaces. For timeless appeal, use a white or neutral palette and layer with high quality fittings and fixtures that complement the rest of your home. Avoid too much ornament. Nobody really thinks you use those copper pans hanging ostentatiously at eye level. It adds nothing to the interactions that take place there.

Content: – Elizabeth Clarke

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