When it comes to kitchen design, we’re all down in the details! As our architects in Sydney, Australia says, a true gorgeous kitchen is functional and organised. It’s always ergonomic and can stand the test of time.
With that, we always encourage homeowners like you to invest in the highest quality of kitchen cabinets and counters you can afford. I understand how scary this is because this might max out your kitchen renovation project. If you end up a bit short, you can delay the purchase of your new kitchen appliances. A good set of cabinets and countertop will withstand the life of today’s appliances. In addition, it’s the kitchen built-ins that increase the value of the house — not the appliances.
To help you out, we compiled the 13 best kitchen features you can put in your new kitchen:
Outlets are one of the most important elements of a kitchen. It’s so vital that some local building codes (depending on the country) states where the electrical outlet should be.
In general, outlets are white. That’s a problem when the homeowner wants dark kitchen interiors. To hide the outlets, you can talk to the electrician and ask him to use an outlet case that’s colour coordinated with the wall or the kitchen backsplash. Coloured outlets and wall plates are available in local home improvement stores so it’s not too hard to purchase them
Sockets that pop up out of your counters are also a thing. It’s sleek, modern, and a little bit expensive
Now if you want additional outlets to charge your electronic devices, you can hide it inside one of your kitchen drawers, like this one:
Your kitchen cabinets can cast a shadow in your counters. Having undercabinet lighting illuminates the countertop in times that you need it — preparing food ingredients and cooking. If you want to install under cabinet lighting on yours, station the light towards the front of the cabinet. If you position the light near the back wall, the light will hit the backsplash. You’ll defeat the purpose of having task lights in the kitchen
Conceal the dishwasher or microwave
If you can hide the dishwasher through panelling, please do so. This creates a cleaner, more harmonious kitchen look. Do the same with your small microwave. One of your upper cabinets should be the hideout of this small, useful kitchen appliance. If you can’t hide it, safely position your microwave like this:
Leave some space for the range hood
It’s not advisable to crowd the hood. When you have a chimney hood, allow two to three inches of space before the cabinets. This is to protect your cabinets from excessive heat and grease. If the hood isn’t cramped, you can keep the cabinets beside it clean.
Established kitchen zones
The kitchen is a busy place. To make it more ergonomic, you should establish both preparation and clean-up zones. This is where the two kitchen sink discussion comes in. Your prep sink should be in the island while your clean up sink should be somewhere in the counters.
Build a corner sink
Corner sinks are an efficient way to use the turning sides of U-shaped kitchens. Just don’t put the sink and the dishwasher beside each other. It’s best to have an intermediating cabinet between the two. This way, it’s easier to put the dishes in the dishwasher.
Maximise the kitchen island
Before settling your prep sink in the kitchen island, think of the space that will remain. If the kitchen island is long and wide enough, it’s okay to position the prep sink in the centre. If not, keep the sink to the edge.
Toe kick cabinets
One of the hardest kitchen utilities to store are the lids. You need a flat storage for it. The worse part? You can’t just store them under everything else inside a drawer. It’s inefficient and too much of a hassle.
If you can, you can add toe kick drawers for these pot lids and other flat trays used for baking etc.
Pantry pullouts and rollouts
You can squeeze in a small pantry in your kitchen. If all you have is a vertical space, try pantry pullouts. Keep it from 9×12 or 9×15. Anything wider or bigger than that will be too heavy.
However, if you have a pantry space that’s wider than 15inches, you should try the rollouts. Unlike the pullout pantry, you only need to pull the shelves you need. It’s lighter and easier to use.
Put additional storage above or beside the refrigerator
For those who plan to fit their fridge in the cabinetry, you can always design an above or beside the fridge storage. You can store the items you don’t regularly need in cooking here. If you love wine, store them here.
Double cutlery storage
Your drawers are too big for several pieces of cutlery. To maximise the space inside the drawers, you should have a two tiered insert to double the storage.
Taller cabinets mean more depth and storage to your kitchen. This also eliminates the space in between the upper cabinets and the ceiling. Think about it — that pesky space that stores dust now holds more important things needed in the cooking. Keep in mind that all your cabinets should have similar reveals, edge, and configuration. Consistency is the key.
Finally, not all countertops overhang the doors by a half-inch. Counters that flush with the cabinet doors and drawers creates a modern, streamlined kitchen design.
What other specific kitchen details would you like to see in your kitchen? Why do you think you need it? Share it with us in the comment section below!
Author bio: Charlene Ara Gonzales is a design writer from Superdraft Australia. Their team of architects are the leaders in residential design in the land down under. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.