When it comes to prac­ti­cal spa­ces that are used ev­ery day, the kitchen is a place where func­tion is key.

Homes+ (Australia) - - INSPIRING CHOICES - Hana Jo Fea­tures and Dig­i­tal Editor, homes+

Whether you’re an as­pir­ing gourmet chef or cook­ing sim­ple meals for your fam­ily, ev­ery­one wants a dream kitchen that’s easy to nav­i­gate, has enough stor­age and looks the part, while fit­ting in with the style of the rest of the house. The main con­sid­er­a­tions are lay­out, stor­age, ma­te­ri­als and ap­pli­ances. In re­gards to lay­out, the po­si­tion­ing of the cook­top, fridge and sink is very im­por­tant. They should be placed rel­a­tively close to­gether to form a tri­an­gle for max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency – this can be achieved in any style of kitchen. Then there’s stor­age, which can make or break a kitchen. Make the most of avail­able room and aim to cre­ate as much eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble space for pantry items and kitchen­ware as pos­si­ble. A com­bi­na­tion of cup­boards, over­head cab­i­nets and draw­ers are the most com­mon so­lu­tions; pullout and walk-in pantries, as well as spe­cialty cor­ner cup­boards, are use­ful op­tions for easy ac­cess and ef­fi­cient use of awk­ward ar­eas. Ma­te­ri­als are the main thing that will lend your kitchen a par­tic­u­lar look or style but, whether you’re choos­ing floor­ing or cab­i­net doors, func­tion­al­ity is also im­por­tant in terms of clean­ing, ev­ery­day use and dura­bil­ity. All of these fac­tors should be care­fully con­sid­ered along­side your bud­get. For ex­am­ple: floor­ing should ide­ally be un­af­fected by mois­ture, non-slip, easy to clean and hard­wear­ing, as the kitchen is a high-traf­fic area. More of­ten than not, un­less you have an open plan house, your kitchen floor­ing will be dif­fer­ent to that of t he rest of your home – car­peted spa­ces might be cou­pled with lux­ury vinyl or a tiled kitchen, bath­room and laun­dry. Floor­ing choices in the bath­room should be con­sid­ered be­fore de­cid­ing on kitchen floors – in smaller homes and apart­ments, us­ing sim­i­lar or iden­ti­cal floor­ing through­out these spa­ces will cre­ate a more co­he­sive look. An­other ex­am­ple is cab­i­net doors; they can open ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally, have in­te­rior light­ing, be glass-fronted to make the con­tents vis­i­ble, have non-pro­trud­ing inset or flush pulls or large fea­ture han­dles – all of which will af­fect their func­tion­al­ity. Pric­ing greatly de­pends on the fin­ish and hard­ware used, even if the fin­ished prod­uct looks sim­i­lar. Fi­nally, there are ap­pli­ances – dish­wash­ers, cook­tops, ovens and fridges – which can form much of the bud­get of small or in­ex­pen­sive kitchens. In­vest­ing in qual­ity ap­pli­ances makes sense when think­ing about how long you ex­pect your kitchen to last and how of­ten you will be us­ing it. There are many op­tions out there – it’s best to fig­ure out your pri­or­i­ties and needs be­fore do­ing some re­search to find out what op­tions will best suit your life­style, home and bud­get.

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