How to cre­ate the per­fect kitchen

Lesotho Times - - Property -

Whether you are buy­ing or rent­ing your new home, put some thought into any cos­metic changes that can be made be­fore you move in. (Ac­tu­ally car­ry­ing out these changes might de­pend on how close your new place is to your IT’S the cen­tral point of most homes — the spot where you meet in the morn­ings, gather for a cuppa with the neigh­bours, and try out some des­tined-to-fail con­coc­tions.

It’s also one of the most ex­pen­sive rooms to make over, so it’s im­por­tant to plan wisely to avoid costly mis­takes.

We called up the ex­perts to ask them one ques­tion: “What is your top tip for de­sign­ing the per­fect kitchen?”

Here’s what they had to say…

1. Choose coloured cab­i­nets “Don’t be afraid to go for bold colour on your kitchen cab­i­nets — mid- to deep greys, blue tones and even shades of pep­per­mint or sage green make great al­ter­na­tives. If your walls are white, don’t go for white cup­boards too; it’s a missed op­por­tu­nity to in­ject a lit­tle more per­son­al­ity into your space. Of course, a dark hue is also a lot more for­giv­ing where sticky fin­gers are con­cerned!

“I rec­om­mend ask­ing your cab­i­net­maker to have cab­i­net doors coated with a satin two-pack painted fin­ish in your favourite shade (they’ll be able to match any colour).

This is a very hardy paint fin­ish, en­sur­ing a sleek look which is ro­bust and su­per easy to wipe clean.” — Lucy Feagins, editor of The De­sign Files.

2. THINK EF­FI­CIENTLY “Make sure you have the ‘tri­an­gle of ef­fi­ciency’ in place. Your jour­ney from the coun­ter­top workspace, to the stove, and to the sink should not be too big or have ob­sta­cles in the way.” – Alia Dalal, health and well­ness chef.

3. Clear the bench cur­rent one.)

Paint­ing will be eas­ier with­out fur­ni­ture in the room. Sched­ule a car­pet clean­ing at the new place and send rugs out for clean­ing a cou­ple of weeks be­fore you move.

If you’re con­sid­er­ing re­fin­ish­ing hard­wood floors, you need to do it be­fore you move. And re­mem­ber, you are go­ing to need some kind of win­dow treat­ments in bed­rooms and bath­rooms, so get started early if you need to have the win­dows mea­sured and blinds or cur­tains pro­fes­sion­ally in­stalled.

Even if you’re go­ing to do very tem­po­rary win­dow cov­er­ings to be­gin with, know how many and what size you’ll need, es­pe­cially in pri­vate spa­ces. And last but not least, thor­oughly clean your new home be­fore the move. Once ev­ery­thing is in, it is much more dif­fi­cult to do a com­pre­hen­sive clean­ing.

Plan the space To save time on mov­ing day and to give your­self some peace of mind, plot where you are go­ing to put ev­ery­thing in your new place. If “If items can be put away or stored out of sight, the kitchen will be a much bet­ter place to work. Go through all the things you have in your cup­boards and then work out where they would best be placed in the new kitchen.

Put oils and spices near the cook­top, bak­ing trays near the oven, plat­ters and chop­ping boards near the workspace, and ac­cess to din­ner­ware and cut­lery away from the work zone so oth­ers can as­sist in set­ting the ta­ble or dish­ing up.” — Jen­nifer French, in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor and colour con­sul­tant.

4. Build around light “One sim­ple trick to make your kitchen ap­pear big­ger is to make the most of the nat­u­ral light avail­able. Build your shelves and ap­pli­ances around the win­dows and your kitchen will in­stantly be more invit­ing. If your win­dow is in an awk­ward space, com­bine wall cab­i­nets in dif­fer­ent heights, widths and depths to cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing, dy­namic stor­age so­lu­tion in an oth­er­wise re­stricted space.” — Tim Pre­vade, com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and vis­i­ta­tion & vi­tal­ity leader at IKEA Aus­tralia.

5. Style with ap­pli­ances Coloured ap­pli­ances are an ideal way to make a strong de­sign state­ment, adding con­trast, in­ter­est and style to the kitchen. Red ap­pli­ances in par­tic­u­lar suit white or rich, dark colour schemes, or try the Euro­pean trend of choos­ing sleek black over stain­less steel ap­pli­ances.

6. Con­sider the space “When plan­ning a kitchen, it’s im­por­tant to give care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion to how the space pos­si­ble, take mea­sure­ments, es­pe­cially of key walls or spa­ces where big pieces, such as a sec­tional or media cab­i­net, could be placed. You prob­a­bly will have to im­pro­vise a lit­tle on mov­ing day, but you don’t want to be de­bat­ing fur­ni­ture place­ment while the movers are be­ing paid by the hour.

Think about the essen­tials A cou­ple of days be­fore the movers ar­rive, buy the essen­tials: pa­per tow­els, toi­let pa­per, laun­dry de­ter­gent, garbage bags and cans, and soap. Take them to your new home. Pack a cou­ple of suit­cases or boxes with clean sheets, blan­kets and pil­lows for each bed, bath tow­els and toi­letries. That way you won’t be scram­bling to find your tooth­brush and bed­ding at the end of your ex­haust­ing move day.

Or­gan­ise the kitchen Pri­ori­tise get­ting your kitchen un­packed and or­gan­ised. From my ex­pe­ri­ence, very few peo­ple — es­pe­cially not fam­i­lies with young chil­dren — can func­tion with­out a work­ing kitch- will be used. Some ques­tions need to be an­swered, like ‘Do you want peo­ple in the kitchen with you while you are cook­ing?’ and ‘Do you want peo­ple sit­ting on the other side of the bar talk­ing to you while you cook?’ How a kitchen should func­tion is a per­sonal mat-

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