Plan your layout
One of the benefits of remodelling is that you get more freedom to decide on the layout and design of the kitchen you want to create. Before you start, consider the space between the sink, fridge and stove. These are the three most important elements of your kitchen, so give some thought to where these will sit in your new kitchen.To naturally divide or rather ‘zone’ up your space, consider opting for a kitchen island. If you want to give your kitchen a brand new life, you can consider a rounded or oval island. It can be good to hide additional sockets, appliances without compromising on its cupboard space. In addition, you will be able to keep an eye on your children and socialise with your guests better.
Lighting is also an important consideration as you can balance the ambience using different layers of lights like task lighting or accent lighting. Task lighting can be installed above preparation or cooking areas while accent lighting can be used to highlight the island or dining table. Given that this room could be the most-used space in the house, try to position the dining area as close to a natural light source as possible.
Furthermore, to create distinct zones between your kitchen and dining area, you can use different lightings to achieve the desired effect. For instance, low-hanging pendants or lightings can create a warm and cosy atmosphere in the dining area. However, if your dining table is frequently used by your children to complete their homework or reading, table lamps would be more suitable. Where possible, add dimmer switches to the lights above the dining area, so that you can adjust the lighting to suit the atmosphere you want to create.
Get good ventilation
The smell of cooking can make you salivate in the kitchen but not so great in the living room. There are some essential pieces of kit required in this open plan space. To reduce odours and moisture wafting from your open-plan kitchen, you will need powerful ventilation ducted through the roof or windows. The cooker hood, for example, with a powerful extractor fan can quickly eliminate odours and also ideally quietly. To get more effective air circulation, it can be a good idea to have multiple windows in your kitchen too.
Consider dressing up your window
If you are planning to get natural light into your kitchen, you will need feasible and low maintenance window dressings, such as shutters. For privacy and noise control, window shutters will be your best option. It can be customised to be fixed in place, hinged or sliding and fit any unusual window shapes and sizes, all to suit your needs. Shutters are a classic option which can be painted to match your kitchen cabinetry and thrown open and close at ease.
If you are living in Brisbane and would like new window shutters for your kitchen, contact us today at Guardian Screens & Shutters or call us at (07) 3808 1308. You may wish to check out some of the products before coming down to our office and showroom. Remember if you are getting shutters in Brisbane, find Guardian Screens & Shutters for the best service experience!