When it comes to designing the kitchen you want to choose your appliances as part of the process and not an afterthought. They need to work within the layout planned and the space available. Our hearts can shout louder than our heads sometimes, which can result in a cumbersome layout. Appliances are investment items, so do your homework before buying to ensure you create a stylish, functional kitchen for your family and lifestyle.
With so many styles, features, quality and technology options available, selecting the best appliances for your new kitchen remodel can be overwhelming, however, they all work within each kitchen design. Whether you are opting for a more traditional home abode or a modern industrial feel, each finish will work within the style.
Here at Nicholas Bridger, we source from award-winning companies such as Sub-Zero Wolf with many of our clients opting for these in their handmade kitchens.
Laying out the appliances
Whether you are working with an existing kitchen layout or creating your dream kitchen as part of a new construction project, the layout of your kitchen will dictate to you a lot about the appliances you’ll need to purchase. Make sure you consider how you will use your kitchen and the flow of traffic through the space to adjoining rooms.
The ‘kitchen triangle’ is a tried and true kitchen layout which has remained popular for decades and within good reason. It is made up of the three most-used appliances: the sink, the hob, and the fridge. The aim of it is to ensure that the three appliances are unblocked, easy to access, and within good reach of one another. Each section will be at a point, so if you drew lines it would make a triangular shape. U-shaped kitchens are the easiest to design a ‘kitchen triangle’ in, as it allows to have each appliance on all sides of the kitchen, but galley kitchens and ones with islands can have the hob and fridge along one side with a sink on the opposite.
Will you choose freestanding or built-in?
If your space allows, a freestanding oven will create an attractive focal point in the room. Freestanding range cookers combine a hob and oven in one, appealing to many, but if you are looking to optimise space, a separate built-in oven and hob can help to streamline a kitchen.
Microwaves are quite bulky and can consume a lot of space no matter where you put them. With a built-in microwave, you can create more flexibility within the design and especially if you are limited on worktop space. Place above or directly next to the oven to create a wonderful bank of appliances truly optimizing the space and usability.
Fridge-freezers are one of the biggest appliances to add to your kitchen, so you need to consider how much space you have available as well as how big it needs to be to suit your lifestyle. You will also need to allow for space for ventilation at either side of the appliance to keep it working at its best.
Use your kitchen island in different ways
The kitchen island is a very multi-functional piece of furniture. As well as dining and food prep it can also be the place to house some of your kitchen appliances.
Sinks and hobs can be integrated into the worktop to give easy access and leave you with greater worktop space in other areas of the kitchen. If you are short of storage space, a built-in oven for your island allows you to have greater freedom when it comes to fitting drawers and cabinets in the other part of the layout. Integrated chopping boards is also an excellent space saver and here at Nicholas Bridger we design and build truly bespoke ones to fit within your handmade cabinetry.
You could also design in that wine cooler you have had your eye on. This is the perfect place for it as well as showing it off and being the centre of a large gathering with friends and family.
Have you got space for a utility room?
Does your home have space to create a utility room? Place the two appliances such as the washing machine and tumble dryer in this area to remove the bulky white goods from the kitchen saving space in the main kitchen area.
You could even turn a downstairs toilet into the utility room, giving you a convenient room for all the laundry tasks.
Choosing the appliance finish
There are so many appliance finishes to choose from and it can be a little overwhelming. A gloss black has proven to be popular in kitchens today, adding a chic addition to your space and looking great with nickel or brass hardware. Stainless steel has been the go-to choice for many years now and for good reason. From traditional to modern space, a stainless steel finish works with a variety of styles. It blends beautifully with wooden floors, light worktops and other stainless steel appliances.
Also, coloured appliances have a specific look and aren’t for everyone, but they certainly make a statement in the hub of the home. Choose from a bold red, bright yellow or a seaside blue for an ultra-modern style and for a more 1950s retro look, opt for cream, mint green or pink. Match small appliances such as blenders, mixers, kettles, toasters to pull the whole look together.
If you are looking for truly bespoke cabinetry to fit within your space and a great layout for those appliances contact us today – we look forward to hearing from you.
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