Seven ideas to consider when designing a modern kitchen of your dream

Are you interested in starting the winter time with a fresh, updated kitchen? Well, renovating a modern kitchen can be expensive, which is why it’s important to make sensible, practical choices during the planning stage, that you won’t regret in the long run.

Perhaps you spend a lot of time in front of the TV in the living room, the kitchen is still the most important room in the house, and for many families, it’s a space that needs to function as an office for homeworkers, an entertaining hub and a stand-up breakfast spot for every day.

So, please, remember these tips when planning your revamp for a space that’s both beautiful and functional.

Classic Modern Kitchens Dublin
Classic Modern Kitchens Dublin

Creating your perfect lighting

Lighting is so important when creating a cosy atmosphere in a kitchen. We suggest focusing on three different kinds when creating your perfect setup: top lighting, task lighting and ambient lighting. All of them need to come together perfectly to create the mood you find most relaxing.

Thinking about where to create some shadows and where to cast light can have a surprisingly large effect on the feel of a kitchen. Try to shed light on the areas of the modern kitchen you will use regularly, such as the cooker and worktops, but play with shadows in the rest of the space to create an atmospheric and zen place to relax.

Storage is crucial 

Try to think about whether you need more cupboards, drawers or display units. This is specifically important so ask yourself how big your pantry needs to be at this stage, to avoid disappointment later down the line.

If you’re partial to a crockery collection and have a pantry bursting with exotic ingredients, storage is going to be particularly important. What some people don’t realise is that storage options are decided right at the beginning of a kitchen plan, because later it will be more difficult to make those changes.

Pick an ideal surface from practical materials 

When you will be choosing a kitchen surface try going for a surface that’s suited to your lifestyle and the way in which you use the kitchen. For example, keen cooks will benefit from a heat and scratch-resistant surface, such as a composite surface. 

This would be ideal for those wanting to recreate a specific look, such as marble or wood, without wanting to worry about the hassle of maintenance.

Pick an ideal surface from practical materials
Pick an ideal surface from practical materials

Regarding splashbacks, composite surfaces offer the chance to use a large, single slab splashback, making a real design centerpiece, while being easier to clean with no awkward tile grouting.

Do not forget using the kitchen by small children 

Nobody wants jammy hands all over their kitchen cabinets.

Choose a matt finish as opposed to gloss, as they are easier to clean and disguise visible marks better and your kitchen will remain fashionable for years to come.

Consider L-shaped islands 

L-shaped islands in the kitchen are great if you like socialising. If you’re the type of person that loves having gatherings in your home, thinking about elements such as seating in the kitchen, is essential.

Kitchen islands are an amazing opportunity to create a sociable space, but rather than having seating down just on one side, why not go for two sides so that all your guests can face one another sitting in the kitchen? An ‘L’ shape island is a perfect solution just for that.

Accessibility matters: soft-closing doors and handles 

Accessibility is of utmost importance when designing a kitchen for older clients, or those with elderly relatives. 

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Accessibility matters: soft-closing doors and handles 

Doorknobs may prove troublesome for arthritic hands, so larger handles that can be easily grasped are a better option for any kitchen. Soft-closing doors and drawers make for one less thing to worry about and give the kitchen a luxurious feel.

Like we already mentioned earlier, lighting also needs to be a key consideration, as it must be bright, easy to find and operate. For this, opt for a one-switch policy that controls all lighting, to avoid confusion and make your life simpler.

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Share your view about renovating a modern kitchen with an expert

There’s a massive amount of knowledge available at kitchen retailers, who are best placed to discuss ways to achieve a perfect modern look. 

Many kitchen designers in Ireland will have options available that can replicate a look at a range of price points, so if you have a style in mind, then it’s certainly worth talking this through.

So try and get an expert planner involved in your kitchen design early on, to ensure you maximise the features that are important to you.