A kitchen and breakfast nook can give your family the perfect space to eat, entertain and enjoy each other’s company. Let’s learn more about how design principles can give you a kitchen that works for how you live, and what features can be added to make the kitchen feel more like the heart of the home.
Designing with the Kitchen Work Triangle
Have you got a kitchen that’s not giving you what you need? An outdated design can be easily fixed with refaced cabinets or new floors and countertops, but an improved functional design is a bit more of a challenge. When you’re planning your kitchen remodel, remember to follow the kitchen work triangle – this is a design principle that recommends the kitchen sink, stove, and refrigerator be in close proximity to each other. In a kitchen that flows well, these spaces will talk to each other, allowing for easier navigation throughout. The more your kitchen is designed with your goals in mind, the more of a joy it will be to use.
A Large Island with Comfortable Seating
Your kitchen may work just fine, but is it your go-to place to spend time with friends and family, or gather for coffee and bagels in the morning? If it isn’t yet, it may be because it wasn’t planned to accommodate the needs of a modern family. A large work island with additional seating can make your kitchen a more comfortable place to start your day, and design-wise, it can anchor the kitchen, and help complementary light fixtures, cabinet designs and storage solutions take shape across the kitchen.
Cabinets That Don’t Block The View
Enjoying brunch with guests means being able to chat them up while you pour drinks and prepare food. While low-clearance cabinetry or a wall may be blocking the way in your current kitchen, this doesn’t eliminate the potential for a more open design within the same footprint. Talk to a remodeler about how you can work in new cabinets without losing storage capacity, and about how the wall between your kitchen and living room can be removed to make way for a more family-friendly design.
A Breakfast Nook with Bonus Storage
A breakfast nook could be the perfect way to add seating that’s comfortable and convenient in the kitchen. But why stop at seating – if you incorporate a breakfast nook with bench seating, you can also use this opportunity to get custom storage built into your kitchen. Put anything from extra cushions, to tablecloths and home decor in this hideaway that’s not only convenient but away from the eyesight of guests.