Who doesn’t love to cook or bake from time-to-time, when it’s done entirely for pleasure and not because you have to?
I usually cook something new or long-forgotten once a week, so that not to get into the routine of eating the same foods all the time. My last attempt was an artichoke risotto from Jamie Oliver’s recipe. But I must say, the fresh artichokes are not easy to handle! (Although they do look gorgeous.)
But back to kitchen design tips.
In this article I want to show you my 3 top tips for a kitchen which makes cooking all the more enjoyable!
Top kitchen design tip 1:
keep the working areas close to each other
This one is bit counter-intuitive, because you might think that the more space, the better. BUT… we’re not dancing ballet while cooking (or are you?) and even if you have lots of floorspace, you shouldn’t be placing your counters too far away from each other.
This mistake often happens when your kitchen is square and if you have counters all around the edges. You don’t want to end up running from one corner to the other to get every ingredient.
Keep the working spaces close: 42in (105cm) to 48in (120cm) between two opposite counters.
Top kitchen design tip 2:
build a pantry in the same room
I’d call this tip uber-practical.
Pantries are fun and very useful, but not all of us can have a separate room for storage. But we all do need storage (and quite frankly, we often underestimate just how much storage we need.)
This cupboard/pantry is 180cm wide and the shelves inside are 28.5cm deep. With a stand-alone pantry like this one you can store all the extra food, kitchen towels and even some equipment that you don’t use daily.
No more things lying around. Everything should have its own place. Practical and pretty. (And now you can go and buy the 20th Starbucks collectors mug from a new city… oh wait – that’s just me :) )
Top kitchen design tip 3:
Follow THIS flow
Everyone talks about kitchen space having to “flow”, and how you have to think about the “flow” of your kitchen. But what the heck is that flowing kitchen anyway? Are we installing some magic cabinets that move around on their own, cooking us meals by themselves? (I wish.)
To put it in simplest words – follow THIS rule:
If you’re looking at your kitchen’s space, start from one place and move along, planning appliances and counter space in this order
fridge/freezer -> a bit of counter (so that you have actual space to put things on as you take things out from your fridge/freezer) -> sink (so that you can wash whatever produce you just took out of the fridge) -> more counter (upon which you will be chopping, mixing and having fun with the prep) -> stove (so that the mixed and prepped food can be cooked somewhere)
One more time: fridge -> small space -> sink -> larger space -> stove
Now, you’re the master of the flow.
Did you like these 3 top kitchen design tips for enjoyable cooking? Let me know in the comments below, which one of the three improvements would make your current kitchen better suited for cooking?
And if you know of anyone who likes cooking and could use this information, go ahead and share it with your friends below.
An added bonus: you can discuss your kitchen improvement ideas next time your BFF comes over for tea or coffee – the more input you get, the more fantastic ideas you’ll be able to come up with, trust me.
Hope you have fun with this!