Try changing decor to demarcate the separate dining, lounging, cooking and office areas in a multifunctional space. ‘This can be achieved by using different floor finishes, paint colours and lighting in each of the zones,' says Robert Burnett, head of design at Holloways of Ludlow. ‘Don't forget, you can always strategically position a wall, or include a room divider such as a half-height wall or storage unit, to help screen off certain areas,' advises Scott Nicholson, MD of Chamber Furniture. ‘It does need to be carefully placed so as not to block out light, but we are using these features very successfully in an increasing number of our designs. Not all kitchens are standard cubes or rectangles. Some are glass boxes with limited wall space, others have sloping ceilings, while you may also have tricky features to work around such as pillars or numerous entrance doors. An experienced kitchen designer will have come across all these sorts of problems before, so do ask them for advice.
L-shaped kitchen layout. What is it? A truly versatile design, the L-shaped kitchen comprises two runs of cabinets at right angles along adjacent walls. Here you can create the ultimate working triangle with the fridge at one end of the L, the hob on the other and the sink in between. This layout feels open, but can be more tricky to work with. Make sure there's enough space in between each zone and consider installing a bank of built-in appliances on one side for ease of use and a streamlined effect. The best ergonomic placing has the hob on one wall, and the sink and fridge on the other, but do make sure there is adequate workspace between these elements. this can be an efficient layout for one cook, but two may find themselves under one another's feet – you could include an extra prep sink to ease the pressure. If space allows, you could also place a small dining table at the side. A classic layout that works in any size space, the L-shaped kitchen is practical, concise and looks great.
Island kitchen layout. What is it? Probably the most popular kitchen element of recent years, an island sits in the centre of a room, with worktops on the surrounding walls. If the space is large enough, an island unit provides a multifunctional space that can work as somewhere to cook, prep, eat and entertain. It can act as a ‘bridge', cutting down on leg work between workstations, and, in a large room, it makes the most of unused space. Consider incorporating a hob and sink as well as a dishwasher, wine cooler and recycling bin. There should be plenty of room left over for decent storage, too. Make sure there's at least one metre between the island and all the cabinetry surrounding it, so that you can open all doors and drawers.
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