THE KITCHEN: DECISIONS WITH NO MISTAKES

“THE KITCHEN IS THE HEART OF THE HOME” – UNKNOWN.

THE KITCHEN: DECISIONS WITH NO MISTAKES

“THE KITCHEN IS THE HEART OF THE HOME” – UNKNOWN.

The kitchen is without a doubt one of the most important spaces of a house. It is where food is stored and cooked, and honestly, where a lot of time is spent during everyday life.

Let me introduce you to the many characteristics that comprise a kitchen as an ensemble, each of which you will have to think upon in order to achieve the space you are looking for.

 

THE LAYOUT IS IMPORTANT…

To correctly design a great kitchen, organization and efficiency are key. The layout of the space has to be thought carefully and, in order to attain functionality, each activity must have a dedicated area. There are some layouts that are very popular: a perimetric kitchen is best for tiny rooms, a peninsula is perfect for creating a breakfast angle and an island is the ideal option for an inclusive kitchen, where each member of the family is involved in cooking. You must choose the one for you according to the way you use the space.

The storage is very significant as well. Never underestimate the need for counters, wall mounted or under the working surface, because the lack of space could ruin a perfect kitchen. If you have enough room, it is advisable to attach a pantry, which will prove extremely useful in everyday life.

Lighting and ventilation are extremely important for hygienic purposes, but also for comfort reasons. Every kitchen must be equipped with a window that provides light during the day and with the right artificial illumination for nighttime. A lot of the activities done in this space even require task lighting. As ventilation is concerned, it is desirable to install fans that will ensure the circulation of air and avoid unpleasant scents.

Do not forget about cleanliness, which is a crucial aspect in a kitchen. Waste is produced constantly while cooking and trash is supposed to be stored far away from food in an appropriately safe space. The separation of areas is so imperative that doing it the wrong way could have catastrophic consequences.

 

…BUT SO IS THE STYLE!

Kitchens are the perfect room to express yourself. The colors and textures chosen should reflect you and your personality and, since the ambiance is a very energetic one, this is the space where you can go absolutely crazy. Pick options that transmit vitality, like bold colors or intricate fantasies, and that will make you happy to stay.

The backsplash is one of the main features of a kitchen. When choosing the right backsplash, reflect not only on the design but also on the dimensions: depending on the type of kitchen that you want, it can be as thin as a single board or as high as to reach the ceiling. The shape, materials and size of the backsplash will define the look of the entire room.

Moreover, the available technology of today has introduced new appliances that complement the space in ways that were not possible previously. A freezer or a wine cellar would be a nice addition to any kitchen that could take it to the next level.

Another element that can define a kitchen and its style is the worktop. The working surface of a kitchen can be made of multiple materials that translate into certain characteristics and a different looks. The most popular material is marble, thanks to the strong resistance and the chic appearance. However, marble is porous in nature and it can be easily stained. That is why a newer material, the composite, with similar features but lower water absorption is increasingly used in construction. Further options, among many others, are granite, quartz or wood (either simple or laminated).

 

When renovating a room, there is not only the single element that has to be reflected upon but also the entire look that has to be balanced and striking, with features that combine successfully and enhance each other. This is a statement valid for the living room, the bedroom, but also the kitchen.

So, if you are thinking of radically changing the space where you cook, it is essential that all of these aspects are fully considered and each is given the appropriate importance. After all, this space is the heart of the house and a lot of time is spent while cooking, so it should be thought of as a major area.

I will be happy to help you transform the old and boring kitchen of today into the space for cooking, baking or grilling that you have always dreamt of. I am always available.

The Architect’s Advice

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Architect and urbanist, I was born in Pisticci, a town in the province of Matera, in the south of Italy.
My occupation allows me to express my passion for ARCHITECTURE, in all of its forms, from urban planning to construction, from the building site to interior design.
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Architect and urbanist, I was born in Pisticci, a town in the province of Matera, in the south of Italy.
My occupation allows me to express my passion for ARCHITECTURE, in all of its forms, from urban planning to construction, from the building site to interior design.

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