Kitchens serve a crucial role in everyday life, used in carrying out a multitude of tasks. Current design trends, the space at hand, and practical choices in storage, lighting, flooring, and surfacing, must be considered altogether in creating a kitchen that is efficient, durable, and attractive.
Firstly, before undertaking a renovation project, it is important to consider how the available space can be best utilised. The layout of a kitchen must be such that components and appliances are not all squashed together in one corner, but spread out in a way that enables a suitable flow of traffic.
Better Homes & Gardens recommend 15 inches of countertop on each side of a hob and refrigerator (sometimes called ‘landing space’). Additionally, if a kitchen island is included in designs, you must make sure that there is a wide enough walkway between the island and the rest of the kitchen, especially if multiple people will be using the space at once.
It can be useful to look into current popular trends when designing a kitchen. For the last few years, there has been a focus on minimalistic styles and monochrome colours, but with quartz still being the most popular countertop material. Increasingly, cupboards and drawers without obvious handles are preferred, as well as a glossy finish. However, sometimes it is fitting for the kitchen design to reflect the overall style and age of the house.
Thus, for older houses, a more rustic-looking kitchen (think: agas and ceramic animals) might be better suited. As well as this, it is optimal for a light and airy feel to be established, taking advantage of natural light (does space need to be set aside for extra windows?) as well as light fixtures.
Next, there of course needs to be enough storage facilities for all kitchen supplies. This can be achieved by including cupboards and drawers, both overhead and underneath such components as fridges and ovens, or attaching additional shelves to walls.
Built-in drawer dividers and cabinets for waste are also praised for creating a wholly simplistic look to the space: all of this makes the surfaces themselves appear less cluttered. Indeed, for larger spaces, a kitchen island is another useful element not only for extra surface space, but also storage – perhaps in environments where a greater number of kitchen supplies are required.
Taking the aforementioned trends and styles into consideration is particularly relevant when choosing surface coverings. This is where David Clouting comes in. All our coverings are durable, eco-friendly, and easy to install, and are available in a range of colours and sizes. Kitchen surfaces are inevitably subject to water splashback and spillage.
Our Zenolite HC High Gloss Acrylic panels – consisting of a unique blend of polymers and technology – for kitchen walls complement other surface materials, and are resilient to soap and calcium build up, making them easy to clean. Moreover, edge banding – either Melamine, PVC, ABS, or Real Wood Veneer Edge Banding – can cover the edges of surfaces to change their overall look, as well as acting as a barrier against dirt and moisture.
And, for aesthetic purposes, Deco Foil, in a variety of colours, can not only serve as a finish adding to the overall visual experience of a kitchen, but also ensures the durability of the kitchen furniture and surfaces it covers.
For more in-depth information about the different surface coverings we provide, please check out our website. If you have any specific queries, do not hesitate to contact us.