Are you in the process of designing the next beautiful kitchen?
If you live in Vancouver, which is considered the world’s most beautiful city, you should consider your kitchen more of an investment. A well-designed kitchen is a harmonious coming together of elements to create a functional and visually stimulating space. A lot of people don’t think about how important it is to have an aesthetically pleasing kitchen space, however, kitchens with great designs also tend to be more functional and less cluttered. This article will provide some tips on what you should consider when designing the perfect kitchen for your home in Metro Vancouver.
1. General Layout
The shape and size of your kitchen space coupled with your preferences will dictate the general layout of your kitchen in your design plan. Remember to put functionality first. Ideally, you want a kitchen space that is easy to navigate, enabling you to multitask with relative ease by keeping traffic flow smooth.
Single wall kitchens work best for small spaces, but if there’s more room on hand then L-shaped or U-Shaped designs will offer the perfect solution in terms of functionality!
A quick tip: Whatever layout you choose don’t forget about the work triangle principle where your stove, ref, and sink should be laid out at a certain distance. No distance is less than 4 feet and no more than 9 feet. The sum of all three sides should be between 13 feet and 26 feet.
Cabinet Doors and Finishes:
Cabinetry is an integral part of the design process. Cabinets are almost a kitchen’s first impression and they can set the tone for the space. There are many different types of cabinet doors and finishes available to choose from. As cabinets take a large portion of the visual perception of your kitchen space, the color, material, and texture are major characteristics to consider. When considering material and texture make sure maintenance, budget, durability, and overall look are factored in.
Your general layout will greatly influence the coverage and position of your kitchen cabinets. For instance, a galley kitchen will mean you’ll have more base cabinets positioned on each side. A peninsula will typically have more end cabinets and so on.
You have to define how much storage you need in the kitchen. For instance, are you short on pantry space? Do you need extra storage for cookbooks, large appliances, or food items? When designing your space, it’s advisable to consult a professional kitchen designer. This way you can best utilize your storage space in an efficient manner.
A quick tip: The best thing to fully visualize your cabinet design is through drawings or 3D simulation. You should consult with a professional team of kitchen designers for the latest trends and storage solutions before starting your kitchen reno.
A well-chosen backsplash can make a whole difference in your kitchen area. If you plan it as a focal point such as the back of your cooktop or oven, make sure it is easy to clean and won’t stain easily.
A quick tip: Run your quartz countertop all the way as your backsplash for an uninterrupted look. A full-height backsplash is just such a statement in kitchen design. You also don’t need to worry about those grout lines getting messy.
Kitchen countertops are among the most expensive parts of your kitchen. There are many materials to choose from, however, quartz or Dekton countertops are much more durable and long-lasting than others. There is also no maintenance involved with quartz or Dekton.
Quick Tip: Make sure you plan your kitchen countertop to be as durable as possible. Long term, quartz or Dekton countertops will leave a much smaller carbon footprint than their counterparts over time and require less upkeep and maintenance.
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Dekton by Cosentino is a surface made of quartz, porcelain, and glass. It is a man-made surface that is non-porous and scratch-resistant. Dekton is also heat, stain, and bacteria resistant. Dekton is 100% Stainproof and UV proof.
Typically, appliances become an afterthought because there are a lot of available options that can easily fit in your kitchen. However, nothing beats built-in kitchen appliances, not only do they look sleek, but they can add value to your kitchen.
A quick tip: Remember that you need to have your appliance specifications for your kitchen designer to properly design your next kitchen. However, make sure to consult with them first before finalizing your appliances. In some cases, some pieces are just too big to incorporate into your design.
6. Lighting Fixtures
Choosing and layering your kitchen lighting means you can prepare, cook and dine in your kitchen safely and efficiently any time of the day. Light together with color can also enhance the feel and look of the space. That is why it is important to choose your lighting solutions wisely.
A lighting fixture as a focal point in your kitchen will pull together your elements so make sure to choose a design that complements the overall look with the right scale and size. The height should be 30 to 36 inches above the countertop table.
7. Plumbing Fixtures
Along with your hardware, your exposed plumbing ware such as the faucet can add taste and style to your kitchen as they are the jewels in your kitchen area. Since these are accent pieces, you can go with contrasting colors such as the now popular matt black, or go for shinier pieces such as brass, chrome, or gold.
A quick tip: Your plumbing fixtures are actually the most used items in your kitchen. Therefore, investing in the right fixture will go a long way. Try Galley taps and workstations to create more room in your kitchen.
8. Kitchen Flooring
Your kitchen flooring is another important factor to consider in your Vancouver kitchen design. You need to decide on the type of materials that will hold up in your kitchen area which will also be functional for the design.
A quick tip: if you have a smaller place, consider running your hardwood flooring in the kitchen as well. This way you can skip the need for a transition and you can create that seamless look. With a little upkeep, a good engineered hardwood flooring won’t have any problems lasting a long time in your kitchen.
Canadian Home Style is your official dealer of Cabico custom cabinetry in the Lower Mainland with a showroom in North Vancouver. We are honored to have received the 2022 Consumers’ Choice Award for our custom kitchens in North Vancouver. We are not just a cabinet company, we pride ourselves on providing modern and functional kitchen designs that are timeless. Contact us for your next kitchen renovation project, so we can make your vision and ideas a reality. For us, it’s not just about the final product but also the journey along the way.
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