If you intend to do any kitchen makeover/ renovation, getting inspiration from accomplished designers will help make your venture a sure success. One place that you can get useful design ideas is the KBDi Designer Awards 2013, organized by the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute.
Apart from getting design inspiration from top designers, you should also keep in mind the main objective of your kitchen makeover. Do you intend to transform a cluttered room into a spacious and simple layout; is it going to be a glamorous and sophisticated cooking space; or you just simply want to re-arrange the furnishing? If you don't have any clear objective in mind, you might end up with a much worse layout than you originally had, since you'll get mixed up along the way.
Creating A Spacious And Simple Layout Within A Small Kitchen
The winning design by Darren Genner in the KBDi Designer Awards 2013 - small kitchen category represents an excellent example of spaciousness and simplicity within a small kitchen space. You can easily pick out some useful ideas to implement within your own kitchen makeover.
A simple, well-designed kitchen table would serve just the same purpose as an extravagant kitchen island. In fact, for a small kitchen, you would rather replace the kitchen island with a kitchen table that serves the double function of food preparation and dining. Only make sure that the height of this table is at the level of a regular kitchen island.
All surfaces including walls, cabinets and floors require light colors. This will create an illusion of extra space, since light can be better reflected from such surfaces. It would be even better if you had large windows to let in natural light during the day. Avoid placing any obstructions near this important source of light.
You might also need to remove unnecessary cabinets, if they are taking too much space. Alternatively, you can replace large cabinets with smaller ones. Also make sure that you only install low cabinets. Installing a pull-out pantry instead of cabinets would also save on more space and increase accessibility of utensils. To avoid the appearance of a cluttered space, you can conceal some appliances within specially-designed cabinets.
A Captivating And Stunning Kitchen Layout
The design by Harris Bahtiyarov, a winner in the KBDi Designer Awards 2013 - small kitchen category, represents a truly captivating and stunning layout. This stunning look is largely achieved by two separate aspects: a relatively uniform background and an interesting focal point.
The relatively uniform background is achieved by applying two different shades of grey on walls and cabinet surfaces, to create a sleek look. This look goes well with appliances that have stainless steel or black surface.
On the other hand, the kitchen island becomes an interesting focal point that stands out from the rest of the fixtures. You can achieve this by re-facing a plain, light-colored kitchen island using pressure sensitive wood laminate or veneer. The robust color of natural wood grains will instantly stand out and add a captivating aura to the room.
To enhance the overall layout, you can add attractive glass door cabinets to display utensils, ornately designed faucets and granite counter tops. Don't forget to apply wood laminate on the floor to complete the entire picture (use a lighter shade than the kitchen island so that it does not become the centered of attention).
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