Embrace Kitchen Living

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The popularity of open plan, kitchen dining is increasing and becoming an integral part of modern living.

Kitchens are no longer simply a place to cook, they are a social hub, allowing for a less formal gathering place for friends and family.
With so much time spent here, why not enjoy your living space and potentially add value to your home by rethinking your kitchen space?

For successful design, the most important place to start is with you and your family. Interior design is incredibly personal and I always create environments specific to my clients’ needs.

Consider how you live on a day-to-day basis, together with your design vision and personal taste. Begin by listing the functional requirements of your kitchen before you get to work on anything else.

Once you’ve established how you intend to use the kitchen, developments can be made to ensure the final layout makes best use of the space. Ensure you define the functions within the room by zoning the areas accordingly. For example, set out dining, kitchen and relaxation areas. You can achieve a seamless flow through the textural contrast of floor finishes, wall coverings and furnishings to subtly mark out the parameters of each zone. Contrast lighting should also be used to distinguish the separate areas. Never underestimate the importance of lighting as it’s key to any design project. To ensure a cohesive lighting scheme for your kitchen with versatile solutions, there are three types to consider – task, mood and feature lighting.

Task lighting illuminates the preparation and cooking areas and is essential for a safe and practical environment. Mood lighting is softer and often adjustable to enable a different experience for the dining and relaxation areas. Although feature lighting isn’t essential, I like to incorporate it into all of my concepts as it creates an ambiance and adds the perfect finishing touch.

A well planned kitchen is essential but can be costly if you don’t source the correct advice.
It’s always a good idea to get a skilled designer on board to ensure the project is planned correctly from the outset. A qualified professional will assist with the practicalities, legislative and safety aspects of the project, such as the mechanical, electrical and plumbing requirements.

For more information on how we can support you with your Kitchen Design. Please contact us on 01332 497474 or email hello@justlivinginteriors.co.uk – We’d love to hear from you.

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