START WITH THE SINK
Many designers start with sink placement before expanding on the design of any kitchen space, as it can feel like the anchor of the room. Placing the sink in an area with a good view of a window or the room is essential.
REDUCE KITCHEN TRAFFIC
Keeping kids, dogs, or family members out of the kitchen while you are cooking away can feel impossible, so it’s better to include solutions in the design instead! No matter what you do, the kitchen is usually a high-traffic area in the house, so making sure there is a clear and wide pathway through the space is a good idea. Large enough that someone can get by while the fridge or oven door is open.
BALANCE STYLE & FUNCTION
While open shelving looks beautiful and can be a great choice for a wide variety of design styles, it’s also not very practical for some homeowners. Trying to max out on storage space? Then open shelves won’t offer you enough without sacrificing the aesthetic. Perfectly spaced dishes and candles look nice, but most families have more to tuck away and will need the extra storage.
KEEP AN EYE ON SPACING
The infamous kitchen triangle of the Sink, Stove, and Refrigerator is still a great way to design with functionality in mind. Running to the fridge for another stick of butter while cooking on the stove can be easy or difficult based on your customized kitchen layout design. Make sure to keep these features close, but not close enough to cause traffic jams or open-door hazards when cooking.