5 Kitchen Design Tips that Make Mealtimes Easier

Designing a kitchen can be a daunting task, but it can also be fun. When you have a kitchen that fits your needs, life is easier, and you spend less time cleaning up and preparing food.



Think what the floor plan you want to suit your the decoration of your home.


Consider the Floorplan

Choosing a floorplan that fits your needs is one of the most important decisions you can make in your kitchen. Do you want an open floorplan? Do you want a kitchen island or a butcher block? Do you want a breakfast bar? You should make sure that no matter what you decide, your kitchen has plenty of wide walkways so you can easily open your cabinets, your oven, your dishwasher and other doors while allowing others to pass by uninhibited. You’ll also need to take into account the original floorplan of your kitchen to determine what options are available to you.



Choose a theme for your kitchen that you like.



Decide on a Theme

While your theme might not be quite as thematic as some kitchens (tropical island kitchen, rustic Italian farmhouse or retro 1950s style), you want to create a unifying feel for your space based on your needs and your family’s personality. Are you the type of person who doesn’t like to see clutter anywhere in your house? If so, you might want to incorporate a minimalistic theme into your kitchen with plenty of stainless steel and monochromatic features. If you are someone who likes a homey feel, you can incorporate warm colors, plush chairs and farmhouse details into your space. If you’re having a difficult time choosing a theme, focus on one decorative item, like a pair of curtains you love or your favorite painting, then build your kitchen’s theme around those items.



Think about the functionality and design before choosing the counter tops.


Choose the Countertops

The two design factors to think about when considering a countertop are functionality and design. Many people consider design without thinking about functionality. First, you’ll need to decide on a material. While tiles can fit into your theme quite nicely, consider how easy (or how difficult) they might be to clean or take care of. Cleaning the grout between the tiles is difficult and can be costly. Maybe you want a stainless steel countertop to fit in with your minimalistic theme; however, you’re going to need to use a special stainless steel cleaner to keep those countertops shiny. Granite is always a good choice when it comes to countertops since it’s easy to clean and comes in a variety of colors and finishes.



Make it easy for food and utensils storage.


Make Storage Easy

Think about how you like to cook, store your food and utensils and complete other tasks in the kitchen. Are the members of your family short or tall? Will you need assistance reaching high shelves? Do you have back problems that make bending down to reach short shelves difficult? Considering how you store items in your kitchen will help you decide how to arrange your shelves and drawers. While drawers are popular in a lot of kitchens, replacing cabinets, you might need to open up several drawers to find one dish or pan, where you would only need to open one cabinet. Do you use a lot of canned goods? If so, you might want to incorporate a lazy susan into your kitchen. Do you do paperwork or pay bills in your kitchen? You might want to get a built-in desk installed in one of your cabinets to store pens, pencils, markers and a white board.



Prepare a small dining table for children!


Choose How You Want to Eat

Many kitchens now have eat-in dining nooks and breakfast bars. If you have little kids, you might not want to opt for a breakfast bar that is extremely high and is hard for little kids to reach. Instead, you could opt for a breakfast nook with small wood dining tables to make breakfast, lunch and clean-up a breeze.