Continuing our month of expert advice on the three main kitchen layouts, we’re looking at U-Shaped kitchens. Hopefully our tips will help you with any design plans…
The U-shape design is great for large rooms. Try adding a breakfast bar to one side of the ‘U’, to create a family area in the kitchen that will transform the room into an area for entertaining.
Go wild with chunky appliances such as range cookers and American style fridge freezers as they’ll fit perfectly in this style of kitchen due to the size of the room. You can also install an island unit into this shape of kitchen to maximise the space in between the ‘U’.
A big consideration with U Shaped kitchens is to ensure that workstations aren’t too far apart in the kitchen design as this isn’t practical. If placed correctly, U-Shaped kitchens can easily support the working triangle and divide the kitchen into multiple work sites. The working triangle places the oven, fridge and sink in a triangle shape for an efficient and practical way of cooking.
Corian worktops look great in U-Shaped kitchens, creating one continuous, seamless worktop, sweeping through your kitchen and even incorporating the kitchen sink – great if you’re looking to make a statement.
If choosing a ‘U’ shaped kitchen, bear in mind that they are generally higher budget due to the large space, increased number of cupboard units and appliances.
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It can sometimes be difficult to think about a new kitchen design if you’re unsure of the best layout for your space.
This month we’ll be sharing some expert advice with you on the three main kitchen layouts. Hopefully our tips will help you out a little with any design plans…
First up are galley kitchen layouts. Perfect for small spaces as the placing of units against the walls maximises a narrow space and keeps appliances close together without appearing too busy.
Small appliances will make the room feel bigger – a large farmhouse sink won’t work in kitchens short on space – you’ll need things on a smaller scale to make the space appear as large as possible.
In small kitchens, too many wall units can make the kitchen feel cluttered as this is where the eye is drawn first. Instead, choose tall wall units that provide plenty of space without taking up too much room.
The colours and materials used in a galley kitchen can make a huge difference to how spacious it feels. For example, using reflective surfaces is a great way to create the illusion of more space. Light colours work in a similar way. Cream, white and pastels will all bounce light around the room to make it look larger.
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Have you ever wondered what our kitchen designs will look like 20 years from now? Which gadgets will be on every work surface and what futuristic trend will be sweeping the nation?
Well here at Magnet we’ve made some predictions…
In 2032 green issues will be higher on everyone’s agenda so we’ll see stylish spaces within the kitchen for growing herbs and vegetables, as people develop a ‘grow-your-own’ mentality. It goes without saying that recycled and eco-friendly materials will be used throughout the room too.
With technology moving at such a fast pace, the advance in kitchen appliances will rocket. Focus will turn to energy efficiency and traditional appliances, such as the kettle, will be a thing of the past. Everyone will have a steaming hot water tap instead. We can say goodbye to cords as well, all we’ll need to do is place an appliance on a specially designed surface and switch it on.
Appliances will also respond to commands in the future, for example ovens will be able to interact, switching on and adjusting their temperature depending on what we say to them and what’s cooking! Likewise, the fridge will be able to tell you what’s left in it and what’s out of date, as well as suggest recipes.
Kitchens will also be able to match your moods through advanced sensor techniques. If you need to relax, lighting will automatically adjust to create a more serene ambience and your favourite chillout tune will begin to play. And whether you’re singing your heart out to Lionel or rocking around to Kasabian, there’ll be no CD changing as in-built multimedia players will be set into work surfaces and units. Everything within easy reach!
It will be more important than ever for our kitchens to be a multi-functional family space rather than just for cooking. Kitchens will still very much be the heart of the home.
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